Tour to Kurnool The most highly populated state in southern India and the land simultaneously of the Telugu and the Charminar, Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal offers a plethora of the most diverse tourist experiences. From dilapidated fortresses to untamed wilderness, magnificent monuments to rustic tribal villages, Andhra Pradesh has it all. Home also to a bipolar communal environment, Tourism of Andhra Pradesh has always been a flourishing industry and still has not lost any of the attention due to it.

Etymologically, Kurnol comes fromn the word “Kandenaolu” by which it was earlier called, meaning, a “lubricating village”. Such a strange name owes its origin to the bullock carts which once traversed from far-off places to this village to dig sand in the rivers that ran on both sides to lubricate their wheels. This Kandenavolu changed to Kurnool when the British took over the town. This 2000 year old village was a major fort during the reign of the Vijayanagar emperors. There is still a grand watch tower called Konda Reddy Buruju to testify the glory it enjoyed during the reign of Vijayanagar emperors. Notably this is the only place inhabited region between the two rivers that run on both sides of the village. Notably, Kurnool was the first Capital City of Andhra Rastram. A tour to Kurnool is a must on a tour to Andhra Pradesh.

Places to see around Kurnool:
*   Srisailam- Shiva temple and Hydel power plant (175 km)
* Mantralayam- Raghavendra Swami Temple (92 km)
* Alampur- Shiva Temple (25 km approx)
* Mahanandi- Shiva Temple with natural spring (80 km)
* Ahobilam- Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy’s Temple (90 km approx)
* Belum caves near Banaganapalle (125 km)
* Rollapadu – sanctuary for the Great Indian Bustard – the largest flying bird (60 km)
* Konda Reddy Fort- Central attraction of Kurnool in Kurnool Town (Centre of the city)
* Yaganti, Near Banaganapalli- Shiva temple (85 km)
* Kalva-bugga – Natural spring; also don’t miss the natural rock formations on the way (27 km)
* Nallamala forest – (Srisailam, Mahanandi and Ahobilam are all located within the forest region)
* Jagannatha Hill – Outskirts of Kurnool(5km)
* madhilatiswami temple near bethamcherla 60kms from kurnool.
* KambagiriSwamy Temple near Dhone.80 Kms from Kurnool

Summers are uncomfortably hot and humid. The best time therefore to visit Kurnool is between October and March. Kurnool lies on the Hyderabad–Bangalore railway line. There are also frequent passenger trains to Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai.  Kurnool is connected to most cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh and to Bangalore and Chennai by the state road transport corporation (APSRTC). National Highway 7 connects it to Hyderabad (210 km, 3.5 hours) and Bangalore (360 km, 6 hours). Hyderabad Begumpet Airport.

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