Ongole is an ancient town that came under the reign of the ancient southern Indian kingdoms like Mauryas and Sathavahanas and the Pallava Ruler Krishna Deva Raya. Due to this ancient history behind the town’s origin, it is famous for its Hindu temples which date back to the 17th century. The town’s major produce is tobacco and is famous for its various small scale industries. Ongole is famous for its small beaches which are often devoid of huge crowds and has various water sport facilities. The sands are grainy and golden and the waters are clean. The hidden waterfalls of Bhairavakona are also not to be missed and you’re sure to get lost in the breathtaking and relaxing surroundings. Here are the major tourist attractions of Ongole:
• Kothapatnam Beach
• Vodarevu Beach
• Chennakesava Swamy Temple
• Kashi Visweswara Swamy Temple
• Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
Kothapatnam Beach is one amongst the top attractions in Ongole. Located 18 km from the city, the beach is a great source of entertainment for local people and tourists. The clear blue waters of the sea, the long stretches of sand and the gentle breeze mesmerize you. Boating is available here. But for the Karthika Purnima festival, when locals throng in thousands, the beach is less frequented. Hence, it is a great place to unwind on your tour to this part of the world.
Yet another beach in Ongole to lift your spirits and get you closer to nature. The beach is scenic to look at with coconut trees lining up on one side. The golden sands and the clear seawater make the place heavenly. Vodarevu beach offers adventurous water sports. You could go swimming or try your hand at fishing. Boating facilities are available as well.
Chennakesava Swamy Temple
Chennakesava Swamy temple was built during the period of Haihaya kings in 1113 AD. Sri Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy temple, which is the main temple here was constructed around 13th century. The temple boasts of marvelous architecture. Yet another significance attached to this place is that it is considered the birthplace of Sankeerthana Acharya Sri Annamacharya.
Kashi Visweswara Swamy Temple
Located on the banks of River Kusasthali, Kashi Visweswara Swamy Temple is one of the famous temples in the land. The temple was constructed in 1945. It is visited by people in great numbers during festivals.
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
The temple dedicated to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was established in the year 1989 by Sri Telledevulapalli Satyanarayana Siddanthi. It is situated 46 kms away from Ongole. The idol of Shirdi Sai Baba is around 9ft by 9ft. This is considered a holy shrine and frequented by many devotees.
Tangutur is yet another religious site in Ongole that attracts tourists in great numbers. The place has some of the famous temples including Shivalayam, Chennakesavalayam, Ramalayam and Peleramma Talli. The sculptures and carvings on the ancient temples Shivalayam and Chennakesavalayam, also known as Vishnalayam, are marvelous and display the skilled artisanship of the ancient period. Yet another unique feature of the Shivalayam temple is the 1116 Shiva Lingas in it.
Chandavaram is a holy place for those who follow Buddhist faith. This ancient heritage is located on top of Singarakonda hills. The structure is magnificently designed and the double terraced stupa is a feast to architect minds. The limestone panels reflect intricate artisanship. The three-winged monastery is a display of splendid architecture. Chandavaram Stupa is considered the first of its kind in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh.
Bhairavakona is situated in the Nallamala hills. The 200-metre high water falls is a delight to watch. Nature in its vibrant form is seen here and you are sure to be enthralled by the beauty of the place. You can find eight temples in this hill and these ancient temples were constructed during the 7th and 8th centuries. The region has rare herbs used to address various medical conditions. Another specialty of the place is that on the day of Karthika Purnima, moonlight falls of goddess Parvathi’s idol at the temple.