Kurnool, the first capital of Andhra State (from Year 1953 to 1956), is in Andhra Pradesh state of southern India. It is the district Head quarters of the Kurnool district. The headquarters of the mandal, the revenue division, the district and the city, all have the same name as 'Kurnool'. Kurnool city rests at the confluence of the Tungabhadra and Hindri River and is the administrative seat of Kurnool district. It is one of the four districts of Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.
Kurnool which was famous in the Colonial era as 'Kandanole / Kandenavolu' is a Corporation. Kurnool district boasts of having produced the only Telugu speaking PM of India. Late Mr PV Narasimha Rao who was the PM of India from 1991 - 1995 contested and won the parliament seat from Nandyal town of Kurnool district with the thumping majority of nearly two lakh votes. Kurnool also boasts of producing Late Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy who was the Chief Minister of AP.
Kurnool Medical college one of the first of the Medical college's set up in India is established Assembly buildings constructed when Kurnool was capital of the Andhra State.
Kurnool is near to some of the most religiously popular pilgrim centres in the whole of India.
To witness some of the great work of architectures of the historic days, you must visit the following places:
Srisailam: Mallikarjuna Swami temple at Srisailam that is 175km from Kurnool; Srisailam Dam; Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve
Mantralayam: Raghavendra Swami temple, which is around 92km from the town.
Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary that is a sanctuary for the largest fluting bird called Great Indian Bustard about 60kms from Kurnool.
Ahobilam: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple that is about 90km from Kurnool.
Yaganti: Sri Yaganti Umamaheswara Swami temple and Yaganti Caves
Kurnool: Konda Reddy Buruju (Buruju meaning Tower); Shirdi Sai Baba temple on the banks of river Tungabhadra.
Mahanandi: where you have a Siva temple and beautiful natural springs at about 80km from Kurnool.