Tuesday 23 June 2009

Kazipet-Warangal - How to get there?

Kazipet is a town in Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh, India, one of the tri-cities of Warangal-Hanamakonda-Kazipet. Kazipet is famous for being a major railway junction and locomotive maintenance division in Andhra Pradesh after Vijayawada. The railway junction is located next to a large granite hill (known as bodigutta), which is used to house radio communications, presumably for the railways. It is the hub connecting North and South, East and West India with more than 60 trains passing through.
One of India’s best engineering institutes (National Institute of Technology, Warangal- NIT) is located in Kazipet. Also the Kakatiya University and the Kakatiya Medical college attached to the MGM govt. hospital is the third largest medical college in the state.

Warangal is located at 18°00′N 79°35′E / 18.0°N 79.58°E. It has an average elevation of 302 metres (990 feet). Warangal is 145 km northeast of the state capital of Hyderabad. It is the fourth largest city in Andhra Pradesh.
Warangal was the capital of a Hindu Shaivaite kingdom ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th to the 14th centuries.The old name of this newly formed city is Orugallu. ‘Oru’ means one and ‘Kallu’ means stone. The entire city was carved in a single rock, hence the name Orukallu meaning ‘one rock’. The city was also called Ekasila nagaram. The Kakatiyas left many monuments, including an impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake. The cultural and administrative distinction of the Kakatiyas was mentioned by the famous traveller Marco Polo.
A STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) has been set up at National Institute of Technology, Warangal with the intention of taking the benefits of the Information Technology revolution to second tier cities. Warangal makes an excellent location for this because of its proximity to Hyderabad, the student pool from some of the best institutes in the country, good transportation facilities, infrastructure, lower traffic problems, etc.Warangal is known for its granite quarries (notably the black and brown varieties), grain market (for rice and chillies), cotton, and tobacco.

Transport
Air : There is an airstrip at Mamnoor on the south-eastern outskirts of Warangal.
The nearest international airport is located at Shamshabad 160 km away, near Hyderabad.
Rail : Warangal is well connected to all the major cities in India by rail. Kazipet, about 13km from Warangal is a major railway junction on the Bangalore/Hyderabad-New Delhi route while Warangal is a major station on the Hyderabad/New Delhi-Chennai route.
Aptly, Warangal is called the gateway to north India. Daily nearly 132 trains passing section including two Rjadhani exps.
Road : There are two major bus stations (hubs); Warangal and Hanamakonda. Long-distance deluxe buses ply from Warangal to Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Tirupathi, Anantapur, and [[Hubli] [belgam];
and standard express buses to Guntur via Vijaywada, Cherial, Jangaon, Kodad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial, Narasampet, Parkal, Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Basara, etc.

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