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Alampur-Navabrahma-Temple

Yet another beach in Ongole to lift your spirits and get you closer to nature. The beach is scenic to look at with coconut trees lining up on one side. The golden sands and the clear seawater make the place heavenly. Vodarevu beach offers adventurous water sports. You could go swimming or try your hand at fishing. Boating facilities are available as well. A charging and scenic beach, it is a popular weekend getaway for those needing a respite from city-life, to escape to the golden sands and sparkling waters. Yet another interseting beach is Ramapauram located 6 Kms from Vodarevu Beach. Vodarevu Beach is located around 7 KMS from Chirala in Prakasam District. The beautiful beach lift your spirits and get you closer to the nature. The beach is more scenic to look at coconut trees line up in the shore. Distance from Ongole to Vodarevu Beach is around 64KM. Distance from Chirala to Vodarevu Beach is around 9KM.Vodarevu Beach is located about 6 km from Chirala on the west coast of Bay of Bengal. It is situated in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradeshaandt a distance of 6 km from the Ramapuram Beach of the same district. Coconut trees line the shore Alampur Navabrahma Temples are located at Alampur in Telangana. There are a total of nine temples in Alampur. All of them are dedicated to Shiva. These temples date back to the 7th century A.D and were built by the Badami Chalukyas rulers who were great patrons of art and architecture. Even after a time span of several hundred years, these grand temples still stand firm reflecting the rich architectural heritage of the country.The temples are emblematic of the Northern and Western Indian styles of architecture. They do not reflect the Dravidian architecture as is generally common with the temples in this region. The brilliance of the artists who carved the sculptures of these temples is indeed commendable.Swarga Brahma temple was built during 681-696 AD by Lokaditya Ela Arasa in honour of the queen of Vinayaditya, it is mentioned in an inscription found above the Dwarapalaka image. It is the finest example of Badami Chalukya Architecture and sculpture. This temple is the most elaborately ornamented temple. Temple with an imposing tower (Rekhanagara vimana) is the finest compared to other temples at Alampur. There are other temples like Suryanarayana temple dating back to 9th century. And Narasimha temple with inscriptions belongs to Sri Krishna Devaraya (Vijayanagar Empire). You are sure to be impressed by the Suryanarayana and the Narasimha temples that are also found in the same complex. The exquisite sculptures in the temple are very admirable.      Book Now



Banganapalli-Summer-Palace

Efforts are under way to convert the summer palace at Baganapalli into a heritage home by the Tourism Department. An amount of Rs.10 lakh was sanctioned for the renovations and creating guest comforts. However, in the absence of consent from the owner of the structure, inheritors of Nawab of Banganapalli, the project is being delayed. The summer palace is a magnificent building constructed by Mir Fazal Ali Khan about a century ago to stay put and entertain British guests or use as summer resort by the royal family. The inheritors of Royal family who are claiming right over the building have refused to let it out to the Tourism Department which offered to share in the revenue. The summer palace is attached to the main fort in the town, which is in the shape of mango. The origin of Banganapalli mango is traced to the town which was popularised by the nawab family. The fort was occupied by Siddhi Sambhul Khan in 17th century after the fall of Vijayanagara empire. Sambhul Khan was directed by Bijapur Sultan to lay siege to the fort and evict the former tributaries of Vijayanagara Empire. He successfully invaded the fort and established the new order. The fort remained under the control of Nawab family even during the British time due to the arrangement. The principality was merged with India on February 18, 1948 through Instrument of Accession which was followed by occupation of the fort by the then district Collector Bangara two days later. Banaganapalli was prominent during the medieval times and in the Vijayanagara rule and other dynasties. According to history, Nanda dynasty which ruled the area constructed magnificent temple devoted to Goddess Choudeswari. A number of Shiva temples existed in and around Banganapalli. Umamaheswara temple at Yaganti, caves of Pothuluri Veerabrahmam at Ravvalakonda and Trilingeswara temples are important from the point of tourists.      Book Now



Belum-Caves-Kurnool

Belum Caves is the second largest cave in Indian subcontinent and the longest caves in plains of Indian Subcontinent, known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. The caves reach its deepest point (120 feet from entrance level) at the point known as Pataalaganga. Belum Caves derives its name from Bilum Sanskrit word for caves. In Telugu language, it is called Belum Guhalu. Belum Caves has a length of 3229 metres, making it the second largest natural caves in Indian Subcontinent. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Operates Punnami Hotel in the vicinity of Belum Caves. The accommodation offered is a 32-bed dormitory, which is comfortable and clean. There is also a restaurant and a small shop operated by Andhra Pradesh Tourism at the entrance to Belum Caves. One can find accommodation at Tadipatri (30 km) and Banganpalli (20 km), the nearest towns to Belum Caves. Kurnool (106 km) and Anantapur (85 km) are other places, which have good hotels. Belum Caves are situated in vicinity of the Belum Village. These are considered as the second largest caves in the country, after the Meghalaya Caves. The caves have three cavities, amongst which the central cavity serves as the entrance to the caves. These have numerous chambers, fresh water galleries and passages. The natural artworks formed by stalagmite and stalactite can be seen in the caves. The musical chamber, simhadwaram, patalaganga, mandapam, meditation hall and banyan tree hall are the main sections of these caves. Patalganga is considered as the deepest section of the Belum Caves. The Government of India declared the Belum Caves as a Unique Eco-Tourism Project.      Book Now



Kondareddy-Buruju

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. At a distance of 2 kms from Kurnool Railway Station & 24 kms from Alampur, Konda Reddy Buruju, also known as Konda Reddy Fort, is an imposing structure situated in the heart of Kurnool City. The construction of the fort dates back to 12th century when the city of Kurnool was used as a base for halting before crossing Tungabhadra River. Kurnool was occupied by Vijayanagar ruler Devaraya II and Achyutaraya who suceeded Krishnadevaraya built the initial fort between 1530 to 1542. The fort has different gateways and bastions. The gateways of the fort were constructed by Gopal Raja, the grandson of Rama Raja of Talikota Vijayanagara kings in 17th century. The fort has three levels and it was used as watch tower in 17th and 18th centuries. The ground level is closed for visitors, while the visitors can climb to the first and second floors and get a glimpse of the history. First level has few enclosures with large portico. Second level houses a large tower used for observation. The fort is named after Konda Reddy, the last ruler of Alampur who was imprisoned in the fort by the Kurnool Nawab in 17th century. Konda Reddy eventually escaped from the fort, but had to loose his territory to Golconda Nawabs. Timings: 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.      Book Now



Mahanandi-Temple-Nandi

Mahanandi Temple is one of the most beautiful temple in a picturesque village surrounded by thick forest of the Nallamala Hills. The temple is famous for its fresh water pools, Worlds biggest Nandi statue,Nallamalla hill forest and nine Nandi shrines known as Nava nandulu. Mahanandi is a beautiful temple town and the existence of the famous Mahanandishwara Temple, with presiding deity of Lord Siva, makes this place religiously significant. This temple town is located at the east of Nallamala Hill ranges with nine temples of Nandi (Nandi- bull which is considered as the vehicle of Lord Siva) situated within a range of 15kms of radius. Mahanandi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Siva. The linga is unique because it is like a rough uncut rock, with two cavities. The priests here allow you to touch the Lord. There is a huge Nandi in front of the main shrine. This temple is unique in South India because the vimana (tower) over the linga is built in the North Indian style. The main gate of the temple faces west. There is a tank here, 60 sqft and 5 ft deep. The mystery is that no one knows how the water enters this tank. One only knows that the water is always the same level and completely crystal clear. Mahanandi is one of the nine Nandis, surrounding which there are eight temple of Nandis. They are: Prathama Nandi situated near the Nandyal railway station, Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple to the west of Nandyal, Soma Nandi which lies towards the east of Nandyal near Atmakur, Surya Nandi is located four miles east of Nandyal and six miles west of Mahanandi, Vishnu Nandi also known as Krishna Nandi is located about two miles from Mahanandi, Vinayaka Nandi is situated towards northwest of the main temple, Shiva Nandi is nearly 13kms from Nandyal and Garuda Nandi lies to the west of Mahanandi temple. All the nine temples of Nandiswara are equally sacred but of all these temples, Mahanandi receives more name and fame.      Book Now



Yaganti-Gopuram

Yaganti is famous for the Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Swamy Temple, Dedicatd to Lord Shiva and one of the few temples patronized by one of the great dynasties of India. Famous place in Yaganti are Agastya Cave, Veera Brahmam Cave and the most interesting Growing Nandi, Yaganti Nandi Statue is believed to be growing in size. At a distance of 55 km from Nandyal, 80 km from Kurnool, 308 km from Hyderabad, 359 km from Vijayawada & 11 km from Banaganapalle, Yaganti in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also called Uma Maheshwara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva. Yaganti is one of the most famous Shiva Temple is Andhra Pradesh and also one of the popular places to experince AP Tourism. The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with contributions from Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara rulers. The temple received significant contribution from Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu, who finished the construction of several structures in and around the temple. The Uma Maheshwara Temple at Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi (Ardhanareeswara) carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in an idol form instead of Shiva Linga. It is believed that Sage Agastya performed penance for Lord Shiva at this place and requested Shiva to appear in Ardhanareeswara form which is worshipped here. Another unique feature of the temple is Nandi statue which has been growing in the size. Yaganti is located in Yerramala hills that offer immense natural beauty and unique setting to the locality. There are a several natural caves in the hills around the temple which were home for several saints throughout the ages, including that of Great Telugu saint and astrologer Potuluri Veera Brahmam Garu. An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows into Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial. As per legend, crows do not fly in Yaganti. When Sage Agastya was meditating here, Kakasura, king of crows disturbed him from his meditation so, he cursed the crows not to enter the premises.      Book Now


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