Very often it happens that the place we wait for with much anticipation do not turn out to be as we expect it to be, at the same time, the unexpected trips and the unlikely destinations inturn gives you more things to remember and show us a better time. Kurnool is one such place. Although it may not seem pretty and decorated on the outside, there is so much this city has to offer to its visitors.
An old heritage city and a former capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, the city of Kurnool makes for a brilliant visit, especially for the history buffs and people who like to travel for the prime reason of sightseeing. From beautiful ancient monuments to buildings displaying magnificent architecture, the city showcases the best works of the medieval period, especially the Vijayanagar Kings and rulers. Most of these buildings have ancient Persian or Arabic inscriptions from back in the day. Kurnool can be easily approached from Hyderabad by a train. While booking this ticket, you can also check out the Kurnool to Hyderabad trains and book it in advance. Incase you are intrigues by Kurnool and want to take a trip to this city, here are some places you simply cannot miss on paying a visit.
A majestic temple arranged on a hill called Naubat Pahad/Kala Pahad wonderfully decorated with white marbles, devoted to Lord Venkateswara which disregards beauty of the lake Hussain Sagar. You can get a clear view of the popular twin cities – Hyderabad and Secunderabad and the temple has beautiful carvings finished with intricate detailing. The temple is lit up beautifully during the evenings and is one of the favorite places of devotees to head on to in the city.
Belum caves are the second biggest in India after most enchanting Meghalaya caves. Banyan tree hall, musical chamber, the meditation room are some of the few of the many attractions to this place. Rest assure a visit to this place will be nothing like any other caves you see anywhere near the peripherals of the city. It was even recognized by the Government of India as a ‘Unique Eco-tourism Project’.
An excellent spot found 80 km from Kurnool at the Nallamala woodland outskirts. The pool found inside the temple is considered to be divine and pure. It is one of the main attractions to this place as it is believed that a dip in this crystal clear pool washes away the sins of the devotees.
Spread over a land area of about 1 and a half acres, this temple is one of the biggest of the many Sai Baba temples in India. Made of Marble, the temple also possesses the idols of many other Gods although the main deity of the temple is obviously Sri Sai Baba. There is a meditation hall in the temple which can accommodate upto 800 people.
One of the considerable Saint Sri Raghavendra achieved everlasting life around 300 years prior at this residential area Mantralayam. This little town is overflowed with aficionados and devotees during the time for its tranquil environment and positive ambience.
Formerly known as Kondareddy Fort, situated at the heart of Kurnool, there is no telling how old this Fort actually is, however, one thing is for certain, it is a site you will not regret discovering. It is believed that back in the day, a part of this fort was used as a prison.
A visit to the places mentioned above will guarantee you of a great trip in this small forgotten city which still has a lot to offer to its visitors.