The old name of this district is Orugallu. Oru means one and Kallu means stone. The district was situated between 78° 49' and 80° 43'E, of the eastern longitudes and 17° 19' and 18° 36'N, of northern latitudes.
The district is bounded by Karimnagar District to the north, Khammam District to the east and southeast, Nalgonda District to the southwest, and Medak District to the west.
The district has population of 35,12,576 as per the 2011 census which accounts for 9.98% of the total population of the State with 8.21% decadal growth.
Warangal, once the capital of the Kakatiya Kingdom, Warangal is with beautiful lakes, fine temples, rich fauna & flora have contributed to its importance as a Tourist Centre.
The ancient name of Warangal was known to be Oruguallu or Omtikonda on account of huge boulder like hillock situated near the swayambhu Siva Temple and is also called "EKASILANAGARAM". In course of time, it was called as "Orugallu", and finally known as Warangal.
Warangal the ancient Kakatiya Kingdom has everything to satisfy the thirst of tourist all over the world. It has beautiful Lakes, Forts, Architectural Monuments, Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden, Rock Garden, Vana Vigyana Kendra, Regional Science Centre, a fine blend of new and old.