About YerraguntlaYerraguntla is a small town in YSR district of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town is a home to a lot of cement factories and the popular Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant. It is also famous for its stones which are used for construction of houses and making house floorings. The area has a lot of stone polishing industries. These industries provide employment to a large number of locals.
The three major cement factories in Yerraguntla are – India Cements, Bharat Cements and Zuari Cements.
Geography of YerraguntlaYerraguntla is located at 14.6333°N 78.5333°E and has an average elevation of 152 meters.
DemographyAccording to 2011 census, the total population of Yerraguntla was 32,574 out of which 16,558 were males, 16,016 were females and 3,754 were children. The average literacy rate was recorded to be 70.56% which is lower than the national average of 73%.
How to Reach YerraguntlaYerraguntla is well connected to other major cities of the state and the neighboring states. There are many south India bound trains that make a stoppage at Yerraguntla.
One can easily reach Yerraguntla by road. It is well connected to other cities through a network of roads. To travel within the city tourists and locals can hail auto-rickshaws and even cabs.
Yerraguntla has its own railway station. It is located on the Guntakal – Chennai line which is in turn a part of the Mumbai-Chennai train route. There are many trains from major cities to Yerraguntla. A new railway line has been laid which connects Yerraguntla to Proddatur, Jammalamadugu and Nandyal.
The nearest international airport to Yerraguntla is in Hyderabad, 290 km away. The other nearest airport is in Tirupathi 149 km away.
Tourist Attractions near Yerraguntla
AhobilamAhobilam is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a very popular religious tourist attraction of the region. Ahobilam temple attracts devotees from different parts of the country. It has two parts - lower Ahobilam and upper Ahobilam. According to legends this is site where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahalad and killed demon Hiranyakashipu.
There are a total of nine beautiful temples in a radius of 5km that are very effectively managed by Ahobila Mutt. In addition to the nine temples there is also a temple dedicated to Prahaladam in the foothills. There are many different stories and legends about the temple. The most popular being Garuda's wish for a vision of Lord Narisimha in the form of the Avathara. To fulfill his wish, the Lord settled in the hills around Ahobilam in the midst of dense forests in nine different forms. Ahobilam Mutt is one of the most important Shri Vaishnava religious institutions in the country.
BadvelBadvel is located in Kadapa district of Telangana. The town is popular because of the large number of educational institutions in the region. It is also a popular tourist destination.
The region has a lot of ancient temples, the most popular being Shiavalayam Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has a naturally formed Shiv Lingam which is penetrated deep in the earth. Mahashivratri is the major festival celebrated in the temple.
The other popular temples in Badvel are –
- Sri Govinda Swamy Mattam
- Anjaneya Swami Temple
- Meenakshi Narmadeswara Temple
- Sairam Temple
- Sri B.Mattal Mandal Badwel
Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary
It is situated in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuary is the only habitat for Jerdon's courser, a highly endangered species. The bird was first spotted here in 1848 and now inhabits the low sparse scrub regions of the sanctuary.
Sri Lankamalleswara Sanctuary is also home to 176 families of vegetation and living organisms. There are more than 1400 species of plants that can be found in the sanctuary. It has dry deciduous mixed thorn forests with deep gorges and steep slopes. Red Sanders, an endemic species can also be found here. The fauna includes panther, sloth bear, chinkara, wild boar, nilgai, fox, cheetal and sambhar. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October and March.
One can reach Badvel by train as well. The nearest railway station is in Cuddapah at a distance of about 23 km.
Gandikota Fort is one of the main tourist attractions of the region. The fort is also called George Fort. It is a fine example of the glorious bygone era. The fort is guarded by a huge entrance over 20 feet high. It is believed that the fort was built in the latter half of the 13th century. The mighty structure still stands strong and attracts a lot of tourists. The beautiful fort attracted French traveler Tavernier to a major extent. He compared the Gandikota Fort to the monuments and structures of Hampi. There are various attractions within the fort itself. The Ranganatha and Madhavaswamy temples built during 15th and 16th centuries talk about the culture, heritage and history of Vijayanagar Empire. There is a beautiful Juma Masjid within the fort. It has two minarets. Kathula Koneru, pond of the swords is situated near the mosque. Pigeon tower is another attraction within the fort premises. Tourists can feast upon breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and lush green forests from the top of the fort.
The fort is situated at a distance of 77 km from Cuddapah and 15 km from Jammalamadugu. One can easily reach the fort by public and private transport.
Mylavaram Dam is a medium scale irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Kandapa district of the state. The dam has a huge reservoir built on Pennar River. It is estimated that with the completion of Srisailam right bank canal, the water would be fed to this reservoir. It is a popular picnic spot for the locals.
When talking about the most popular tourist attractions in and around Gandikota, we cannot miss the mystical Belum Caves. These caves are a major tourist attraction and thousands of travelers from far and wide visit these caves each year.
Belum caves are the second largest caves in India and the longest caves in plains of the Indian subcontinent. The caves are mainly famous for their stalagmite and stalactite formations. These are natural underground caves formed by the constant flow of underground water. A majority area of the caves is made up of black limestone. There are alleys, open air chambers and fresh water galleries in various places along the caves. The deepest point in the cave is 150 feet from entrance level. It is called Pataalganga. Belum Caves have a historical importance as well. It is believed that these caves were once inhabited by Jain and Buddhist monks. Many Buddhist relics were found in the caves which are now preserved at Ananthapur Museum. Today, 3.5 km of the cave has been successfully explored, though only 1.5 km is open to tourists. They are managed by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), The caves are located at a distance of about 60 km from Gandikota.
The other places to visit in Kadapa include the following.
PushpagiriPushpagiri is a popular religious tourist attraction in Kadapa region. It is considered sacred due to the presence of many ancient temples. The town is situated in Vallur mandal of Kadapa district. It lies on the banks of Pennar River. Legends say that Pushpagiri is also mentioned in Sundarkans chapter of the holy Hindu text, Ramayana.
Sidhout FortAnother historic place to visit in Kandapa region is the beautiful Sidhout Fort. It is spread over an expansive area of 30 acres and was built in 1303. The fort itself is an example of the glorious past of the region. The two gateways with embellished pillars are a delight. The intricately carved interiors and the grand architecture of the fort deserve a mention. The fort has many ancient temples that are said to be the gateway to Dakshina Kasi.
Sri Venkateswara Wildlife SanctuarySouth India is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and bird sanctuaries. Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular ones in the region. It is spread over 353 sq. km area. It is a great place for nature lovers, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. The sanctuary is also known for its picture perfect waterfalls – Talakona, Gunjana, Gundalakona, etc. Seeing various species of animals and birds in their natural habitat is a magnificent experience. The sanctuary houses around 100 species of birds and 1500 varieties of plants. The wildlife found here includes sloth bear, sambar, hyena, black buck, spotted deer, etc. The birds found here include – the critically endangered oriental white-backed vulture, yellow-browed bulbul, blue-faced malkoha, large hawk-cuckoo, Loten's sunbird and Indian scimitar-babbler.
Ameen Peer DargahSufi Saint Peerullah Hussaini built this mosque in 1683. It is believed that Peerullah Hussaini is a descendent of Mohammed, the Prophet. It is visited by a large number of devotees and is a symbol of religious harmony in the region. Legends believe that if devotees pray with true devotion and a clean heart then their wishes are always granted.
OntimittaWhen visiting Kadapa, plan a visit to Ontinitta and you’ll surely not be disappointed. It is famous for its Sri Kodandarama Swami Temple where the idols of three Hindu gods are carved off a single rock. Famous French traveler, Tavernier described the temple as the grandest pagodas in India. The temple beautifully displays certain events from two famous epics of Hinduism namely Ramayana and Mahabharata in art forms.
Masjid-e-AzamMasjid-e-Azam is a beautiful 17th century mosque located in Cuddapah town near the Gandikota Fort. The mosque was constructed during the reign of Aurangzeb. Due to this, it contains several inscriptions in the Persian dialect.
Sri Venkateswara TempleSri Venkateswara temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and is visited by thousands of devotees each year. The temple has an idol of Lord Anjaneya placed behind the statue of Sri Venkateswara. It is believed that before visiting Sri Venkateswara Temple devotees should offer their prayers at Tirupathi temple. The main hall also has an idol of Lord Ganesha in dancing pose.
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