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Amrabad Tiger Reserve Telangana

The Mannanur and Farahbad Tiger reserve are located at a reachable distance of 140 km from Hyderabad and it is one of the largest tiger reserves in the country it is a mere two and half hours’ drive from the city, this hilly region is at a height of 1400 to 1800 feet above sea level and is covered by thick forest.

Being India’s largest tiger reserve it is home for the chinkara commonly known as the Indian gazelle, sambar, spotted deer, blue bull, tiger, bear, leopard, panther, hyena, wolf, fox, wild dogs, mountain lizards, anteaters, languor, red squirrel, to name a few and birds such as peacock, jungle fowl the yellow-footed green pigeon, bulbul, red-crowned parrot are commonly seen. The small town of Mannanur located up on the hills of Amarabad is historical in its own way. Mostly colonies of the local tribe “chenchus”. It was explored by Dr. Aprot and Syed Yousufuddin Mohammed in the mid-1800’s (19th century). As the early reports of Mannanur suggest the population of chenchus in 1895 was 170 mud house and a total of 811 tribal people. This tribe still is existent in the inner areas of the forest region. Ancient ruins that were discovered in the region and early reports suggest that the tribe of Chenchu be in the army of the Hindu god Ram during the period of Ramayana. The highest plains of Vatkapalli are recorded at 3200 feet above sea level, Amarabad at 2548 feet, and Kullam at 2873 feet making it the highest hill station of Telangana. The early language is spoken in the region is known to be “Telangi”.
List of ancient temples around the region.
  1. Uma Maheshwaram temple in Ranagapur is supposed to be the biggest temple in the region and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is the northern gateway of Srisailam is one of the Jjyothilingas. It dates back to the 2nd century AD.
  2. Gopal Swamy temple recorded in ancient times is located around the Mannanur town and has to be explored in the dense forest.
  3. Chinna Kishore Swamy temple is located on the eastern side of Amrabad. It was found in a state of ruins in 1895 and was abandoned at that time its existence today is not known.
  4. Rama Swamy temple is an ancient temple found in ruins hundred years ago and yet to be discovered for the present day.
  5. Chinna Narayana temple located in the region of Amrabad is formed on the peak of a hill. It was known to be the place for the sacred bulls.
List of forts and hills.
  1. Pratap Rudra fort located at the top of the hill has a view of thirty miles. The fort remains in ruins as of the date and has a grave on its entrance which is supposed to be of two Afghan generals of the Muslim army. Remains of the fort can be seen and trekking is the only way to reach the top.
  2. Chandra Gupti hill is located in the south of Amrabad region and it was the hunting ground of Raja Rudra Pratap. A special palace here was made for one of his queens. The area now is covered with forest and according to ancient research, it is believed that there is an ancient temple on the top of the hill.
  3. Patcha Gattu is an unexplored region in the Amrabad forest where according to ancient scripts the color of white looks yellow at the time of sunrise.
  4. Erlapade is the fourth hill on the way to Chandragupta it is a black soil region with a water stream with the name of "Raltiragu" flows. the remains of an ancient village "Boryadipalli" are found on the banks of Raltirgu
  5. Tapalakarva is the highest plain running across for 12 miles on the top. This area consists of three ancient wells and two ponds. An ancient civilization in this region is recorded. This area today has a present name Vatvarapalli. It has the most fertile soil in the region and has the purest form of air recorded in the region of Telangana.
We have mentioned a few points from the extensive research conducted by Major Navel, Mr.Johnson, and Nawab Syed Yousufuddin Mohammed in the 19th century. Areas and jungles mentioned above are home to the centuries-old Chenchu tribe who still live in colonies deep inside the forest cover. 'We here at the Grasswalk have compiled an overview of the detailed report for our guests to understand and respect the region during their stay with us. We would request our guest to understand the local community wildlife and the eco-balance of sustainable tourism in the area.'