Rangareddy District, formerly known as K. V. Ranga Reddy District and Hyderabad (Rural) District, is a district in the state of Telangana, India. It was formed in 1978 when it was split from Hyderabad district. The district has an area of 7,493 km², and a population of 3,575,064 of which 54.20% was urban as of 2001.
The district encircles the city and district of Hyderabad, and the city of Hyderabad also serves as the administrative center of the district. It is the most populous district of Telangana
The district has 1055 villages and grouped in 37 mandals.
Originally named hyderabad (Rural) district, it was renamed after Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy, a freedom fighter who fought for the independence of Telangana from the Nizams and who went on to become the deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
There are 14 assembly constituencies in Ranga Reddy district. They are Medchal, Malkajgiri, Qutbullapur, Kukatpally, Uppal, Ibrahimpatnam, L B Nagar, Maheshwaram, Rajendranagar, Serilingampally, Chevella, Pargi, Vikarabad and Tandur.
Mandals are third-level administrative areas in India, below states and districts. There are 37 mandals in Ranga Reddy district:
Tourist attractions in Ranga Reddy
Ramoji Film City
The Ramoji Film City, situated in the Rangareddy District, is a film studio complex, equipped with comprehensive facilities for film making,that attracts a large number of producers towards it. Guided tours of the complex are provided for visitors.
Maheshwaram is a popular pilgrimage centre situated in the Rangareddy District. The main attraction of the place is the ruins of an ancient Shiva temple. Apart from this temple, the place also comprises two fortresses namely Shiva Ganga and Vishnu Ganga.
The Village of Chilkur is a small village situated in the premises of Himayath Sagar Lake of Rangareddy District. This village is not only a scenic spot, but is also a religious site due to the presence of a large Balaji temple at the place. Situated close to the Sagar Lake.
Sanghi is a temple complex built by the Sanghi Family, in the Rangareddy District. This temple has been built completely in marble and was sculpted by the renowned craftsman Sri Ganapathy Stapathy.
Durgam Cheruvu is another significant lake of the Rangareddy District. This lake is the most unspoilt and the quietest one in the region. Its surroundings include unique rock mounds, whose presence here marks the boundaries of the plateau of this lake.
Shilparamam is an architecturally significant village of the Rangareddy District. This village is spread over a total area of 50 acres and is situated in the town of Madhapur, which is also known as the Hi-tech city.
Keesaragutta is a unique hillock situated in the district of Rangareddy, which is famous for being home to a thousand Shiva Lingams. This hillock is famous as one of the places where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva. An ancient temple is also present within its premises, which comprises a unique sand sculpture in its sanctum sanctorum.
Ocean Park is an amusement and water theme park, located in the centre of the plateau of Rangareddy District. This water park offers activities like sliding, rafting and carousels in the wave pool. It is spread over 20 acres of landscaped gardens and is a popular weekend gateway for the urban population, being situated just 15 km away from the state capital of Hyderabad.
The Shamirpet Lake is a huge lake situated in the Shamirpet Mandal of Rangareddy City. It lies at a distance of 42 km from Hyderabad and is a famous weekend gateway providing fresh air and solitude. Several guest houses present near this lake also facilitate accommodation for the tourists that come to the place.
Anantagiri Hills are popular sightseeing as well as picnic spots in the Rangareddy District. These hills form a part of the Anantagiri Hill Range and are a popular hill station and an upcoming summer resort. This place mainly comprises ancient cave like structures and several bathing ghats. It is also home to the Ananthaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ananta Padhmanabha and is considered to have been built many centuries ago, by a Muslim king. This temple also depicts instances of the past of this land. Surroundings of these hills comprise thick forests providing a salubrious climate to the place.