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Kurnool city is considered as the headquarters of Kurnool District which is situated in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. It is a must-visit tourist destination for everyone who seeks majestic destinations. 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, and is also known as the gateway of Rayalaseema (Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa, and Kurnool).

This town consists of everything that will leave a traveller or seeker in you mighty impressed. From Hindu temples to beautiful scenic beauties, everything seems to be from a 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, Kurnool town is home to some really popular temples like Birla Mandir, Sri Sai Baba Temple, etc.  

One can visit Kurnool between October and March as it is the best time to visit this destination. Also, if you love monsoon season, then Kurnool will give you best spectacle during the season which starts from mid-July. 

History of Kurnool

As per the ASI, those rock art and painting on the walls of caves around the Kurnool are about 30-40 thousand years old. This indicates that the Kurnool city already there even in the Paleolithic Era. Apart from this, it has also been the centre 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. 

Major Attractions in and Around Kurnool

1. 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.

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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 God.

How to Reach Kurnool

A beautiful small city in the Andhra Pradesh State of India, Kurnool owes a lot of historical evidence to intrigue you. The city is 1,812.8 km via NH 44, 897.8 km via NH65, 1,569.2 km via NH16, 359.2 km via NH 44 away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Banglore respectively. 

By Air. The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which is situated at Shamshabad in Hyderabad. The well-established airport is served by renowned airline services with frequent flights spanning the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Banglore in India. After reaching the airport, one can easily get the local modes of transport to reach Kurnool. 

By Road. The Kurnool is well-connected to neighbour and state regions. It can easily be reached by using state or public buses. Also, if you want to experience a road trip for Kurnool, you can take a rented car from Hyderabad(21.8km via NH44) to Kurnool City. 

By 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 wherein Ashokapuram Sampark Kranti is one of the reliable trains. On the contrary, there is no direct train from Mumbai to Kurnool. For that, first, you need to reach Hyderabad via deboarding at Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station and then you can take express trains to reach Kurnool. Begumpet Railway Station is another option, but you need to deboard at Falaknum Railway Station and take Hundry Express Train to reach Kurnool city.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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