- About Kurnool
The quaint town of Kurnool sits idly, caressed by the scenic
Tungabhadra and Handri rivers. Kurnool is just the place to indulge in
the pristine beauty of nature and ancient charms of Medieval India. This
unspoilt land of beauty and majesty, beckons a traveler to laze around
in its rich bounties. Glimpses of Islamic and Hindu heritage could be
seen here, with its numerous mosques and temples sitting in peaceful
co-existence. Kurnool served as the capital of Andhra Pradesh from 1953
to 1956, before it was shifted to Hyderabad.
Nestled in picturesque surroundings, Kurnool has always been a city of strategic importance. There are forts, ancient temples and historic mosques, which bear witness to the citys historic importance. The city enchants a visitor with its gardens, verdant hills and splendid waterfalls.
The Kondareddy Buruz in the city, which is protected under the Ancient
Monuments Preservation Act, is a favored tourist attraction. Situated on
the banks of the river Handri is the grand tomb of Abdul Wahab, built
in 1618, another must-see site in Kurnool.
The ruins of a magnificent palace that belonged to the last Hindu dynasty of Kurnool is another attraction. The imposing temples of Nagareswaraswami, Peta Anjaneyaswami, Satyanarayaswami and Venugopalswami are striking examples of Dravidian style of temple architecture.
The stunning fort of Adoni, once an impregnable fort of the Vijayanagar Empire, now sits in ruins. The fort in its hay days served as an important place for trade and commerce. It was also used as a seat of power for the Islamic rulers in later years. The fort is situated atop beautiful hills at a height of about 800ft. The impressive Jamma Masjid in Adoni is a good example of Islamic heritage of the region.
Ahobilam is an important Vaishnavite pilgrimage center in South India. Legend has it that it was here that Lord Narasimha blessed his devotee Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipa. There are a total of around nine temples in the area, some are caves located on steep slopes thus making those difficult to access. Madhavaram, an old town, is famous for its ancient gateway, which resembles the gateway of India in Mumbai.
Sangameswaram at a distance of 55 Km from Kurnool is a picturesque place near the sacred confluence of the Bhavanasi and Krishna Rivers. The temple located here is famous for its wooden Lingam.
Srisailam, located amidst of the dense foliages of Nallamalai hills, is one of the most ancient and revered places of worship in India. The imposing temple of Srisailam, dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba, stands majestically on the Rishabhagiri hills offering peace and solace to thousands who throng this hallowed place. Srisailam also finds reference in ancient Puranas and Vedic texts. The dam and the adjoining wildlife sanctuary here are also important sightseeing destinations.
Belum Caves, the second largest cave network in India is located in the Kolimigundle mandal of Kurnool district. These caves are geologically and historically important. Evidences point that Jainist and Buddhist monks occupied these caves centuries ago and various Buddhist artifacts found inside the caves bear witness to it. These artifacts are now housed in the Museum at Ananthapura.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at a distance of 220 Km in Hyderabad.
By Rail :
Kurnool lies between the Secunderabad- Bangalore railway line.
The city is well connected by road.