Places of Interest
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, Kurnool District
Important Tourism places in Kurnool District
Achyutha Devarayala Buruzu(Konda Reddy Buruzu):
Achyutha Devarayala Buruzu(Konda Reddy Buruzu) is located in the heart of Kurnool & believed to be built by Achyutha Devaraya brother of Sri Krishnadevaraya the Raja’s of Vijayanagaram in between 1529-1542 AD. It was a part of Kurnool fort & was used as a prison. One revolutionary Konda Reddy attained martyrdom in this prison. Since then the place is known as KondaReddy Buruju.
It is located at 180Kms from Kurnool and 210 Kms from Hyderabad an attitude of over 1500 ft. above the Sea level in the picturesque natural environment in the Northern most part of the Nallamalas hill range. The temple at Srisailam is the ancient and sacred place of South India. The presiding deity of the place is Brahmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy in natural stone formations in the shape of Lingam and is listed as one of the twelve Jyotirlingams existing in the country. The Temple built in 14th Century and the walls are carved with depictions of elephants hunting scenes and Lord Shiva in different manifestations. Apart from the main temple there are other places like Sikhareswaram, the gates of Heaven, Hatakeswaram and PalaDhara – PanchaDhara, Sakshi Ganapathi, Sivaji spurthikendra, Pathala Ganga, Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum & Rajeev Gandhi Wild life sanctuary etc. are well worth for visit.
Mahanandiswara temple in Mahanandi mandal is a reputed pilgrim center and that dates back to the 7th century A.D. It is Located at a distance of 14 Kms from Nandyal and 80 Kms from Kurnool. It is a scenic spot having its location to the east of the Nallamalas hill range in a natural set up of ravishing beauty surrounded by thick forest. The remarkable feature here is the crystal clear water which flows throughout the year from perennial springs. The festival of Mahanandiswara is celebrated during February- March. Pilgrims and Tourists from all parts of India particularly South Indians visit this place throughout the year. Apart from the above there are other places like Pushkarani, a pond with water so clear and pure that even a pin at the bottom can be seen, KodandaRamalayam and Kameswari Devi temple are the visiting places.
It is a great religious center of antiquity and is situated at a distance of 68 Kms. from Nandyal, 28 Kms. From Allagadda and 160 Kms from Kurnool.
At upper Ahobilam worship is offered to Navanarasimha (Nine Forms of Lord Narasimha) where as at lower Ahobilam down the hill the temple of Prahladavarada is located. The Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of February – March attracting large number of devotees. Other sites worth seeing are Amruthavalli tavar temple, Sannidhi Pushkarini, Bhashyakara Sannindi.
Mantralayam is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra and Lying 90 kms from Kurnool. It derived its importance form the Jeevasamadhi of Madhva Saint Sri Raghavendra Swamy. The Choultries and Sanskrit School are the real attracting of these places and draws thousands of devotees from South India particularly Madhvas. On there the places to see including Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan, the tomb that Swamy entered alive, Panchamuki Anjaneya Swamy Temple and Venkateswara Swamy Temple are the important visiting spots.
Yaganti lies at a distance of 11 Kms. From Banganapally and 90 Kms from Kurnool situated admists natural scenery with caves and water falls around. The presiding deity is Uma Maheswara Swamy popularly known as Yaganti Swamy. This deity is in the form of Statue and its tower posses beautiful sculptures. The most striking scenic at this temple is huge Nandi of size of 15’ X 10’ X 8’. Mahasivaratri Festival celebrated here and attracts large gathering of Hindus.
Belum Caves are located near Belum village, Kolimigundla mandal in Kurnool district. The Caves lies at a distance of 110 Kms from Kurnool via Banaganapalli. Belum Caves made known in 1982 and which are the second largest natural caves in Indian Sub Continent after Meghalaya Caves. These under ground caves are located on a flat agricultural field, have 3 well like cavities with the central one being the main entrance to the caves.
After a distance of 20 meters at the entrance, the cave is horizontal and has a length of 3229 meters. Longer than Borra Caves in Vizag district, Belum caves have long passages, spacious chambers fresh water galleries and siphons. There are some land marks inside named as “Simhadwaram”, “Kotilingalu”, “Manadapam” and “Pathalaganga”. All this makes Belum Caves a geographical and archeological attraction worldwide.
Rolla Padu Sanctuary:
The Rolla Padu Sanctuary is located in Midthur mandal and about a distance of 60 Kms from Kurnool. Apart from a wide variety birds and animals, this sanctuary is renowned as one of the last refuges of the endangered Great Indian Bustard (Batta Meka Pitta), which is a heavy Ground Bird like a young ostrich or peahen.
Orvakallu Rock Garden: A Magical Place – Amidst the Wonder of Nature:
Orvakallu is an adventure destination unlike any other. Andhra Pradesh Tourism has identified the grandeur of these formations and has set up a 1000 acre park with the fabulous igneous rock formations as the centre of attraction. And it is not too far away from town. Head out 20 kms from Kurnool and one come across this spot, right on National Highway 18. The adventure enthusiast can trek through the serpentine paths here and bask in nature’s unleashed splendor. These hiking paths have been developed by Andhra Pradesh Tourism to enhance the experience. The park is also a favorite film shooting locale.
Kethavaram Rock Paintings:
Along a stretch of rocks at Kethavaram near Orvakallu, paintings dating from Paleolithic age have been found and these sets of drawings have been dated down the ages, from realistic drawings of large deer by hunter gathers, through symbolic humans of the Iron Age and to the handprints of more recent pilgrims. This can be called one of the world’s longest sequences of rock art.
Bramham Gari Matam-Banaganapalli:
Banaganapalli us 85 kms away from Kurnool. Veera Bramham is well known saint.in this region. He lived in this area written “Kalagnanam” on palm leaves. Garimireddy Achamma has provided shelter to Veera Bramham and became his disciple. He worked as a Gopala in her house. Chintamani Matam and Nelamatam are famous in this town, Banaganapalli is famous for Mango Gardens.