Friday, 22 July 2011

How to Reach Kurnool

Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport - at a distance of 213 km from Kurnool. It runs flights to and from all the major cities of India.

Kurnool Railway Station happens to be on the Secunderabad-Bangalore railway line. Owing to this fact, it is connected with all the stations falling on the line.

Kurnool has a good network of state as well as district roads. National Highway No.7 traverses through this city, connecting it with other parts of India............

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

Nellore is a famous city situated in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of Pennar River, the city is said to have gotten its name from the paddy fields within and outside the city. In fact, the etymology states that the term in Telugu language, 'Nellu' suggests 'paddy', whereas 'Ur' means 'town'. In the presence of various tourist attractions, Nellore is a booming destination for travel and tourism in the state. 

It also serves as the financial and administrative headquarters of Nellore district. Earlier known as Vikramasimhapuri, the Rice City has great historical and cultural importance. It is believed to be the native place of Tikkana Somayaji, who is one of the greatest Telugu poets of India. The historical accounts affirm that the town was component of the Ashokan Empire in the 3rd century BC. From 4th till 6th century, Nellore was under the sway of the Pallavas.

Nellore has immense potential for tourism in the company of numerous forts, magnificent temples, imposing hills, beautiful lakes, virgin beaches and busy ports. Sriharikota, the famous rocket launching centre of India, is located near this Rice City only. Over and above this, its proximity to the sea is further enhancing this agrarian town to develop into a full-fledged city. Without any delay, pack your bags and come to Nellore, where plethora of attractions is awaiting your arrival.

Places to See:

Ranganatha Temple 

Located on the banks of Pennar River, Ranganatha Temple is the most popular and most visited temple of Nellore. The main entrance of the temple is 29 meters high and has seven gold 'Kalasams' (pots). Addalamandapam (mirror hall) presents the most picturesque sight with its high-definition of mirrors. It also houses the seat of the Lord. Over 600 years old, Ranganatha Temple observes an annual festival of Rath Yatra (chariot festival) every year. 

Krishna Mandir

Krishna Mandir is a huge shrine, situated on the Vedayapalem Road in Nellore. The sanctum sanctorum has idols of Lord Krishna, flanked by Lord Ganapati and Dattatreya. Other shrines in the temple are dedicated to Karya Siddhi Hanuman and Ashtha Lakshmi. 


Penchalakona, a valley sited about 10 km from Nellore, is famous for embracing Narasimha Swamy Temple. The place is known for its scenic landscape and pleasant weather. Perched on top of the Veda Giri (Hill), the temple is considered to have been erected over the place where Lord Venkateswara had kept his holy feet. 


Jonnawada is a famous pilgrim centre, located about 15 km from Nellore. It has one of the only two Kamakshi Devi temples in the world. Built in 1150, this temple complex has shrines of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Kamakshamma. Every year, a 10-day festival is celebrated here with full gusto and fervor.


Nellore Excursions

Mypad Beach

With a picturesque coastline, Mypad Beach has serene landscape that never fails to impress its visitors. The aesthetic appeal in its beauty differentiates this tranquil seashore from the other beaches, where water sports have plasticized the countryside.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is known to be one of the largest habitats for Pelicans in Southeast Asia. Located on the East Coast, in Nelapattu village, this haven sprawls over an area of 404 sq mtrs. It has numerous species of native as well as migratory birds. Apart from the birds, the sanctuary also has fauna like Jackals, Slender Loris, Monitor Lizard, Tortoises and Snakes. 

Udayagiri Fort

Dating back to the 14th century, Udayagiri Fort was built by the Vijayanagar kings. With an elevation of 994 meters, this massive fort is located at a distance of 96 km from Nellore. It is to be found on the top of the Sanjiva Hill. It has eleven fortresses, along with numerous Pallava and Chola temples. Sprawling over an area of about seven miles, Udayagiri Fort is notable for its splendid architecture. 

Pulicat Lake

Pulicat Lake has been acclaimed as the second largest brackish water lagoon in India. Along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the lake attracts large number of migratory water birds. Besides this, it also makes a feeding and breeding ground for a range of aquatic and terrestrial birds.


Sited about 80 km from Nellore, Somasila is known for its Someswara Temple and Somasila Dam. The temple was built during the rule of Sri Krishna Devaraya. Across Pennar River, Somasila Dam is the biggest dam in the entire Nellore district. Its reservoir serves as a picnic spot to the dwellers of the region. 


Situated near Nellore, Rahmatabad is famous for housing the tombs of some famous spiritual personalities like Nayab-e-Rasool and his wife Maa Habiba. During the months of June-July, this place is visited by thousands of people since it is the time of celebrations. A baoli nearby is also famous amongst tourists............

How to Reach Nellore

Nellore doesn't have its own airport, Chennai airdrome (170 kms) receives the air-traffic of the city.

Nellore Railway Station is located on the Waltair - Chennai broad gauge line. Owing to this, it is connected with all the major towns and cities within Andhra Pradesh.

Nellore boasts of a well laid-out network of state and district roads. National Highway No.5 traverses through the city and connects it with other parts of the state. Regular buses ply from Chennai and Hyderabad to Nellore............

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Guntur is a commercial town in the heart of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, it is a major producer and exporter of chillies, cotton and tobacco from India. Being the headquarters of Guntur district, this city serves as the main financial and administrative center. Moreover, it also makes the best possible place to travel around the region. In the vein of other parts of the state, Guntur also boasts of interesting history and rich culture. 

Guntur, acknowledged as a major transportation and textile hub, is also the learning centre of the district. It houses heritage monuments, which are testimonies of the royal period. Owing to the propinquity of Krishna Delta, the region has got one of the moast fertile lands in the country. Krishna, Chandravanka, Naagileru and Gundla Kamma are the major rivers that please its dwellers with their unsoiled waters. 

Tobacco Board of India has its corporate headquarters in Guntur. It also has the distinction of embracing world's largest masonry dam - Nagarjunasagar. Ancient temples, historical sites, striking forts, chirpy rivers, lush vegetation and remarkable handicrafts make the region a perfect destination to explore. In the company of such great tourist attractions, Guntur is a promising site for the tourism industry.

Places to See:

Uppalapadu Nature Conservation

Uppalapadu is a village situated near Guntur, where nature conservation programme has been initiated. There is a bird sanctuary in the village, which houses Painted Storks, Spotted Pelicans and other migratory birds. The village tanks are somehow different and attract thousands of birds. Earlier these tanks had around 12,000 birds, but now only 7,000 birds are there. Things like incorporating artificial trees, local awareness, adequate water supply to the ponds, etc are observed to marmalade nature. 


Viswamandiram is a spiritual place located on the outskirts of Guntur. Known for being the domicile of Sri Viswayogi Viswamji, the place appears to be immersed in the divine nectar. It has the Universal Integration Pillar, which is an envisaged symbol of the oneness of humanity. Here is sited the renowned Viswayogi Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), a renowned institution of India.


Guntur Excursions

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is certainly the pride of India, since it is the tallest masonry dam in the world. This colossal dam supplies water for irrigation purposes to the districts like Nalgonda, Prakasam, Khammam and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. 


About 1700 years ago, Nagarjunakonda used to be a prosperous Buddhist town in Andhra Pradesh. What had been a successful centre in earlier times, has been preserved in the form of an island at present. Infact, it is one amongst the 20 major Buddhist sites in India. 

Undavalli Caves 

Undavalli Caves are striking specimen of Indian rock-cut architecture. Built during the 4th-5th century, these caves are to be found in Undavalli village, about 32 km from the Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh. Their structure suggests that they have been erected out of solid rock on a hillside. 

Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary 

Sprawled over an area of 3,568 sq km across the Nallamalai Hills, Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary is acclaimed to be the largest tiger reserve in India. The wildlife haven houses various exotic species of flora and fauna. Adjoining the large reservoir of Nagarjunasagar Dam, the sanctuary is renowned for its rugged terrain, meandering gorges and deep valleys, along with dry deciduous forests. 

Ethipothala Falls 

Located about 11 kms from Nagarjunasagar Dam, Ethipothala Falls presents a breathtaking sight with its cascading waters. Chandravanka River, a tributary of River Krishna, provides shimmering waters to this picturesque waterfall. From the height of 70 feet, the river falls into a lagoon. Nearby the fall, there is a rock-cut temple, dedicated to Dattatreya Swami. Another draw is the crocodile breeding centre in the vicinity. 


Bhattiprolu is a small hamlet, situated at a distance of 32 km from Guntur. It is well known for its Buddhist stupas built during 3rd-2nd century BC. It was originally known as Pratipalapura. During the excavations carried out by Alexander Rea in 1892, valuable jewels and the relics of Buddha were discovered in crystal caskets here. The Mahachaitya (great stupa) was also found here along with a number of small stupas, containing numerous images of Buddha. 

Kondaveedu Fort 

Kondaveedu Fort is to be found at a distance of 25 km from Guntur. It was built during the rule of the Reddy kings. Located on a hilltop, this historical fort offers around 21 structures to be seen. There are also many temples, residential structures, pillared halls and the entrance gate ways worth seeing here. The panoramic view from the summit is awe inspiring and is ideal for trekking. The Gopinatha Temple and Kathulabave at the foothill are other major attractions of Kondaveedu.


Sited about 40 km from Guntur, Kotappakonda is known as the abode of Trikoteswara Swamy. Originally named as Kondakavuru, Kotappakonda or Trikutaparvatam literally means 'a hill with three peaks'. These peaks have got their names from the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Every year, during the festival of 'Mahashivratri', a grand celebration is observed at the temple. 


Popularly known as Dakshina Kashi, Guthikonda is renowned for embracing ancient caves amidst thick forests. The perfect landscaping along with greenery and hills attracts plenty of visitors around the year. Another interesting fact is that these caves contain relics of the heliolithic times. Guthikonda is a nice destination to go for trekking too. 


Sitanagaram is a small town located about 26 km from Guntur. Being sited on the banks of Krishna River, Sitanagaram boasts of a vast sandy beach that makes an ideal destination for recreational activities. Someswara Swamy Temple is the major attraction of the town. It is believed that Lord Rama wept here for Sita, when she was kidnapped by Ravana. Perhaps Sitanagaram was named after this mythological event only.


To be found at a distance of 15 kms from Guntur, Chebrole is renowned for its Brahmalingeshwara Temple and Nageshwara Temple. In the former shrine, you can see a beautiful image of Chaturmukha Brahma, or Lord Brahma, with four faces, while the later one has a colossal image of Nandi. In the earlier times, Chebrole had been influenced by the Pallavas, Chalukyas and Kakatiyas. Though in ruins, Chebrole Fort depicts the legacy of the era............

How to Reach Guntur

Hyderabad airport is the major airport that is connected with all the prominent cities of the country.

New Guntur Station is the major station, which is connected with almost all the state capitals along with the four metropolitan cities i.e. New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai of India. 

Guntur has a commendable network of roads. It is linked with all the major cities across the country by various national and state highways............

Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Chittoor is a renowned city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Being the headquarters of Chittoor district, it serves the financial and administrative requirements of the region. It has the distinction of embracing Horsley Hills, one of the three hill-stations in the state. Along with a folio of historical events, Chittoor is loaded with enlightening scriptures, lush green vegetation and excellent agrarian products. 

Horsely Hill

Located in the Ponni River valley, Chittoor is a major souk for grain, sugarcane, and peanuts. This region is also known for producing the best jaggery in India. Mango trees and tamarind groves further add to the picturesque setting of the city. Majority of the Indian steatite (soapstone) comes from the hills in its periphery. Gandikota, Jyothi, Pushpagiri, Ardhagiri, Chandragiri and Vontimitta are some of the notable places sited in the district. 

Chittoor has been the archaic hub of principal dynasties. Tourism of Andhra Pradesh is never complete without adding this city in the itinerary. Besides architectural temples, striking monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and cultural festivals, Chittoor has got really good places like Chase Pillar, Boedi Konda and Yelampalli forest for trekking too. Travel to Chittoor and feel the mystical experience in conjunction with the green environs.

Places to See:


Nagari is a small town located on the banks of Kusasthali River in Chittoor district. Known for Nagari Hills, the town has become a popular picnic spot in the region. The highest cliff amongst the hills is referred as 'Nagari Nose', since it resembles with a human nose. With an elevation of 855 meters, the cliff can be seen from the distance of 100 km. Earlier, it used to serve as the lighthouse and today, it is available for mountaineering and range expeditions.


Sited at a distance of 18 km from Chittoor, Guntipalle is a small village on the Chitoor-Penumuru Road. The village is known for embracing Puligunda, which literally means Tiger Hill. It hill is a rock-pillar with height of 213.36 meters and makes an important place to see in the village.


Located at the convergence of Aragonda and Ponnai Rivers, Kalavagunta is a hamlet about 8 km to the north-east of Chittoor. This place is known for temples of Mukkantisvara and Lakshminarayana, which date back to the 9th century. Both of these temples represent the Chola style of architecture.


Chittoor Excursions

Tirupati is the name which requires no introduction. Known for embracing the world's richest temple, Tirupati is a revered temple town, situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The city earns a considerable fraction of tourism prospects of only not the state, but the whole of India. 

Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills is a mesmerizing place where lofty peaks appear to be conversing with the blue skies. Perched at an elevation of 1,265 meters, this hill station would certainly tempt you with its beguiling beauty. Sited in Chittoor district, Horsley is the one of the three hill-stations in Andhra Pradesh. 


Kanipakkam is to be found about 55 km to the north of Chittoor. It is known for having numerous ancient temples, which depict the opulence of the graceful Chola style of architecture. Lord Vinayaka Temple gets the first mention since its 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' festival attracts thousands of devotees from all parts of the state. 

Kailasakona Waterfalls

A little further from Nagari, Kailasakona is a spectacular waterfall with mineral rich and clear water. The water of the gorge is said to have curative properties. In its close proximity is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Owing to its perennial and medicinal nature, the waterfall is visited by thousands of people throughout the year. 


Mudipalli is a small village near Nagari. It is famous for Naguteertham, which is a sacred water pond. The amazing fact about this pond is that its water doesn't get evaporate by sun light. Due to this reason, this pond remains full of water even in the scorching summers. A temple of Lord Shiva and Nagaraja is also located nearby the pond. 


At an altitude of 710 meters, Madanapalle is a popular health resort that enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. Its popularity also lies in the fact that it acts as the gateway to Horsley Hills. Amidst natural beauty, Madanapalle is a nice place to spend some moments in solitude. You can also purchase silk saris at factory costs in Neeruguttu Palle, a famous market. 


About 32 km from Madanapalle, Gurramkonda is a historic hill that is often confused with Horsley Hills, since in Telugu 'Gurram' means 'Horse' and 'Konda' suggests 'Hill'. On its top, there is a fort, which offers a picturesque view of the town below. Rangini Mahal that had been the headquarters of Tipu Sultan is also located here. 


Sompalle is a beautiful place about 50 km from Madanapalle. It had been an important region during the Vijayanagar period. A temple representing the elegant architecture is sited in the expanse of town. Other shrines in its proximity boast of excellent rock carvings and monolithic pillars. Here, you can also see Kalyana Mandapam - a huge hall carved out of stone. 


Near Chittoor, Puttur is a small village that is renowned for its bone setters. The amazing ability of these bone setters can bewilder anyone, since they can set any type of fracture by using herbs and indigenous plaster. Puttur Railway Station is the very first railway station of Andhra Pradesh. Kalayana Venkateswara Temple is famous temple near the village, dedicated to Lord Balaji............

How to Reach Chittoor

Chittoor doesn't have its own airport, Tirupati airport is the nearest one. Chennai Airport is another major airport, which is located at a distance of 154 kms from Chittoor.

Chittoor Railway Station is an important station that lies on the Renigunta - Katpadi line of the Southern Railway. It is well linked with all the places within and outside the state. Tirupati is another railway station, which is quite near. From stations, you can take bus or taxis to reach Chittoor. 

The city boasts of a wide network of roadways. It is well-connected to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as well. The Chennai Mumbai Trunk Road and the Chennai- Bangalore National Highway lead through this region. APSRTC runs numerous buses to and from Chittoor for Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati and various other cities of the state............

Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh

Adilabad is a famous town situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Being the headquarters of Adilabad district, it gets a special attention from travel and tourism point of view. The district is sited on the northern borders of the state, where Indian rivers like Godavari, Penganga and Wardha move across its expanse. Established in the year 1905, Adilabad has derived its name from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. In the bygone era, the place has been ruled by the Mughals, Mauryas, Satavahanas and Chalukyas as well. 

Adilabad was known as Ethlabad in the earlier times. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures and customs during the reign different rulers. In the present day, the culture of the region appears a blend of the native Telugu culture and the contiguous Marathi culture. With such fusion of cultures, Adilabad perhaps sounds interesting and a place worth exploring. The whole region appears to be set in the lap of the nature. Encircled by mountains and lush green woods, Adilabad is hallowed by the rumination of blessed souls like Ved Vyas. It is a place where you can see gushing waterfalls, invigorating rivers and interesting wildlife, inciting your nerves. It is also a prosperous business center of cotton, acclaiming it as the 'City of Cotton'. In short and snappy terms, Adilabad is a wonderful tourist destination where both, adventure and sacrosanct appear alongside.

Places to See:

Mahatma Gandhi Park

Located in the heart of 'cotton city', Mahatma Gandhi Park is an ideal place for meditation. The park has a tint of serenity. Its green lawns, exotic variety of plants and trees make it a nice spot to spend evenings. For children, it has a special playing section, where they can play and can have fun.

St. Joseph's Church

St. Joseph's Church is known as one amongst the best churches in Andhra Pradesh. It is a tranquil place, where you can actually experience the presence of the divine. Lush gardens make the forefront of this church, beautifying the whole vista. It attracts people from all nooks and corners of the region.


Adilabad Excursions

Saraswati Temple

Basara, abode to Gnana Saraswati, is a small village near Nizamabad city that comes under Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. Here is located the ancient temple of Gnana Sarasvati - the Goddess of Knowledge.

Kuntala Waterfall

Kuntala Waterfall, set amidst the Sahayadri mountain range in Andhra Pradesh, presents a wonderful vista with its gushing waters. Identified as the highest waterfalls of the state, the cascade attracts visitors from far and wide. 

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is the prefect destination to look out multiplicity of flora and fauna in India. Located in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, the sanctuary is situated at a distance of 50 kms from Mancherila and 260 kms from Hyderabad

Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary

Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary of Andhra Pradesh is a total delight for nature lovers. Sited on the banks of River Godavari, the sanctuary is known for its population of fresh water crocodiles. 

Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary 

In the vein of Kawal and Shivaram wildlife sanctuaries, Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is another place that is famous for dry deciduous forests. It has derived its name from Pranahita River, which flows through its expanse. The sanctuary falls under the Chinnur-Mancherial forest division in Adilabad district. 

Pochera Waterfalls

Pochera Waterfalls presents a striking vista with gushing waters of Godavari River. Sited near National Highway No. 7, the cascade lies about 50 kms from Adilabad. The place attracts numerous tourists and visitors throughout the year. During winters, the falls becomes all more attractive with heavy waters. 

Jainath Temple 

Jainath is a small township, lying at a distance of 21kms from Adilabad city. The place is famous for Jainath Temple, an ancient temple built by Pallava chiefs. Being a striking specimen of Jain style of architecture, it attracts tourists from all parts of the world. 

Somalingeswara Swami Temple

This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Someshwara and Lord Nandishwara. To be found near Kuntala village, the temple is renowned for its exquisite sculptures. Somalingeswara Swami Temple is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees every year. 

Nagoba Temple

Dedicated to Sheshanag (The Serpent God), Nagoba Temple is a unique shrine in the whole world. It is located in Keslapur, which is about 32 Kms from Adilabad. During the month of Pushya (December-January), the temple attracts a large number of devotees from within and outside the state. 


To be found aside National Highway No.7, Nirmal is a small town known for its paintings, toys and handicrafts. It produces some of the best miniature paintings and toys of the country. Apart from its handicrafts, the place is also eminent for prehistoric forts that were built during the reign of different rulers. 

Other Places

Basar is a small village, which is renowned for housing one of the two ancient temples of Goddess Saraswati in India. If you are looking for some sport, then you can move towards enthralling waterfalls like Kuntala and Pochera. For the lovers of flora and fauna, the wildlife sanctuaries in the region offer the best deals. Nirmal is another great place, where you can see the ethnic paintings, curios and handicrafts............

How to Reach Adilabad

Since Adilabad doesn't have its own airdrome, Hyderabad airport tenders great service to its visitors. This airport operates regular flights and is connected to all the major cities of the country and some international cities as well.

Adilabad has its own station, which is well-connected to the western and southern parts of India.

Once again, Hyderabad forms the best medium for getting to Adilabad. Since it is located at a distance of 322 km, the city can be reached easily from here............

Gwalior Fort, Gwalior

Gwalior Fort in Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, stands on an isolated rock, overlooking the Gwalior town, and contains a number of historic buildings. It is one of the biggest forts in India. From historical records, it is established that it was built in the 8th century. The fortress and the city have been integral to the history of the kingdoms of North India. It is said that the Mughal Emperor Babur (1483–1531) described it as, "The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind".

The fort’s history relates to two parts namely, the main fort and the Gurjari Mahal and the Man Mandir palace. The first part was built during the early Tomar rule, while the second part, the Gurjari Mahal (now a Museum) and the palace, was constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century for his favourite queen, Mrignayani.

Gwalior Fort also occupies a unique place in the human civilization as the place which has the first recorded use of zero ever. Also referred as 'Shunya' in sanskrit, this site is of mathematical interest because of what is written on a tablet recording the establishment of a small 9th century Hindu temple on the eastern side of the plateau (marked by the '0' on the nineteenth century map at the left). By accident, it records the oldest "0" in India for which one can assign a definite date.

History of the fort is indelibly linked to the former kingdom of Gwalior, ruled by several Rajput kings. The earliest dating of the fort is quoted to a publication of the Government of India on Gwalior, which traces it to an inscription of 525 AD in a Sun temple, which is said to have been built by the Hun (Huna) emperor Mihirakula (Sveta Huna ruler in 510 AD during the reign of Huns in India)............
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