Challakere is a town based in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It is also called the ‘oil city of Karnataka’ and is the second largest supplier and producer of edible oil only to be trumped by Mumbai city. Challakere is known to have more than 60 oil industries. The kambal (blankets) of Challakere are also very popular. These blankets are made by Kurba people and are sold across different cities in India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget friendly hotels in Challakere. Some of them include Hotel Kutti (Tariff –Rs. 500) and Hotel Raghavendra (Tariff – Rs. 800), and Hotel Sahara (Tariff – Rs.800).
The official spoken language of Challakere is Kannada. Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi are also spoken here.
The temple festival or Jatra begins in Challakere in the month of March. This lasts for 8 days. The other festivals in Challakere include Ugadi, Onam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Challakere has many temples that attract several tourists every year. Some of the temples include Dutta Temple, Lord Veerbhadra Swamy Temple, Challakere Temple, and Ajjan Guddi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Challakere is the Bangalore International Airport. It is approximately 179 km away from Challakere.
Challakere has its own railway station. Regular trains to different cities run from this junction.
Challakere is well connected with other Indian cities through buses. There are daily buses to Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and other cities of India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include SRE Travels and Tirupati Travels. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India
Kurnool a city that is part of the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is the seventh most populated city in the state. The other rivers that flow through the city are Hundri and Neeva. Historically and architecturally rich, the place has a number of ancient temples, churches and mosque that attracts hordes of tourists.
Places to Stay
As the city attracts tourists across the year there are a wide variety of accommodation options available for tourists. Some of the places to stay are the Haritha Srisailam, Hotel Rajavihar Deluxe and The Mourya Inn, which offer rooms forRs.700 onwards.
All festivals are celebrated in this city.
Telugu is the language that is spoken predominantly; while Hindi and English is also common.
Places to Visit
Rich is history, Kurnool has a lot to offer tourists. Places to visit include the Ketavaram rock paintings, Jurreru Valley, Katavani Kunta and Yaganti, which dates back to 35,000 to 40,000 years. Fort Konda Reddy, Belum Caves, Orvakal Rock Formations, Naganandilingam-Nandyal, several ancient Hindu temples and 52 Dargahs are some of the places that lures tourists to this city every year. All these places are located at a distance of about 10-15kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kurnool city is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, at Hyderabad, which is about three and half hours’ drive from the city.
Kurnool district has four railway stations; they are Kurnool city, Adoni, Nandyal and Dhone junction.
Kurnool has the third largest bus station in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Vijayawada. There are also many private bus operators such as Reddy Express Tours & Travels, Meghana Travels, Omer Travels, Geepee Travels that offers travel options to different destintaions in and out of Kurnool. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.