Believed to be one of Lord Shiva’s abodes, Nandyal, in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, is a Hindu pilgrimage spot that offers stunning natural views to its visitors. Located on the banks of the River Kundu and surrounded by the Nallamalla hill range, Nandyal is said to be at the epicenter of nine Nandis, Shiva’s vehicle, or nine temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that this is where the name Nandyal comes from and it is the presence of these ancient temples that make this region one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in South India. In fact, archaeological finds suggest that Nandyal has been a center of worship from the days of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Apart from its religious and historical significance, Nandyal is a great escape for those with an adventurous streak. The region plays host to a number of trekking trails and sites in the hilly and densely forested areas. So whether it’s to walk about and soak in the ageing history and culture, or to challenge yourself by grappling up a mountain slope, the seemingly obscure Nandyal is a district definitely worth visiting.
Most people come to Nandyal to visit the nine Nandi Temples in the region, namely Vishnunandi, Somanandi and, the most famous, Mahanandi, among others. The temples are all dedicated to Lord Shiva and although religious tourists visit all year round, there is an increase in the number of people around the festive periods, especially during Mahashivratri.
The village of Mahanandi, where one of the temples is located, is a popular tourist destination as well. This temple is believed to be over 1,500 years old. It is surrounded by high mountain peaks and densely forested areas, thus providing scenic views to pilgrims.
Adventure treks and picnics amidst nature are also some things you should add to your itinerary when visiting Nandyal. The Belum Caves and the nearby Yaganti Shiva Temple, which houses the biggest rock Nandi in the world, are also popular with tourists.
Buses and shared jeeps are fairly common modes of transport within Nandyal. These will take you to most of the major points of interest. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi to take you in and around the area.
On a daily basis there are approximately 273 flights that operate at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Nandyal is surrounded by Nandi Kotkur, Atmakur, Kurnool which are 29.56 km, 29.65 km, 35.9 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.