Mahabubnagar district in Telangana is referred to as territorial district, because it had many territorial rulers than any other place in the state. Gadwal is a famous place among these and was called ‘Vidvadgadwala’ historically.The then ruler and strongman of Gadwal called Peda Soma Bhupaludu (Somanadri) constructed this fort during 17th Century. To this day, the huge walls used for construction of the fort and the moats make Gadwal Fort really strong and impregnable.
Today after three centuries, it remains intact. The fort precincts are home to deity Sri ChennakesavaSwamy Temple, Sri Ramalayam, Sri VenugopalaSwamy temple, and a water body. The ruler Pedda Soma Bhupala had defeated the Nawab of Kurnool then and brought a 32-feet long Cannon as a symbol of victory, which is the biggest in India and is still seen in the fort. The government has taken many steps to restore the heritage of Gadwal fort. It is located near Gadwal town, between Hyderabad and Kurnool at a distance of 16 km from Erravelli Junction on Bangalore-Hyderabad NH 7.
The heritage site of Alampur located in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana is home to the Navabrahma temples and famous Jogulamba Temple in one temple complex. These are believed to be built during the 7th – 8th Centuries A.D. and a total of nine temples were built on the banks of the river Tungabhadra where Lord Shiva manifests in 9 different forms.
Jogulamba Temple, considered one of the 18 Shaktipeetas in India attracts thousands of visitors each day. Alampur is considered historically as an important centre of the Chalukyas. Goddess Jogulamba is seen her as Shakti in her “Roudra avatar”. Alampur is also the site where the historical Sangameshwara temple was relocated after its submergence by the backwaters of Srisailam dam.
Pillalamarri is an age-old tree and is located around 3 Kilometers from the Mahaboobnagar District head quarters. The place is at a distance of about 90 Kilometers away from Hyderabad. Nature never gets exhausted while showing its creativity. And a human never gets exhausted exploring the wonders and marveling the creations of this maverick magician. Nature has always tried to surprise humans with marvelous creations, and it continues to do so. The great Banyan trees called Pillalamarri is one such artistry stoke of Mother Nature. The tree attracts many people. It is approximately 700 years old. It earned its name Pillalamarri because it is spread into a lot of branches. Because of the scores of branches, one cannot see the main trunk of the tree. The country is home for three great Banyan Trees and Pillalamarri is one among them.
The tree stands is a special attraction for the visitors touring the Mahaboobnagar district. Keeping the increased popularity in mind, the tourism department has set up a small exhibition centre here. Many statues and sculptures are exhibited in the exhibition. The place also has a spiritual significance as an ancient ShivaTemple which was submerged under the Srisailam Project has been relocated here. Other attraction here is the mini zoo with animal parks and bird park.