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Kurnool is a city in Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarter of Kurnool District. The City of Gem Stones is often referred to as "The Gateway of Rayalaseema". According to the 2011 census,with a population of 484,327, Kurnool is the fifth most populous city in Andhra Pradesh. Kurnool is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. However, the area was occupied for thousands of years but the modern Kurnool was founded in the 16th century CE along with the construction of the Konda Reddy Fort.

History of Kurnool

Once served as the capital of Andhra Pradesh between 1 October 1953 and 31 October 1956, Kurnool has been ruled and controlled by many Emperors, which include VijayanagaraEmpire, the Mughals empire, and Nawabs. In the 12th Century, Kurnool was ruled by the Cholas, and in the 13th Century by the Kakatiya dynasty. It ultimately fell under the control of a jaghirdar before becomingpart of the Vijayanagar dynasty. In the 16th Century, it came under the rule of KingAchyuta Raya, the successor of Sri Krishnadeva Raya who constructed the Kurnool Fort. In the 17th Century, Abdul Wahab Khan conqueredthe King of Vijayanagar Kingdom, Gopal Raja,and ruled Kurnool for 16 years until his death.

Places to visit

  • Konda Reddy Fort : One of the famous places to visit in Kurnool, Konda Reddy Fort was built by Achyuta Raya, Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire. The fort was built between 1530 and 1542 CE. The Konda Reddy fort has different gateways and fortresses. The gateways of the fort were constructed by Gopala Raja, the grandson of Rama Raja who wasthe King ofTalikotaVijayanagara in the 17th century. There is folklore that the Nawab of Kurnool defeated Konda Reddy, the last king of Alampur, and imprisoned him here during the 16th century. Later the King escaped the prison by digging an underground passage, which is believed to go through the Tungabhadra River to the Jogulamba Temple in Alampur.
  • Tomb of Abdul Wahab : Situated On the banks of the River Handrail, Tom of Abdul Wahabwas built in the 17th century. A monument with detailedcraftmanship and artistry which includes two majestic domes,arches, verandahs, and more.The Tomb of Abdul Wahabwas built after the death ofthe first Nawab of Kurnool, Abdul Wahab Khan. The tomb is situated at a distance of 1.8 km from the City of Gems, Kurnool.
  • Oravakallu Rock Garden : Oravakallu Rock Garden, is a1000-acreSculptureGarden Park.Often called Orvakal Rock Gardenhas an ancient cave and solidified rock formations between pools of water. It is situated outside the village of Orvakal, which is around30 km from Kurnool. A place where you can do sightseeing and also explore activities like boating, hiking, etc.
How to Reach
  • By Air – The nearest Airport from Kurnool is Kurnool Airport, situated at a distance of 32 km
  • By Train – The nearest Railway Station is situated at a distance of 800m from Kurnool
  • By Bus – The Nearest Bus Stand is located at a distance of 2.2 km from Kurnool City

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