Kurnool

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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Kurnool district.
Kurnool
కర్నూలు
Kandanavolu
City
View of Rajvihar Center, one of the busiest centres in Kurnool City
View of Rajvihar Center, one of the busiest centres in Kurnool City
Nickname(s): The Gateway of Rayalaseema
Kurnool is located in Andhra Pradesh
Kurnool
Kurnool
Location in Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates: 15°50′N 78°03′E / 15.83°N 78.05°E / 15.83; 78.05Coordinates: 15°50′N 78°03′E / 15.83°N 78.05°E / 15.83; 78.05
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Kurnool
Government
 • Type Municipal corporation
 • Body Kurnool Municipal corporation
Area[1][2]
 • City 65.91 km2 (25.45 sq mi)
Area rank 105
Elevation 274 m (899 ft)
Population (2011)[3]//
 • City 460,184
 • Rank 106th (India)
5th (Andhra Pradesh)
 • Density 7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
 • Metro[4] 484,327
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 518001,518002,518003,518004
Vehicle registration AP 21
Website Kurnool Municipal Corporation

Kurnool is a city and the headquarters of Kurnool district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.[5] The city is often referred as The Gateway of Rayalaseema.[6] It was the capital of Andhra State from 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956. As of 2011 census, it is the fifth most populous city in the state with a population of 460,184.[1][2]

Etymology[edit]

The name Kurnool is derived from Kandanavolu.[7]

History[edit]

Palaeolithic era[edit]

The Ketavaram [8] rock paintings from the Paleolithic era and are (18 kilometres from Kurnool). Also the Jurreru Valley, Katavani Kunta[9] and Yaganti in Kurnool District have some important rock art's and painting's in the vicinity, may be dated from 35,000 to 40,000 years ago.

Early Feudal Era[edit]

Little 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.

Later on it became an autonomous part of the country under Jagirdars. Late it came under the influence of Vijayanagar kings and it was during the 16th century that Achyuta Raya built the Kurnool Fort.

During the 17th century it was ruled by Gopal Raja. The Pathan general Abdul Wahab conquered king Gopal Raja and ruled over the country for 16 years.

Mughal princely state[edit]

The town became a vassal princely state of the Mughal empire under Aurangazeb, who took control in 1686. The town was the capital and seat of ruling Muslim princes, styled Nawabs: [10]

  • 1690 - .... Daud Khan (Dawood Khan)
  • .... - 1724 Ibrahim Khan
  • 1724 - 1733 Alif Khan
  • 1733 - 1751 Himayat Bahadur Khan
  • 1751 - 1792 Munawwar Khan
  • 1792 - 181 Aluf Khan
  • 1815 Muzaffar Khan
  • 1815 - 1823 Munawwar Khan
  • 1823 - 1839 Ghulam Rasul Khan (Gulam Rasool Khan).

British raj[edit]

In 1839 the British Government took over direct colonial control, deposing the unruly princely family, which remains prominent in India and made a new fortune in the UAE.

In 1858 it was made over to a Collector under the General regulations.[citation needed]

Post independence[edit]

The city served as the capital of Andhra State from 1953–1956, until in 1956, the Telangana region was merged with Andhra State to form Andhra Pradesh state, and its capital was shifted from Kurnool to Hyderabad.[11][12]

Geography and climate[edit]

Location[edit]

Kurnool is located at 15°50′00″N 78°03′00″E / 15.8333°N 78.05°E / 15.8333; 78.05.[13] It has an average elevation of 273 metres (898 feet).

Kurnool lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The Hundri and Neeva rivers also flow through the city. The K.C. Canal (Kurnool–Cuddapah) was built by the Dutch for transportation, but later used for irrigation.

Cityscape[edit]

Front View of Kondareddy Buruju.

Landmarks in and around the city include Konda Reddy Fort (or Kondareddy Burj) is the remnant of Kurnool fort on the north east part of the city.[14] Orvakal rock Garderns with a cave museum lies on the south east of the city.[15]

Climate[edit]

The climate is tropical with temperatures ranging from 26 °C (78.8 °F) to 46 °C (114.8 °F) in the summer and 12 °C (53.6 °F) to 31 °C (87.8 °F) in the winter. The average annual rainfall is about 705 millimetres (28 in).

Climate data for Kurnool (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.3
(99.1)
39.9
(103.8)
43.3
(109.9)
44.8
(112.6)
45.6
(114.1)
45.6
(114.1)
38.5
(101.3)
37.8
(100)
38.7
(101.7)
38.4
(101.1)
38.8
(101.8)
34.4
(93.9)
45.6
(114.1)
Average high °C (°F) 31.7
(89.1)
34.8
(94.6)
38.2
(100.8)
40.1
(104.2)
40.5
(104.9)
36.2
(97.2)
33.6
(92.5)
32.5
(90.5)
32.9
(91.2)
32.5
(90.5)
31.2
(88.2)
30.5
(86.9)
34.6
(94.3)
Average low °C (°F) 17.9
(64.2)
20.3
(68.5)
23.8
(74.8)
26.7
(80.1)
27.5
(81.5)
25.5
(77.9)
24.5
(76.1)
23.9
(75)
23.8
(74.8)
22.8
(73)
20.1
(68.2)
17.8
(64)
22.9
(73.2)
Record low °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
11.1
(52)
12.8
(55)
15.5
(59.9)
19.4
(66.9)
17.6
(63.7)
19.2
(66.6)
19.9
(67.8)
17.0
(62.6)
13.0
(55.4)
9.3
(48.7)
6.7
(44.1)
6.7
(44.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4.0
(0.157)
2.2
(0.087)
9.8
(0.386)
26.4
(1.039)
50.4
(1.984)
93.6
(3.685)
121.4
(4.78)
143.4
(5.646)
145.0
(5.709)
114.1
(4.492)
23.0
(0.906)
3.9
(0.154)
737.2
(29.024)
Average precipitation days 0.3 0.2 0.7 1.6 2.7 5.7 7.6 9.0 7.7 5.2 1.9 0.3 43.0
Source: India Meteorological Department (record high and low up to 2010)[16][17]

Demographics[edit]

Others include Sikhs & Parsis
Religion in Kurnool[18]
Religion Percent
Hinduism
  
67.19%
Islam
  
29.21%
Christianity
  
2.49%
Others
  
1.11%

As per final data of 2011 census, Kurnool urban agglomeration had a population of 484,327. The literacy rate was 77.37 per cent.[19] note: The Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India. note: UA = Urban Agglomeration.

Politics[edit]

It is the headquarters of the mandal, the revenue division and the district of the same name. From 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956, Kurnool was also the state capital of Andhra State (not Andhra Pradesh), which was carved out of Madras State in 1953. Tanguturi Prakasam was the chief minister of Andhra State during this period. The present day District court buildings were used by the State Assembly. Now, Present MLA is S V Mohan Reddy.[20][citation needed]

Education[edit]

Central Institutes Map of Andhra Pradesh

There are good number of government and private educational institutions in the city. Some of the universities and colleges are

Transport[edit]

State owned bus transport system, APSRTC, operates buses from Kurnool bus station to other parts of the state.[21][22] National Highway 7 (India) connects Kurnool to Hyderabad. The State Highway 51 connects to Srisailam, Vinukonda, Guntur, Vijayawada. National Highway 18 runs from Kurnool to Chittoor. Kurnool railway station lies on the Hyderabad – Guntakal railway line.

Economy[edit]

Kurnool is endowed with good mineral resources. The important minerals are Iron ore, Dolomite, lime stone, ochre, quartz stealite and silica.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://ourkmc.com/Circulars/files/50__Binder1.pdf
  2. ^ a b "KURNOOL MUNICIPAL CORPORATION STATUS REPORT". Docslide.us. 
  3. ^ //"Andhra Pradesh (India): Districts, Cities, Towns and Outgrowth Wards – Population Statistics in Maps and Charts". citypopulation.de. 
  4. ^ "Andhra Pradesh (India): State, Major Agglomerations & Cities – Population Statistics in Maps and Charts". citypopulation.de. 
  5. ^ "District Census Handbook : Kurnool" (PDF). Census of India. p. 50. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Sarkar, Siddhartha (2011). International Journal of Economic and Political Integration: Vol.1, No.1. Universal-Publishers. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-61233-544-5. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Heritage in Kurnool". AP Tourism Department. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.aparchaeologymuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Kurnool.pdf
  9. ^ Petraglia, Michael. "New rock art discoveries in the Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India". academia.edu. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Indian Princely States K-Z". 
  11. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search". google.com. 
  12. ^ Somasekhar, Ch RS Sarma / M. "Capital loss: Madras, Kurnool, now Hyderabad". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Kurnool, India". fallingrain.com. 
  14. ^ "Gopal Darwaza stands as a witness to history". The Hindu. Kurnool. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  15. ^ Kurmanath, K.V (22 June 2006). "A rocky, solid gift from nature". The Hindu Business Line. Orvakal (Kurnool district). Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Kurnool Climatological Table Period: 1981–2010". India Meteorological Department. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ever recorded Maximum and minimum temperatures up to 2010" (PDF). India Meteorological Department. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Census of India – Socio-cultural aspects". Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "S V Mohan Reddy Joins 'Parent Party'". 
  21. ^ "Bus Stations in Districts". Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  22. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (22 April 2015). "Several bus stations lack CCTV surveillance". The Hindu. Hyderabad. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  23. ^ http://dcmsme.gov.in/dips/Kurnool%20dip%20%20amended%20march.pdf

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