Famous Temples to visit in and around Kurnool - Andhra Pradesh

About Kurnool District

Kurnool, popularly known as "The Gateway of Rayalaseema", has many ancient unique temples and tourist sites that attract many pilgrims throughout the year.

Kurnool is one among the 4 districts of Rayalaseema region. The other three regions include Kadapa, Chittoor and Anantapur.

Some of the famous historical places of tourism importance in the Kurnool district include: Konda Reddy Fort, Orvakal Rock Garden, Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary and Belum Caves.

Some of the popular and important religious centers present in this district are Srisailam, Mahanandi, Yaganti, Ahobilam and Mantralayam.

Take a look at some of the best temples you can visit in Kurnool District in this post.

1. Mahanandi - Sri Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple

Mahanandi - Sri Mahanandiswara Swamy temple
Mahanandi Temple Entrance

Mahanandi Sri Mahanandiswara Swamy temple is one among the Nava Nandis present near Nandyal city in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.

The crystal clear holy water at Pushkarani remains constant at five feet, allowing devotees to swim in it, which has many healing powers.

Nandyal is just 15 km from Mahanandi Temple, which is on NH7 from Hyderabad to Chennai.

Maha Shivaratri is an important festival celebrated every year at this temple in the months of February and March, which attract many pilgrims from around the world.

What to See at Mahanandi:

Huge Nandi Statue
Nava Nandi Temples - Mahanandi, Shivanandi, Vinayakanandi, Somanandi, Prathamanandi, Garudanandi, Suryanandi, Krishnanandi (also called Vishnunandi) and Naganandi.
Kameswari Devi Temple (1 km from bus station)
Sri Kodanda Ramalayam Temple

How to Reach Mahanandi:

The nearest international airport is present in Hyderabad.

The nearest railway station is present in Nandyal, Giddalur and Gazulapalli.

APSRTC run frequent buses to Mahanandi Temple from Nandyal town for every 15 minutes.

Temple Distance:

Kurnool - 92 km
Hyderabad - 311 km
Chennai - 392 km
Bengaluru - 412 km
Vijayawada - 317 km

Mahanandi Temple Route Map:

Read more: Mahanandi Temple

2. Srisailam - Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

The sacred Srisailam temple present in Nallamala Hills is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and his consort Goddess Bhramaramba devi (Goddess Parvati).

Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples (Dwadasa Jyotirlingas) dedicated to Lord Shiva in India. It is also known as Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and is a must visit tourist destination in Kurnool district.

Srisailam Sri Bhramaramba Devi Temple is one of 18 Shakti-peethas or Ashtadasa Shakti Peethas worshiped in India.

What to See at Srisailam:

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
Sri Bhramaramba Devi Temple
Shikaresvara Temple
Sakshi Ganapati Temple
Hathakesvara Temple

Other tourist attractions in Srisailam are Srisailam Dam, Srisailam Sanctuary, 12th century Akka Mahadevi Caves.

How to Reach Srisailam:

APSRTC and TSRTC operate frequent buses from Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Anantapur and Guntur to Srisailam.

Markapur Road (MRK) Railway Station is the nearest railway line to Srisailam.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest airport to reach the temple of Srisailam.

Temple Distance:

Kurnool - 179 km
Hyderabad - 230 km
Chennai - 470 km
Bengaluru - 533 km
Vijayawada - 263 km

Srisailam Temple Route Map:

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3. Ahobilam - Nava Narasimha Temples

Ahobilam is a holy place, which consists of Nava Narasimha Temples devoted to Lord Narasimha Swamy, located within 5 km radius.

According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Narasimha, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, saved the young Prahlada by killing his Asura father Hiranyakashipu.

Nava Narasimha Temples present at Ahobilam are mentioned here along with their corresponding Navagrahas/Planets.

Temples present at Upper Ahobilam:

  • Ahobilam Narasimha Temple - Guru/Jupiter
  • Jwala Narasimha Temple - Kuja/Mars
  • Krodakara/Varaha Narasimha Temple - Raahu
  • Malolan Narasimha Temple - Shukra/Venus

  • Temples present at Lower Ahobilam:

  • Yogananda Narasimha Temple - Shani/Saturn
  • Pavana Narasimha Temple - Budha/Mercury
  • Kshatravata Narasimha Temple - Ketu
  • Bhargava Narasimha Temple - Ravi/Sun

  • Kaaranja Narasimha Temple - Chandra/Moon

  • This temple is present at middle on the way to Upper Ahobilam from Lower Ahobilam.

    What to See at Ahobilam:

    Nava Narasimha Temples
    Ugra stambham
    Prahlada Mettu

    How to Reach Ahobilam:

    Allagadda is the nearby town at a distance of about 63 km from Ahobilam.

    Nandyal railway station (NDL) is the nearby railway station at a distance of approximately 30 km from Ahobilam.

    Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport to reach Ahobilam Temple.

    Temple Distance:

    Kurnool - 136 km
    Hyderabad - 275 km
    Chennai - 415 km
    Bengaluru - 401 km
    Vijayawada - 315 km

    Ahobilam Temple Route Map:

    Website for Reference:


    4. Yaganti - Sri Uma Maheswara Temple

    Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy temple in Yaganti is a sacred holy temple in Kurnool district dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    This ancient temple was built in the 15th Century by Vijayanagara Empire King Harihara Bukka Raya. He belonged to the Sangama Dynasty and he constructed the temple according to the Vaishnavite traditions.

    The main attraction of this temple is "Growing Nandi" present ain temple mandapam, which is still expanding and growing even today at a rate of 1 inch every 20 years. According to the prophecy of Veerabrahmendra Swamy, Nandi gets up alive and shouts at the end of Kaliyuga.

    Another attraction of the temple is the absence of crows as Sage Agastya cursed the crows that disturbed him, while performing his penance at this place.

    Since the crow is Lord Shani's vehicle / vahana, the devotees firmly believe that Lord Shani cannot enter this holy place.

    India's Nostradamus Saint Srimadvirat Veerabrahmendra Swamy stayed in Yaganti for sometime, where he wrote the famous Kalagnanam (Prophecy).

    Take a holy bath in the pushkarani, where the water emerges from Nandi's mouth at the bottom of the hill before doing puja to Lord Shiva. There is no trace of water flowing from the hill and water will be present throughout the year in Pushkarini (temple pond) even during the dry summer season.

    Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great fervour at this temple.

    What to See at Yaganti:

    Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy temple
    Growing Nandi
    Agastya Cave
    Venkateswara Cave
    Veera Brahmam Cave
    Akasha Deepam

    How to Reach Yaganti:

    Banaganapalli is just 11 km from Yaganti Temple.

    Panyam Railway Station (PNM) is the nearest railway head.

    There are regular APSRTC buses from Banaganapalli, Nandyal, Kurnool and other nearby towns.

    Temple Distance:

    Kurnool - 83 km
    Hyderabad - 317 km
    Chennai - 397 km
    Bengaluru - 334 km
    Vijayawada - 361 km

    Yaganti Temple Route Map:

    Website for Reference:


    5. Mantralayam - Raghavendra Swamy Temple

    Mantralayam Temple is the famous pilgrimage center in the Kurnool district and is home to the Sacred samadhi of Jagadguru Sriman Madhwacharya Moola Mahasamsthana Sri Raghavendra Swamy (1601-1671) or Guru Rayaru.

    Mantralayam, also known as the brindavan of Raghavendra Swamy, is located on the southern bank of the sacred Tungabhadra river.

    Sri Raghavendra Swamy is a great Vaishnava saint who promoted Sri Madhv√•acharya’s Tatvavada Philosophy. He is believed to be the reincarnation of Bhakta Prahlada.

    Sri Raghavendra Swamy is addressed in different affectionate ways by the devotees like Gurusarvabhouma, Rayaru, Raghappa, Gururaja and so on!

    Visitors must wear traditional dhoti for Gents and Saree for Ladies to go near the Brindavan sanctum.

    Telugu, Kannada and Tamil are the regional languages spoken here at Mantralayam.

    What to See at Mantralayam:

    Brindavan Raghavendra Swamy Temple and Mutt Complex
    Manchalamma Temple (1 km)

    How to Reach Mantralayam:

    Mantralayam is present on the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. APSRTC, TSRTC and KSRTC operate regular buses to Mantralayam.

    Mantralayam Road Railway Station (MALM) is the nearby railway station at a distance of just 12 km from Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt. Many Express and Passenger trains stop at this station.

    Temple Distance:

    Kurnool - 91 km
    Hyderabad - 268 km
    Chennai - 540 km
    Bengaluru - 381 km
    Vijayawada - 434 km

    Mantralayam Temple Route Map:

    Website for Reference:


    6. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Kurnool

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Kurnool
    Star Shaped Saibaba Temple

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Kothapeta is a must-visit tourist place when you are in Kurnool city.

    An ardent devotee of Shirdi Saibaba, Sri K. Veera Swami Naidu installed four feet marble statue of Sai Baba in the year 1951. he constructed a star shaped temple as ordered by Saibaba in his dreams on the banks of sacred Tungabhadra river.

    How to reach Kurnool:

    Kurnool city is present on the banks of sacred Tungabhadra River. The city has very good transportation facility as one must cross Kurnool city to reach Anantapur, Kadapa or Chittor district while coming from Hyderabad. Formerly Kurnool served as the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, from October 1, 1953 to November 1, 1956.

    Kurnool is connected to most cities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chennai and Bengaluru via APSRTC, TSRTC and KSRTC buses.

    GTL/Guntakal - GY/Gooty railway line passes through the city.

    Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad, Telangana is the nearest international airport, located approximately 198.7 km from Kurnool Airport via NH7.

    What to See at Sai Baba Temple:

    Akhanda Jyothi/Nanda deep
    Dattatreya statue
    Nine Avadhuta Statues
    Sai Dhuni
    Aswatha Tree
    Yoga Sadhana Kendra

    Nearby attraction is Konda Reddy Buruju (Konda Reddy Fort) is just 8 minutes walk from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.

    Temple Distance:

    Hyderabad - 212 km
    Chennai - 459 km
    Bengaluru - 361 km
    Vijayawada - 346 km

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Route Map:

    Read More: Kurnool Shirdi Saibaba Devasthanam

    7. Nandavaram Chowdeshwari Devi Temple

    Nandavaram Chowdeshwari Devi Temple
    Nandavaram Temple Entrance

    Chowdeshwari Devi Temple present in Nandavaram in Banaganapalle mandal is a popular temple dedicated to the Goddess Chowdeshwari Devi (Kasi Vishalakshi).

    According to an ancient belief, Goddess Chowdeshwari Devi came all the way from Varanasi to the village of Nandavaram via a small underground tunnel that can be seen in the temple premises.

    Devotees can perform Sri Chakra Puja in front of the deity at this temple. The original Chowdeshwari Devi idol looked more fearful to watch so, it was placed behind the garbhagriha doors and a similar less frightening deity was placed for pilgrims worship in this ancient temple.

    Navarathri celebrations are performed with great joy and enthusiasm in this temple.

    What to See at Nandavaram:

    Chowdeshwari Devi Temple
    Temple Koneru

    How to Reach Nandavaram Temple:

    Nandavaram village is present between Panyam and Banaganapalle road.
    Panyam Railway Station (PNM) is the nearby railway station to reach Nandavaram temple.
    Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the nearest international airport to reach Nandavaram temple.

    Temple Distance:

    Banaganapalle - 11 km
    Panyam - 19 km
    Kurnool - 75 km
    Hyderabad - 287 km
    Chennai - 400 km
    Bengaluru - 348 km
    Vijayawada -  km

    Nandavaram Temple Route Map:

    Read More: Nandavaram Chowdeshwari Devi Temple

    Author Note:

    Alampur Jogulamba Temple is a very popular temple just 22 km away from Kurnool city and it comes under Gadwal, Telangana.

    Have you visit these popular temples in Kurnool before? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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