Kurnool, a perfect weekend gateway from Hyderabad

The beautiful town of Kurnool is situated on the southern shore of river Handri and Tungabhadra in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Kurnool is the gateway to famous Hindu pilgrimage such as Peta Anjaneyaswami, Shrine of Srisailam, Birla Mandir, Iswaraswami, Nagareswarasawami, Venugoplaswami and some other famous temples in the city.

 

Apart from pilgrimage sites, Kurnool and the nearby areas also present opportunity to visit palaces, wildlife parks and ancient caves. People who have interest in archaeology and ancient history must surely visit Kurnool. Kurnool is at a distance of 235 kms from Hyderabad and is a popular weekend destination. You can book Hyderabad to Kurnool cabs on Savaari.com, which is a reputed provider of cabs from Hyderabad.

 

Kurnool derived its name from the Telugu word Kandanvolu which is the name given to this place in the ancient inscriptions and literature. Kurnool is an ancient town with thousands years old history. Archeologists claim that the rock painting found in the region of Ketavaram near Kurnool, belongs to the Paleolithic era. The art on rocks found in Jurreru Valley and Yaganti dates back to 40,000 years. The Kurnool region was ruled by the King Sri Krishnadevaraya and later by Sultanate of Bijapur in the seventh century.  Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb conquered Kurnool in 1687 and later allowed Nizams of Andhra to control it. Nizams fought against the Britishers in the 18th century.

This quaint place can bring a nice feeling of old world charm among the travelers and with its rich history on display, Kurnool makes a great tourist destination.

We have listed down top attractions in Kurnool which should be part of every travel itinerary:

Belum Caves: Belum Caves are located in the Belum village in the Kolimigundla Mandal part of Kurnool. It is set of natural caves which are formed by the constant flow of underground water. These are the second largest caves in India and historically important for Jains and Buddhists. Belum Caves have large spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and passages, beautifully formed in Black Limestone.

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Ahobilam : It is a major pilgrimage site in Kurnool. It is believed that at this place Lord Narasimha killed the Hiranyakashipu and blessed Prahlada. There are many prominent temples in this area.

Yagnati : It is famous for Lord Shiva’s temple called the Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Swamy Temple. It was maintained and patronized by various dynasties that ruled Kurnool. The area also houses Agastya Cave and Veera Brahmam cave which are popular tourist attractions.

img_5664editedMahanadi Temple: Surrounded by thick forests of Nallamala Hills, it is one of the most picturesque temples. It has world’s largest statue of Nandi.

Adoni Fort: The grand Adoni fort is situated in the Adoni city in Kurnool district. Adoni city was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.

ado25-scaled1000Banganapalle Fort:  This marvelously built fort was used as Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. Banganapalle is also famous for its mangoes and Sree Veerappayya Swamy temple.

Nallamalas Hills: These hills are part of the Eastern Ghats and run parallel to the Coromandel Coast. The lush green hills have few ancient rocks which showcase interesting ancient artwork.

img_9760Kurnool is one of the unique tourist destinations which offer great sites for both religious devotees and history enthusiasts. The most convenient way to hire a taxi in Hyderabad is through Savaari.com. It has the best and most affordable options for Hyderabad to Kurnool taxi.