Legend has it that in the 11th century A.D., the Odderas carted stones for construction of a temple at Alampur and halted at the present town of Kurnool before crossing River Tungabhadra. The locals supplied oil for greasing carts here and the place came to be known as Kandenavolu (Town of grease), which subsequently became Kurnool. The temple of Ahobilam, the Jyotirlinga at Srisailam the large caves of Belum, all stand testimony to the rich heritage of this district. The majority of the population is Hindu, although Muslims make up a significant minority.
The nearest Airport is at Hyderabad (210 Kms).
Kurnool is well connected by rail. Kurnool lies on the Hyderabad–Bangalore railway line.
Kurnool is connected to most cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh National Highway 7 connects it to Hyderabad 210 km, 3.5 hours and Bangalore 360 km, 6 hours
The fort, once a strong hold of the Vijayanagar Empire, stands in ruins upon the hills. The Jama Masjid in this town is a classic example of Islamic architecture.
Located in the heart of Kurnool & supposedly built by the Rajas of Vijayanagaram, Konda Reddy Buruju 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 Konda Reddy Buruju.
Srisailam Srisailam lies on a straight line west of Vijayawada, right as it were in the centre of South India. It is 73 miles north of Nandyal Railway Station. On leaving Nandyal, one has to proceed to Atmakur, which is at a distance of 38 miles by road and from Atmakur to Nagaluti, which is 10 miles off.
Sikhareswaram site of the sikhareswara swamy temple on the highest peak in the Nallamalai Hills. Hatakeswaram a temple of Lord Shiva, Sri Balasai Baba is thus the only Avatar to have so many lay positions and honours awarded Him. This shows that he is fulfilling a mission of well-being to mankind, not only on the spiritual level, but on the worldly and material plane as well. In his 2004 birthday speech, Sri Balasai Baba explained: "I take these honours from the whole world in the name of my devotees, who admire and help Me in the service of mankind. Now I can support the needy ones more effectively".
The annual temple festival is in February-March.
Alampur Alampur, also known as the Dakshina Kailash, is located on the banks of River Tungabhadra. The nine temples or 'Nava Brahma Temples were built by Chalukyas of Badami. The main deity here is of Lord Shiva. It is also famous for a Dargah of a peer, Shah Ali Pehelwan, located within the temple complex. Both Hindus & Muslims offer their prayers at this dargah
This village has an ancient gateway in ruins. The resemblance of the gateway of India in Mumbai is however noticeable.
The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple that dates back to the early 16 th century, is unique in that it is the only temple where all the nine forms of Lord Narasimha are worshipped. Located 160 Kms from Kurnool, it is well connected by road. Best time to visit: July - February
Made known in 1982 by a team of European speleologists led by Mr Gebaner, Belum Caves are the second largest natural caves in Indian Sub-continent after Meghalaya Caves. Located 125 Kms from Kurnool, the place is well connected by road.
Gadwal is internationally renowned for its beautiful saris. While the body of these saris is in cotton, the border and pallu are in silk. Adorned with rich traditional designs, the saris are available in several colors. While in Gadwal do visit the Chenna Keshava Temple. 40 kms from Kurnool, it is well coneected by road and regular bus service.
A noted pilgrimage center, Mahanandi is surrounded by dense forests and is famous for the Mahanandishwara temple that dates back to the 7 th century AD. The remarkable feature here is the crystal clear water which flows throughout the year from perennial springs. 14 Kms from Nandyal & 80 Kms from Kurnool, it is well connected by rail and road.
Situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, Mantralayam is famous for the 'Samadhi' of the well-known saint, Sri Raghavendra Teertha. The temple built over 300 years ago, still attracts a large number of followers and devotees 90 Kms from Kurnool and 256 Kms from Hyderabad, it is well connected by road and rail.
Extending over an area of 3568 Sq. kms, rich in flora & fauna, The 'Chenchu' are primitive tribals indigenous to the area. The magnificent Ethipothala falls located 11 kms from Nagarjunasagar Dam are definitely worth seeing.
Apart from a wide variety of birds and animals, this sanctuary is renowned as one of the last refuges of the endangered Great Indian Bustard, which is a heavy ground bird like a young ostrich or peahen. Located about 60 Kms from Kurnool.
Also known as Sapta Nandi Sangam, this is the sacred confluence of the Bhavanasi and Krishna Rivers. This scenic spot has a temple with a wooden Lingam. Thousands of pilgrims congregate here on Mahasivaratri day.
Yaganti It is well-known for the temple of Uma Maheshwar, built in the 15 Th centuries, which has a magnificent Gopura at the entrance and a pond surrounded by animated friezes of court and mythological scenes carved on stone. Located 90 Kms from Kurnool, it is well connected by frequently plying buses.