Kurnool District is located in Andhra Pradesh, India. Name of this place is named after the Telugu word Kandanavolu. It is the gateway to Rayalaseema. Between 1st October 1953 to 31st October 1956 this place acted as capital of Andhra Pradesh. This place is having archaeological significance. This is situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra and Handri. Sri Krishnadevaraya , Hindu King, influence is more at this place. Aurangazeb and Nizams also ruled this place. After independence Kurnool city was first ruled by Alaf Khan Bahadur.
What to see at Kurnool:
Birla Mandir: It is located on the hill named Naubath Pahad. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. From this temple complex, visitors can see the temple of Birla Mandir of Secunderabad.
Srisailam Dam: Construction of this dam started in 1960 completed in 1981. It is one of the 12 largest hydroelectric Projects of India. Dam was built on River Krishna.
Belum Caves: These are situated in Belum village of Kurnool. In India these caves are 2nd largest caves. Natural art work can be seen here at these caves. Major attractions of these caves are Banyan tree, Meditation Hall, Mandapam, Patalaganga, simhadwaram, Musical Chamber.
Mahanandi : Major attraction of this village is Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple. Temple is dates back to Chalukyan Period. Lord Mahanandiswara, who was the incarnation of Lord Shiva, is worshipped here. It is one of the 9 Nandi’s.
Bharmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple: It is situated in Srisalam. Lord Mallikarjuna incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Bhramara means bee. It is believed that Goddess Parvati Worships Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of bee. It is one of the 12 jyothirlinga temple.
Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary: It is dry thorny forest. This is covered with groundnut, cereal crops, Castor and Cotton. Major attractions of this place are Indian bustards, Indian cobras, wolves, Jackals etc.
Saibaba Temple: In India this one of the biggest saibaba’s temples. Marble stone used for the idol of Saibaba. Temple is having the meditation hall having the capacity of 800 devotees.
Nallamala hills: It is the part of Eastern Ghats. These hills cover Mahabubnagar, Prakasam, Kurnool, Kadapa, Guntur districts. Near this hill Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary is located.
Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife sanctuary: This sanctuary situated in both Prakasam and Kurnool districts. May and October are the best times to see this place. Major attractions are Pythons, Chinkara, Panthers etc.
Other attractions of Kurnool: Other attractions of Kurnool are Nagarjuna Srisailam Sanctuary, Kurnool Fort, Peta Anjaneyaswami Temple, Yaganti Shiva Temple, Tomb of Abdul Wahab, Adoni.
What to see around Kurnool:
Prakasam: construction of several stupas can be seen here ad Buddhism flourish in this region. Several kings such as Mauryas, Qutub Shahis, Vijayanagar Kings ruled this place. Major attractions of this district are Singarayakonda, Chirala, Motupalli, Chandavaram, Tripuantakam, Markapur etc.
Anantapur: It is other boundary of Kurnool district. Major attractions of this district are Penna Ahobilam, Veerabhadra Temple, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami temple, Penukonda Fort, Raidurga fort, Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narayana temple, Ravadurg Gooty Fort.
Getting to Kurnool: Kurnool is well connected with road and railways. From Hyderabad, Chitoor, Anantapur etc buses come to this place. Kurnool railways are well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.
Getting around Kurnool: Autos, Taxis, buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kurnool.
Best time to vast Kurnool: Best time to visit this place is between February and December.
Where to stay at Kurnool: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place including luxury hotels. Best hotels are Rajshri Hotel, Rajasthan hotel, Rajhans International, Bhavana International.
Where to eat in Kurnool: Eateries and restaurants are plenty at this place. This place is well known for non vegetarian food.