Kurnool is situated on the confluence of Tungabhadra and Hindri river. In the historical record, Kurnool was known as Kandanavolu or Kandanolu. The town used to be crossing of Tungabhadra river where bullock cart caravans are believed to have greased their wheel. Kangana Kurnool is rich is history and also a trade and transportation hub. The city is also known as gateway of Rayalaseema. Below are the places to visit in Kurnool.
Kurnool fort also well known as Konda reddy Buruju was erected by Achyuta Devarayalu, the ruler of VijayaNagar empire in 16th century. Konda Reddy Buruju is a part of Kurnool Fort and is the only part left out of the magnificent fort. Another portion of the fort is Erra Buruju carved with red sandstone. the fort illustrates architecture brilliance of Vijayanagar empire.
Belum caves is one of the largest and longest cave system in India. Ranked after Meghalaya’s Krem Liat Prah caves, the cave covers a distance of approximately 10594 ft. The Belum cave is formed naturally by the constant flow of underground water over thousand of years. The major eye catching attraction of the cave are speleothems, long passages, galleries and spacious caverns with fresh water and siphons. The deepest point is known as patalaganga. It is one of the unique eco tourism project that is open to public and tourists cannot afford to miss this beguiling destination.
Being the largest stretch of forest in the eastern ghat, Nallamalla forest is a mound of natural beauty. The forest is the house of tigers, panthers and deer. Nallamala hill is carved with the oldest rocks in the world. The highest peak of Nallamala hill is Sikhareswaaram. The forest is also endowed with Cumbum lake that belongs to 15th century and one of the oldest man made lake in Asia.The lush greenery nestled by hills in eastern ghat is an excellent scenery to visually treat your eyes and savor the visual spectacle of the nature.
Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary
Covering an area of 614 sq km Rollapadu bird sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and a paradise for bird watchers. The bird sanctuary is the house of Great Indian bustard which is a critically endangered species. The sanctuary also covers animals and reptiles. The thorny forest and large grassland of the sanctuary offers an excellent abode of the birds. Fox, wolf, jackal and cobra are some of the wild species found here.
Adoni fort located in Adoni was erected in 14th century by Vijayanagar empire. Unlike other forts, this fort is situated upon three united mountains that gives a distinctive feature to the fortress . Due to negligence in maintenance , one can see the dilapidated fort that still stands tall on granite rock and conveys the architecture of Vijayanagar empire. The Arabic inscription in the fort suggest that the fort served as a military position for Muslim rulers of Bijapur.
Mahanadi temple is an important shrine for Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is famous for architecture and renovated by different rulers over time. The temple comprises a a single rough uncut rock Shiva linga and a huge Nandi stands in front of the shrine. it is believed that the tank near the temple has same water level throughout all season and medicinal properties.
Kurnool Museum is constructed by archaeological survey of India. The museum is located near Handri river and has unique collection that is excavated from Kurnool. Some of the important artifacts in the museum include ancient weapon and broken sculptures from ancient temples.
Mantralayam is a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus. Located on the bank of Tungabhadra river, It is the samadhi of Sri Raghavendra Swamy who lived in 17h century and went to samadhi alive infront of disciples. Raghavendra math and temple is visited by thousand of devotees throughout the year.