Rajahmundry Tourism

Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

Rajahmundry, officially known as Rajamahendravaram, is a city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and District headquarters of East Godavari district. It is the seventh most populated city in the state. During British rule, the District of Rajahmundry was created in the Madras Presidency in 1823. It was reorganised in 1859 and bifurcated into the Godavari and Krishna districts. Rajahmundry was the headquarters of Godavari district, which was further bifurcated into East Godavari and West Godavari districts in 1925. When the Godavari district was bifurcated, Kakinada became the headquarters of East Godavari and Eluru became the headquarters of West Godavari. It is administered under Rajahmundry revenue division of the East Godavari district. The city is known for its floriculture, history, culture, agriculture, economy, tourism, and its heritage. It is known as the “Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh”.

The city’s name was derived from Raja Raja Narendra, the ruler of Chalukya dynasty of 11th century who ruled over the city. In 2015, the city was renamed to Rajamahendravaram from the earlier name of Rajahmundry.

Things to do in Rajahmundry

1.Papikondalu Tourism

Papikondalu, Andhra Pradesh

Papikondalu mountain range runs along the River Godavari (Western Godavari) and is located in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Papikondalu is a sheer fest to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. As the hills become closer and closer to the visitor, the width of the mighty Godavari becomes narrower. In accordance with this view resembling the middle partition of a woman’s hair, it was initially named as ‘Papidi’ Kondalu- Paidi in Telugu means the middle partition of a woman’s hair. Later, it came to be known as Papikondalu in the local language. The river narrowing, its twists and turns along with the Papi Hills form a breathtaking visual experience.

Its beauty is often compared to that of Kashmir as the area around the ranges is quaint and bountiful with nature. The ranges also boast of waterfalls at Munivaatnam.

Things to do in Papikondalu

A. Papi Kondalu Hills, Papikondalu Overview

Papi Kondalu is one of the Best Destination for Camping in Telangana

Papi Kondalu, series of mountain ranges running along the Godavari river. The mountain ranges are named from the Telugu word meaning partition because from an aerial view they looked like a partition a women makes in her hair.

Papikondalu is a sheer feast to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. Its beauty is often compared to that of Kashmir as the area around the ranges is breathtaking and lush green.

APTDC Passenger Ferry Rides, Papi Kondalu

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Ideal Duration : 1 – 2 Days

Best Time to Visit : October to March

Camping Options : Available

B. Gandi Pochamma Temple

Gandi Pochamma Temple

The Gandi Pochamma Temple is situated in Gonduru village at the banks of the River Godavari.

C.Perantapalli Village

Perantapalli Village

Perantapalli Village is a quaint little village along the banks of the river Godavari. Ramakrishna Muni Vatika (Ashramam) and Veereswara Swamy Temple are two favored spots visited by tourists.

Scenic Perantapalli Village View – Papi Kondalu

D. Taliparamba

Taliparamba best places andhra pradesh

Taliparamba, a small city in Kerala is situated at a distance of 25 km from the Kannur town. The Valapattanam River and Kuppam River flow through enhancing the natural beauty of the place. The city is surrounded by lush green fields all around along with ancient tile-roofed houses which together make the place appear so much more beautiful. The greenery offers a peaceful environment and a perfect getaway from the usual fast life of the city.

The city of Taliparamba is full of temples, mosques, and churches. However, the one which is most frequently visited by the tourists is the Taliparamba Sree Krishna Temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. A saint named Maharshi Shambara meditated here, and he is the one after whom the temple is named. The front elevation of the temple is simple, but as one gets inside the temple, the main chamber of the temple is filled with exquisite accompaniments belonging to the 15th and 16th century. Kanjirangad Vaidyanatha Temple, St. Mary’s Forane Pilgrim Church and the Syed Nagar Mosque are some other tourist attractions in the city.

Taliparamba best tourism places andhra pradesh


Taliparamba is an important trading center of hill produce and spices. The surrounding hills make the place appear much more beautiful. History has it has the origin of Taliparamba was the Perinchalloor Brahman settlement. Initially, there were 2000 Brahman families but eventually, all of them moved out leaving only 45 families today. Being rich in lush green lawns, crystal clear waters and rolling hills, the beauty of this city is unparalleled. The District Agricultural Farm, which evolved in the year 1905, and the hanging bridge at Kuttiyeri and Kooveri are famous in the city. Being a scenic beauty with so much to offer, this place is a must-visit.

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Places To Visit in Taliparamba 

Trichambaram Sree Krishna Temple
The main deity of this temple, situated in the Taliparamba of Kannur district, is Sree Krishna.  It is said that the deity should not be worshipped during dawn as the idol of Sree Krishna sits in the Raudra style. Many believe that the foundation of the temple was laid down by Parasurama who also suggested the festival styles, poojas, etc. The temple got its name after a saint known as Sambaran who performed his Thapassu, i.e., meditation in the temple. The annual festival held in the temple known as Utsavam is a colorful event and begins on 6th March every year and goes on till 20th March. The flag is hoisted to mark the beginning of the festival. Pookoth Nada is held during the 11 days in between the starting and ending of the festival.

Taliparamba Muthappan Temple 

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The deity of this temple is Muthappan who is the most famous local God in the Kannur district. Taliparamba Temple is regarded as one of the oldest Shakti Peethams. It is said that after Shiv Tandavam, the head of Sati fell here. This temple is amongst the 108 oldest Shiva Temples of Kerala. The sanctum of the temple is quadrangular in shape and has a pyramidal roof with two-tier. The namaskara mandapam lies in front of the sanctum, and there is no flagstaff in the temple. Shivaratri and the Malayala New Year are celebrated here.

Karimbam
Karimbam lies in the suburbs of the Taliparamba town in Kannur. Also, a part of Kurumathur GramaPachayath and Taliparamba Municipality, it covers the area starting from the government hospital Karimbam to the villages of Panakkad and Varadool. The beautiful hills surrounding the little village make it look exquisite. All the surrounding villages of Varadool, Muyyam and Panakkad are full of lush green fields.

Rajarajeswara Temple
This Shiva Temple has a significant place amongst the Shiva Temples situated in South India having the tallest Shikara amongst all the temples of its time. The top of the Rajarajeswara Temple is of about 90 tonnes. A prasna is organized in the temple which is an ancient method of astrological decision making whenever there is any problem in any of the other temples. The Prasna takes place on the peedha just outside it.

Best Time To Visit Taliparamba 

Taliparamba beautiful places andhra pradesh

The ideal time to pay a visit to the town of Taliparamba is from July to March as the weather is pleasant and pretty much enjoyable.

Food At Taliparamba 

When in Taliparamba, do make it a point to taste the Muttapayam. ‘Mutta’ translates to egg, but the dish itself is devoid of it. It is a rice preparation in oil, minus the egg, its shape resembling a huge fried egg (hence the name). It is usually paired with chicken curry, to bring out its flavour. To experience the authentic exotic flavour of Muttapayam, eat it at a roadside stall, rather than a fancy restaurant. Tasting this delicacy is an experience in itself as Muttayapam is hard to find anywhere else in Kerala.

How To Reach Taliparamba 

Taliparamba

The local bus service is quite efficient, and buses are available within Kannur for commuting to and fro Taliparamba. Th nearest railway station to the town is Kannapuram, located 10 km away. The nearest major airport is at Kozhikode, 120 km away from the same.

For visiting the places within Taliparamba, you can opt for an autorickshaw (which charges around INR 15 per km), or the local buses (costing around INR 7 for 3 km). Exploring the places on foot is a little difficult in this town.

E. Papikondalu National Park

Papikondalu National Park

Covering a significantly vast area of over 1000 km square, Papikondalu National Park in Andhra Pradesh’s East and West Godavari districts is a beautiful forest reserve offering stunning views of nature and rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The area was declared as a national park only recently in 2008.

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Geography of Papikondalu National Park 

With River Godavari running through the National Park and enriching its allure, Papikondalu is situated ideally between East and West Godavari. The diverse topography of Papikondalu is remarkable. It supports densely forested hills, valleys, deep gorges, and streams, giving life to all forms of wildlife and vegetation.

Papikondalu National Park – Has Rich Flaura and Fauna

Flora of Papikondalu National Park 

A wide range of Eastern Ghats vegetation can be spotted inside the park on an evening stroll. The park is mainly covered with dry deciduous tropical trees. And vibrant and colourful shrubs and plants in between add to the beauty of the park. Some species of flora include Albizia Amara, Latifolia, Albizia Lebbeck, Terminalias, Tectona Grandis, Lagerstroemia Lanceolata, Tomentosa, Arundinacea, Bambusa, Albizzia Amara, Dendrocalamus Strictus, Pterocarpus among others.

Fauna of Papikondalu National Park 

While Papikondalu flaunts a wide variety of plant species, it doesn’t back down when it comes to wildlife. The wildlife species include rare exotic and native species: tiger, four-horned antelope, hyena, spotted deer, sloth bears, and jackals are amongst the common ones.

Few others includes panthers, gaur, gharial, mouse deer, marsh crocodile, blackbucks, wild dogs, barking deer, sambar, among others.

Papikondalu National Park – Covers an Area of 391.07 sq mil

History of Papikondalu National Park

Mythologically, the national park is called the kingdom of apes during the time of Ramayana. Thus, the park was formerly known as Kishkinda as the inhabitants of Kishkinda had given a helping hand to Lord Rama in getting back Sita from the evil Ravana.

Best Time to Visit Papikondalu National Park 

The best time to visit the national park is from October to May when the temperatures lie comfortably between 24 degrees C to 31 degrees C during winters. Between 35 degrees C and 28 degrees C during summers. Expect a little humidity in the summer months, but the natural surrounding keeps you fresh. So you won’t be sweating under the scorching sun.

How to Reach Papikondalu National Park 

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam, about 100 km away from Papikondalu National Park. You can hire a private taxi from there.
  • By Railways: The nearest station is Rajahmundry, 4.5 km away from Papikondalu National Park. The station lies on two main routes – Chennai to Kolkata and Chennai to Delhi. You can take a rickshaw or taxi from the station to the national park.
  • By Road: There are several private and government-owned transport services available from nearby cities – Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and more.
  • By Water: You can also reach Papikondalu National Park via boats. These run on frequent intervals from Rajahmundry.

How to Reach Papikondalu

How to Reach Overview 

Papi-Kondalu is easy to reach from all the nearby cities. The nearest airport and railway station is located in Rajahmundry, which is around 60 km away. NH-5 passes through it and has excellent road connectivity with all the major towns in the vicinity. There are also boat services available from Rajahmundry, though they are few in number.

How to reach Papikondalu by flight 

Situated near Madhurapadi, the Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest airport. Jet Airways and Spicejet are the major airlines providing regular services. They have running flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vijayawada. Taxis can be hired from the airport to take you to Papi Kondalu.

How to reach Papikondalu by road 

If travelling from Khammam district, you can use the public transport either bus or taxis to reach Bharachalam. From East Godavari district, you can take a taxi to Rajahmundry. From East Godavari, there is a 35km ghat road to reach Papi Kondalu range.

How to reach Papikondalu by train 

Papi Kondalu doesn’t have a railway station; the nearest railway station is Rajahmundry Station which is one of the important stations in Andhra Pradesh. There are many trains connecting it to different parts of the country. It is around 150 km from Vijayawada and 220 km Vishakhapatnam. Taxis are easily available for hire from the railway station to Papi Kondalu. 

How to reach Papikondalu by waterways 

Boat journey from either Rajahmundry or Bhadrachalam is a must to experience the true essence of Papikondalu’s beauty. You can either opt for a small motor boat with a capacity of 5 people (drive included) or river streamers with 50-60 seating capacity. The time taken for the journey on the Godavari river is approximately 8 hours. Cool breeze, ups and downs of the river water, the approaching Papikondalu range together form a mesmerizing one of a kind journey. Various other sites such as Perantallapi, Pattiseema and Pattisam fall along the way. One can also halt for trekking and camping on the riverside. Pattisam is a small village island, named after one of Lord Shiva’s weapons. The area is famous for a temple of Lord Veerabhadra. Peranthallapi is a hub of handicraft items such as small bamboo huts, toys and other souvenir items.

Generally, refreshment and meals are provided by the boat operators. However, you can carry your own snacks and drinking water. Boat trips are also conducted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) from Rajahmundry are either of one or two days. The approximate cost of one day trip is INR 500 per head and INR 400 per head for adults and children, respectively.

Local transport in Papikondalu 

Local buses are the cheapest mode of transport here. However if you’re time bound, hiring a cab or private vehicle for a day would be more feasible. You can also avail short fare taxis to commute to your planned destinations. To reach the ranges, boat is preferable and also a more exciting route.

2. Pattiseema

Pattiseema

Located at a distance of 40 km from the city of Rajahamundry in Andhra Pradesh, Pattiseema is a dreamy rustic hamlet enveloped in the dense green forests of the Papikondalu hill range and the Eastern Ghats. Owing to its surreal beauty, picturesque landscape and pleasant ambiance, the village has lately gained tourism potential and also lures filmmakers to capture the beauty of the place. Flanked by the gorgeous and gleaming Godavari river, the village is like a green oasis in the centre of city chaos and cacophony and is widely visited by tourists seeking solitude and peace.

The highlight of the village is the Sri Veerabhadra Temple which is perched atop the hillock and is  dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple also has a separate shrine of Goddess Bhadrakali which is highly revered by the Hindus. There is only one way to get to this temple, which is through the river in a boat amidst picturesque surroundings. There is also another temple that is dedicated to Sri Bhavananarayana Swamy. All in all, the village is a photographer’s delight and you should definitely visit it especially if you are a nature lover and want to spend some time in solitude and serenity.

3. Godavari Bridge

Godavari Bridge

Spanning across 2.1 km atop the River Godavari in the city of Rajahamundry, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Bridge is India’s third largest rail cum road truss bridge. Also known as Kovvur- Rajahmundry Bridge, the bridge is also a major source of tourism as it offers picturesque views of the golden sun setting in the horizon and merging with the shining water of the Godavari. Known to be synonymous with the arts and culture of the city, the bridge has a road deck over a single track rail deck.

3. Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry

Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry best tourism places

One of the most famous temples in Andhra Pradesh, Iskcon Temple is a recreational centre in Rajahmundry. It is known as the second-largest Iskcon Temple in the Southern region of India after the Iskcon in Bangalore. Also known as Gowthami Ghat, this temple is a popular worship spot and is definitely worth a visit. 

Built across 2 acres of land on the banks of the Godavari River, this temple was created by the Iskcon group which stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness and is a temple primarily dedicated to Lord Krishna. Many Rishis are believed to have performed Tapasya or prayer here and has a few alternative names such as Sri Gopinath Temple and Ramananda Raya Gaudiya Math since it is believed that Sri Chaitanya and Ramananda Raya exchanged words on this site. It is one of the most modern temples with a number of facilities available for tourists and should be on the list for those who wish to see Hindu culture in South India.

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Timings 

Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry timings are as follows: 

Monday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Tuesday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Wednesday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Thursday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Friday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Saturday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Sunday: 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
There is no entry fee for the temple. However, visitors can choose to donate money here.

History 

The great saint, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Maha Prabu who was a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu had established his practices of consciousness and was worshipped here over 500 years ago. He was also the one known to have started the “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” Sankeerthana. As a result, this temple was built by ISKCON in 2005 and was inaugurated on 9th August 2006. Idols of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, Subhadra Devi, Sri Govinda Srinivasa, Sri Jagannath Baladeva, Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda were kept here. These four altars represent the four points of the compass of the main temple which is surrounded by 10 incarnations of the Lord.

Important Dates 

This temple is quite crowded on festivals such as Janmashtami, Ram Navmi, Radhastami, Gaura Purnima, Ratha Yatra, Damodara Masam, Geetha Jayanthi, Govardhan Pooja, Narasimha Chaturdashi, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Naraka Chaturdasi and many more. The temple is visited by around 1000 to 1500 devotees on a daily basis while on Sundays, this temple sees around 6000 to 8000 devotees. On special occasions and festivals especially on Janmashtmi, around 50,000 people visit Iskcon Temple. This temple is also famous for Lord Govinda Srinivas Abhishekam which is performed at 6:30 PM every Friday. Sannai Vaiyidyam along with musical instruments glorifying Lord Vishnu takes place throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Things to Do 

Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry

When at Iskcon Temple, visitors are recommended to attend Vaikunta Ekadasi and Nagara Sankeertana. These are one of the most famous festivals that take place in this temple. Apart from that, this temple has a number of upcoming events that keep changing throughout the year, mainly revolving around sevas, keertanas, yatras and darshans. This temple is heavily involved in activities and projects such as Mid Day Meals and Cow Protection activities. Visitors are recommended to have a look at those. What’s more, there is a Gift Stall right next to the temple hall where Founder-Acharya Books and other equipment are available. Lastly, a number of tours are also available that allow visitors to have a good look at the temple within a limited time.

How To Reach Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry 

Located in Rajahmundry, the nearest railway station to Iskcon Temple is Rajahmundry Railway Station which is around 5 kilometres away and it would take around 10 minutes to reach via road. Visitors can take a cab or a taxi from the railway station or can take a local bus or a metro.

4. Goutami Ghat

Goutami Ghat

Goutami Ghat is one of the premier recreational places in Rajahmundry, it houses ISKCON Temple, Riverbay Resorts and Water park, Ayyappa Temple, Kailash Bhoomi.

One can spend an entire day here because of the number of places to visit.

5. Maredumilli

Maredumilli

Part of one of the premium eco-tourism projects of the country, Maredumilli is a terrain of undulating plains, evergreen forests and rich biodiversity. Located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, which is known for its rivers, ravines and lush greeneries, Maredumilli is a paradise for the nature lover, for the adventure seeker and for the offbeat traveller. The resort, officially named Valmiki Valley Vana Vihara Sthali, is an enchanting nest of nature’s finest, offering its visitors the most authentic, organic experiences. With dense woods and the smell of the wild enveloping the region, an exploding count of flora and fauna, sparkling rapids gushing down the slopes and crevices and exciting campsites to explore, Maredumilli is sincerely one of the best destinations to pick from in Andhra Pradesh, to spend a weekend away from the madding city crowds and the monotony of your everyday life.

Maredumilli road

While at Maredumilli, you will have opportunities to see and visit some unique locations, which are rare and hard to find otherwise. On the top of the list is Nandanavanam Ethno Medical Awareness Centre. Maredumilli is known for its extensive collection of medicinal plants, and this site is only a further effort to spread public awareness about the benefits of indigenous medicinal plants. You can take a round here and find the names of more than a hundred herbs and plants, both local and brought in from Orissa and regions of Western Ghats, with great healing properties.

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Timings : Day time

Entry Fee : INR 25

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Things to do 

You can pay a visit to the APFDC coffee and pepper plantations, which are located near Nandanavanam. Here, you can see from close quarters how your favourite spice and beverage are grown, cultivated and reaped in perfectly scientific manners. You will also find mango groves, banana trees and orchids in these plantations, as an added bonus for the fans of wild flora. For even holier experiences surrounding wild flora, you can visit Karthika Vanam, which is an area with sacred plantations like Banyan, amla, peepal, neem and bael. Here is also an open laboratory here where scientists and biologists study and research varieties of medicinal herbs and plants.

Maredumilli gate

If you are looking for a spot to spend the day relaxing and picnicking in nature’s lap, then Madan Kunj-Vihara Sthal is ideal for the purpose. Here you will find pine trees and clumps of Golden Bamboo amidst flora, and animals like tiger, bison, panther, wild bears, jungle fowls, peacocks, kingfishers, hornbills and many other exotic birds amidst fauna to feast your eyes upon.

Last but not the least, there is the Jungle Star camping site, spread over hillocks, grasslands and scattered forests. The place is not only a great opportunity to enjoy overnight stay in the deep forests of Maredumilli, but it has a historical and mythological significance as well. Located along the Valamuru River, this place is said to the ground where Ramayana characters Bali and Sugriva battled for the throne of Kishkindha. The Bali-Sugriva Konda is a major attraction here, and there are also opportunities of trekking through the woods, enjoying tribal music and dance performances or just enjoy the serenity of the jungle in the bosom of nature.

How to reach Maredumilli 

Maredumilli Andhra pradesh

To reach, the easiest accessible way is the Bhadrachalam Road from Rajahmundry, which is a little more than 80 kilometres away from Maredumilli. Before leaving, make sure to visit some of the beautiful waterfalls around like Jalatarangini, Swarnadhara and Rampa, and try out the exquisite local delicacy, bamboo chicken.

  • Air: The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry which is 85 km from Maredumilli. One can easily hire a cab for a whole day or catch a bus towards Bhadrachalam and get down at Maredumilli.
  • Rail: The nearest rail head is at Rajahmundry from where you can easily hire a taxi or catch a bus for Maredumilli.
  • Road: Maredumilli lies on the Bhadrachalam Road which connects it to various parts of the state. It well connected by state and private buses.

6. Annavaram Tourism

Annavaram, Andhra Pradesh

Located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram is a small hamlet on the banks of river Pampa. It is on the hilltop of Ratnagiri, at a distance of 142 kilometres from Hyderabad. The temple village is famous for its shrine of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a form of the Hindu deity- Lord Vishnu, and is flocked by tourists throughout the year. Annavaram Devasthanam is a sacred pilgrim centre that’s thronged by lakhs of devotees every month, most of them who come to perform the special prayer (vrata), to please the lord they have come to worship.

Annavaram Temple – Most Famous Temple in Annavaram

Annavaram Devasthanam is a sacred pilgrim centre that’s thronged by lakhs of devotees every month, most of them who come to perform the special prayer (vrata), to please the lord they have come to worship.

Places To Visit In Annavaram

A. Pampa river boat ride

Pampa river boat ride

The Pampa river encircles the Ratnagiri hill on which the Satyaranayana Swamy temple is located. There is a barrage built on the Pampa river which has a boating facility.

The beauty of the Pampa river and the towering Ratnagiri makes boating here a memorable experience.

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Best Time to Visit : June to September

Time Duration : 1 Hour

Pleasant View of Pampa River

B. Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple

Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple

The sacred Annavaram Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple one of the most popular tourist spots in Andhra Pradesh. Also, this holy temple is popularly known as Annavaram Temple, situated at a small distance of 2 km from the Annavaram railway station.

Located on the Ratnagiri hill, about 460 stone steps lead to the shrine from the bottom of the hill. This temple was constructed in 1891 by a Zamindar of the time, Raja Ramanarayana. The main temple was constructed in the form of a chariot with four wheels at each of the four corners.

The Vishwakarma Bahmin Stapathis Architectural Cognizance is at its best in sculpting this temple. The Ratnagiri hill is 300 ft above sea level wih green fields and the river Pampa encircling it.

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Entry Fee : INR 100 Per Person

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Best Time to Visit : October – February

Built In : 1891

Constructed By : Sri I.V. Ramanarayana

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Etymology

Vaikunta Narayana Dwaram

Considered second to only Tirupati, the temple village of Annavaram rests on the belief that its name is derived from ‘Anna’, meaning whatever you desire and ‘Varam’, which means God sent. ‘The deity will bestow you with whatever you desire’ goes common tongue.

History of Annavaram DevasthanamHistory of Annavaram Temple 

Annavaram Village side View

Annavaram is famous for its shrine of Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a form of the Hindu deity- Lord Vishnu, that’s flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year. The devotees come here to perform the special ritual of Satyanarayana Vratam to please Lord Vishnu. The prayer is mostly performed before housewarming ceremonies and wedding functions.

The temple situated on the top of the Ratnagiri hills is almost an entire kilometre away from its base. It can either be reached by the steps on the Ghat Road or trekked vis stone path. Well connected by rail and road, Annavaram is a spiritual site you should visit if you want to be at peace.

The presiding deity of Annavaram is a variation of the well known Hindu deity Vishnu, who, as the Puranas said, blessed the lord of the mountains, Meruvu and his consort Menaka with two sons following which the sons became sacred places for Lord Vishnu.

Suggested Itinerary for Annavaram 

Sun Dial at Annavaram Temple

A day is more than enough for to visit the tiny town of Annavaram. You can trek to the hill-top, beginning early in the morning. You can also choose to take the steps via Ghat Road or take a cab upwards.

After paying your homage in the temple, have a sumptuous lunch in the canteen facility available next to the temple complex while enjoying the panoramic scenic beauty of the surrounding green fields and villages. End your trip by taking a boat ride in the Pampa river.

What is the best time to visit Annavaram?

October to February is the best time to visit Annavaram. Sporting a pleasant tropical climate this tourist spot is ideal to visit during winters. Summers are the best for an off-season budget travelling, while monsoons are ideal to enjoy the beauty of the Pampa River and spend some time with the nature. Winters are perfect for paddling in the river and sightseeing,

7. Rajahmundry Temples

Rajahmundry Temples

Rajahmundry is home to several famous temples that makes this place a pilgrim spot. These are some of the famous pilgrim locations that one must visit: Draksharama, Kotipalli, Samalkot, Pattiseema, Ryali, Maredumilli, Dowleswaram, Annavaram, Dvaraka Tirumala, Iskon Temple.

8. Draksharamam

Draksharamam

Located on the eastern bank of Godavari, Draksharamam Temple is one of the five most powerful and prominent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the country. 40kms away from Rajahmundry, the temple architecture dates back to 11th century. Draksharamam is perfect for a religious pilgrimage, the scenery around the temple is pleasant and the road journey to the temple is nothing short of beautiful. The area and the temple is also called ‘Dakshin Kashi’ – that signifies its importance as a place of immense religious importance.

The architecture of the ancient temple is fascinating as it adorns many inscriptions, symbols and visuals carved on them. There are several stories which go around the formation of this temple and the Sapta Godavari Kundam near the temple. The temple architecture is in the form of a fort and has delighted a number or pilgrims from all over the world.

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Draksharamam temple

Etymology of Draksharamam 

December- February is considered the best period to pay a visit to Draksharama as the weather is the most pleasant during this time.

Legend of Draksharamam 

The buses run by the state tourism department and their private counterparts run frequently in the area.

History of Draksharamam 

There are a range of accommodation facilities in Rajahmundry with price starting from 200-300 per day/ room to luxury rooms starting from Rs. 1000 and thereafter.

Architecture of Draksharamam Temple 

Carry light snacks with you as the journey is long. When in the temple, try to get someone to tell you the mythical stories which are associated with Draksharama.

Festivals at Draksharamam 

Maha Shivratri is the most grandly celebrated festival at the temple and it attracts hundreds of pilgrims from far and wide. The festival is celebrated during the months of February/March. At the same time, Sri Swamivari Kalyanam (marriage ceremony) is also held on Bhishma Ekadasi. Navratri is another festival that is celebrated with great pomp and show. This one comes during October – November. In December, the pilgrims also celebrate the birth anniversary of the Lord known as Shasti Festival.

Accommodation at Draksharamam 

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Draksharamam Temple has a Devasthanam which has your accommodation needs covered. You can stay here in a decent room. The prices of these rooms vary as per size, for example, a small room would ideally cost INR 100 per night and a larger one would cost INR 200 per night. A.C. Suites with attached washrooms can be booked at INR 700 per day. There is also an inn across the road from the temple where you can get free food.

Ashta Someswarulu Temples 

It is believed that the original lingam installed at Draksharamam was so powerful that even the Rishis, Munis and sages were not able to approach the Lord. It is also believed that the lingam itself has a fiery and agonistical quality. As a solution to the problem, the Sapta Rishis installed seven other lingams in close vicinity to the one at the Draksharamam which had a cooling nature and these were associated to the moon. Another eighth lingam was installed but this one was dedicated to the Sun God and the natural feisty energy was retained. These eight lingams cover all the eight directions and also the Lord became approachable to everybody. Ever since, pilgrims and devotees who come here to offer prayers also visit these lingams to seek blessings from the Lord.

Temples to Visit near Draksharamam 

  1. KumararamamKumararamam is another revered temple located in Samalkota at a distance of 44 kms from Draksharamam which is presided by Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy – a form of Lord Shiva. The highlight of the temple is the lingam which is made out of limestone.
  2. Sri Satyanarayana Swamy DevastanamSri Satyanarayana Swamy Devastanam is a temple dedicated to Lord Satyadeva which is in Annavaram. Built in Dravidian style of architecture, the temple also has Lord Shiva and Sri Anantha Lakshmi along with the presiding deity.
  3. Sri Uma Markandeyeswara Swamy TempleLocated in Rajahmundry at a distance of 48 km, Sri Uma Markandeyeswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Markandaya and is a revered pilgrimage spot.
  4. Besides, there are 8 Shiva lingams in the names of Kolanka, Venturu, Kothipalli, Vella, Korumella, Someswaram and Penumalla, installed around Draksharamam which are revered by the Hindu pilgrims. These Shiva lingams together are known as Ashta Someswarulu.

How to Reach 

Draksharamam is located at a distance of just 6 kms from Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The nearest airport is Rajahmundry and the nearest railway stations  Kakinada, Rajahmundry. Samalkot (junction) Sometimes trains also halt at Annavaram which is the nearest place to Draksharamam. Regular buses also ply on the route and can drop you to the destination. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi or drive down on your own as per your convenience.

How to reach Draksharamam 

  • Air: You can board a flight to Hyderabad, it is 458 kms away from Draksharama, this distance can be covered by road. You can also take a connecting flight from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry which is 48kms away from the temple. Local cabs and buses are available to cover this distance.
  • Rail: Nearest stations are Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samalkot. While Samalkot is directly connected to the metros of the country, to reach Kakinada, Rajahmundry, you will have to change once within the city.
  • Road: Located merely 6kms away from Ramachandran Puram in the East Godavari District, Only buses are considered suitable to reach the temple. There are buses running from various part of the country. If coming from Kolkata or North India, you will need to take NH5. People undertake a break journey and travel by train first and then take a local bus which frequently runs between Kakinada and Draksharama.

9. Dowleswaram

Dowleswaram Barrage

Dowleswaram is a small city in the Rajahmundry district of Andhra Pradesh which was only a census town till 2011 and was only recently included fully in the corporation in 2013. The highlight of the town is the Dowleswaram Barrage which is built across River Godavari and is one of the top tourist attractions in the region. The dam was built by Sir Arthur Cotton. In the memory of the aforementioned personality, a museum has also been constructed in town which displays projects and demos relating to the irrigation works.

10. Sir Arthur Cotton Museum

Sir Arthur Cotton Museum

Constructed in 1988, this museum is dedicated to the memory of Sir Arthur Cotton who was the mastermind behind the transformation for the ferocious Godavari river into a tame force useful for irrigation and water supply.

He is popularly known as the ‘Delta Architect’ of the Godavari district. the museum chronicles his work through pictures.

11. Dwaraka Tirumala,

Devotees near entrance of Dwaraka Tirumala temple

Situated at a distance of 94 km from Rajahmundry, Dwaraka Tirumala is an ancient holy town and a popular pilgrimage spot in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The highlight of the village is the pious and revered shrine dedicated to Lord Venkateshwar. The temple is known far and wide for the colossal statue of Lord Venkateshwar at the backside of the temple. The temple is also called Chinna Tirupati after the presiding deity.

How to Reach Rajahmundry

How to Reach Overview 

The Rajahmundry Airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Chennai by JetAirways and SpiceJet. All the trains between Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada stop at Rajahmundry. The railway station is situated almost in the city centre. Located on NH5, it is very convenient to travel to Rajahmundry by road also. 

How to reach Rajahmundry by flight 

Rajahmundry has a domestic airport that has service flights to and fro from Hyderabad and Chennai. You can take a flight to Hyderabad and then a service flight to Rajahmundry. The airport is around 12 km from the city centre, and prepaid cabs are easily available. 

How to reach Rajahmundry by road 

Rajahmundry is located on National Highway 5 and lies on the east side of the Golden Quadrilateral connecting Kolkata and Chennai. Rajahmundry has four bus depots – APSRTC Bus complex, Kotipalli bus stand, Gokavaram bus stand and Kakinada bus stand. The city is well connected by roads to nearby towns and villages.

How to reach Rajahmundry by train 

The Rajahmundry railway station lies on the Howrah – Chennai main coastal rail. As a result, there are regular trains making a pit stop here. All the trains between Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada stop at Rajahmundry. The railway station is almost at the city centre. The cheapest modes of transport available are the auto rickshaws. Taxis are also available outside the railway station.

How to reach Rajahmundry by waterways 

You can enter Rajahmundry from the Godavari river through Bhadrachallam by boat.

Local transport in Rajahmundry 

Local buses are the cheapest mode of transport here. However if you’re time bound, hiring a cab or private vehicle for a day would be more feasible. You can also avail short fare taxis to commute to your planned destinations.

Hotels in Rajahmundry

  1. Manjeera Sarovar Premiere
  2. SRI JUPUDY RESIDENCY
  3. Leela pavilion
  4. OYO 35442 Parnasala Princely
  5. Sona Residency
  6. OYO 79403 hotel bommana residency
  7. Sri Aditya Inn
  8.  SPOT ON 60642 Sri Ratna Lodge
  9.  Hotel Rathna Palace
  10. SPOT ON 65489 SS Grand
  11. Hotel Anand Regency
  12. Akshay Residency
  13. Sesha Residency
  14. S K River View Inn
  15. Hotel Jetty Grand
  16. Hotel Jagadeeswari
  17. SPOT ON 46039 TARANGINI RESIDENCY
  18. OYO 62759 Seera Enclave
  19. Dwarka Residency
  20.  La Hospin Hotel & Resort

Food of Rajahmundry

The local cuisine here is predominated by rich spices. Owing to it’s history of Persian rulers and it’s own traditions, the food found here is an efficient mix of different cultures. Telugu, Persian and Hyderabadi style of cooking all find a delicious blend in the local cuisine.
Rosemilk and Pootharekulu (Paper sweets) are a specialty of Rajahmundry.

Here are the top 2 restaurants in Rajahmundry

1. Dolphin’s Group of Restros

 Dolphinn’s Restros, Door No: 76-1-4/1, Gandhipuram-2, Rajahmundry, India  

 Multi-cuisine

 INR 300 For Two

2. JK Restaurant

 Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India  

 Indian

 INR 300 For Two

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