Karimnagar district is bounded by Warangal and Medak districts in the South, Nizamabad district in the West, Madhya Pradesh state in the east and Adilabad district in the North directions.
The name Karimnagar is derived from Syed Karimuddin, a Quiladar. It is known for Vedic learning from ancient times. Karimnagar is located at a distance of 165 Km from Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It is rich in Natural Resources. The river Godavari adds to the beauty of this place. Many large scale companies like NTPC, Kesoram Cements, Ramagundam-singareni collieries etc. are located in and around Karimnagar. Holy places like Vemulawada, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, KondaGattu etc. are present in Karimnagar district. The locals specialise in Silver Filigree, a delicate form of metal work. Shivaram wildlife sanctuary is located at 80km from here. It harbours Marsh Crocodiles of river Godavari, Panthers, Sloth Bears, Black Buck, Cheetal, Python and Langoor. It is a 137sq. km riverine forest mixed with teak and terminalia.
The history of the Karimnagar district starts from the Old Stone Age i.e. from 1,48,000 BC. It is evident from the tools, culture and other materials found at different places in Karimnagar. The exhaustions at Pedda Bonkur, Dhollikatte and Kotilingalu are evidences for history. From these evidences it is concluded that Karimnagar is ruled by Shathavahanas. After Shathavahanas Mourya Kings, Asafzalu Kings ruled over Karimnagar. The buildings, constructions made by these kings are today remarkable evidences of the history.
The district covers an area of 11,823 km². It is bounded on the north by Adilabad District, on the northeast by Maharashtra andChhattisgarh states, on the south by Warangal District, on the southwest by Medak District, and on the west by Nizamabad District.
Kaleshwaram : This pictureque spot, surrounded by thick forests is located 130 Kms from Karimnagar, 32 Kms from Manthani and lies on the confluence of the River Pranahitha and the River Godavari.The ancient temple dedicated to Mukteshwara swamy is of special significance as two Shivalinga's are found on a single pedestal. Besides several temples situated here the one dedicated to Brahma is rather uncommon
.Vemulawada - Rajarajeshawara Temple :It is Located 38 kms from Karimnagar, at Vemulawada is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Rajarajeshwara swamy which draws pilgrims from far. Built by Chaluka Kings between the 750 A.D. & 975 A.D., the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Sri Rama, Lakshmana, Goddess Lakshmi, Ganapathy and Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Another interesting temple is dedicated to Lord Bhimeshwara.
Kondagattu - Lord Anjaneya Temple: About 35Kms from Karimnagar is this breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy. Situated amidst hills, valleys & water springs Kondagattu is blessed by nature and very scenic. According to the folklore, the temple was constructed by a cowherd some 300 years ago. The present day temple has been built 160 years ago by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. It is believed that if a women offers puja for 40 days at this temple then she will be blessed with a child.
Elgandal - Khilla & Dho Minar :Located 15 Kms from Karimnagar town, Elgandal was the the District capital under sthe Nizams (till abt 1948). The Elgandal Khilla is is about 25 sq. Km. and at a height apporximately equal to Hyderabad Golkonda Killa. The has facilities like Raja Mandir, Fight room, Store Room, many Phirangi places, Well, Bathing room as well as LaxmiNarasimha temple.