PLACES OF INTEREST
Mahanandi Village in Kurnool, is situated to the east of Nallamala Hills. The nine nandis called as 'Navanandis' can be seen from the village. The Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple is the prime attraction of the village, belonging to the Chalukyan period. It is devoted to Lord Mahanandiswara, one of the forms of Lord Shiva. The festival of Magha Bhula Chaturdasi is celebrated here in the month of February or March and lasts for seven days.
The Srisailam Dam is constructed across the Krishna River, at an elevation of about 300 m. The construction of the dam started in 1960 and was completed in 1981. The dam is among the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in India and has 12 radial crest gates.
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.'
The Saibaba Temple is counted amongst the biggest Saibaba temples in India and covers an area of around 1.5 acres. The temple was opened for public in 2001. The idol of Saibaba is made from marble stones. The temple also has idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Hanuman. The meditation hall of the temple has the capacity to accommodate around 800 devotees.
Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary covers an area of around 614 sq. km. The dry thorny forests of the sanctuary are covered with cotton, castor, dry cereal crops and groundnut. The sanctuary is home to jackals, Indian foxes, wolves, Indian cobras and the endangered great Indian bustards. Birds like sparrows, Indian rollers and mynas can be seen in the sanctuary. October through February is considered the ideal time to visit the sanctuary.
Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the border of Prakasam and Kurnool districts. It covers an area of around 1,194 sq. km. and has mixed deciduous forests. Wild dogs, nilgai, mouse deer, monkeys, tigers, sloth bears, panthers, chinkara and pythons are some of the animals seen in the sanctuary. The Gundlakamma River flows in the proximity of the sanctuary. The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of May and October.
Kondareddy Burz is popularly known as the Kurnool Fort. It was constructed in the 16th century by Achyutarayalu, brother of the king of Vijayanagar, Krishna Devaraya. The fort and its surrounding area are popular among local film makers.
Yaganti Shiva Temple is situated in Yaganti Town. It was constructed in the 15th century as per Vaishnavite tradition, by the Vijayanagar rulers. The temple has the Agastya Pushkarni, where water flows from the bottom of the hill, throughout the year. Worshippers take a dip in the holy Pushkarni. The place is renowned for caves like the Agastya Caves, Venkateswara Caves and Veera Brahmam Caves.