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Adilabad is a city in Adilabad district of the Indian state of Telangana. It is a municipality and the headquarters of Adilabad district. History Adilabad was ruled by many dynasties like the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Qutub Shahis & AsafJahis. Adilabad derives its name from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Yusuf Adil Shah. It is the northernmost district of Nizam state (AsafJahi dynasty) founded by Nizam-ul-Mulk in the Deccan region. The current culture of the district incorporates significant elements. However a multicultural society exists here with Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Malayali, Rajasthani and Gujarati people living in harmony. The original name of the Adilabad was Edlabad during the rule of Qutub Shahis. Edla is a Gond word for people in woods. Its name was changed to "Adilabad" by erstwhile Islamic ruler of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah. Though most of the population of Adilabad was still of Gond, Urdu and Marathi origin prior to 1956, the region became a part of the Telugu linguistic state. Since 1956, Telugu gained prominence and replaced Gondi, Kannada, Marathi and Urdu entirely.

Adilabad General Information

  • Area: 16,128  km2 (6,227 sq mi)
  • Population: 2,741,239
  • Latitude and Longitude: 19.6641° N, 78.5320° E
  • STD code of Adilabad: 08732
  • Railway Station: Adilabad Railway Station
  • River(s): Godavari river
  • Literacy rate: 61.5%
  • Language: Hindi, Telgu, Urdu & English
  • Clothing:
  • Summer - Cottons
  • Winters – Light Woolens
  • Season: June to February

Best time to visit Adilabad

Seasons Months Temperature
Summers April to June 32°c - 43°c
Monsoon July to Sep 23°c - 36°c
Winter Oct to March 15°c - 39°c

How to Get There

In the state of Telangana, Adilabad is a must visit place. You can easily get regular trains to Adilabad from other major cities of the country. Adilabad does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Sonegaon Airport. There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Adilabad.

By Air

Adilabad does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Sonegaon Airport, .
Adilabad 187 km away Sonegaon Airport (NAG), Nagpur, Maharashtra
Adilabad 236 km away Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

By Rail

You can easily get regular trains to Adilabad from other major cities of the country.Railway Station(s): Adilabad (ADB), Rechni Road (RECH)

By Road

There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Adilabad. Bus Station(s): Adilabad

Place to visit

Kunthala Waterfalls

A beautiful waterfall located amid equally gorgeous views of Sahyadri Mountain Range nearby Neredikonda Village, Kuntala Waterfalls are considered to be the highest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh.

As per the legend, the waterfalls are named after Shakuntala, who was believed to have fallen in love with king Dushyanta, at the very site. Also it is said that Shakuntala used to take bath in this falls. Located in the proximity to the spot is a Someshwara Swami Temple which attracts devotees in large number especially during Mahashivratri.

Pochera Waterfalls

4.8 km Parru's Corner. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the buildings comprise, besides the High Court, the small causes court and city civil court.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Presenting a fascinating site, Pochera waterfalls is located about few kilometers from Adilabad.It is flanked by a thick forest cover housing plethora of flora and fauna. Falling from a height of 20 m, it is River Godavari flowing from Sahyadri mountain range that merges again at this point.

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Kawal wildlife is situated amidst dense forests, which offers a perfect setting for wild animals and plants. Established in the year 1964, the sanctuary is famous for a wide range of species. Some of the wild animals and birds found here include tigers, panthers, the Indian bison, sloth bear, crocodiles, cobra, python, owls, eagles, peacocks and many more exotic fauna. It was notified as tiger reserve in April 2012.In this regard habitat development is undertaken with release of 150 cheetals as prey population. To keep check on poaching, new check posts have been created. Traditional sources of water were also improved.

Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary

Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Adilabad. It is one among the oldest areas protected in Telangana. Covering an area of 136 sq. km, the sanctuary was established in the year 1980 and has a variety of species. The River Pranahita flows here and hence makes natural vegetation possible. The wild animals found here are tigers, leopards, sloth bear, and hyenas. The birds found here are ducks, herons, teals and many more

Basar Saraswathi Temple

Basar Saraswathi Temple situated on Godavari river banks, is the most important temple in Adilabad. The uniqueness of this temple is that it is one amongst the two temples dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati – the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and sciences. It is also an ancient temple. It gains further importance as it is believed to be situated on the land where sage Ved Vyas performed severe penance. The temple is an old pilgrimage spot where many pilgrims come to Basara to perform the Aksharaabhyasamceremony for the children before they start formal school education wherein the children perform the exercise of letters, and devote books, pens, pencils notebooks to the goddess of knowledge.

Shopping in Adilabad

Adilabad is famous for its exclusive handicrafts and other such craftsmanship. Try out the stone carving and wood carving in the town as well as bamboo handicrafts and Bhorown crafts.