Andhra Pradesh: Kurnool

 

Kurnool, situated at an altitude of 300 meters, was the capital of Andhra previously but now it is the capital of the district. Kurnul, the well stretched city, placed on the banks of the Tungabhadra and Handi Rivers, houses the ruins of the ancient fort, mosque and mausoleum.

Mantralayam or the Brindavan of Sri Raghabendra Swami is another pilgrimage spot in Kurnool district.
Mantrlayam, about 89 km from Kurnul, can be accessed by bus.

Belum cave in Belum village lies at a distance of 320 km off Hyderabad, the 4500 years old dark cave, is the largest cave of South India. 3225 meters long cave is well adorned and the architecture on the ceiling and floor will definitely entertain the holiday makers. Travelers have to make their ways between the mysterious and majestic path through the wet stalactite and stalagmite rocks. However, the gloomy cave is enlightened with the brightness of the artificial lights. The price of the ticket to get into the cave is 40.

The hotel of APTDC is there in Belum cave for the tourists.

Alampur, about 10 km from Kurnool, located on the banks of Tungabhadra River, is popularly known for its Nababrahma and Shiva temple. Krishna and Tungabhadra Rivers meet at the nearby place. Dam on the river and the adjoining reservoir on Nallamalai hills in Kolahpur create a mind blowing milieu.

Rollapadu sanctuary: Rollapadu sanctuary, about 45 km towards the southern side of Kurnool, is covering 614 hectors of Lands. The sprawling area is hidden in the opaque and virgin woods. Visit the sanctuary during July- October to watch the ambling great Indian bastards and krishnasar deer. Bastards (1 meter long and weight- 14-15 kg) with brown feather almost look like camels. More than 60 bastards are living in the forest. A nature interpretation centre is there for the amusement of holiday makers.

Rollapadu sanctuary, on the NH-7, can be accessed by road from Kurnool.

The only available place where tourists can stay overnight is the forest bungalow. A few hotels are also available in nearby Atmakur and Kurnool.

Guntur: Even though it is not that popular to the tourists but the picturesque city has lot to offer. The marvelous vista around the banks of the Krishna River is breathtaking. A number of historical and mythological tales are associated with Guntur. Guntur was one of the famous spots of South India which use to allure Buddhist pilgrims over the years.
Amarabati (35 km from Guntur), Kondabhedu fort (25 km from Guntur) and Brahma temple (15 km) are other nearby sought after destinations. Mansa water reservoir, about 6 km from Guntur, is covering an extensive area of 55 acres.
More than 40 species of animated birds fly in and around the Uppalapadu sanctuary, located at a distance of 5 km from Guntur.

Guntur, one of the coveted business centres of Andhra Pradesh is well connected to various cities of India by railways. Trains from Howrah railway station, Kolkata, is going to Guntur regularly.
Hotel Vijoyakrishna International, Hotel Sudarshan, Hotel Sinduri, Hotel Viceroy and railway retiring rooms are there for the tourists who want to stay here for a night.

Nellore: Nellore is another known business hub. Many Government offices are also there. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride on the Lake of Nellore.

Nellore is connected to Kolkata by railways. Avail the Howrah- Chennai mail or Howrah- Tirupati express and get down at Nellore railway station.

Some of the notable hotels of Nellore are Hotel Shivam International, Hotel Murali Krishna and the hotel of APTDC.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary: Nelapattu bird sanctuary, about 80 km from Nellore, located on the banks of Pulicat River, is a heavenly spot for the bird watchers. The Nelapattu bird sanctuary is covering 460 square km of lands. Migratory birds from faraway places like Siberia, China and America fly in and form their nests in the middle of the remarkable natural milieu. Various native and migratory birds live at their nests around the striking Pulicat Lake.
The Flemingo utsav (festival), observed during February, attracts a large number of nature and bird lovers.
Some noteworthy hotels and lodges are there at Summerpet, located at a distance of 10 km from the sanctuary. Shar Guest House and RUB Guest House are there in Summerpet.

How to reach: Kurnool railway station can be reached from Bangalore and Secunderabd by many trains.
Where to stay: Hotel Raja Vihar Deluxe, Hotel Rajashri, The Mourya Inn, Hotel Bhopal and Hotel RaviPrakash.

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