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Kurnool Fort

It was believed to be built by Achyuta Devarayalu, belonging to Vijayanagar Empire and stands even today as the splendorous examples of the architecture of those times. Konda Reddy Buruju is a part of Kurnool Fort and also the only part left out of the magnificent fort. Konda Reddy Buruju was a sentinel and was used as a prison. Chronicles has it that, a revolutionary named Konda Reddy was imprisoned by the Nawab of Kurnool when he tried to oppose him. Konda Reddy (1597-1643), the last ruler of Alampur defeated Kurnool Nawab who was a subordinate and an associate of the Golkonda Kings several times. After a prolonged battle Konda Reddy was captured and imprisoned in the fortress. Because of his valour and untiringly resolve to fight the Muslim rulers, the fort came to be known as Konda Reddy Buruju. He escaped from the fortress digging a tunnel across the River Krishna to Alampur and ultimately lost his kingdom to Golkonda Kings.      Book Now



Mantralayam-Garden

At a distance of 74 km from Kurnool, 148 km from Nandyal, 49 km from Adoni, 43 km from Raichur, 253 km from Hyderabad, 301 km from Hubli, 402 km from Bangalore and 416 km from Vijayawada, Mantralayam, also known as Manchale or Mantralaya is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the place where the Vaishnava saint Sri Guru Raghavendra took Jeeva Samadhi (tomb) and is also one of the popular Places to visit in Andhra. Mantralayam is situated near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh along the banks of River Tungabhadra, a chief tributary of River Krishna. Mantralayam is associated with the famous saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, renowned Hindu saint and philosopher. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, lived between 1595 and 1671 was an influential saint in Hinduism. Followers of the saint consider him to be an incarnation of Bhakta Prahallada, who was saved by Vishnu in the avatar of Narasimha. Sri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and has a large following even today. Mantralayam is a small and peaceful town situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra and gets thousands of devotees from all over the country. He also served as the head of Sri Mutt of Kumbakonam from 1621 to 1671. Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. It is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Sri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali and Alampur are the nearby attractions to Mantralayam. The male devotees who want to perform Pooja themselves have to wear dhoti. While male devotees paying normal visit have to remove their shirt and female devotees have to wear Sarees or other traditional cloths. At a distance of 74 km from Kurnool, 148 km from Nandyal, 49 km from Adoni, 43 km from Raichur, 253 km from Hyderabad, 301 km from Hubli, 402 km from Bangalore and 416 km from Vijayawada, Mantralayam, also known as Manchale or Mantralaya is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the place where the Vaishnava saint Sri Guru Raghavendra took Jeeva Samadhi (tomb) and is also one of the popular Places to visit in Andhra. Mantralayam is situated near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh along the banks of River Tungabhadra, a chief tributary of River Krishna. Mantralayam is associated with the famous saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, renowned Hindu saint and philosopher. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, lived between 1595 and 1671 was an influential saint in Hinduism. Followers of the saint consider him to be an incarnation of Bhakta Prahallada, who was saved by Vishnu in the avatar of Narasimha. Sri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and has a large following even today. Mantralayam is a small and peaceful town situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra and gets thousands of devotees from all over the country. He also served as the head of Sri Mutt of Kumbakonam from 1621 to 1671. Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. It is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Sri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali and Alampur are the nearby attractions to Mantralayam. The male devotees who want to perform Pooja themselves have to wear dhoti. While male devotees paying normal visit have to remove their shirt and female devotees have to wear Sarees or other traditional cloths.      Book Now



Nallamala-Forest

For most tourists taking the road to Srisailam, the view of the imposing dam with river Krishna waters gushing out of its gates and a darshan of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is not enough without a glimpse of dense Nallamala forest in Farahabad. The best part of the 250-km drive to and fro Srisailam is that about 70-km stretch goes through the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, which is the biggest in terms of area, and about 80 km through the dense forest and Nallamala Hills. One can see waterfalls and several species of wildlife. For the discerning urbanite, everything appears different, far from the madding crowds and concrete jungle. About 2,500 light vehicles pass through the Mannanur check-post in the weekends while on weekdays its around 1,000 vehicles, whose owners pay a token of Rs. 10 towards the Environment Conservation Fund. Away from the main road, Farahabad Tiger View Point from the entrance is about 8 km. The fact that it takes about 50 minutes to reach the View Point shows how dense the forest is. Finally, when the tourists reach the spot, the view is simply breath taking. The forest cover is so thick that one cannot see the land beneath, a few 100 metres below the sheer drop. The wildlife that tourists can easily see are spotted deer, Sambar, Neelghai, Chousinga, Chinkara, antelopes, monkeys, Langurs, porcupines, rattles and water dogs, apart from reptiles and bears that make an occasional appearance. All through the drive, the noise of engines recedes into the background, overtaken by the chirp of the birds. Though it is called the Tiger View Point, spotting a tiger or a leopard is very difficult, considering that there are only 25 to 30 in all, going by the latest survey this May, that uses scat and pug marks collection and photographs.      Book Now



Rollapadu-Bird-sanctuary

This sanctuary is located at a distance of about 60 kilometers from the Kurnool area near Nandikotkuru in Andhra Pradesh. It covers an area of about 614 sq kilometers. On a tour to Rollapadu Bird sanctuary you can stay at the forest rest house at Kurnool or the inspection bungalow at Nandikotkuru. To enjoy a pleasing tour to the Rollapadu. The Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary is the home to a number of wild animals, birds and reptiles. Among the wildlife found at the Rollapadu Bird sanctuary , there are Black Buck, Bonnet Macaque, Indian Bustard, Indian Roller, Sparrows, Mynas, Russells Viper, Indian Cobra, jackal, Wolf and Indian Fox. There are a number of regular state buses that transport the tourists Kurnool and Nandikotkuru. The Rollapadu Bird sanctuary is also popular as it is the dwelling to the Great Indian Bustard which is an endangered bird. The landscape at the sanctuary is covered with thorny bushes as well as open grasslands which provide the ideal habitat for the animals and birds. There are also regular buses from Kurnool and Nandikotkuru to the sanctuary. To reach the Rollapadu Bird sanctuary by air, Hyderabad would be the nearest airport. The Kurnool Railway station is only at a distance of about 60 kilometers from the sanctuary.      Book Now


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