Lost in Time: Nagunur Ruins

Less than three hours from Hyderabad, the district of Karimnagar in Telangana is peppered with numerous lesser-known forts and ancient ruins, making it the ideal day trip destination. Not yet over run with tourists, here you can happily explore at your own pace.

Home to a  cluster of Kalyana and Kakatiya temple ruins, Nagunur is one such village in Karimnagar. Once the centre of the Kakatiya Empire, it is today but a tiny village lost in timeWith these temples at its heart, it does not take but more than ten minutes to traverse through this entire village!

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The most significant among these temples – from the 12th century – is the Trikuta Temple built by the Chalukyas of Kalyani.

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Though constructed in the same style as the Manthani temple, it is in much better shape today, with the three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva showing evidence of continuing worship.

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Nagunur Temple Ruins

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Explorers Guide

Getting There: Nagunur is 260 kilometers from Hyderabad and the drive via NH44 through Outer Ring Road will take around three and a half hours.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoons. With the rain clouds as a backdrop, these ancient temples look serenely beautiful.