Karimnagar: Karimnagar district is known for its historical and cultural significance in north Telangana. It has over 100 historical sites and four major temple shrines. But the district is not able to make its mark in the tourism circuit. Except for the Elgandal fort, no other historical site, it is learnt, has been fetching revenue to the government.
According to history, Karimnagar district had a glorious past and the historical sites and pilgrim centres stand testimony to that. It has been the cradle of culture and civilisation since long. Apart from the historical sites, structures relating to the Hindu, Islam, Jain and Buddhist religions can also be found in several parts of the district.
Some of the prominent historical sites include Elgandal fort, Ramagiri fort, Mulangur fort, Jagtial fort, Kotilingala, Nagunuru, Bommala-gutta and Dhulikatta. At present, the Elgandal fort, located on the outskirts of Karimnagar city, is generating an income of `10, 000 through sale of tickets while the remaining places are struggling to protect their identities.
For instance, the Ramagiri fort, which lies 65 km away towards north-east of Karimnagar, can be developed as a tourist spot. This fort, which was built in stone with several bastions spread in several kilometers on the hill, played a vital role in the security network from the early times to the period of Asaf Jahis. This fort is situated in Begumpet village in Kamalapur mandal.
The other sites too have ample scope for improvement to attract tourists but are remaining unexplored, thanks to the apathy of the powers that be. Converting these sites into tourism spots will not only generate revenue to the government but also enhance the image of the district.