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Sacred & Religious Sites · Caves · Wildlife Areas
Kurnool is a city, former princely state and the headquarters of Kurnool district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is often referred as The Gateway of Rayalaseema. It was the capital of Andhra State from 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956. census, it is the fifth most populous city in the state with a population of 460,184.EtymologyThe name Kurnool is derived from Kandanavolu.HistoryPalaeolithic eraThe Ketavaram rock paintings from the Paleolithic era and are (18 kilometres from Kurnool). Also the Jurreru Valley, Katavani Kunta and Yaganti in Kurnool District have some important rock art and paintings in the vicinity, dated from 35,000 to 40,000 years ago.Early Feudal EraLittle was known about Kurnool town before the 11th century. The earliest knowledge of this settlement dates from the 11th century. It has developed as transit place on the southern banks of the river Tungabhadra. It was ruled by Cholas and later by Kakatiya kings in the 12th and 13th centuries. Traces of ashes from the Paleolithic age are also found here.
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