On the southern banks of the Tungabhadra river lies the district of Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Historically, this region flourished under the Hindu King Sri Krishnadevaraya whose court jester Tenali Ramans tales of wit amuse us even today. Kurnool is home to Hindu pilgrimage sites at Mantralayam, Ahobilam, Yaganti and Srisailam.
Set amidst beautiful natural scenery of ghats, cliffs, craggy ridges and dense forests is the Srisailam Dam built on the Krishna river. This town also boasts of one of the largest tiger reserves in India, the Srisailam sanctuary.
One of the natural attractions in Kurnool is the unique Belum Caves. They have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons and are known for magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations.
The town of Kurnool situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra was the erstwhile capital of Andhra before the Nizams. In modern India it is the district headquarters having relinquished the post of capital to Hyderabad. Of historical interest are the ruins of a royal fort, Konda Reddy Buruju dating back to the medieval kingdom of Vijayanagar. The towns in this district are connected by highways and railways, though the highways are more often used due to less frequency of trains.
Best time to visit: September to February
Languages Spoken: Telugu, Urdu and Kannada are the most widely spoken languages
Climate: Hot summer, warm and humid monsoon (July to September) and a moderate climate during the months September to February.
Holy places: Vrindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swami (in Mantralayam or Manchale), Lord Shivas jyotirlinga temple in Srisailam, Ahobilam, Yaganti,
Places of Interst: Belum Caves, Srisailam Dam, Srisailam Sanctuatry, Fort Konda Reddy Buruju

Mantralaya,Andhra Pradesh,India


Sri Raghavendhra Swamy was an ardent devotee of Sri Moola Rama and Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya. He performed penance here for 12 years and got the dharshan of Hanuman in the form of Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya, an incarnation of Lord Hanuman. The anjaneya is a swayambu inscription on the rocky cave.

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