Andhra Pradesh

Discover Andhra Pradesh

Travel to Anantapur, Chittoor, East Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, West Godavari, YSR District, Kadapa .

Andhra Pradesh is located in the south eastern coast of India and is the eighth largest state in the country. The state is bordered by Chhattisgarh to the north, Odisha to the northeast, Telangana and Karnataka to the west, Tamil Nadu to the south, and the Bay of Bengal to the east.

Anantapur: The city of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh is located in the district by the same name and is home to some ancient temples and forts. Puttaparthi in the Anantapur district is known as the birthplace of the great Sri Satya Sai Baba, and tourists usually visit Anantapur to see the native land of their favorite leader. Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple is much frequented by pilgrims, especially during the Rathothsavam. The Lepakshi Temple, dating back to the 16th century, is a perfect example of the Vijayanagara style of architecture.

Famous Places in Anantapur: Ahobilam Temple, Iskcon Temple, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple, Penukonda Fort, Thimmamma Marrimanu, Gooty Fort, Hanuman Statue at Mounagiri, Rayadurg, Veerabhadra Temple, Anantapur Clock Tower, Tadipatri.

Ahobilam Temple: Ahobilam is a small village renowned for Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The Ahobilam temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The temple complex has temples of Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple and Chenchu Lakshmi Devi.

Iskcon Temple: Like all other Iskcon Temples built around the world, the one at Anantapur is just as beautiful. The temple is in the shape of a horse drawn chariot, with statues of four huge horses in front of the temple.

Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple: Another very known temple of the area is The Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is also known as Ramalingeswara Swami Temple.

The temple is very distinct because of the occurrence of a natural underground spring, from where water creeps into the Garbha Griha. The water automatically drops onto the place where the Lingam is installed. It is believed that Saint Parasurama lived here and did extensive meditation here. The entire Shiv Purana is written on the temple walls.

Penukonda Fort: The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill.

Thimmamma Marrimanu: Thimmamma Marrimanu is a huge banyan tree which is located at about 70 Km from Horsely Hills. This historical tree is situated in the district of Ananthpur. The name of this tree is preserved by the local people since ancient times.

Gooty Fort: Situated 300 meters above the ground level, Gooty Fort is one of the oldest hill forts in the state and also the country, having witnessed centuries of different rulers, empires and regimes. The name Gooty is derived from the town’s previous original name, Gowthampuri.

Hanuman Statue at Mounagiri: Hanuman Statue is a recent addition to the array of tourist spots Anantapur offers is the Idol of Lord Hanuman. Built several feet high, the idol is magnificent and can be seen from several km far too. There is a temple there, for those who wish to pray.

Rayadurg: Built at the height of 2,727 feet above the sea level, Rayadurg is a town packed to the brim with monuments harbouring rich cultural heritage. Located at the Karnataka border, this small town draws tourists from all over the country.

Veera Bhadra Temple: Veerabhadra Temple is located in Lepakshi village, which is 15 km east of Hindupur in the Anantapur district. Dedicated to Lord Veerbhadra, the temple was built back in 16th century. The temple has images, sculptors and pillars carved by hand. The highlight of the temple is the Statue of Nandi Bull, made from a single granite stone.

Anantapur Clock Tower: The Anantapur Clock Tower is the landmark of the city Anantapur. It was built d

uring the time India got freedom, and to this day, it is well-maintained. Charming Anantapur clock tower was inaugurated in 1947 and stand 71 m tall in the middle of the Anantapur city. You can see it both from your car and also get down to take pictures.

Tadipatri: Ancient temples with relics from centuries back in await you within the temples of Tadipatri. Built during the golden years of the Vijaynagar Empire, this retreat situated on the Western side of Andhra Pradesh is guaranteed to leave any visitor enchanted.

Bageshwar: Tucked away in the verdant valley of the Kumaon region lies the quaint temple town of Bageshwar. The town, surrounded by the majestic Bhileshwar and Nileshwar mountains, sits pretty at the confluence of rivers Saryu and Gomti. Not just natural and scenic vistas, Bageshwar is also home to the revered Bagnath temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is visited by devotees in large numbers all year round but witnesses a whopping footfall during the annual Shivratri festival. Legend has it that the temple sits at the site where Lord Shiva had appeared in his tiger avatar here to bless sage Markandeya, who had worshipped the deity.

The annual Uttarayani fair, which is held on Makar Sankranti at the confluence of river Saryu and Gomti, is a grand affair and is attended by visitors from far and wide. This fair is considered one of Uttarakhand’s ancient events. As the headquarters of the Bageshwar district, the eponymous town attracts a steady stream of tourists and trekkers throughout the year.

Famous Place in Bageshwar: Baijnath, Baghnath Temple, Chandika Temple, Gauri Udiyar Cave, Chandrika Temple,
Kanda, Bigul Village, Vijaypur.

Baijnath: Baijnath is famous for its ancient temples, located at an altitude of 1126 mts, on the banks of the Gomti River in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The town draws its name from the Baijnath temple. It is one of the important places to visit in Bageshwar (Kumaon region) because of its historical and religious importance.

Baghnath Temple: Baghnath that literally suggests the ‘Tiger Lord’ is a temple after which the Bagheswar city is named. This famous Hindu temple is a Shaivism site dedicated to Lord Shiva the transformer within the ‘Trinity’ namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This ancient shrine is adorned in the Bageshwar city of Kumaon and is flooded with devotees during the auspicious Shivratri festival.

Chandika Temple: The Chandika Devi temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Chandika Mai also known as Kali. This sacred shrine is located about half a kilometer away from Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand.Gauri Udiyar Cave: In the beauteous Kumaon division of Uttarakhand, there is an infamous cave temple called Gauri Udiyar. It is located about 8 km from Bageshwar town and houses several idols of Lord Shiva. In Kumaoni dialect, ‘Udiyar’ stands for a small rock cave, where tigers and other wild animals live. The cave measures about 20×95 square metres and enshrines several images of Lord Shiva.

Kanda: Kanda is a dispersed settlement cluster of about30 villages, home to over 20,000 people, 85 kilometres away from the bustlingtown of Almora.

Bigul Village: Bigul is a beautiful hidden destination thatoffers a stunning view of the Himalayas – from majestic Nanda Devi to thegorgeous Panchachuli peaks. Perched at an elevation of 2,000 meters, the tinyhamlet of Bigul is enveloped with lush greenery in the form of pine andrhodenderon trees.

Vijaypur: Blanketed by the silver peaks and lush greenery, Vijaypur is a mirror to the snow-shrouded Himalayas showcasing their beauty in utmost grandeur. This hushed village is cocooned in the naturally enclosed region of Kumaon in Bageshgwar.

East Godavari: East Godavari District which is the largest and the most populous district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, was successively ruled by Mauryas, Sathavahanas, Vishnu Kundins, Eastern Chalukyas, Cholas, Kaktiyas, Musunuri Chieftians, Kondaveeti Reddy Kings, Gajapathis, Kutubshahis and then by the British. It was under the Raj, on April 15, 1925, East Godavari District was formed as per G.O.No.502. East Godavari is the richest district of the state, in terms of GDP, is both the cultural and tourist hub of the state.

Famous Places in East Godavari: Rampa Waterfalls,  Coringa Sanctuary, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, Kadiapulanka, Massanithippa, Maredumilli Forests, Rajahmahendravaram, Hope Island, Dindi Resort, Adurru.

Rampa Waterfalls: Rampa Waterfalls The Semi evergreen forests of Agency track in East godavari District is blessed with many picturesque spots and perennial waterfalls, Rampa V.S.S is having high forest with Neelakanteswara and Rampa water falls. Sri Neelakanteswara Vana Vihara sthali is situated at about 4km from Rampachodavaram village of East Godavari District.

Coringa Sanctuary: It is at a distance of about 15 Km from Kakinada on Kakinada Yanam Road. Coringa Sanctuary, named after a tiny village coringa in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh a part of Godavari Mangroves was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh vide G.O.Ms.No – 484, Forests and Rural Development Department dated 5-7-1978 was to conserve the mangrove vegetation of the estuary, extending in an area of about 235.Sq.Kms.

Sir Arthur Cotton Museum: Sir Arthur Cotton Museum was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Nadamuri Tarakarama Rao on 25.2.1988 and the Museum is located in the building which was previously under the occupation of Executive Engineer, Godavari Head Works Division Dowleswaram. This museum was started with an intention to educate the people, how the great Engineer Sir Arthur Cotton during those olden days constructed the mighty anicut across Godavari river and converted the lands of East and West Godavari Districts as very fertile. The Museum also narrates the construction of present Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage constructed with the advance engineering skill.

Kadiapulanka: Kadiapulanka, abutting the National Highway-5 and 20 Km from Rajahmundry is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits. It is only since four years that flower festivals are being organised thanks to the then District Collector, Satish Chandra, who took keen interest in the development of nurseries in these parts.

Massanithippa: Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh started Eco Tourism Project at Maredumilli, Rampa Agency areas and at Massanithipa costal area with an intension of letting the people know about the development and protection of forest area of Kakinada Territorial Forest Division.

Maredumilli: The Maredumilli Forests of East Godavari District are having rich biodiversity and the area is having semi evergreen forests with undulating terrain, which forms part of the Eastern Ghats.The Maredumilli Community Conservation & Eco Tourism Area is situated on Maredumilli – Bhadrachalam road, nearly 4 Km. away from Maredumilli village. The area is having many streams flowing over the undulating rocks in the deep woods and any visitor feel thrilling experience in the Nature.

Rajahmahendravaram: Rajahmahendravaram Town is the biggest town in East Godavari and it is a Divisional Head Quarters. Howrah Madras railway line passes through the town longitudinally and has two railway Stations namely “GODAVARI” and “RAJAHMUNDRY” Road cum Rail Bridge was constructed on river Godavari linking Kovvur and Rajahmundry is considered to be an engineering feat. It is Asia’s Second largest Road cum Rail Bridge. The Town is connected with all Centers of the State with motorable roads.

Hope Island: A relatively young island, it formed in the last 200 years into a 16-kilometre-long (9.9 mi) sand spit from the sand carried by the waters of Godavari delta.

The area between Kakinada coast and Hope Island is known as Kakinada Bay. The water spread of the bay is about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). Hope Island protects the city of Kakinada from the strong storm surges coming from the Bay of Bengal. Hope Island acts as a sort of natural break water and provides tranquility to the ships anchored in Kakinada bay which makes Kakinada Port one of the safest natural ports in the Eastern Coast of India.

Dindi Resort: Dindi is one of the several picturesque villages of Konaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. The Vashista of River Godavari is dotted with several villages on its banks … Dindi, Rajole, Narsapur, Chinchinada, Yalamanchalli Lanka, Dodhipatla…. all endowed with the rich tradition and culture of the Konaseema.

Adurru: Adurru (or locally DubarajuGudi) is a 2400 year old Buddhist site in Razole taluk of East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh close to the banks of river Vainetaya, a tributary of river Godavari river very close to the Bay of Bengal.

Guntur: Guntur District is located in Andhra Pradesh along the east coast of Bay of Bengal. The district has a coastline of around 100 kilometers. Guntur city is the largest city and administrative center of Guntur District. Telugu and Urdu are the main languages spoken in this district.

Famous Places in Guntur: Nagarjunasagar Dam, Kondaveedu, Uppalapadu Nature, Kotappakonda Trikutaparvattam, Mangalagiri, Downtown, Amaravathi, Viswa Nagar, Krishna Barrage, Pongal, Suryalanka Beach, Bhattiprolu, Amaravati Stupa.

Nagarjunasagar Dam: World’s largest masonry dam protected with 26 gates measuring 14m in height and 13m in width, Nagarjunasagar Dam located in Nalgonda District is built across River Krishna.

The dam has a storage capacity of nearly 11,472 million cubic meters with an irrigation capacity for 10 acres of land. The dam measure 150m tall and 16 kms in length while also being a major tourist attraction. It is among the first irrigation projects started by the Indian Government as an element of the Green Revolution.

Kondaveedu: Kondaveedu is a place lying about 17 miles from Guntur city adorned with one of the most popular tourist attractions of the region. It houses an ancient fort belonging to 14th century AD built by Reddy kings which comprises of 21 magnificent structures.

Uppalapadu Nature: A place to admire a large number of endangered species of Birds, Uppalapadu Nature Conservation, is situated in the southern side of the city. This spectacular reserve located near Guntur attracts many local and foreign tourists every year.

Kotappakonda Trikutaparvattam: Originally known as Kondakavuru, this place is famously known as Kotappakonda or Trikutaparvattam meaning three-peaked hill which actually lies nearby. Located nearly 25 miles from the city of Guntur, it offers a panoramic view of majestic hills from any direction.

Mangalagiri: Mangalagiri, lying 13 miles northeast of Guntur city is mainly renowned for its famous temple of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. At the temple, the devotees worship the lord by offering jiggery water.

Downtown: The city of Guntur is comprised of its own downtown area, midtown and residential areas. This place is packed with myriad of tourist attractions which include Center of Brodipet, Arundelpet, Jinnah Tower Center, Naaz Center, Brindavan Gardens, Old Guntur and Inner and Outer Ringroads.

Amaravathi: Known as the Capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi is a planned city on the banks of the River Krishna. Amaravathi is renowned for being a site of a Buddhist Stupa that is a semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics and often called the Abode of God.

Viswa Nagar: Situated in the south-west part of the city, Viswa Nagar can be easily approached via a National Highway 5 i.e. GNT-Chennai Expressway. The place is renowned for Universal Integration Pillar and Viswayogi Viswamji. Located in the proximity is also Viswayogi Institute of Medical Sciences or VIMS.

Krishna Barrage: Krishna Barrage or Prakasam Barrage lies 18 miles from the city of Guntur. It is constructed over Krishna River all the way connecting Guntur with Krishna District.

Pongal: Mid-January is considered as an important time in the Tamil calendar. The harvest festival, Pongal, typically falls on the 14th or the 15th of January and is celebrated in an exemplary mode of ‘Tamil Culture’. Guntur has a lavish celebration of Pongal that anybody interested in observing local cultures should not miss.

Suryalanka Beach: Suryalanka Beach is a lesser-known gem situated near Bapatla near Guntur. The beach is famous for the sweeping views of the sun, sea and sand. It is also ideal for swimming.

Bhattiprolu: Located in the Guntur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Bhattiprolu is a small village which is mainly known for its Buddhist stupa that is a centrally protected monument of national importance.

The village was an ancient Buddhist town that has a rich and diverse history. Nowadays, it is not only visited by Buddhist monks and devotees but also by regular tourists who visit here to look at the ruins of the village and to admire the beauty of the magnanimous Buddhist Stupa.

Amaravati Stupa: Amaravati Stupa is a heritage monument, and ancient Buddhist stupa located in the Amaravathi. The memorial is currently under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Popularly known as the Mahachaitya, Deepaladinne or the Great Stupa of Amaravati, this is among the largest stupas in India and one of the most visited sites in Amaravati.

Krishna: Krishna district is one of the oldest British administrated areas of Andhra Pradesh. It was formerly called Masulapatnam district and in 1859 when the then Guntur district was abolished, certain taluks thereof were added to this district which was renamed as Krishna district, after the mighty river Krishna.

Famous Places In Krishna: Kanaka Durga Temple, Gandhi Hill, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Mogalrajapuram Caves, St.Marya s Church Gunadala, Bhavani Island, Victoria Museum, Kondapalli Fort, Kuchipudi, Manginapudi Beach, Vedadri, Prakasam Barrage.

Kanaka Durga Temple: The Durga temple is located on the top of a hill called Indrakeeladri at the entrance of the city. The “Dasara” festival is celebrated in a very big way here with large number of pilgrims taking part in the festivities. A holy dip in river Krishna is also a big highlight of the place.

Gandhi Hill: The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

Rajiv Gandhi Park: The Park has been developed by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with utmost care and interest. A mini zoo and water fountain are among other attractions.

Mogalrajapuram Caves: The caves are located in the heart of Vijayawada City at “Kasthuribaipet and Mogalrajpuram”. The caves are said to be excavated in 5th Century AD. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara can be seen here.

St.Marya s Church – Gunadala: The holy church is situated on a rocky hill on the Eastern side of Vijayawada City. A grand fair held during February every year attracts people of different religions. This is located at a distance of about 7 kms from RTC Bus stand.

Bhavani Island: Bhavani Island with a total area of 130 acres is situated in the middle of river Krishna. Journey to the island by boat is a very pleasant experience. An ideal place for picnics and other special occasions. This island is under the control of APTDC. Meetings and marriages can also organized on this island with prior permission.

Victoria Museum: This museum has a well preserved collection of ancient sculptures, painting, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions of Queen Victoria. It is located on Bunder Road of Vijayawada City.

Kondapalli Fort: This 7th Century Fort on the hill with an impressive three storied rock tower has witnessed the glory of many dynasties. It served a business center in olden days. The fort was used as a military training base by the British rulers. It is now a good picnic spot. Kondapalli village is situated 16 kms from Vijayawada. The village is famous for toys made with a special wood that’s found on the hills here. These toys are famous the world over as ‘Kondapalli Toys’.

Kuchipudi: Located about 60 kms away from Vijayawada, this is the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of the classical Kuchipudi dance form. A dance school by the name Siddhendra kalakshetram trains many students every year, promoting the Kuchipudi dance form.

Manginapudi Beach: Located near Machilipatnam, the beach attracts lakhs of pilgrims during Magha Poornam as it is ideal for sea bathing. The Panduranga Swamy Temple is a famous pilgrim center. APTDC has developed proper infrastructure in and around the beach.

Vedadri: Yoga Nanda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple and Siva temples are the key highlights here.

Prakasam Barrage: The imposing Prakasam Barrage, across the river Krishna is 1223.5 mt long. A pleasant walk down the barrage with the gentle breeze on your face and a beautiful view of the shimmering lake can be a great way to spend your evening. Andhra Pradesh largely owes its richness in agriculture to the Prakasam Barrage as the project has helped in the irrigation of lakhs of acres of agricultural lands.

Kurnool: This district derives its name from its chief town Kurnool the capital of former Nawabs, Capital of Andhra Pradesh State from 1st October 1953 to 1st November, 1956 and at present the headquarters of the district. The name Kurnool is said to have been derived form “Kandanavolu”.

Famous Places in Kurnool: Yaganti, Belum Caves, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Konda Reddy Fort Or Kondareddy Buruju, Venugoplaswami Temple, Mantralayam, Nagareswarasawami, Ahobilam Temple, Oravakallu Rock Garden, Tomb of Abdul Wahab, Buddha Statue, Saibaba Temple, SRS Matha Mantralayam, Mahanandi, Sakshi Ganapati Temple, Nava Narsimha Temples, Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana, Sai Baba Temple, Shivaji Spoorthy Kendra, Shikaresvara Temple, Sri Mahayogi Laxmamma Avva Temple, Jumma Masjid, Ranamandala Konda, Iswaraswami Temple, Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple, Adoni Fort,  Kolanu Bharathi Saraswathi Temple, Nallamala Forest,  Satyanarayana Swamy Temple,

Yaganti: Yaganti, in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, is the famous Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also known as the Uma Maheshwara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed by the first Vijayanagara Sangama King Harihara Bukka Rayalu in the 15th century, the temple ebbs deeply of culture and traditions even today. Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi, called Ardhanareeswara carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of an idol instead of Shiva Linga.

Belum Caves: Located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Belum Caves are the largest and longest cave system in India still open for the tourists. The second largest caves in India after the Krem Liat Prah in Meghalaya and famous for their unique formations such as stalactite and stalagmite formations, the caves were formed over a period of millions of years with the consequent formation of limestone. One of the centrally protected monuments of national importance, the Belum Caves has numerous pathways with intricate patterns of water stream on limestone which are bound to leave you awestruck over the sheer will of nature and the beauty it can create. As of this date, more than three and a half kilometres of the cave has been successfully explored of which only a kilometer and half is accessible to common tourists.

Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary: A wildlife sanctuary spread across an area of 614sq kms in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Rollapadu offers its visitors a journey into the wild, close to nature, amidst a number of diverse species of flora and fauna. Established in 1988, Rollapadu is especially known for being the home to the endangered species of The Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican. The wildlife sanctuary, spread across the huge area is the home to many birds and reptiles.

Konda Reddy Fort Or Kondareddy Buruju: Konda Reddy Fort, also known as Kurnool Fort or Kondareddy Buruju, is located just 2 km away from Kurnool railway station and is the most important place to visit in Kurnool. Thought the fort has lost a lot to ruins, it continues to be one of the highlights of the town and has been a landmark for Kurnool since ages. The structure was built by the rulers of the Vijayanagar Empire. The modest looking structure, once housed a tunnel that passed from under the Tungabhadra river and still holds a majestic watch tower, looking over to the city that grew around it.

Venugoplaswami Temple: One of the famous temples in Kurnool, Venugoplaswami is also a popular tourist attraction.

Mantralayam: At a distance of 100 km from Kurnool, Mantralayam is a village in Kurnool, mostly identified with the presence of the sacred burial of Guru Raghavendra Swami.

Nagareswarasawami: One of the major temples of Kurnool, Nagareswarasawami is visited by locals and tourists alike.

Ahobilam Temple: Ahobilam Temple, dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swami, is the only temple where all the nine forms of the deity are worshipped. Ahobilam is believed to be the middle of Adishesha who expands all over the Nalmalla Hills. The temple was built according to the Vijayanagara style of architecture and houses idols of all the nine forms of Lord Narasimha Swami.

Oravakallu Rock Garden: There are a few ordinary landscapes in Kurnool. One fascinating stretch is a park with igneous rock formations. Find here a restaurant, small ponds, boating facilities and a cave museum. A less ordinary hiking area and a bit unusual picnic spot, this one, is a must visit area in Kurnool.

Tomb of Abdul Wahab: On the banks of River Handri is a 17th century structure, the Tomb of Abdul Wahab. A monument with elaborate workmanship, two majestic domes, verandahs, arches and more, the tomb was built after the death of Abdul Wahab Khan, the first Nawab of Kurnool.

Buddha Statue: Buddha Statue is a majestic white statue with a hillock behind it with ‘Belum Caves’ written on it. It is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Buddha Statue is an example of some of the best Buddhist as well as Jain remains. It is a beautiful and attractive proof of the contributions which have been made by the monks towards these caves. This statue is situated near a village named Kolimigundla, and the bypass road leads to Tadipatri.

Saibaba Temple: One of the most popular religious centers in Kurnool is a star-shaped temple on the banks of Tungabhadra which tends to be in much verve during the monsoons. Find inside a glistening white marble statue of Shri Sai Baba and 16 elaborate rooms.

SRS Matha Mantralayam: A lineage of Hamsa Naamaka Paramaatma, SRS Matha Mantralayam is adorned by several wise men in India. The matha was launched by Sri Mahwacharya of Dwaita Vedanta. His pupil, Sri Padmanabha Teertha was appointed as the prime teacher. Today, it is an important pilgrim centre where one can observe the traditional practices and offer prayers at the Brindavan.

Mahanandi: Mahanandi is a scenic village in the district surrounded by dense forestation with the mesmeric Nallamala Hills located to its west. The village has one of the nine shrines dedicated to Lord Nandi, also called Nava Nandulu. The village is famous for a 10th century ancient temple – the Mahanandiswara Swami temple. The village draws pilgrims every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Sakshi Ganapati Temple: Located amidst beautiful surroundings, the Sakshi Ganapati Temple is a small little shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Devotees believe that Lord Ganesha knows who visits the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. He keeps a record and shows it to Lord Shiva. Hence, devotees visit this temple first to register their visit before visiting any other temple in Srisailam. There is a modest climb of 10 steps to reach the sanctum of this temple. The most alluring part about the temple is its location as the temple nestles amongst dense woods.

Nava Narsimha Temples: Located in the scenic hills covered with dense forestation, the Nava Narsimha Temples are of great religious importance in the region. The temples are dedicated to the nine forms of Lord Narasimha and are distributed all over the hill. The temples have idols of the deity in their respective forms made of stone. Most devotees cover all the temples in one trip to the region.

Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana: Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana is located on the banks of the mesmerising River Tungabhadra. It is often visited to seek blessings from Swamiji Sri Mula Ramadevara. The Brindavan is open for devotees only when Swamiji is present at the matha. During his tour, Swamiji gives Mantrakshata to the devotees. The Samadhi of Guru Raghavendra Swami is also located at the Brindavan which is open for devotees during the darshan time.

Sai Baba Temple: Sai Baba Temple is an important pilgrim centre in the district located on the banks of the enchanting River Tungabhadra. The temple is a beautiful star-shaped structure with a traditional Shikhara in the centre on the top. The sanctum sanctorum has an idol of Sai Baba made of pristine white marble. The complex also houses a meditation hall that can accommodate about 800 people at a time.

Shivaji Spoorthy Kendra: Shivaji Spoorthy Kendra is where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj meditated before becoming the king. The Kendra was built by historians Vadlamudi Ram Mohan Rao and Meero Panth Pingle when they had visited Srisailam and saw the dilapidated state of the location. The bhoomi pooja for the Kendra was done in 1983 and a 12 feet tall bronze statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was installed later on. The main motive of establishing the Kendra is to inspire the youth of India with the ideals of Shivaji Maharaj and keep his historic achievements alive.

Shikaresvara Temple: Located on the highest peak of Srisailam, Shikaresvara Temple is dedicated to Veera Shankara Swami who was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Veera Shankara Swami when he was pleased with the dedication of the devotees to bless them. The temple also offers a breathtaking view of the mountain slopes and the captivating River Krishna making it an apt attraction for photography.

Sri Mahayogi Laxmamma Avva Temple: Sri Mahayogi Laxmamma Avva Temple is dedicated to Lakshmamma, also known as Avva. She was born in a poor Dalit family, had nothing to live off of and was considered insane because she was always found muttering to herself. Some, however, believed in her powers and offered her food and clothing till she was alive. According to a legend, Avva’s limbs were mutilated but the next day she was seen doing her regular chores. Many such miracles stunned the people around and ever since she has been considered an avadhoot.

Jumma Masjid: Jumma Masjid is a 17th century mosque built by Madu Qadiri who was a governor who served Adil Shah. The splendid architecture of the mosque includes beautiful minarets, magnificent domes and spacious prayer halls making it a tourist attraction as well.

Ranamandala Konda: Ranamandala Konda is a religiously important attraction in the region. It is believed, this site is where, during their exile, Lord Rama shot an arrow and formed a lake to provide water to Goddess Sita. This is also where Lord Hanuman is believed to have fought demons while Rama was sleeping to ensure he doesn’t get disturbed. The attraction also has the famous Ranamandala Anjaneya Swamy temple which is a shrine with no roof.

Iswaraswami Temple: Located on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Iswaraswami Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region. The tranquil environment of the temple is apt for those who wish to escape the chaotic city life.

Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple: Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple is an 18th century temple built by Krishnadvaraya of Vijayanagara Dynasty who wanted to build a temple similar to the one he visited in Srirangam. He later dreamt of Lord Vishnu telling him that an eagle will direct him to the location where the temple must be built. The beautiful Vijayanagara structure is an architectural treat for all tourists.

Adoni Fort: Adoni Fort is a 15th century historic monument built during the reign of the Vijayanagara Dynasty. The fort served as a military base and its walls stretch over 50 kilometres in length making it the largest fort in the country. After the downfall of the Vijayanagara empire, the fort was possessed by the Bijapur Sultanate and later, after the defeat of Tipu Sultan, came under the British Reign.

Kolanu Bharathi Saraswathi Temple: Kolanu Bharathi Saraswathi Temple is an important pilgrim centre dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The century-old tradition of Aksharabhyasam is performed at this ancient temple. It is also considered to be the abode of Goddess Sri Bharati. The temple complex also has a Shivalinga, known as the Sapta Linga Kshetram, and a statue of Kaala Bhairav who protects the region.

Nallamala Forest: Nallamala Forest expands over a vast region of the Eastern Ghats of India. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna including Antelopes, Neelgai, Chinkaras and Leopards. The forest area also includes the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. The natural landscape, the dense forestation with several stupendous waterfalls and other water bodies, make the attraction perfect for nature lovers.

Satyanarayana Swamy Temple: Satyanarayana Swamy Temple is a 19th century shrine dedicated to Lord Satyanarayana famous for religious reasons. However, its splendid architecture with a magnificent entrance and beautiful bas-relief and sculpture work on the gopuram make it a famous tourist attraction as well.

Prakasam: Ongole District came into existence on 02-02-1970 with the carving out portions of Markapur Revenue Division from Kurnool, Ongole Revenue Division from Guntur and Kandukur Revenue Division from Nellore Districts. It was renamed as Prakasam District in 1972 in memory of the eminent freedom fighter, later Chief Minister of the composite Madras State and the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh State, late Sri Tanguturi “Prakasam Panthulu, “Andhra Kesari” who was born at Vinodarayuni palem, a hamlet of Kanuparthi village of Naguluppala Padu Mandal of this district.

Famous Places in Parkasam: Tripuranthakam, Bhairavakona, Chirala Beach, Singarayakonda.

Tripuranthakam: Tripuranthakam is a village in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. There is a lord shiva temple on top of a hill and it is considered as an Eastern gateway to the Srisailam temple.Goddess Sri Bala Tripura Sundari is located down the hill. The story tells that Shiva kills demons with the help of Bala Tripura Sundari. This famous temple was built by Kakatiyas.

Bhairavakona: The name Bhairavakona has a special history. This place of Prakasam district is home to an ancient Shiva temple. The special attraction is the waterfall that falls from a height of 200 meters.In Total, there are 8 temples carved in the entire hill. Bhairavakona is a historic temple established at KothaPalli. Best tourist place where a huge number of visitors visit this place.

Chirala Beach: Chirala town is also known as Ksheerapuri located in the Prakasam district. This town is exclusively famous for beaches, & the handloom industry.

Chirala is also known as Mini Mumbai or Chenna Bombay when coming to the textile industry. Divine Car Travels Vijayawada will suggest this place to our tourists for sure.

Singarayakonda: Singarayakonda is a Mandal in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh State. This place is famous for Kothapatnam beach, Chandavaram Excavation site, Mallavaram Dam, Ramapuram Beach, Pakala Beach.

Srikakulam: Srikakulam District is the extreme Northeastern District of Andhra Pradesh situated within the Geographic Co-Ordinates of 18°-20’ and 19°- 10’ of Northern latitude and 83°-50’ and 84°-50’ of Eastern longitude. The Nagavali, Vamsadhara, Suvarnamukhi, Vegavathi, Mahendratanaya, Gomukhi, Champavathi, Bahuda and Kumbikota Gedda are the important rivers of the District . The Vamsadhara river rises in the Eastern Ghats of Orissa State and enters Srikakulam District in Bhamini Mandal and finally falls into the Bay of Bengal near Kalingapatnam.

Famous Places In Srikakulam: Arasavilli, Srikurmam, Salihundam, Srimukhalingam, Mandasa, Sangam.

Arasavilli: The famous Sun God Temple situated in Arasavalli Village which is at a distance of about 1 K.M. east of SRIKAKULAM Town in Andhra Pradesh head quarters of the coastal district in Andhra Pradesh . It is one of the ancient and all among two sun God temples in our Country. According to Padmapuranam , Sage Kasyapa installed the Idol of Surya at Arasavalli for the Welfare of mankind . Therefore , the Surya is of Kasyapasa Gotra . He is also termed as planetary King.

Srikurmam: srikurmam is one of the ancient and famous temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the village called as Srikurmam. Sri Kurmam is the second form of Lord Vishnu wherein He takes the Avatara (form) of a Tortoise and hence the Lord here is called as “Sri Kurmanatha”. This is the only temple in the entire country where Lord Vishnu is seen in “Kurmavatara”. Some inscriptions has it that the presiding deity of this temple Lord Shiva and was worshipped by Saivaites (devotees of Lord Siva).

Salihundam: Salihundam is a village and panchayat in Gara Mandal of SRIKAKULAM district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated on the south bank of River Vamsadhara at a distance of 5 kilometers west of Kalingapatnam and 18 kilometers from SRIKAKULAM town.

Srimukhalingam: Srimukhalingeswara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the left banks of River Vamsadhara. Elegantly carved, this temple is a group of three temples dedicated to three forms of Lord Shiva namely, Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara. The temple is built in Indo-Aryan style.

Mandasa: This Place is situated at the foot Mahendragiti which is at a distance of 26 kms.from Sompeta town.There is a fort which is considered to be the highest is south india and it is place of tourist interest.In this village the temple of Varahaswamy attracts the attention of the tourists.

Sangam: Sangam is a village and a pilgrimage site in Vangara mandal in SRIKAKULAM district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is about 56 kilometers from SRIKAKULAM Town and 20 kilometers from Rajam. River Nagavali, Suvarnamukhi and Vegavati confluence takes place here. Hence it is a Triveni sangam similar to one well known in Allahabad.

Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore: Nellore District situated in the South Eastern portion of the state with a coastal length of 163 KM bounded by Bay of Bengal on the East. The district was known as Vikrama Simhapuri until 13th Century and later it came to be referred to as Nellore

Historically the district was under the rule of Mouryas, Sathavahanas, Pallavas, Cholas, TelugU cholas, Kakateeyas, Pandyans etc. The great Telugu poet Tikkana Somayaji translated 15 parvas of Sanskrit Mahabharata into Telugu in Nellore.

Famous Places in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore: Jonnawada, Narasimhakonda, Penchalakona, Mannar Poluru, Chengalamma Temple, Somasila Dam, Kandaleru Dam, Udayagiri Fort, Pulicat Lake.

 Jonnawada: Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy kamakshi tai temple, Jonnawada which is located about 12 kms from Nellore. The destination is also well connected for Railway station at Nellore. A famous Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakhsi tai temple is located on the bank of river Pennar, 12 Km from Nellore. It attracts many piligirims. The Village is part of Buchireddipalem Mandal.

 Narasimhakonda: Vedagiri Lakshmimarasimha Swamy devastanam came into being nearly 500 years ago, on the summit of Narasimhakonad. According to the rock inscriptions, this temple was built by the Pallava king Narsimha Varma in the ninth century. Legend goes that the sage Kasyapa established the temple on the bank of Pinakini. And the vedic scripture Brahmapurana reveals that the seven sages (Saptarishis) performed ‘yagnam'(Sacrifice) on the top of Narasimhakonda.

Penchalakona: This is a very ancient sacred place (pilgrim centre). Lord Narasimha manifested Himself here as a huge of rock in ‘Yoga mudra'(in an entwined contemplative posture) and hence it acquired the name of ‘Penusila’ (huge rock) and in course of time became famous as ‘Penchalakona’.

 Mannar Poluru: Mannar Poluru- Alghu Malluru Krishna Swamy temple is existing in the Mannarpoluru Village, right from the time of Telugu Chola rulers. The village is close-by to Sullurupet, at a distance of 103 Km. from Nellore. It was built in the 17th century by Bangaru Yadama Nayudu, the living place of mallayodas or wrestlers. According to a legend, it was here that Lord Sri Krishna defeated Jambavantha in a duel and married his daughter Jambavati and that Lord MahaVishnu deflated the bloated ego of Garutmata here alone.

 Chengalamma Temple: Goddess Chengalamma Parameswari manifested Herself in the village of Sullurupet which lies 100Km. away from Nellore on the Kolkata-Chennai highway and the temple for Her was built on the bank of the Kanlangi river. History tells us that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries.

Somasila Dam: Somasila is one of the biggest Irrigation Project in the District. The project is envisaged to create Irrigation potential. It is constucted across River Pennar and is situated near Somasila Village of Ananthasagaram Mandal, Nellore District. Since it is located in eastern ghats situated at the out skirts of the district, natural beauty is nose worthy.

Kandaleru Dam: Kandaleru Dam which is located about 60 kms away form Nellore. The destination is also well connected for State Highway from Nellore to Kadapa via Rapur & Rajampet. It was constructed across the Kandaleru River. This river originates in Velegonda hills and it flows across Gudur. This being Worlds Biggest Earth Dam with 68 TMC Water Storage spread over 11 kilometre which is supplying Drinking water to Tamilanadu is a Pictorious Spot with Hillocks and Forest around. One Government Guest house has constructed with 4 suites, Meeting hall and a Dnining hall with kichen for official purpose. It attracts many pilgrims. The Dam is a part of Rapur Mandal.

Udayagiri Fort: Udayagiri Fort which is Located about 100 kms. From Nellore. Udayagiri Fort commanding at a hight of 3079 feet. Boasts of great natural beauty. The hill side has lush vegetation and beautiful waterfalls. The ruined fort is attracting the Tourists in a big way. However, the acccess is only by steps and there is no road to the Fort. During the rule of the Gajapathis and the Vijayanagar Rulers, this Town grew to great splendour.

Pulicat Lake: Pulicat Lake is the second largest brakish water lagoon in India spread over the two States of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilanadu adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. It extends over six hundred squire kilometers in Andhra Pradesh covering the five Mandals of Tada, Sullurupet, Doravari satram, Chittamur, Dugarajupatnam of Nellore District. It is a bird watchers paradise. Water birds and other birds like Flamingoes, Painted storks, Egrets, Grey Pelican, Grey herons, pintails, Black winged stilts, Shovelers, Terns etc.

Visakhapatnam: History states that Valor was named after the town of Visakha in the name of God. It was part of the Kalinga Empire in the reign of Ashoka in 260 BC. It was subsequently owned by the Vangi kings of the Andhra region. The region was later ruled by the Pallavas, the Cholas and the kings of the Ganges. It was part of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 15th century.

Next it is known as a good tourist destination. The region is surrounded by lakes, the hilly terrain of the cool sea, and the valleys. The district boasts of many tourist attractions and the culture and civilization of the region confirms the richness of India.

Famous Places in Visakhapatnam: Borra caves, Submarine Museum, Kailasagiri, Rishikonda Beach, Yarada beach, Ramakrishna Beach, Dolphins nose, Katiki Waterfalls, Matsyadarshini Aquarium, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, VUDA Park, Simhachalam Temple, Lambasingi, Bheemili Beach, War memorial, Lawson’s Bay beach, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Bojjannakonda, Ross Hill Church, Sagar Nagar beach, Buddhist Excavation, Gangavaram beach, Victory at Sea War Memorial, Itika Pongal.

Borra caves: With stalactite and stalagmite formations and natural enigma overflowing, Borra Caves are located at 1400 meter above sea level in the Anantagiri area of Visakhapatnam.

Submarine Museum: During your stroll on the RK Beach, or as you drive past the beach road, you might notice a rather elaborate collection of Submarines. Step down and stop to witness the only Submarine Museum in the entire of Asia.

Kailasagiri: Located in the scenic locales of Vizag, Kailash Giri is a beautiful hilltop park perched at a height of 360 ft. Sprawling over 100 acres of lush green land area, the park is perched on a hilltop and it offers scenic panoramic vistas of the surroundings and the beach below. The highlights of the place are the magnificent 40 feet statues of Shiva and Parvati painted in white.

Rishikonda Beach: The Rishikonda Beach also known as Rushikonda Beach is a stunning shore located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Vishakhapatnam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. APTDC, which is in charge of this natural beauty, has done a great job in the upkeep of the beach and ensured that this natural attraction remains unspoilt. The Rishikonda Beach is thus rightly named as the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’, owing to its essential and intact beauty. The serene golden sands of the beach are located in the bosom of the Rishikonda hill.

Yarada beach: Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and located close to Dolphin’s nose, the Yarada beach is a quiet beach to chill by the waves, sip that tender coconut water and occasionally play in the water.

Ramakrishna Beach: One of the most popular beaches of Vishakapatnam, RK beach is a beach for to spend some relaxed time, enjoy strolls across the beach, sunbath and more.

Dolphins nose: Very similar to a dolphins nose, this 174 m high rocky headland is situated in the south of Vizag . The nose seems to be protruding out towards the Bay of Bengal giving it a rather fascinating look.

Katiki Waterfalls: A distance of 100 steps and a trek of 2 km will take you to a place where a most enchanting sight of Katiki Waterfalls awaits for the tourists.

Matsyadarshini Aquarium: An initiative of the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Matsyadarshini is a beautiful aquarium and houses countless species of fresh and salt water marine life captured in glass tanks.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located amidst the Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Declared open to the public on 19 May 1977, the Park now offers a number of exhibits of more than 80 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The Zoo Park has differentiated the sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds, all caged in their natural ambiance. Situated amidst the scenic Eastern Ghats of India, the Park is quite a pictueresque one.

VUDA Park: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority or VUDA Park is a popular attraction in Visakhapatnam and a favorite amongst the tourists. One of its main attractions, here, is a musical waterfall.

Simhachalam temple: As per the belief of the Hindu religion, an east facing entrance brings luck and prosperity while the west one brings victory and luckily the Simhachalam temple faces west. The temple is situated among hills covered with cashew trees, shrubs, and mango groves. Many pilgrims undertake a journey to the hill on important and auspicious days. Neighbourhoods near the pilgrimage include Srinivasanagar, Prahladapuram, Sainagar colony, Simhapuri colony, and Simhapuri Layout. The journey often extends into the night, as the route is around 40 kilometres. Pilgrims visit the temple to bestow their offerings to the auspicious deities.

Lambasingi: Fondly called the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’, Lambasingi is a quaint hamlet nestled in Chintapalli Mandal in the richly forested Arakku Valley at an elevation of 1025 m above the sea level. On of the best kept secrets of Andhra Pradesh, the dainty village is known for its majestic hills, apple orchards and panoramic views of the adjoining valleys. Also known as Korra Bayalu, the village is the only place in all of South India that experiences snowfall as the temperatures drop significantly. Besides abundant natural beauty and the gorgeous views if the towering hills and meandering rivers, the village also offers a plethora of adventure activities that you can try your hand at. So if you are looking for chilling temperature, pale mists, colourful gardens and prolific natural beauty, you know where to head to.

Bheemilli beach: The long beautiful and pristine Bheemunipatnam Beach is located at the assemblage of Gosthani River and the Bay of Bengal. It also houses the remains of a 17th century fort and cemetery, reveling history dating back to the Dutch era.

War memorial: This memorial is dedicated to the ‘Victory at Sea’, during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. A renowned War memorial, it is located in Vizag on the left of the beach road and facing the submarine museum. Many war related materials are displayed here, including a fighter plane, missiles, few bombs and a tank.

Lawson’s Bay beach: Lawson’s Bay beach is considered an extension of Ramakrishan beach more than often. It is a calm, serene and secluded stretch with lush greenery and whitish sands. The majestic sea with shallow crystal clear water and calm waves here is ideal for swimming, sun bathing and surfing.

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary: Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam and is a perfect example of natural harmony between the dry seasonal forest and the evergreen meadows.

Bojjannakonda: Bojjannakonda is a small group of six rock-cut caves that has beautifully carved statues of Gautam Buddha which draw tourists and believers for its aesthetic and religious importance. The caves nearby also have stupas where Buddhist monks would meditate.

Ross Hill Church: Ross Hill Church is a splendid attraction that draws tourists and religious followers in large numbers. It is one of the few locations that can be climbed to get a fabulous view of the quaint city and the Port area. The attraction is frequently visited by photographers and nature lovers especially to view the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Ross Hill Church has a beautiful architecture and a serene vibe that will hit the pause button to the endless mind chatter at least for a few moments.

Sagar Nagar Beach: Located in the quaint neighborhood of Sagar Nagar in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Sagar Nagar beach is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Considered to be one of the most popular tourist spots in the city, the beach reverberates with tranquility and serenity. The beach is known for its golden sands, mesmerising sunsets and utter peace, all in the absence of commercial crowds or touristy pollution.

Buddhist Excavation: Havi Konda, Thotla Konda, Bojjana Konda, and Salihundam located around Visakhapatnam were places of Buddhist excavations. The excavations of 1906 that took place have brought out many Buddhist monuments such as stupas and chaityas.

Gangavaram beach: One of the most beautiful beaches of the town, this one with palm trees and picture perfect sceneries attracts many film and TV serial makers. This beach with soft sands and cool breeze always provides a secluded atmosphere.

Victory at Sea War Memorial: Victory at Sea War Memorial is located on Beach road and is frequently visited by tourists on their way to the beach. The monument has a pyre lit 24×7 in honour of the Indian martyrs. The well maintained monument often generates a sense of patriotism and pride in our countrymen who fight selflessly for the safety of our citizens.

Itika Pongal: The native tribal community of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh celebrates a hunting festival during April of the Gregorian calendar each year. The name of the festival is ‘Itika Pongal,’ which is similar to hunting festivals of other tribal communities, such as the ‘Jani Shikar’ of Jharkhand. The ‘Itika Pongal’ festival serves as a perfect occasion to witness the tribal culture of Andhra Pradesh in its purest form when the women of the tribe perform their native dance form, known as ‘Dhimsa’.

Vizianagaram: Vizianagaram is the main city of the Vizianagaram District of North Eastern Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. Vizianagaram district was formed on 1 June 1979, with some parts carved from the neighbouring districts of Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. It is, at present, the largest municipality of Andhra Pradesh in terms of population. It is located about 18 km inland from the Bay of Bengal, and 52 km northeast of Visakhapatnam.

Famous Places in Vizianagaram: Vizianagaram, Saripalli, Gosthani Sarovar Vihar, Kumili, Raamateertham, Bobbili, Punyagiri, Govindpuram, Jami Vruksham, Sirimanu Utsav.

Vizianagaram: The city of Vizianagaram is a place packed with the glory of the past and relics of ancient traditions and rituals in form of a majestic fort. The headquarters of the district, this place is also home to an ancient temple of Pydithalli Ammavaru.

Saripalli: Saripalli is a small village situated on the banks of Champavathi River and lies in the Nellimarla mandal of District Vizianagaram. The village is mainly renowned for its beautiful temple of Dibbi Lingeswara Swami temple which is said to be built under the reign of Chalukyas.

Gosthani Sarovar Vihar: Gosthani Sarovar Vihar is an ideal spot to relax and unwind situated near Vizianagaram city. Serving as a perfect picnic place, it is nestles at the Thatipudi Reservoir Project near the Thatipudi Village.

Kumili: Kumili, situated about 20 km from Vizianagaram is a small quaint village which is famous for its bunch of beautiful temple all clustered in a complex.

Raamateertham: Raamateertham is a place located nearly 13 km away from Vizianagaram on the Bavikonda Hill. It is renowned as a site adorned with a 1000 year old Lord Rama Temple, established during the 16th century under the reign of Pashupati kings.

Bobbili: Bobbili is an ancient town marked with the reflection of courage, bravery and heroism, and is home to a majestic Bobbili Fort.

Punyagiri: A sacred site where a very famous and one of the oldest Shiva Temples id located, Punyagiri is a place located about 25 km from Vizianagaram. The most prominent feature of the temple is that the lingam enshrined in the temple is bathed by an underground water source.

Govindpuram: Govindpuram situated around 20 km from Vizianagaram is village housing a temple famous for its magnificent sculpture of Lord Krishna on a chariot. However the most striking feature of the place is a Gita Mandir which is flocked by devotees from all around the globe.

Jami Vruksham: Situated 10 km from Vizianagaram, Jami Vruksham is a tree lying on the banks of the River Gowthami. As per the legend, it is said that while on exile, Pandavas hid their weapons in this tree.

Sirimanu Utsav: A most prominent and widely celebrated festival in the town, Sirimanu Utsav is held on the first Tuesday after Vijayadasami annually. During the festival a procession is organized comprising of two major activities namely Anjali Chariot and Paladhara.

West Godavari: West Godavari district or Paschima Godavari Jilla is one of the 13 districts in the Andhra Pradesh. The district is situated in  Costal Andhra Pradesh region of the state. The administrative headquarters of the district is situated at Eluru. As of 2011 census of India, the district has an area of 7,742 km2 (2,989 sq mi) and a population of 39,36,966.It is bounded by Krishna District on the west, East Godavari District. on the east, Bay of Bengal on the south and the state of Telangana on the north.