Category Archives: Andhara Pradesh

Andhara Pradesh tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Kurnool Fort

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Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort is a historic site at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Kurnool Fort  alias Konda Reddy Fort
Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort or Konda Reddy Buruju.

Kurnool Fort is also known as Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort. The fort construction was started in 1530 and was completed by 1542. This historical place is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Achyutaraya, the Vijayanagar ruler built this historic site.

There are many gateways and bastions for the fort at Kurnool. Gateways of the fort were constructed during in the 17th century by Vijaynagar emperor Gopal Raja. The fort got its name from the last ruler of Alampur, Konda Reddy who lost his kingdom to Golconda Nawabs.

Kurnool fort has three levels; the first and second floors are open to public while the ground floor is closed to public.

How Do I Go to Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort?

Kurnool is well connected by roads to other parts of the state and to the rest of the country. There are frequent buses from different cities of Andhra Pradesh state and nearby Telunga state to Kurnool.

Kurnool Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 2 kilometers from the fort.

Alampur is at around 24 kilometers distance from the Konda Reddy Buruju alias Konda Reddy Fort.

Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport at a distance of around 200 kilometers away. Tirupati airport is at around 280 kilometers away. There is a planned greenfield airport on 1110 acres of land, to come up at Orvakal, at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Kurnool city.

Kurnool Fort Timings

The Fort is open to the public from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Royal Bengal Tigers, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Fort Ruins

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Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a ‘Project Tiger Reserve’ in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.

Papikonda National Park, Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Safari Ride, River Trips

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Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 3 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari
Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari.

Papikonda national park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh state and Khammam district in Telangana state.

Papikonda wild life sanctuary & national park spread over 1000 square kilometers, is home to Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, spotted deer, sambar, bison, etc. The Bengal tiger is an Indian Tiger species and India’s national animal. Wild water buffaloes were seen till the 80’s; now they seems to be extinct from these areas.

The National park is situated along the right & left a banks of the river Godavari. The sight of River Godaveri meandering through the Gorges and deep forests in the National park will make you spellbound. There is a Museum and Environmental education center inside the national park. Safari ride and river trips are major activities for the tourists.

The kingdom of the Apes described in the Great epic of Ramayana (known as Kishkinda in Ramayana) is located here in this park. Sita was brought back from Lanka to this area with the help of locals here.

How Do I Go To Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary or Papikonda National Park?

Rajahmundry is the nearest major city to Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park. Rajahmundry railway station is located on the main Chennai – Delhi / Kolkotta route. Rajahmundry airport is the nearest airport to the national park and wildlife sanctuary. Visakhapatnam airport is at around 100 kilometers from the Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khammam is another nearby town to the national park. Warangal , and Suryapet are other major towns to the national park.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit the Papikonda National Park?

October to May are the Ideal months to visit Papikonda National park.

Hotels near Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park

Rajahmundry, Kannapuram and Maredumilli towns has government Forest rest houses for tourists. There are many hotels in the nearby towns of Rajahmundry, Warangal, Suryapet, etc.

Padmavathi Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam

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Padmavathi Temple is a temple at Tiruchanur, at 5 kilometers from the world famous temple town of Tirupathi. This temple is. dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi alias Alamelumanga, consort of Lord Venkateswara, the deity at Tirupathi temple. Padmavathi temple is under the administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Padmavathi Temple
Padmavathi Temple near Tirupathi.

Goddess Lakshmi’s incarnation of Padmavathi is the main deity here. Godess Padmavathi is manifested in Padmasarovaram, the temple tank, in the form of golden Lotus flower, on the day ‘Sukla Paksha Panchami’ during the local month of Kartheeka.

Some of the other temples inside the temple complex are Sri Sundararaja Swamy Temple which is believed to be built in the 16th century & Sri Krishna Swamy Temple, believed to be built in 1221 AD. On the opposite side of the Temple Tank of Padmavathi temple, there is another temple dedicated to Lord Suryanarayana.

How Do I Go to Padmavathi Temple?

The famous Padmavathi temple is situated at Tiruchanoor alias as Tiruchanur town. This town is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Tirupathi town, the town on the foothills of the famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple alias Tirupathi temple. Tirupathi is well connect by roads to other parts of the country. ‘Tirupati railway station’ is the nearest railway station. ‘Renigunta Junction railway station’ is the nearest major railway junction, which is situated close to Tirupathi, at around 10 kilometers distance. Tirupati Airport is the nearest airport to all these Temples, at 14 kilometers distance from Tirupathi town. Nearby international airports are at Chennai and Bangalore. Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state is at a distance of around 550 kilometers away.

KURUSURA SUBMARINE MUSEUM

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Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, India is one of its kind in South Asia. The Museum is set up on the decommissioned Indian Navy Submarine, INS Kurusura. Hence the Museum is also called Kurusura Submarine Museum.

Kurusura Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Kurusura Submarine Museum at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The submarine ship including its weapons were hauled to the Bay of Bengal sea shore and mounted on a concrete platform at Gajapathi Raju Marg on the Ramakrishna Beach Road. The Museum was opened to public in 2002.

INS Kursura was commissioned in 1969 at Soviet Union. After 31 years of service, INS Kursura, an India Pakistan war participant, was decommissioned in 2001.

There are six guides and one curator, who are ex-Navy staff, who will explain the Submarine’s history and activates to the visitors to the Museum. INS Kursura participated in the Indo Pak War 1971. The Museum is a must-see museum for any visitor to this port city of Visakhapatnam. The submarine is still getting “Dressing Ship” honour from Indian Navy, which is normally awarded to active ships only.

How Do I Go To Kurusura Submarine Museum?

Kurusura Submarine Museum is located at Gajapathi Raju Marg on the Ramakrishna Beach Road, near the beach at Visakhapatnam. The city is well connected by road, rail and air connectivity to other parts of the country. Visakhapatnam railway station is the nearest railway station to INS Kurusura Submarine Museum. Visakhapatnam International Airport is the nearest airport.

What are the timings of Kurusura Submarine Museum?

The Submarine Museum is open from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM, on all days except Mondays. On Sundays and public holidays, the museum is open from 11.00 AM to 1.30 PM.

Birla Mandir, Birla Family Tree

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Birla Mandirs are a group of temples constructed by the Birla family (Birlas) across India. Birla Mandirs exists at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kurushetra , Shahad, Bhopal, BITS Pilani,Jaipur, Patna, Akola, Varanasi (2 Birla Mandirs at Varanasi), Renukoot, Nagda, Brajrajnagar, Gaalior and Alibaug,

Birla Mandir construction is still going on at some places and the family believes in continuing the work.

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal

Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi
Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939

Birla Mandir at Bhopal
Birla Mandir at Bhopal

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal were constructed to fill a void. i.e These cities had no big temples. Delhi temple confirms to Nagara style of architecture, even though it was built using modern technology.

Architecture of Birla Mandirs Other Than Delhi and Bhopal

Most of the other Birla temples are built using marble or sandstone, in either Chandela Style of Architecture or Solanki Style of Architecture, both of which existed in the 10th-12th centuries.

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani campus is made of white marble and is a replica of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho. Gwalior Birla Mandir is a replica of the Konark Sun Temple.

Birla Group of Companies

Birla Mandirs across India are from Birla Family, who owns the Birla Group of companies. Birla family group is one of the leading business groups in India. Birla family members are the descendants of Seth Shobharam. Birlas belong to Pilani, a town in Rajasthan and are Marwari community, a community known for its business skills across India.

Birla Family Tree

Kumar Mangalam Birla, a fourth generation member of the Birla business family, currently heads the business after the demise of his father Aditya Vikram Birla in 1995. Aditya Vikram Birla is the son of Basant Kumar Birla ( Basant Kumar Birla is the grandfather of the current group head, Kumar Mangalam Birla and is currently the chairman of BITS Pilani) and grandson of Ghanshyam Das Birla. Ghanshyam Das Birla is the son of Baldeo Das Birla and grandson of Shiv Narayana Birla. Shiv Narayan Birla is the son of Seth Shobharam and grandson of Seth Bhudharmal.