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INFORMATION ABOUT KURNOOL

This district derives its name from its chief town Kurnool the capital of former Nawabs, Capital of Andhra Pradesh State from 1st October 1953 to 1st November, 1956 and at present the headquarters of the district. The name Kurnool is said to have been derived form “Kandanavolu”. Kurnool lies in the west-central part of Andhra Pradesh State, southern banks of the Tungabhadra and Handri rivers. It was the capital of Andhra Pradesh from 1953 until 1956. It is the headquarters of the district.

KURNOOL HISTORY

In 12th century AD, the Odders, who carted stones for the construction of the temple Alampur, used the site on which the town now stands as a halting place before crossing the Tungabhadra and greased their cart wheels with oil locally supplied by some of the oil mongers, and called the place 'Kandanavolu' which in course of time came to be known as Kurnool.

KURNOOL TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Ahobilam : is a great religious centre of considerable antiquity, it is located 74-km from Nandyal and 26-km from Allagaddal. It is a reputed Hindu pilgrim centre, especially for Vishnavites. The temple is divided into two parts- the lower Ahobilam and the upper Ahobilam. The upper Ahobilam is a plateau 2,800' above sea level.


  • Adoni :It has a fort, once a stronghold of Vijayanagar Empire stands in ruins upon five rocky granite hills. There are two of hills are each about 800ft in height. Jamma Masjid is a fine piece of Muslim architecture located in Adoni.


  • Srisailam :Srisailam is situated in the thick and inaccessible forests of the Nallamalai hills, in the northeastern portion of the Nandikotkur Taluk of Kurnool District. It is one of the most ancient and sacred places in South India, and this important religious shrine stands on the Rishabhagiri hill, on the southern bank of the sacred river Krishna. Srisailam is referred to as 'Sri Giri', 'Sriparvata', 'Rudra Parvata' and 'Seshachalam' in several texts and Puranas.


  • Mahanandi :Mahanandi is located 16-km from Nandyal. It is a reputed pilgrim centre in the State and a scenic spot owing to its location to the east of the Nallamalla hill ranges in a natural gorge of ravishing beauty surrounded on all sides by thick forests.


  • Fair & Festivals of Kurnool :The car festival of Sri Ajaneyaswami, celebrated for eight days from Margasira Suddha Triodasi during November-December is most important and well attended.


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