Ghanpur Group of Temples

Ghanpur Group of Temples is the best hidden gem of the Karkatiya Dynasty situated at Ghanpur Mandal at a distance of about 60 Km from the city of Warangal in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.  The place is also known as Kota Gullu. The temple has 22 structures, of different sizes and shape within a doubled walled complex. You will find various architecture styles in all of these temples. The temple is quite similar to the Ramappa Temple of Warangal itself and hence sometimes called as Ramappa’s Twin by few people.

Ghanpur Group of Temples

History of Ghanpur Group of Temples

History of the Ghanpur group of temples belong to the Karkatiya Dynasty. Karkatiya Dynasty ruled Warangal from 1199-1260 A. D. The temple was built during the reign of King Ganapatideva, a ruler of the famous Kakatiya dynasty.

Tourist Attractions in Warangal

As these temples were built in 13th century, the impact of Karkatiyan architecture can be seen, as it was the time of Karkatiyan Rule in Andhra Pradesh. The most famous attraction of Ghanpur Groups of Temple is a temple dedicated Lord Shiva, surrounded by doubled walls. Sabhamandapa entrances, along with the two 'Salabhanjikas' or 'Madanikas' are its popular features. Many figures including Gaja-Kesari which is a half lion  and half human riding on an elephant, Horse-head Lion back on elephant and Hayagriva can be seen by tourists.The pillar has a central ceiling with patma motifs to the south of the temple. You will see amazing rock cut architecture on the ceilings, walls and gateways of these temples. The beautiful designs of flowers and figures have been carved out of solid granite rocks. You can also find Stories from the Shiva Purana engraved on beams above the door of the main temple.

How to Reach at Ghanpur Group of Temples

Ghanpur Group of Temples is located at a distance of about 60 Km from the city of Warangal and is easily accessible by all means of the transportation.  It is suggested to have a vehicle of your own as the frequency of public transport is limited in the area.

Hotels and Restaurants near Ghanpur Group of Temples

The Haritha resort at Ramappa temple is the nearest place for accommodation, which is located at around 20 minutes from the Ghanpur Group of Temples. The best is  to stay at Warangal and make a day trip by covering Ramappa Temple and Ghanpur Group of Temples.

There is a Haritha Restaurant of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation  is located at Ghanpur itself, but one should pack one's lunch as eating out options are very limited.

Places of Interest around Ghanpur Group of Temples

Quick Facts about Ghanpur Group of Temples

Entry - Free
Not Allowed - Pets
Temple Timings - 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM (All days including weekends and public holidays)
Contact Details
Warangal Tourism Office Contact Number: 0870-2459201
State Tourism Department – 040-23450444
Distance from Warangal - 60 Km
Best Time to Visit - October to March

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