Rayalaseema comprises of four southern-most districts -Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Kadapa- in Andhra Pradesh. The region got its name because it was under the rule of Krishna Deva Raya and is a mineral rich region. While the tourism there is not as highlighted as the other districts in the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh; there are many places that one must see in the region. Here’s taking a look at 15 of those places in Rayalaseema.
Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa district, on the banks of Penna river. The place is known as the Grand Canyon of India and is also historically important as there are many historical structures belonging to various dynasties in this place.
Lepakshi is a place known for its intricate sculptures, specifically the large Nandi. All the intricate sculptures are said to have been done during the time of the Vijayanagara empire.
This village located in Chittoor, is home to some of the most pristine waterfalls in the country and is a favorite of adventure enthusiasts. You can literally jump off of the cliffs into the waters here.
4. Horsley Hills:
Horsley Hills in Chittoor is a popular hill station in the region and the cool climate there is in extreme contrast to the surrounding places.
5. Orvakal Rock Garden:
This is a 1000 acre rock garden with igneous rock formations between pools of water. While it is a perfect place for rock-climbing enthusiasts; this is also perfect for a weekend getaway with your loved ones.
Srisailam is known for the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. What makes a drive to this place worth it is the fact that it is located in the Nallamalla Hills.
According to a legend, Ahobilam was the place where Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakashipu. This is one of the holiest places in Rayalaseema.
Talakona Waterfall near Tirupati, is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh, with a height of 270 feet. It is also home to several interesting trek routes for adventure enthusiasts.
9. Chandragiri Fort:
Chandragiri fort is a historical fort in Chittoor, built in the 11th Century. The palace is an example of Indo-Sarcen architecture of Vijayanagar period.
10. Belum Caves:
Belum caves, located in Kurnool, are the largest tourist cave network in India and have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. They were formed naturally by the constant flow of underground water and are the second longest naturally formed caves in India.
11. Adoni Fort:
Adoni fort is a historical fort located in Adoni city in Kurnool. The fort is said to have been built in the 15th Century.
12. Nallamalla Hills:
Nallamalla range are a section of the eastern ghats, and are home to a wide range of terrains. One can visit the hills in Kurnool, Kadapa and Chittoor and can find a different aspect of nature to experience.
13. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary:
Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Kurnool, is home to many animals like Blackbucks, Jackals, Foxes, etc. It was primarily established to protect the Great Indian Bustard, a bird species that is critically endangered.
This list would be incomplete if this place isn’t mentioned. Tirumala hills are home to the most popular temple in India and are also home to a deer sanctuary; several waterfalls and more.
15. Konda Reddy Fort:
Konda Reddy Fort, aka, Konda Reddy Burj is a remnant of the Kurnool fort and is a must see when one is in Kurnool city.