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Medak is a municipality in Medak District in Andhra Pradesh 104 km north to Hyderabad.

Medak, a historic town originally called Siddapuram, later it known as Gulshanabad also, reached its pinnacle during the Kakatiya dynasty reign. Medak has a citadel dating back to the Kakatiyas. It was built during the reign of Kakatiya emperor Pratapa Rudra. Strategically built on a hillock, it was called the Methukudurgam (and Methukuseema), from the Telugu word Methuku meaning cooked rice grain. The main entrance proudly displays the double-headed bird "Gandabherundam" of the Kakatiyas. The Medak fort stands as an epitome of architectural excellence of the Kakatiya dynasty. The water to the fort was served through a pipeline from a well inside the fort. It has three main entrances, the "Prathama Dwaram", the "Simha Dwaram" or Lions Entrance that has two snarling lions at the top of the entrance and the "Gaja Dwaram" or Elephant's Entrance that has a sculpture of two elephants interlocked on both sides of the entrance. At the fort one can see a 17th-century cannon that is 3.2 meters long. The cannon has a trident etched on it. This fortress uses the natural topography to the maximum advantage with the rocky face offering it natural defences.

Medak district is adorned by many temples depicting fine architectural splendours.

  • Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swami Devasthaanam, Hanuman and Shivaalayam, which is under renovation process in Makarjapet(v), Sai Baba Mandir and yellamma temple in Karnalpally in Chegunta Mandal.
  • Erdanoor located 5 km from Ganesh Gadda, National Highway NH-9 Patancheru to Sangareddy to take right
  • Sowdamma Matha Temple, Jathara will celebrate every year in the month of January, Ismailkhanpet near to Sangareddy
  • Sapta Prakarauta Bhavani Mata Temple, located 35 km from Hyderabad in Ismailkhanpet near to Sangareddy
  • Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, located 25 km to the north of Hyderabad in Bonthapalli
  • Sangameshwara Temple, 45 km from Medak town) in Jharasangam
  • Kanakadurga Temple, 8 km from Medak town, on the banks of Manjira river
  • Nachagiri temples, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, 55 km from Hyderabad, Siddipet.
  • There is famous Saraswathi devi temple which is located in Perur which is 5 km from Medak town.
  • Koti Ligeshwara Swamy Temple, Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Ananthasagar temple located 22 km from Siddipet on the route of Siddipet to Karimnagar and Chegunta
  • Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari Ammavari Devalayam, Swayam Bhoo Mahakali Devasthaanam, Anjaneya Swami devalayam to name a few.
  • Sri Sri Chamundeshwari Ammawari Temple at Chitkula village of Andhole mandal, nearer to the Jogipet town.
  • On the banks of Manjira is also a famous shakti temple which is founded by Sri Ramanayya Garu.
  • The Joginatha Temple at Jogipet and Surya Devalayam at Dakur village are also equally important places in the district.
  • Another one is Kowdipally Mandal Tuniki village in this village is the famous temple is Nalla Pochamma, from Hyderabad to 60 km only.
  • A famous temple of Jagadamba mata and Sri Sri Seva Lal maharaj located at Bommareddygudem village in Pulkal mandal.
  • Sri Sri Seva maharaj was born on 14 February and was principal deity of Banjara tribal.
  • Saptha Prakaritha Durga Bavani Temple Ismailkhanpet(V), Sangareddy(m). The statue of durga is placed in seven-walled temple.

Medak Cathedral
The church, the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest in the world after the Vatican[citation needed], is built in solid white granite. The tower is 173 feet high, with four pinnacles.

Gottam Gutta (GottamGota)
Its 25 km from Zaheerabad, the place with broad & thick forest, hills, big lake and historical temples.

Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary
Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary was the favourite hunting spot of Nizam kings. This sanctuary is home to black bucks, leopards, bears, and crocodiles.[citation needed] Singur Dam 30 km from Sangareddy

Medak Fort
This Citadel was first built by Kakathiya king Prathapa rudra. This citadel boasts of iron pipe water supply system spread all over the fort.

Nizam Sagar
Nizam Sagar dam, 50 km from Medak, was constructed across the Manjira River, a tributary of the Godavari River. The site is noted for its splendid scenic beauty. The most outstanding feature of the project is the gigantic masonry dam sprawling across the river for 3 km with a motor able road of 14 ft width over it.

Manjira wildlife & bird sanctuary
comprises nine small islands which are home to a number of resident and migratory birds in addition to Marsh Crocodiles and Muggers.

Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu
Shri Saraswathi Skshtramu is a famous Hindu Temple of Goddess Saraswathi located in the Ananthasagar, Siddipet Division, Medak district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built from 1980 to 1990 built by Sri Astakala Narasimha Rama Sharma (Astavadhani).

Velupugonda sri tumburunatha devalayam
"Velupugonda sri tumburunatha devalayam"- built by rastrakuta kings, is one of the rarest temple in India with prisiding deity as sri tumburunatha swamy (god of music).This temple consists of fine stone sculptures depicting men and women singing and dancing. His temple is situated at velupugonda village in tekmal mandal 35 km from Medak town.

Edupayala Durga Bhavani gudi
Edupayala Durga Bhavani gudi is a highly revered shrine of goddess Durga bhavani in Telangana and adjacent states of karnataka and Maharashtra. Edupayalu is a peculiar place with natural stone formations. Here Manjeera river splits into seven streams and unites into one, hence this place is called Edupayalu, which means "seven streams". Story of the place goes back to time of Mahabharata. It is believed that king Janamejaya (grandson of Arjuna) performed "sarpa yagam (sacrifice of snakes into the holy fire)" here to save his father Parikshith from a curse. recently while constructing a bridge, it is found that 'a layer of ash is there below the Manjeera river bed. Jatara (fair) is celebrated on the day of Shivarathri and Maagha Amavasya. Edupayala jatara attracts lakhs of devotees from telangana, adjacent states of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Rangampet village, Narasimha Swamy Temple at Jakkannapet, Sidha Rameshwara Temple near Medak (2 km from Medak) are other noteworthy temples.