Saturday, 2 September 2017

Orvakal- a hidden tourist destination

Orvakal- as unfamiliar as it sounds to anyone who has been in the state (Andhra Pradesh, now Telangana) for 10 years, it also exists as an 'unnoticed place' even though located just a few kilometers away from the bustling town of Kurnool.

I had raised my brows when hubby asked me to 'google' about this place but once I did, I was not disappointed. We had immediately decided that 'this' is going to be our stop over place before we proceeded our trip to Mantralayam.

Orvakal is a small village just 20 kms away from Kurnool on NH 18. The place is home to rich rock formations of Silica and Quartz. These rocks are geologically called 'fully weathered' rocks and are in great demand by the glass industry. These rocks are believed to give out equi- granular particles on crushing.

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism (APTDC) has developed a Rock Garden with cottages and a restaurant midst 200 acre igneous rock formations. There are walkways all around the garden that can be explored either by foot or your own four-wheeler.

Here are few images of the garden:

Rows of monsoon crops along the high way...


























Rock formation inside the garden...













































































Witness a beautiful sunset midst the rocks...


























Dusk and the silhouettes...



























The quiet moon at night...

Temples and Step wells of Lakkundi

The numerous drives that we had undertaken between Hubli and Hyderabad in the last 10 years, never had we noticed this tiny village- Lakkun...