(Horsley Hills – Puttaparthi – Mantralayam – Srisailam – Ahobilam – Belum Caves – Gandikota)
Rayalaseema region has many important places of pilgrimage. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, the abode of Lord Venkateswara is one of the richest and the most visited places of worship in the world. The other being Srisailam, Ahobilam, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam, Kadiri, Rayadurgam, Penna Ahobilam, Mantralayam, Proddatur, Puttaparthi, Yaganti, Lepakshi, Vontimitta, Bramhamgarimatham, Pushpagiri, Nagalapuram,Narayanavanam, etc. Shahi Jamia Masjid in Adoni is one of the oldest constructions in South India; Situated close to Lepakshi or Veerbhadra Temple is another outstanding piece of the village, the monolithic idol of Nandi Bull (the mount of Lord Shiva). It is crafted out of a single granite stone which is regarded as the finest specimen of the Vijayanagara style of architecture. The other artistic and architectural grandeur is the Naglinga, the largest monolithic Naglinga in India.
Horsley hills, situated at an altitude of 1,265m are a hill resort, named after WD Horsley, who was the collector of the Cuddapah district. Horsley chose this spot for his summer residence. The place is luxuriously green and cool, with a maximum summer temperature of 32°C, and a minimum of 20°C.
Srisailam has great ancient significance. Among the 12 Jyotirlingas, the 2nd is the Mallikarjuna Swamy Lingam; among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, the 6th is the Sri Bhramaramba Devi temple. Srisailam is the only temple where two such icons exist under one temple premise, such is its significance. Srisailam has many other names like Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatam, and Srinagar.
Prasanthi Nilayam means ‘the abode of highest peace. It is the main ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, located near the village of Puttaparthi amidst rolling hills, with the river Chitravathi to its east. The valley houses the divine sannidhi (sanctum) of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Sai Kulwant Hall, bhajan mandir.
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Horsley Hills refers to a hill station that is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradeshand the beauty of the hills. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metresand is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes.Also called as Yenugulla Mallamma Konda, this place is home to the largest Banyan tree and the oldest Eucalyptus Tree; it is lined with dense forest areas with 113 species of birds. The picturesque landscape of Horsley Konda also doubles up as a destination for adventure sports and activities such as trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, water walking, rappelling, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo. After lunch proceed to Puttaparthi.On Arrival at Puttaparthi, check-in to Puttaparthi Hotel. After fresh up, proceed to The holy abode of the legendary figure, Sathya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a town which takes you back to thedays of ashrams and the ways of living in those times with an equal influence of the present. Overnight stay @ Puttaparthi
Check-out & Departure towards Mantralayam. Visit 300 years old Raghavendra Swamy Temple, later have darshan of Panchamukha Anjaneyaswamy Temple Mantralayam is famous for the Samadhi of the well-known Vaishnaviite saint, Sri Raghavendra Teertha. Then proceed to Kurnool. Transfer to Hotel & Shopping @Kurnool.
Early Morning Check-out & Departure towards Srisailam. The town is famous for Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple and is one of the holy pilgrimage site for Saivism and Shaktism sects of Hinduism. The town is classified as both Jyothirlinga and Shakti Peetha. Visit Srisailam Temple (One of the Jyothirlinga Temple). Visit Lord Mallikharjuna Swamy & Shri Bhramarambika Devi(a Shakti Peetham) Temples and other local sightseeing places (Srisailam Dam, Nagarjunsagar- Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Akka Mahadevi Caves). Overnight stay @Srisailam
Check-out & Departure towards Nandayala. Visit Mahanandi is one of the Nava Nandis. The Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, Then Proceed towards Ahobilam. It is the centre of worship of Narasimha, the lion-headed avatar of Vishnu, to whom the nine Hindu temples and other shrines all dedicated. The main village and a temple complex are at Lower Ahobilam. Upper Ahobilam, about 8 kilometres to the east, has more temples in a steep gorge. Overnight stay @ Nandyala.
Check-out & Departure towards Yaganti Temple. Visit the famous Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple. Then Proceed towards Mangampeta falls/ Owk falls (Depending upon road conditions).After relaxing in least explored falls proceed towards Belum Caves.Belum Caves have a length of 3,229 m (10,593.8 ft), making them the second largest caves on the Indian Subcontinent after the Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya. It is one of the centrally protected Monuments of National Importance. Proceed towards Gandikota. Overnight stay @ Gandikota.
Sightseeing and Adventures @Gandikota (also known as the Grand Canyon of India, is one of the most unexplored gems of India). Proceed towards Kadapa. Sightseeing & Shopping @ Kadapa;