Adilabad, known as Ethlabad in the earlier times, is a historic land that has been ruled by different dynasties for centuries. It is sited on the northern borders of the state, where Indian rivers like Godavari, Penganga and Wardha move across its expanse and makes it a perfect tourist destination nestled in the lap of nature. The tourists can explore gushing waterfalls, invigorating rivers and interesting wildlife.
Adilabad has derived its name from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. In the bygone era, the place has been ruled by the Mughals, Mauryas, Satavahanas and Chalukyas as well.
Adilabad derives its name from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah. During Rashtrakuta regime, this town/village was known as Edlawada which means "land of Oxen" It was created out of a sub-district named Sirpur-Tandur in 1905.
Historically, Adilabad has been home to a variety of cultures. Owing to its position at the border of central and southern India, it has been ruled by North Indian dynasties like the Mughals and the Mauryas and South Indian dynasties like the Satavahanas and the Chalukyas. The current culture of the district incorporates significant elements of the neighboring Marathi culture into the native Telugu culture. However a multicultural society exists here with Bengalis,Malayalees Gujratis living in harmony.
By Air: The nearest airport is Hyderabad airport, located at a distance of 322 kms.
By Rail: Adilabad has its own station, which is well-connected to the western and southern parts of India.
By Road: Hyderabad forms the best medium for getting to Adilabad. There are numerous state and private bus services that connect Adilabad with other parts within and outside Andhra Pradesh.