Kurnool, a erstwhile state capital of Andra Pradesh, beautifully located on the banks of river Tungabadra and Handri. It has many charming places to see around. It is blessed with many ancient temples, historical monuments and proud palaces as a remembrance of bygone era. There are many legends and inscriptions brings Kurnool under lime light for its historical significance. One can get the glimpse of ruins of royal fort, dating back 14th century which flourished during Vijayanagar kingdom. Kurnool serves as gateway for many tourist spots located at a distance of 210 km from Hyderabad. Tourist with archeological interest are much fond of this place.
TOURIST PLACES IN KURNOOL
Belcum Caves: Belcum caves are the second largest caves in India after Meghalaya caves. Meditation hall, banyan tree hall, mandapam, musical chamber, water galleries and passages are the major attraction of this cave. It has three cavities and numerous chambers in it. Tourist can astonish the natural art formed by stalactite and stalagmite. Indian government declared these caves as 'Unique Eco Touriam Project', located 110 km from Kurnool.
Kondareddy Burz: It is popularly known as Kondareddy Fort, located at the heart of Kurnool. Age of the fort is unknown but believed to be built by Achyutarayalu, younger brother of great King Krishna Deveraya during 16th century. Part of the fort was once used as a prison. It is worth to visit fir its splendid architecture. This boastful burz is protected under ancient monuments preservation department of India.
Mahanadhi: A beautiful place located 80 km from Kurnool at the Nallamala forest periphery. It is a reputed pilgrim Pool inside the temple is considered divine, filled with crystal clear water from natural springs and considered eraser of sins.
Mantralayam: One of the great Saint Sri Ragavendrar attained eternal life around 300 years ago at this small town Mantralayam. This little town is flooded with devotees and tourists throughout the year for its serene atmosphere and positive vibration.
Saibaba Temple: It is one of the biggest Saibaba temple in India, spreads around 1.5 acres of land. Saint Saibaba idol is made up of marble. There are several other deities located around the temple. A huge meditation hall, can accommodate more than 800 people is the highlight and one can get deep internal silence and can remain in peace by visiting this temple.
Birla Mandir: A fantastic temple, situated on a hill called, Naubath Pahad/Kalapahad. Beautifully adorned with white marbles, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara which overlooks the lake Hussain Sagar. Twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad are best viewed from this temple premises. This magnificent shrine has several lively sculptures and carvings. The style of architecture is another appreciation. grandiosity of this shrine is wonderfully viewed by the illumination of decorative lights at night.
Other Places: Ahobilam -a famous pilgrimage for Hindus, Adoni forts, Srisailam, Peta Anjeneya swamy temple, Rollappa bird sanctuary, Gunda Brahmeshwaram wildlife sanctuary, Nallamalla hills, Nagarjunasagar Sanctuary, Abdul Wahab Tomb, Yaganti caves are other well known places to enjoy.
HOW TO REACH KURNOOL
By Air: Nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi international airport in Hyderabad, 210 km from Kurnool.
By Train: Kurnool is easily reached by train as it is located in Hyderabad-Chennai line. Kurnool junction is the nearest one. Apart from there are three more nearby railway stations namely Nandyala, Adoni and Dhone junctions.
By Bus: State owned and private buses are well connecting Kurnool to major cities of India.
Weather: During Summer, Kurnool is extremely hot, temperature is from 30°C to 40°C and in Winter 20°C to 30°C. In monsoon, Kurnool gets intense rain fall than other parts of Andra Pradesh. October to February is best time to visit.