A small town which is mainly known for its agricultural produce of coconuts and rice,Amalapuram has a rich Vedic culture and is known for its various temples. While there isn’t much to see in this town the main places to visit are the Appanapalli Temple, Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple and Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple. The town also lies at the head of the Konaseema Delta which is formed by the Godavari River. The town is also a hub of financial and education institutes in the Konaseema region. Major tourist attractions in Amalapuram include:
• Appanapalli Temple
• Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
• Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple, Muramulla
The temple is located 13 kms from Amalapuram. It is famously called as Sri Bala Balaji Devastanam. Located on the shores of Vynateya River, the significance attached to the temple can be gauged by the fact that it is considered second Tirupati. The location of the temple is awe-inspiring as it is surrounded by Godavari River on three sides and to its fourth side is the Bay of Bengal. Wide expanse of paddy fields, coconut grooves, jack trees and mango trees in the area immediately win you over. Your spirits soar to great heights at the amazing setting of the temple. The sculptures in the temple try to challenge the natural scenery outside by drawing your attention to the intricate designs and workmanship involved in the making. You are going to be hooked by the extraordinary beauty of the place.
Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
Siddhi Vinayaka temple in Ainavilli is 14 kms away from Amalapuram. The temple has two towers and two entrance gates. The two entrance gates of the temple take you to two different deities, one to Lord Siddhi Vinayaka and the other to Sri Visveswara Swamy. The temple towers are impressive with delicate artistry. The location of the temple is spectacular with large expanse of lush greenery and coconut grooves in great numbers.
Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple, Muramulla
Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple at Muramulla is yet another famous temple in the vicinity of Amalapuram. The uniqueness of the temple is being one among the few temples where you could find the goddess sharing the same platform with the god. The beliefs associated with the temple apart, the beauty of the location and the intricate workmanship displayed in the temple attract you a lot. The temple is located on the shores of River Gauthami, which branches off River Godavari. The surroundings of the temple will captivate your soul, as the place is abundant with the beauties of nature in the form of rich greenery, paddy fields and coconut grooves.
The city is known to be the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh and is notable for its ancient Vedic culture. The city was said to have been founded by the Chalukyas in the 11th century. However it has been disputed by many historians and archeologists who claim that the town existed before the rule of the Chalukyas. Rajahmundry is also known to be the birth place of the Telugu language. The river Godavari is the major attraction in this town and various parks and ghats are located by its banks. The boat cruises on the river are also an activity that shouldn’t be missed. The town being an ancient one is also famous for its ancient Dravidian Hindu temples that are frequented by tourists from all around. Some of the most popular places in Rajahmundry is given below:
• Papi Hills
• Godavari Boat Travels
• Kotilingeswara Temple
• Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum
• Markandeya Temple
• Dowleswaram Barrage
Papi Hills is a breathtaking destination and a perfect place to land during your vacation. Your spirit soars to great heights at the very sight of the magnificent hill station. If you love nature and if your mind yearns for some adventure, you will find Papi Hills irresistible. The compelling beauty of the place with serene atmosphere and wide expanse of greenery apart, the offers of trekking on the hill and fishing in the waters make the place the most sought after tourist destination in Rajahmundry. The sound of the waterfalls, the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of birds make you feel one with nature. If you are from the part of the world that makes you work relentlessly, you need to unwind here to enjoy the essence of life.
Kadiyapulanka is an absolute delight to your visual senses. Situated 8 km away from Rajahmundry, the village flourishes in floriculture and horticulture. Some of the flowers grown in the nurseries here include rose, jasmine, lilies and chrysanthemums. Ornamental plants such as arclias, song of India and archaria are grown here. The flower show held every year in the month of January is the right time to feast your eyes and senses with excellent collections of flowers. The colors of the flowers render magic to the air.
Godavari Boat Travels
You can never assume that your trip to Rajahmundry to be complete if you had not cruisedRiver Godavari. Cruising on the river will be an enthralling experience as the cruise gives you an amazing opportunity to attempt at discerning the magnificence of nature. The lush greenery, scenic landscapes and amazing hills viewed from the river during your cruise make you spell bound. The boats have the best of facilities to make your stay on water very comfortable. You get to view a few places while on cruise, which are untouched by humans. Various cruising packages are offered out of which you may choose the one that would fit in with your time frame and budget. Cruising on Godavari offers matchless experience to photographers and nature lovers.
Constructed during 10th century, Kotilingeswara Temple is a fine example of architecture of the past. One of the leading attractions of Rajahmundry, the temple has bathing ghats around it. Kotilingalarevu, the place where the temple is situated, is a ferry point to cross River Godavari. Various legends about the temple are heard out of which one says that King Ravana used to offer prayers to Lord Shiva in this temple site. Pilgrims consider this place a holy site and hence take a dip in the water here.
Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum
Founded in 1967, Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum holds some of the rarest collections of coins, sculptures and ancient palm-leaf manuscripts. The pottery items seen here are a fine display of art. The museum preserves and brings to light the cultural importance of Andhra Pradesh.
Markandeya Temple is one of the ancient temples in Rajahmundry. The temple’s ruins were initially thought to be belonging to mosque. Archaeological surveys conducted later identified the ruins as associated with Shiva temple. In the year 1818, the temple was reconstructed by Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao. The temple is frequented by pilgrims from all parts of the country.
Dowleswaram Barrage was constructed with a view to serve irrigation. The barrage was built on the last stretch of the magnificent Godavari River. The barrage is successful in accomplishing the reason for its construction by making the land fertile with its waters. The barrage was also successful in averting famines that were a common occurrence during British period.
Here is another spot in Rajahmundry that rejuvenates your tired spirits. This stunningly beautiful place not only attracts tourists in great numbers but also brings in filmmakers to capture some of the best landscapes for their films. Sri Veerabhadhra Temple is one amongst the major attractions. The temple is situated on a hill and it is considered one amongst the five Kshetras. The place offers yet another wonderful photography session as the location of the temple is scenic with hills on the background, silver color sands and amazing sculptures.