RAMAPPA is a kind of place which actually fulfills the requirement of every visitor . It has picturesque beauty , a famous temple , a grasping art , a huge lake and centuries of history.(pardon me , if the order of descriptions seems improper). Overall , for a first time visitor ,definitely it holds a ‘wow factor’.
The place has been named after the sculptor ‘RAMAPPA’. He seems to be the only sculptor in the world to gain this kind of honor. It was built in the period of Ganapathi Deva(of Kakathiya dynasty),by a general Recherla Deva in 13th century.
There are two temples sitting next to each other. They depict typical delicate Kakathiya art. The bigger temple has been built on a star shaped elevation ,which is about 7 ft from the ground. Exterior has some rock cut elephants, apsaras and famous NAGIN which inspired some next generation sculptors. The carved dancers in the walls and pillars helped the revival of PERINI SHIVATHANDAVAM , a classical from the time of kakathiyas. exterior
The interior is even more interesting, there are pillars which are carved from floor to ceiling. On one pillar a sculpture can produce sounds similar to indian classical music. On other one there are 5 dancers next to each other with only a count of 8 legs, but when we consider each dancer individually each seems to possess 2 legs.( I think I am very bad at describing things.) .
The roof shows various episodes from indian mythology. Though it is huge and looks heavy,It is said to be able to float in water. Of course , there is no way we can test that.
Opposite to the temple there is another raised platform with enormous Nandi.
How to reach
IT is about 75 kms from Warangal. You can reach only by road. Telangana tourism is offering services to ramappa.
What to do
It has a temple ,surrounding greenery ,a lake where boating is offered. As a family vacation , weekend getaway u can plan to visit along with laknavaram ,which is located just 15 kms from Ramappa.
Where to eat
Only decent place to dine with families here is HARITHA RESTAURANT by Telangana tourism. Food is O.K. You can find dhabas only at a distance of 10-15 kms.
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