A city in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, Gooty is situated 52 km from Anantpur. Gooty was known as Gowthampuri in the ancient days under the rule of Ashoka in the 7th Century. Gooty is famous for its fort and temples in the ancient hills of Andhra Pradesh. Gooty also has a number of railway lines passing through it, making it easy for anyone to find transport to other cities in India.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of budget hotels in Gooty. Some of them are DVR Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Ravi Teja (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Annapurna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Siva Sagar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500.)
The official language of Gooty is Telugu. The other languages that are spoken here include Kannada and Tamil.
Many religious festivals including Holi, Pongal and Navratri are celebrated every year in Gooty.
Places of Interest
Gooty is famous for its fort that lies amidst the most ancient hills of Andhra Pradesh. The fort has inscriptions in Kannada and Sanskrit which date back to the 7th Century. The fort was built with 15 main doors with hints of Hindu and Islamic architecture. This is a very popular spot for tourists to visit. The Yadiki caves (27 km from Gooty) has many temples and are also frequented by tourists.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is in Hyderabad which is located about 250 km away from the town.
Gooty is well-connected with Hyderabad and Chennai. The nearest railway station is Adoni (36 km away.)
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Madurai, Cochin and Coimbatore. One of the best bus operators in this region is Kallada Travels. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.
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.