Medak - a small historic town

Medak is a small town in the Medak district located around 90 kms from Hyderabad. It is an old town and the rocky nature of the terrain forms a natural citadel. It is a historic place and was once known as Sidapuram. This place is an ideal day break for the travelers of Hyderabad.

Places of interest: 

Medak Fort: Medak Fort is located to the north of the city over a hillock. The fort has three main entrances which are marked by lion and elephant sculptures. They are called as 'Lions Gate', 'Prathana Dwaram' and the 'Gaja Dwaram'. As named Gaja Dwaram has sculptures of elephants. The fort was built somewhere around 12th century and during the reign of Kakatiyan ruler, Prataparudra. This is said to be a natural fort.

Sculptures of Elephant

There is also a small pond at the top of the fort which almost dries up during the summer. This was supposed to the source of water supply for the inmates of the fort.

Medak Church is located at a distance and can be seen from the top of the Fort.

Medak Church: Medak Church is the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest in the world after the Vatican. This is built in Gothic style. One can sit inside the church and enjoy the peace and serenity of the surroundings. No noise is entertained inside the church.

Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary: Pocharam is around 10 kms from Medak. To get inside the forest, one has to take permission from the Forest officer in Medak. We managed to go inside the forest by requesting the officials in our own vehicles. The forest is dense but we could not find any animals except for the deers and wild cats.

Pocharam Reservoir: (1.5 KMs from Sanctuary) The reservoir was constructed across the Allair River, a tributary of the Manjira River. The reservoir dries up during the summer but remains water filled during the rainy season.

Edupayalu: Edupayalu a small village near medak is a holy place for hindus as it has a great historical significance.This is the place where seven rivulets meet at a point.

Speciality of edupayala:- The manjira river (a tributary to Godavari river) is divided into 7 streams in which the first rivulet is divided into two i.e., vashishta and jamadaagni, then from vashishta the vishwamitra will start flowing from the back of the temple and combine with the vaashishta which flows front of the temple. The two rivulets gowthama and bharadwaja bore from the jamadaagni and flow in the back of the temple. Then the aathreya and kaashyapi flow from the front of the goddess which makes edupayalu of Sri Vana Durga Devi. Pilligrims believe that in rainy season the river water flow in heights and reach the legs of goddess Vanadurga Devi.

Unfortunately we could not go inside this temple as it was already late and place was too crowded due to some festival in progress. But this is a place which one can definitely try to visit when time permits, but make sure you visit during the rainy season else there will be no water and you would not be able to identify the streams.

Probable Routes:
Route 1: NH7 Route: Kukatpalli -> Bowenpalli -> Get on NH7 -> Go all the way till Narsingi -> Ramayampet -> Take a left to Medak

Route 2: JNTU -> Medak Road -> Medak (Shorter)

Route 3: Medak is around 85 km on the Dundigal highway and Pocharam is another 10 km from Medak