Kurnool Tourism

Kurnool Tourism

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Kurnool Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Kurnool
Kurnool is a district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of India. It is the largest city of the area serving as the administrative hub of the state with a population of more than 50,00,000 approximately. Kurnool used to be the capital of Andhra Pradesh from the year 1953 to 1956 and it acts as a major location for insurance firms and banking companies.

Kurnool is located in the southern banks of rivers Handri and Tungabhadra, in the west-central part of Andhra Pradesh. It is the largest of the four districts of Andhra Pradesh while the other three are Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittore. This region earlier was under the influence of the Hindu King, Sri Krishnadevaraya.   

The name of the place as Kurnool was derived from Kandanavolu, which is a Telugu name found in the ancient inscriptions and in literature. In the year 1687, the last Mogul Emperor Aurungzeb conquered the Deccan and later on let the Nizams control the Andhra centre of Kurnool.

After some time, the Nizams and the Nawabs declared independence and later on ruled their independent regions of Hyderabad and Kurnool. The first ruler of Kurnool was Nawab Alaf Khan Bahadur and after his tenure, his descendants ruled the area for over 200 years. In the early 18th century, the Nawabs along with the sultans fought against the British Empire.          

The climatic conditions in Kurnool keep on changing. There are seasonal variations in the temperature throughout the year with summers being very hot in the months of April and May. The temperature is at its peak in the month of May with the months of January and February being the pleasant ones.

The popular celebrations held here include the Car festival of Kurnool, held during the months of November and December for eight days from Margasira Suddha Triodasi. This festival is dedicated to Sri Ajaneyaswami. Other than the festivals, the popular places to visit in the city are the ruins of the historical fort of the 15th century with several Persian and Arabic influences.

Other popular tourist destinations include the ancient prison of Kurnool Fort by the name of Kondareddy Burz. Located on the banks of the River Handri is the 17th century tomb of Abdul Wahab and the ruins of the palace of the last Hindu ruler, Gopal Raju. The places with religious importance are the temples of Nagareswarasawami, Peta Anjaneyaswami, Venugoplaswami, Iswaraswami, Saibaba and Birla Mandir or Satyanarayaswami.            

Best time to visit Kurnool in the next six months

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Kurnool Traveller Reviews

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  • Scout
  • Somesh
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  578 readers

"Nice place with good facilities"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 9, 2015
I am having Very good experience with Kurnool and visited rock garden but hotel facilities still needs improvement and other facilities also need to provide. State Government has to take care about this kind issues. Kurnool city have very good potential for touring by all facilities.
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Arun kumar

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  • Arun kumar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 5 Reviews
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"Place of Spiritual destinations"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2015
Kurnool is a first capital of Andhra state after separation from Madras. Also known as Gateway of Rayalaseema. Entire district is famous for it's spiritual destinations. This is a beautiful, peaceful place in AP ruled by Krishnadevaraya. Once upon a time they use to sell diamonds and rubies on roads in Kurnool. Many historical places are there in Kurnool.
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  • Nirajan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2028 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2015
Kurnool is a good place in AP, I was visiting a Iron ore mines. I was feeling very good at SLV Residency. I like most Kurnool environment, I visited some shopping mall store, I will be visiting Kurnool again with my friends & my family.
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Prakash Manjrekar

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  • Prakash Manjrekar
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Temple city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2015
Rupala Sangameswara Temple located on Jagannatha Hill near B. Thandrapadu in Kurnool district. This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The shivalinga is of 6 feet height and 2 feet in width which is made up of granite stone. When the Srisailam Dam was constructed the Rupala Sangameswara Temple has been dismantled and reconstructed above the Jagannatha Hill top near Kurnool under the guidance of Kanchi Kama Koti swami. The sculptures and beautiful carvings at this temple are very nice. Being on the top of the hill it has a serene atmosphere. This is one the popular tourist site located near Kurnool city.
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Shiv Charan

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  • Shiv Charan
  • Lives in Secunderabad
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"One of the best Spiritual and Heritage destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2015
In fact Kurnool is a First capital of Andhra state after separation from Madras. Also known as Gateway of Rayalaseema. Entire district is famous for it's spiritual destinations so one who is looking to have a Spiritual & Heritage journey can definitely visit this place.

Konda Reddy fort is the first place you come across, It's just the symbolic representation of Kurnool district. Ancient fort built by Konda Reddy king. One of the Heritage site. Rock gardens just a 30min journey from City (Shooting spot ) and Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary .

Kurnool Sona Masuri rice is famous all over the world. One can buy rice from this city. "Uggani" along with Bhajji is the famous dish of Rayalaseema you can't get this kind of dish in any other place.

Kurnool district is surrounded by several temples like Srisailam, Alampur , Mantralayam, Ahobilam, Yaganti, Mahanandi etc.

You can reach Kurnool by Road/Rail as it is having a connectivity to South Indian cities like Hyderabad / Bangalore / Tirupati / Chennai. If by Air you need to get down at Hyderabad which is 210 KM away & 3 hrs ride in car.
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Sree Harsha

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  • Sree Harsha
  • 19 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  9790 readers

"The ancient place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2014
This is a beautiful place and a peaceful place in AP. It was ruled by Krishna deva raya. Once upon a time they used sell diamonds and rubies on roads in kurnool. Many historical places are there in kurnool. It is the first capital of AP. Britishers built many churches and bridges in this city.
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Giridharan Balaraman

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  • Giridharan Balaraman
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Kurnool and surroundings"

  • Posted Nov 17, 2012
Central town from where we can plan visits to a number of places around like Mantralayam, Belum Caves, Srisailam, Ahobilam, Mahanandi etc.Good hotel facilities are available.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: number of good joints for eating and lots of local shopping to be done. Lots of cultural and religious sight seeing around kurnool.

Activities & things to do: Bird watching, exploring the caves in Belum, visiting Gadwal for handlooms, temple trip to ahobilam, mantralayam and srisailam,

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Lies on the NH7 from Hyd and very easy to reach as its well sign posted.
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Sathish Chowdry

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  • Sathish Chowdry
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Haritha tourist complex"

  • Posted Oct 15, 2012
Kurnool is very good city. there is number historic places are there like kondareddy buruju, mosq etc,from kurnool you will have number of good places to see

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All kind of items are available, shopping is not much exiting here

Activities & things to do: nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Hyderabad number of buses available to kurnool
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Bhanu prakash Reddy

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  • Bhanu prakash Reddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Worst experience"

  • Posted Aug 31, 2012
Kurnool is a decent place but the climate is very hot.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing great to do

Activities & things to do: Kondareddy buruju,TUngabadra Canal.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Take a bus from Hyd MGBS,you will reach in 4.30 hrs
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