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Mahabubnagar , around 96 Kms from Hyderabad, is well connected by road and rail with all important towns and cities in the State.

Pillalamari  : The famous 500 yr. old Banyan tree here, covering an area of over four acres, can accommodate about 1000 people in its shade. People gather here for picnics and celebrations. The shrine of a Muslim saint under this tree. Story of Pillalamarri.

Alampur : Alampur is on the banks of the River Tungabadra, has numerous antiquities belonging to the Chalukyan period. The plan and carvings of the two groups of Brahmeswara and Papanatha Temples here, closely resemble the rock cut temples of western India. 

Umamaheswaram is located at a distance of 150 KM from Hyderabad and close by Achampet in Mahabubnagar District. Umamaheswaram temple is situated on very tall hills of Nallamala forests and dates back to 2nd century A.D. To reach the temple, one has to ride on very steep and dangerous curves of 5 mile length from the bottom of the hill. It is well known as North Entrance to Srisailam (Jyotirlingam). Umamaheswaram temple is in deep Nallamalai forests and located in vast range of Scenic mountains. Umamaheswaram is popular for it's Misterious papanashanam where you can always find a mug of water what ever you take out from it throughout the year. Nobody could find from where this water is coming. Till today it is the home for innumerous Sadhus. The presiding deities in Umamaheshwaram are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).

Worlds's largest Tiger Sanctuary (Mannanur): Dry deciduous mixed forest along the river Krishna which cuts through a picturesque gorge of the Nallamalai hills with deep valleys on sides. The sanctuary  with a wide area of 3568 Sq. km. spanning Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda districts. About 130 km. south of Hyderabad. Animals found: Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Black Bucks, Sambhars, Chousingha Nilgai, Wild Boar, Indian Giant Squirrel, Tree Shrew, Rayel, Mugger Crocodiles, Wild dogs, Jackals, Wolves, Foxes, Sloth Bear, Panthers, Tigers. Accessibility: 130 km. by road from Hyderabad. Well connected with State owned buses. Contact: Field Director, Project Tiger, Achampet/Srisailam Season: October to May.

Farahabad : Farahabad is an altitude of 914 Mts. in the Nallamalla Hills in the Eastern Ghats. This holiday resort enjoys a salubrious climate. It has been most appropriately named Farahabad, which literally means 'Mount Pleasant'. 

Gadwal : Gadwal town , between the Krishna and Tungabadra Rivers, is noted for the harmonious coexistence here of the cultures A.P and Karnataka. Gadwal is also famous for its  handloom weaving industry. Gadwal silk saris, with exquisite zari work command a good market through out the country. 

Koilsagar Project : The Koilsagar Dam, about 8 km from koil konda village, stretches across the Peddavagu, a minor tributary of the Krishna River. The western stretch of this picturesque reservoir is surrounded by high hills, making it a beautiful spot. 

Monikonda : The Lakshmi Venkateswara shrine is on a 915 Mts. high hill that is 2 km from the village. 

Wanaparthi : The ancient shrine of Vittaleswara is located here. The Sarlasagar project nearby features the biggest syphon dam in the world.

Bala Nagamma (Aidamma):This famous ancient place has perched a conveted place in the temple history due to its association with the infinitely popular Balanagamma folk lore story popularised by the Burrakatha artistes akin to Harikatha bhagavathothamas. The goddess Aidamma played a spectacular role and established for herself a permanent place due to demonstration of her sports . She is popular as vgery compassionate goddess. Who rescues her aborers from the clutches of the Satanic forces. If they rely upon her and her bounty after offering soulful prayers. She reveals her dreadful aspect and is appeased with animal sacrifice most On account of enjoying her munificence and freed from the unending worries, she is adored passionately by rural folk. And festivals are celebrated with great eclat. Regual daily pujas, and the annual festival falling in the month of Sravana lure huge crowds, who are lustily participating in special prayer services to excpress their devotion to her. It lies in the Vanaparthi taluq of Palamur district of Andhra Pradesh, accesible by bus.

 

Alampur:

Alampur near Kurnool is home to the very ancient Navabhramma temples dating back to the 7th century CE. Alampur is located at a distance of 200 km from Hyderabad. Alampur is considered to be the western gateway of Sree Sailam, the revered Jyotirlinga Shivastalam in Andhra Pradesh. The southern, eastern, and northern gateways are Siddhavattam, Tripurantakam and Umamaheswaram respectively.

The Tungabhadra and Krishna are in confluence near Alampur, which is also known as Dakshina Kailasam (as is Sree Kalahasti in Southern Andhra Pradesh).  Nine temples here referred to as the Nava Bhramma temples are dedicated to Shiva.

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The Nava Bhramma temples were built by the Badami Chalukyas, who ruled for about 200 years from the middle of the sixth century onwards. The Badami Chalukyas built several temples in Karnataka, and the Alampur temples in Andhra Pradesh.The Alampur site preserves archeological remains in the form of temples exhibiting a hybrid style of architecture - dating back to the 6th-7th centuries CE. Some of the images from this site are also housed in a museum nearby.

The Nava Bhramma temples are Taraka Bhramma, Swarga Bhramma, Padma Bhramma, Bala Bhramma, Garuda Bhramma, Kumara Bhramma, Arka Bhramma, Vira Bhramma and the Vishwa Bhramma. These temples are all enclosed in a courtyard on the left bank of the river Tungabhadra.

The Bala Bhramma temple is the principal shrine of worship. It dates back to the year 702 CE - per the inscriptions seen here. Shivaratri is celebrated in great splendour here.

The Taraka Bhramma temple is partly in ruins, and it has no image in the sanctum. It bears telugu inscriptions from the 6th-7th century CE. The Swarga Bhramma temple   with an imposing tower  is considered to be among the finest in Alampur, and is an excellent specimen of Chalukyan architecture and sculpture. It contains several sculptures in bas relief, and it dates back to the end of the 8th century.

The Padma Bhramma temple partly in ruins, contains a Shivalingam of clear stone with mirror like finish. The Viswa Bhramma temple is among the most artistic of the Nava Bhramma temples. The sculptural work here depicts scenes from the epics.

Also in the enclosed courtyard is located the Suryanarayana temple, dating back to the 9th century. This temple has bas reliefs representing the incarnations of Vishnu.  There is also a Narasimha temple with inscriptions from the period of Krishna Deva Raya of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Near Alampur, is  Papanasam with a cluster of over 20 temples of varying sizes and styles. The most important of these is the Papanaseswara temple.

Uma Maheswaram (Home of Parvathi and lord Siva):

Umamaheswaram is located at a distance of 150 KM from Hyderabad and close by Achampet in Mahabubnagar District. Umamaheswaram temple is situated on very tall hills of Nallamala forests and dates back to 2nd century A.D. To reach the temple, one has to ride on very steep and dangerous curves of 5 mile length from the bottom of the hill. It is well known as North Entrance to Srisailam (Jyotirlingam). Umamaheswaram temple is in deep Nallamalai forests and located in vast range of Scenic mountains. Umamaheswaram is popular for it's Misterious papanashanam where you can always find a mug of water what ever you take out from it throughout the year. Nobody could find from where this water is coming. Till today it is the home for innumerous Sadhus. 

The presiding deities in Umamaheshwaram are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).

GADWAL

It is famous for handloom weaving industry. Gadwal sarees are popular for their exquisite silk and zari work. Gadwal is one of the centers where a typical, traditional Andhra saree is made. These sarees are unusual, different and dignified. Its body is cotton while the border and pallu are in silk. They are woven separately and attached later on. Rich traditional designs adorn both the border and the pallu. Mango motif is most popular in these designs. Yellow, parrot-green, pink and beige are the most sought after colours in these sarees.
Here is a big fort built by 'Chalukyas'. It is on the Secunderabad-Dronachalam railway line about 140 km from Hyderabad. 

Kothakota

Similar to Gadwal are the Kothakota range of cotton sarees with silk borders and rich pallus and also innovative zari designs. Borders are always in rich colours contrasting the body colour.

NARAYANPET

Narayanpet sarees are very popular as traditional wedding sarees. They blend native tradition with the art of classical weavers of Varanasi. These sarees have intricately designed pallus and simple borders in contrasting colours. The sarees are famous for their mixed colours like pink with purple or maroon with mustard. Cotton-silk blends and light pure silks are their speciality.

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