Kurnool district and its synonymous headquarters are a study in history and resilience. Situated in the interiors of Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool has its fair share of natural wonders likes caves, rivers, thickly forested slopes and, of course, a city bustling with people, trade and tourists
Would you imagine that the city derived its name from a Telugu word meaning ‘grease city’, simply because it was the stopping place for bullock carts transporting stone for temple construction at Alampur? With a history dating back as far as the 11th century, this region was ruled by the Cholas, the Kakatiya kings and Achyuta Raya who gave the city a lasting memorial in the form of the Kurnool Fort. Naturally blessed, and with a deep and impactful culture pervading it, Kurnool is intriguing to travelers, both local and foreign.Forts, dams, ancient structures and temples, Kurnool is replete with things to see and experience. Srisailam is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna. Situated on an elevation along the River Krishna as it winds its way through the Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam commands a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. The hill this temple is situated on is much revered by devotees and has been a pilgrimage site for the Saivite sect for centuries. Another temple, Manchalam, is located in sylvan surroundings on the banks of the Tungabhadra River.History buffs will be thrilled to visit Kurnool Fort in the heart of the city. Splendidly built and standing tall despite the centuries, the fort is an amazing complex that lets the traveler in for a slice of the lives of people long gone by. The Konda Reddy Buruju is a prison and is accessed through a tunnel across the River Krishna from Alampur. It is here that freedom fighter Konda Reddy breathed his last, fighting the Jagirdars in pre-British India. There is a passage under this prison, said to contain treasure, and after repeated attempts to steal it, the passage has been permanently sealed away.The Kurnool caves, or Belum caves as they are popularly known, and the Srisailam Dam are two other must-visit places. The cave complex is among the largest and most extensive in the world and is known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations, intricate passageways, chambers, fresh water galleries, wells, waterfalls and siphons. The dam is picturesque and is the ideal place for a family picnic. The Mahanadi and Tungabhadra Rivers are beautiful through all their stretches as they flow through Kurnool.The best way to travel in and around Kurnool is by private taxis that are available in the main city. Government buses ply between Kurnool and other cities in the state and so do auto-rickshaws, if you want to cover shorter distances quickly.Summers can be especially harsh in the Andhra Pradesh with temperatures crossing 450 C in May. Be sure to visit in the cooler season from October to March.Kurnool is a vast district, so do plan your itinerary accordingly to avoid hassles in getting around.
Kurnool is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Hyderabad at a distance of 187kms.
Airports: Begumpet Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Kurnool from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Kurnool Town