Kurnool town is a must-visit tourist destination for one and all. Its rich history, that is inbuilt in its beautiful and artistic monuments, says a lot about its past. The town is located in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is also known as the gateway of Rayalaseema (Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa, and Kurnool). This town consists of everything that will leave a traveler or seeker in you mighty impressed. From the Hindu temples to beautiful scenic beauties, everything seems to be from an utopian world. While everything about this beautiful destination is interesting, the most intriguing one is Belum Caves which is nature's astounding masterpiece. Apart from these caves, Jurnool town is home to some really popular temples like Birla Mandir, Sri Sai Baba Temple, etc.
As per the ASI, those rock art and painting on the walls of caves around the Kurnool are about 30-40 thousand year old. This indicates that the Kurnool city already there even in the Paleolithic Era. Apart from this, it has also been the center during the Vijayanagara Era where several South Indian rulers have ruled. Some of them are the Chola Dynasty and Kakatiya Dynasty. The famous Kurnool Fort was established by King Achyuta Raya during the same era. Several Persian and Arabic inscriptions too are the evidence of the Mughal Era during the 17th century when Emperor Aurangzeb was ruling India.
Belum Caves. They are one of the largest caves where locals and tourists are allowed to enter. It has long passages, galleries, caverns, etc. One of the major attractions of this cave is its exceptional formation of Stalagmite and Stalactite. There are various pathways with complex outlines of riverways that can leave you amazed, the nature and beauty of this spot creates a remarkable charm.
Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area 614 sq. km in the Kurnool district. It offers a memorable journey experience to the visitors. One can explore the rare species of birds and reptiles; the best place for the flora and fauna lovers. Adore the man-made water reservoir, built for the preservation of wildlife.
Oravakallu Rock Garden. A wonderful spot for extraordinary landscapes; the beauty of the spot fascinates the visitors and igneous rock formation can be seen here. Alongside, you will find great restaurants, small ponds, boating facilities, and cave museums here. There is a hiking area and it’s an unusual picnic spot; a must-visit place in the region.
Yaganti. It is known for the Sri Yagantiswamy temple that has turned into an eminent tourist spot; the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Here, one can feel the amazingly rich culture and spiritualism in the environment. A unique sculpture is carved out of a single stone and a unique idol of God to witness. A huge number of devotees of Lord Shiva can be seen here, who gather here to worship the God.
An architectural Tour. There are various Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples in Kurnool that are not only the place of peace but also an architectural masterpiece from the past. Temples like Petu Anjanyeswami, Sri sai Baba, Birla Mandir are the architectural heritage in southern India.
Mahanadi Village Tour. There are several villages in Kurnool city but Mahanadi village has the best picturesque features that never fails to allure the tourists. Situated in the east of Nallamala Hills, the village is surrounded by a thick forest that bestows ultimate natural beauty. Also, the village is famous for Nine Nandi Temples namely Mahanandi, Shivanandi, Vinayakanandi, Somanandi, Prathamanandi, Garudanandi, Suryanandi, Krishnanandi, and Naganandi.
Longest Winter Fest. The authorities of the Ramoji Film Festival keep on bringing joyous festivals to lighten up the mood of the ones who witness them. You ought to experience the Longest Winter Fest here too with your family. (Read more)
Lumbini Festival. The Lumbini Festival is one of the most popular festivals which is mainly celebrated in the Nagarjunasagar city in Hyderabad. The festival is celebrated to celebrate Gautam Buddha. Every year, the second Friday of December is the commencement day of the Lumbini Festival which continues for three days. (Read more)
One can visit Kurnool between October and March as it is the best time to visit this destination.
Air. The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The well-established airport is served by renowned airline services with frequent flights spanning major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai in India. After reaching the airport, one can easily get the local modes of transport to reach Kurnool.
Rail. The nearest railway station is Kurnool Railway Station which is well-connected to other major cities of India. The railway station lies on the Secunderabad-Bangalore line. There are direct trains run from Delhi, and Ashokapuram Sampark Kranti is one of the most reliable trains. However, there is no direct train from Mumbai to Kurnool. First, you need to reach Hyderabad and then you can take express trains to reach Kurnool.
Road. Kurnool is very well connected to neighbour and state regions. It can easily be reached by using state or public buses.