Vemulawada, which is about 180 kms from Hyderabad is famous for Raja Rajeshwara Temple. If you want to visit the most beautiful and the most popular Shiva Temple in Telangana region, then the Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy aalayam in Vemulawada is a must see.
The town is thronged by devotees from around the globe, thanks to the famous Shiva temple. The beautiful town houses the very famous temple, and the rest of it is crowded with little kiosks, shops, thousands of pilgrims and tourist vehicles! Even in the off season, the town is a scene of hectic activity with on and off tourists and if you visit Vemulawada during the Shiva Ratri or in the Karthika masam, then you have to be prepared to face heavy rush. The temple has its history deeply rooted in the era of the great Vemulawada Chalukyas. The Vemulawada Chalukyas are lesser known stem of the Chalukyas. They ruled these parts of Telangana between the 9th-10th Centuries A.D. Vemulawada was the capital of these rulers. Here Lord Shiva is in the form of Sri Raja Rajeshwara and people fondly refer to him as Rajanna. The place is also very closely associated with the 11th Century Telugu poet, Vemulawada Bheemakavi.