Places to Visit in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India
Kurnool is located on the Indian subcontinent in the Andhra Pradesh state. Kurnool is the headquarters of the Kurnool district. The coordinates of Kurnool are 15.830 N and 78.050 E. Kurnool is 275m above sea level. The place Kurnool spans over an area of 230km2. In the summer season the temperature ranges from 230 C to 370 C and in winter season the temperature ranges from 200 C to 280 C. Kurnool happens to be one of the biggest cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Two rivers flow besides Kurnool. These are Tungabhadra and Hundri.
History of Kurnool
In the 17th century, Kurnool was under the rule of the Bijapur Sultans. In 1687, the Moghuls conquered most of the regions of Andhra Pradesh and Kurnool. Nizams were appointed by the ruler of Moghul, Aurangazeb in these regions. With the fall of the Moghul rule. At this time the Nizams appointed by Aurangzeb declared their independent rule in the region.
During the 18th century, Kurnool was under the rule of the Nawabs. The Nawabs formed alliance with the ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. In the year 1838, the Nawab was defeated by the British East India Company and Kurnool fell into their hands. Kurnool was made the capital under the Madras administration. The year 1947, marked the era of Indian Independence in the Indian history. At that time Kurnool was merged with the state of Tamil Nadu. Later in the year 1953, eleven districts in the northern most part of Madras was merged with the present state of Andhra Pradesh.
People & Culture of Kurnool
Kurnool offers a rich and diverse culture, with people from all caste, religion and sect residing throughout the place. Telugu, English and Hindi are the languages spoken by the people in and around Kurnool, with Telugu being the local language.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the locals in Kurnool.
Food and Shopping at Kurnool
There are restaurants in Kurnool serving various cuisines to customers taste. There are shopping mall and complexes in Kurnool. The names of few shopping malls and complexes are mentioned below
- M and M shopping Mall
- Shroff Bazaar
Tourist Places around Kurnool
There are religious places with beautiful architecture, Forts and places with amazing landscapes in and around Kurnool. Some of them are mentioned below
- Birla Mansion
Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, this temple is created with white colored marble.
- Mahanandi Temple
This temple houses the Linga (a form of Lord Shiva) which appears in the form of a rough rock that was never cut.
- Srishailam Dam
Situated across the Krishna River, this dam was opened in the year 1981. The dam provides an amazing view of the dense green forest surrounding it.
- Rollanadu Bird Sanctuary
Many endangered species of birds are seen flocking this sanctuary throughout the year.
- Belum Caves
One of the oldest caves in Kurnool, this structure stretches for about 90 km and is well known for its stalagmite form.
There is other tourist destinations worth visiting apart from the one’s mentioned above such as
- Nallamala Hills
- Saibaba Temple
- Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
- Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary
- Kondareddy Burz
- Peta Anjaneyaswami Temple
- Yaganti Shiva Temple
Means of Commutation to Kurnool
The distance of Kurnool, via road, from cities within the state and Neighboring cities are mentioned below
- Hyderabad is located at a distance of 216 km
- Chennai is located at a distance of 460 km
- Bangalore is located at a distance of 354 km
- Nagpur is located at a distance of 813 km
- Pune is located at a distance of 644 km
Inter city transportation is facilitated by bus, taxis and auto rickshaws.
Trains from all over India arrive and depart at Kurnool railway station on a daily basis.
Kurnool is also connected to the rest of the world via airways. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is located at a distance of 200 km which connects Kurnool to the rest of the world.
Accommodation Options at Kurnool
To make a tourist an enjoyable there are hotels in Kurnool such as three star and four star having luxury and deluxe rooms priced at Rs. 3000/-. These hotels have 24 hour check in and out facilities. Some of them even provide car on hire facilities to tourists. There are other hotels too in Kurnool where rooms are rented at Rs. 400/- per day.
- Hotel Rajavihar Deluxe
- Hotel S V Regency
- The Mourya Inn
- Haritha Srisailam
- Bhupal Hotel
- Hotel DVR Mansion
- Sai Priyankas Comfort Inn
- Rajdhani Hotel
- Woodlands Lodge
- Jayashree Hotel
- Sai Sudha Hotel
- Sri Adithya Hotel
- Viswas Lodge
- Hotel Raja Vihar Deluxe
- Akshara Hotel