Medak is a municipality in Medak District in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is 100 km to the north of Hyderabad. Sangareddy is the district headquarters of Medak.Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary, located 15 km from Medak and 115 km from Hyderabad, was the favourite hunting ground of the Nizam and was declared a wild life sanctuary in the early part of 20th century. Named after the Pocharam lake formed from bounding of the Allair in the years 1916 - 1922, it is spread over 9.12 km. Surrounded by lush green forest, it is rich in flora and fauna and attracts a lot of winged visitors, like the bar-headed goose, Brahminy ducks and open billed stork. There is a center for Eco-Tourism where visitors can see five species of antelopes and deer.
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, 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.
Tourist places in Medak
Sai Baba Temple: Karnal Pally, Chegunta mandal The Temple, which is recenrly build by the sai baba devoties of Karnal Pally villager's and other. There also located famous temple-"Renuka Yellama Devi Alayam" and "Anjaneya Swamy-Temple" Build by Karnal Pally people. The Church of South India Cathedral at Medak. It is considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia
Medak Cathedral: Church of World�s Second Largest Diocese. The church, the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest in the world after the Vatican, is built in solid white granite. The tower is 173 feet high, with four pinnacles.
Gottam Gutta: (Gottam Gota) Its 25 km from Zaheerabad, the place with broad & thick forest, hills, big lake and historical temples.
Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary: It was the favorite hunting spot of Nizam kings. This sanctuary is home to black bucks, leopards, bears, and crocodiles.
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: Anantha Sagar, Siddipet division 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.
Velupugonda sri tumburunatha devalayam: built by rastrakuta kings, is one of the rarest temple in India with prisiding deity as sri tumburunatha swamy.This temple consists of fine stone sculptures dipicting men and women singing and dancing. His temple is situated at velupugonda village in tekmal mandal 35km from Medak town.
Edupayala Durga Bhavani gudi: It 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 means Seven streams. Story of the place goes back to time of Mahabharata. It is believed that king Janamejaya performed "sarpa yagam" 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 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 at Rangampet village, Narasimha swamy temple at Jakkannapet, Sidha rameshwara temple near Medak are other noteworthy temples.