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Basara Sri Saraswathi Temple

saraswathi-temple-basaraThis is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. The temple at Basar is also the abode of Goddess Lakshmi and Kali. The current structure dates back to the Chalukya period.

This temple has no exquisite carvings like other temples. Walking ahead a few steps, one enters the sanctum sanctorum – a feeling better experienced than described. A feeling of peace, brightness and unlimited joy engulfs one. The presiding deity, ‘Gnana Saraswathi Devi’, is in a seated position with a ‘Veena’ in hand and bedecked with turmeric. Adjacent is the shrine of Goddess Maha Lakshmi and a little distance away, on the eastern side is the Maha Kali temple.

Akshara Abhyasam

Akshrabyasam in Basara Saraswathi TempleNow a days there is heavy rush of pilgrims coming to Basara to perform “Akshara Abhyasam” for the children. According to the legend Maharishi vyasa and his disciples and sage Suka decided to settle down in a cool and serene atmosphere after the kurukshetra war. In the quest for the peaceful abode, he came to Dandaka forest and pleased with serenity of the region selected this place. After his ablutions in the river Godavari Maharishi Vyasa used to bring three fistful of sand and place it in three small heaps and made images Sarada, Laxmi, Gowri with his mystic power and later conducted prayers. This idol made of sand has its face smeared with turmeric. Eating a little bit of this turmeric paste, it is believed, will enhance one’s wisdom and knowledge. Many people, in fact, take their kids to Basara for “Akshara Abhyasam” before commencing formal school education. Special poojas and celebrations are held at the temple during Maha Sivarathri, beginning 15 days before (Vasantha Panchami) and continuing 3 days after the festival. Devi Navarathrulu is celebrated for ten days during Dasara. Since Maharishi Vyasa spent considerable time in prayers, the place was then called “Vasara” and turned into Basara due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.

The Eight Pushkarnis

Basara Saraswathi TempleSome 100m from the temple there is the cave, where the devout ‘Narahari Maluka’ is believed to have performed rigorous penance. There is a four-sided monolith rock called “Vedavathi”, which produces different sounds on each side when struck. It is said to contain jewels of Sita Devi. There are eight ‘Pushkarnis’ spread across the village known as ‘Indra Teeratham’, ‘Surya Teeratham’, ‘Vyasa Teeratham’, ‘Valmiki Teeratham’, ‘Vishnu Teeratham’, ‘Ganesha Teeratham’, ‘Puthra Teeratham’ and ‘Shiva Teeratham’.

The most important festivals celebrated are Maha Shivaratri (February-March) and Devi Navaratrulu (Septmber-October) and on both the occasions about 10,000 pilgrims visit the place from all parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Basar is a village with wonderful gardens surrounded by the temple premises amidst the dry and barren patches of the north Telangana region.

How to reach Basara

Godavari at Basara Saraswathi TempleBy Air : Nearest airport is Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. From Hyderabad one can choose to travel by Bus, Train or by hiring a private taxi.

By Train : Basara has a Rail railway station between Secunderbad Junction – Mudkhed Junction (via Kamareddy, Nizamabad.)

By Road : Number of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Buses ( APSRTC) are available from Hyderabad Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station ( Imliban Bus station), from Jubilee Bus Station (JBS Secunderabad), Nizamabad Bus Stand, Bainsa, Nirmal and Mancherial.

Kunthala Waterfalls

kuntala-waterfallsKuntaala Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Andhra Pradesh state with a height of 45 meters. bout 32Km from the district centre and 12Km from the village NerediKonda nestled in dense forests is The Kuntaala Waterfall.

According to the popular and prevalent local belief Kuntaala Waterfall got its name after Shakuntala, the beloved wife of King Dushyanth; the pair fell in love with each other and were mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the surroundings. The locals also believe that Shakuntala used to bathe by the waterfall.

Thus giving a feast of ancient and ethnic culture of the tribals amalgamated with Mother Nature; to the eyes of the beholder. Among these Kuntaala and Pochera waterfalls are prominent.

Kuntala WaterfallKuntala Waterfall is the highest waterfall of Andhra pradesh. About 32Kms from the district centre and 12Kms from the village NerediKonda nestled in dense forests is The Kuntaala Waterfall.

According to the popular and prevalent local belief Kuntaala Waterfall got it’s name after Shakuntala, the beloved wife of King Dushyanth who fell in love with each other and were mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the surroundings. The locals also believe that Shakuntaala used to bathe by the waterfall.

Kuntala WaterfallRiver Kanda flowing through the dense forests; at this point comes gushing and falls from a height of 45metres.One has to experience the sight of water splashing down with such a force that water below turn into whirls.

The air around will be filled with mist of the splashing waters. The cool breeze surrounds you with the aroma of the dense flora. The ecstatic feeling ,one has to experience.

The beauty of the splashing waters and music of the gushing waters is sure to make the visitor spell bound.

Kuntala WaterfallThe beauty of the waterfall is beyond words in monsoons when River Kanda comes with a gush splashing the hillock with heavy rainwater. Hitting the water below from a height of 45mts is sight to cherish. The air is covered with a white cloud of mist tickling you. The water below is covered with gentle foam as pure as love.

Adjacent to Kuntaala Waterfall, We find the temple of Lord Someshwara Swami, the locals as well as the visitors offer this deity pujas. We reach this temple by passing through a hill slit into two, making a passage. This magnificent nature’s carving is very rare to see. On “Maha ShivaRathri” festival this temple is beautifully decorated and devotees throng the temple from various places of the district.

I invite you all for a journey to the waterfalls and let the magical beauty of Mother Nature mesmerize you.

How to reach Kuntala?

250 kms from Hyderabad, and 45 kms (appoximately) from Nirmal, on National Highway no.7, and is on the way to Adilabad-NAGPUR.

Hyderabad to Kuntala Road Map

Where to stay?

As these waterfalls are located near to village Neredigonda, you will not find any hotels to stay nearby. Ideal place is to stay in Nirmal hotels. You will find lot of good hotels in Nirmal.

When to visit Kuntala Waterfalls?

Plan your trip in the months of July, August, September and October. So that you can enjoy the full flow of rain water.

Gudem – Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple

gudem-satyanaraya-swamy-templeGudem Gutta is a popular temple place in the Adilabad District in the northern Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. It has the famous ‘Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple’. Lots of pilgrims visit this place during ‘Karthika Masam’ to have a holy dip in Godavari river and perform ‘Satyanarayana Vratam/Puja’. It located near Mancherial. Less than 40 kms from Mancherail.

Sri Ayyappa Swamy (Abinava Shabarimal) Temple

Sri Ayyappa Swamy (Abinava Shabarimal) Temple in Gudem Gutta. Most popur Temple in north Telanga Region in AP.

How To Reach Gudem Gutta

By Air : the nearest airport is at Hyderabad (220-km) connected by Indian airlines flights to all the major cities of India.

By Rail : near Mancherial is well connected to all the major cities in India by rail.

By Road : Gudem is situated on the banks of river Godavari bordering Karimnagar and Adilabad districts. It is at a distance of about 61kms from Karimnagar, 3Kms from Rayapatnam, 7Kms froam Luxettipet, 32Kms froam Mancherial.

Other Tourst Places near Gudem Gutta
  • Dharmapuri – Shrine of Lord Narasimha swamy (10 Km)
  • Kondagaattu- Shrine of Lord Anjaneya swamy (55 km)
  • Vemulawada – Shrine of Lord Raja Rajeshwara swamy (80 km)
  • Basara – Shrine of Lord Saraswathi Devi ( 160 km)

Nirmal Paintings and Wooden Handicrafts

nirmal-handicraftsNirmal paintings and Wooden Handicrafts are named after the town of Nirmal in Adilabad district in Telangana Region of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is a land rich in fascinating range of art forms which are unique in style, theme, concept, form and expression. Nirmal painting is also such form of art, which relish the tradition and respective patronage.

There is a big community of craftsmen in Nirmal town known as “Nakkash” whose traditional art is to paint scenes from the Hindu epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana

In medieval period Mughal rulers were so enthralled by the beauty and colorfulness of Nirmal paintings that they extended patronage towards this art form. Five century later Lady Hydri brought the craftsmen to Hydrabad and promoted this art for more growth and development.

Nirmal Paintings and Wooden HandicraftsThe colors used in this painting are produced indigenously form minerals, gums and herbs. The familiar gold color of Nirmal Paintings is extracted from the herbal juices.Over the years Nirmal work has grown to meet new and growing needs.Moving further away from being mere painters of epics, the artisans today paint motif the style of the old Indian Schools. The concept and themes of Nirmal Paintings suggest influences from Indian schools like Kangra, Ajanta and from Moghul miniatures Artisans reproduce Mughal Miniatures beautifully on soft white wood.This soft white wood is called “Ponniki” and is strengthened with coatings of tamarind seed paste, fine muslin and pipe clay, before being painted.

Nirmal Paintings and Wooden HandicraftsThe Nirmal painting was developed in Hyderabad in last few decades seasoned with teak, duco paint and varnish.

The ‘Nirmal Industry’ has been growing ever since its inception in 1951 at Hyderabad, which developed Nirmal paintings, and handicrafts command the international market.

Nirmal Toys Industrial Cooperative Society is situated on National Highway no – 7, which was established in 1955 housing 60 artisans is the main toy making unit while the Hyderabad branch manufactures furniture and miniature paintings.


Nirmal Toys & Arts Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd.
(Regd. No. 21140)
Beside Govt. Boys Junior College
NIRMAL – 504106
Dist: Adilabad (AP), India
Phone: 08734 – 242356


Nirmal Industry
Near RTC Cross Roads
Hyderabad – 500 020
Andhra Pradesh
Phone: 040-27610008

Pochera Waterfalls

pochera-waterfallsPochera Waterfalls are located at a distance of 50 kms from Adilabad 8Kms form Boadh. The gorgeous waterfalls are wide and deep so it is advisable to be careful as one approaches it. Local people can be used to go up to the waterfall. It is a natural waterfall with picturesque and beautiful scenery. It is a very big, wide and deep waterfall.

The Pochera waterfall was discovered lately. Pochera waterfall is unique and is varied from other waterfalls. Situated interiorly amidst dense forests this waterfall offers an exhilarated experience to the visitor. Only one of its kinds in Andhra Pradesh and rarely found in India, Pochera Waterfall is a treat to enchant.

Pochera WaterfallsRiver Godavari flowing from the neighbouring state flows down the Sahayadri Mountain range .The River that runs in many narrow streams, at this point mingle together and falls from a height of 20mts the sound of the splashing waters against rocks echoes the surroundings.

The water that flows in separate and narrow streams unite and with gushing speed fall from a height of 20mts. The water thus collects on a platform of hill resembling a small lake. The water then slides down.

The forests that not intruded by modernization and industrialization the dense forests of the Sahayadri Mountain sets a perfect treat to one and all.

Keslapur Nagoba Temple (Jathara)

nagoba-temple-jatara-keslapur-adilabadKeshlapur is a remote village , about 32kms from district centre of Adilabad and 25kms from Uttnooris the famous temple of NAGOBA, the Serpent God popularly known as “Shesha Nag” the divine serpent of Lord Shiva.

Keslapur Jathra is the major festivals celebrated by the Gonds tribe of India. At Kelaspur Jathra they worship, the snake deity called Nagoba Jathara, whose temple is found in the Keslapur village of Indervelly mandal of Adilabad district in Telanga region. The most famous attraction at the festival is the Gusadi dance performed by wearing head gears decorated with the peacock feathers, along with cotton cloth around their waist. Smearing ash all over the body is a must see at this distinctive festivals of Gonds tribe of India.

Gusadi DanceThis deity is offered pujas throughout the year with much reverence and devotion not only from the devotees within the state but also from the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.

During the months of December and January (The month of Pushyam or PushyaMasam according to the telugu calendar), this deity is offered several offerings and rendered special pujas. The entire month is termed auspicious and celebrated throughout.

Lambada DanceThe Gondu tribes of adjacent Maharashtra are regular visitors of this deity in this part of the year and visit the temple to surrender their offerings. The devotees’ comeback to get the blessings of this deity at Keshlapur, the abode of the serpent God Nagoba year after year.

Jainad Temple

jainath-temple-adilabadJainad temple is situated in Jainath, a small village 21 Kms from AdiIabad. A prakrit. stone inscription with 20 slokas in the temple mentions that it was built by the Pallava chief. The temple has all the features of Jain style of temple architecture.

An important example of the famed Pallava architecture, this beautiful Jain temple draws countless of devotees each year. The temple is also home to a beautiful image of Lakshinarayana.

Most Visiting Tourist Places
  • Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kunthala water falls
  • Gudem (Satyanarayana swamy, Ayyappa temples)
  • Gaandhari Khila, ACC, Mancherial
  • Kadem Dam
  • Durgadevi (ACC Quary) Jatara
  • Godavari River (sammakka sarakka jathara)
  • Swarna Project, Nirmal
  • CSI Church, Luxettipet
  • Panchkosi Uttara Wahini, Chinnoor
  • Agasteshwaralayam, Chinnoor

Kadem Dam

kadam-dam-nirmal-mancherial-adilabadThe Kaddam Project is an existing major project across river Kaddam, a tributory of Godavari near Peddur(V), Kaddam(M),Adilabad District, Telangan Region, AP, India. The project is envisaged to irrigate an ayacut of 68,000 Ac.Khariff. The Kaddam Project has been integrated with Sriramasagar Project. The reservoir being supplemented through Sriramasagar Project, Saraswathi Canal to stabilize the localized ayacut.

Kadem Project Deatails
  • Year of completion: 1964
  • Height of Dam (Above deepest F.L.): 35.70M
  • Height of Dam (Above lowest Bed Level): 30.70M
  • Impounding capacity at F.R.L: 7603 Mcft
  • Top of dam: + 215.70M (708ft)
  • Max. Water level: + 213.21M ( 700ft)
  • Full reservoir level: + 213.21M ( 700ft)
  • Dead storage capacity: 78.70 M.cum
  • Length of the Dam (at Crest ) in Meters: 378M
  • Type, Number and Size of Spillway gates: Vertical/total-18 Gates ,9Nos 18.30×6.30M,9 Nos 18.30×4.60M
Other Projects
  • Ellampalli Project on Ellampalli at Mancherial.
  • Vattivagu Project on Vattivagu
  • Satnalavagu project on Rallavagu
  • Chelamalavagu project on Chelamalavagu at Ekkapally village.
  • Gudem (Satyanarayana swamy, Ayyappa temples)

Panchkosi Uttara Wahini, Chinnoor

panchkosi-uttara-wahini-chinnoorGenerally Godavari flows from West to East but the Godavari river in Chinoor is having importance as it flows towards north for 5 Kosa (15 km) hence known as “PANCHKOSI UTTARA WAHINI”.

Chinnoor saw one of the earliest settlements, located on the banks of Godavari river. It is empowered with rich cultural values. During the Godavari Pushkara times thousands of pilgrims come here to perform rituals.

This place has close culturl relations with the villages that have similar features – Manthini, Dharmapuri and Kaleswaram. There is an ancient temple here – “shivalayam” also known as Agasteshwaralayam. It is believed that Agasta Muni has performed Tapasya here on the bank of River Godavari. This is believed to be built by Thimmarusu, during the Krishna devaraya times in the 16th century. Some of the other temples popular here are round temple, Jagannatha aalayam, Bada Hanuman. But the city has not improved according to its importance. Chinnoor had been famous for getting versatile kinds of hand-sticks.

Chinnoor is in the proximity coal belt area – widley known as Singareni Colleries. It has an open mine in the out-skirts. The roads in the village are not up to the mark. Main roads are very narrow and damaged here and there. It seems that public representatives don’t take care of all this. Chinoor is a big business centre for surrounding villages of various mandals (tehsils).

Chinnoor is better placed now compared to many other places in district in terms of connectivity. By road it is always connected to other cities of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. From Mancherial buses are plying in every 15 minutes. It has improved over the years and now a national high way (Nizamabad – Jagdalpur) touches the town, improving the road infrastructure. The Delhi – Hyderabad railway line is only a 35 km away; Mancherial and Ramagundam are the nearest railway stations.

Pranahitha Wildlife Sanctuary

pranahita-wildlife-sanctuary-mancherialLOCATION & AREA: Adilabad District. Area 136.02 Sq. Kms.

UNIQUENESS: Pranahita River, one of the tributaries of mighty Godavari, abuts this Sanctuary on its east. It is the home for the endangered Black Buck, Chinkara, Wolf.

FLORA: Dry deciduous and riverine Forests along river Pranahita with Teak, Bamboo, Terminalias, Anogeisus etc.

FAUNA: Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Cheetal, Black Buck, Nilgai, Chinkara, a variety of aquatic Birds & Reptiles.

ACCESSIBILITY: 70 Kms. from Mancherial Railway station. 300 Kms. from Hyderabad by road. Nearest Airport – Hyderabad.

ACCOMMODATION: Forest rest house at Mancherial and Chinnur.

SEASON: November to April