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About Adilabad

Adilabad District lies to the north of newly formed Telangana State. Adilabad town is the Headquarters of Adilabad district. On the North of Adilabad district lie Yeotmal and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra, Chandrapur lies in the East, while on the South Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts are located.

Brief History of Adilabad

The place is named after ruler of Bijapur - Ali Adil Shah. Many dynasties have ruled the region which include Satvahans, Chalukyas, Mauryas, and Mughals. This is the reason why this town is an amalgamation of diverse cultures with Bengalis, Marathis, Gujaratis and Malyalee people living amicably.

Water Projects in Adilabad

Penganga, Godavari, Sathanala river and Pranahitha are the important rivers here. This is why many water projects such as Kadem, Satnalavagu and Chelamalavagu projects have been commissioned here.

Adilabad District Map

Adilabad District

The district consists of 52 Mandals and 1743 villages, 7 Municipalities, 2 Parliament Constituencies and 9 Assembly Constituencies. For administrative purposes, it is divided into 5 Revenue divisions namely:
  • Adilabad
  • Nirmal
  • Utnoor
  • Asifavbad
  • Mancherial

Fast Facts about Adilabad

  • Languages spoken: Telugu, English
  • Temperature Range: It is generally hot here throughout the year because the place lies within Tropical region.
  • Best Visiting Time: Any time of the year
  • Annual Rainfall of the district:700 to 1200 m.m.
  • Summer Temperature: Ranges from 30-46 degree Celsius. May, the hottest month crosses to 460C
  • Winter Temperature: 15-31 degree Celsius. December, the coldest month with  minimum temperature being less than 100C.

Rivers and Mountain Ranges in Adilabad

Satnala (Satpura) range traverses the District from northwest to southeast for 280 Kms. approx. with Mahboobghat as the highest peak. Penganga, Wardha, Pranhita Kadam and Peddavagu are the tributories of Godavari. Satnala, Swarna and Suddavagu are the rivulets.

Cotton Cultivation

What is Adilabad Famous for

Adilabad is famous for parks and sanctuaries. From sanctuaries, fuel, timber to rich deposits of coal, limestone, iron-ore and cement-grade lime stone and clay, green forest cover and waterfalls, Adilabad has it all! Adilabad is famous for superior quality cotton cultivation. Cotton from Adilabad is exported to various parts of the globe.

Tourist Attractions in Adilabad

Kadam Dam, Kuntala Waterfalls, Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary, Shivaram Sanctuary, Kawal Sanctuary, Mahatma Gandhi Park and St. Joseph's Church. Basar (11 kms.), Kuntala Waterfalls, Nirmal (110 kms.) are other nearby attractions.

Transport in Adilabad

In the year 2003, Adilabad Railway station was brought under Nanded (NED) Division of SCR with the bifurcation of Hyderabad Division. All important towns including Allahabad, Hyderabad, Nellore, Nagpur, Patna, Nanded etc. are well connected by road and rail.

National Highway 44 is the largest one in India and passes through Adilabad. Another National Highway is NH 16 which passes through Mancherial. Transportation of goods as well as commuting has become easy due to these National Highways. 

Distance of other Towns from Adilabad

  • Hyderabad: 305  Kms.
  • Secunderabad: 323 Kms.
  • Warangal: 272 Kms.

Festivals in Adilabad

Bonalu and Batukamma are  State festivals in Telangana. Another festival is Bheemana celebrated in March-April. Keehadamarus Festival is celebrated during month of Sravanam (July-August) at Vemayakunta in Adilabad.This has special significance for unmarried girls.

Bonalu Festival

Other festivals celebrated here include Deccan Festival, Visaka Utsav, Lumbini Festival, Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival,Holi, Diwali, Eid-Ul-Fitr, Christmas, Krishna Ashtami, Maha Shivrathri, Ugadi, Vajaya Dashmi, Milad-Un-Nabi,Nagapanchami, Muharram, Sankranthi, Sri Ram Navmi, Vishaka Utsav etc.

Art and Craft in Adilabad

Well, who has not heard of Kondapalli dolls! These are wooden dolls brought from Vijayawada. Then there are figures of animals and birds, deities, hand-crocheted laces, embroidery work, kalamkari paintings, bidriware, Nirmal paintings etc. readily available during fairs.

Cuisine in Adilabad

People here relish dishes such as Sajja Rotte, Jonna Rotte, Brinjal Vepudu, Potlakaya pulusu, Gongura Chana Dal, Bachali Kura and Pachi Pulusu or rasam. Tamarind, peanuts, cashew nuts, curry leaves are commonly added in dishes. Dishes are mostly eaten with rice and sometimes with roti (chappati).

Common Non-Vegetarian dishes include Oorru Kodi Pulusu, Golichina Mamsam and Kodi pulusu. Curry or gravy in dishes is known as Kora. Chakinalu or Sakinalu is an important snack item prepared during Makar Sankranti in Adilabad.

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