Ranked amongst the oldest cities in the Indian subcontinent, Rajahmundry is a beautiful city located on the banks of Godavari River. The city, which is called the Cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh, is also referred to as the ‘Born City’. It is thus called because poet Nannayya gave script to Telugu to make it a language. Nannayya, the first Telugu poet, was born in this city. It was built by Chalukya king Rajaraja Narendra during 11th century. The ancient city is popular for its active participation during various times including the freedom struggle against British rule. Rajahmundry is a blend of various qualities that make the place unique, interesting, and suitable for tourism for all ages. Picturesque landscapes, monuments of cultural importance, ancient temples and adventurous tourist spots are available in the city to make it an irresistible place for travelers. Here are the top 8 places to visit in Rajahmundry, which you would not want to miss.
Papi Hills is a breathtaking destination and a perfect place to land during your vacation. Your spirit soars to great heights at the very sight of the magnificent hill station. If you love nature and if your mind yearns for some adventure, you will find Papi Hills irresistible. The compelling beauty of the place with serene atmosphere and wide expanse of greenery apart, the offers of trekking on the hill and fishing in the waters make the place the most sought after tourist destination in Rajahmundry. The sound of the waterfalls, the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of birds make you feel one with nature. If you are from the part of the world that makes you work relentlessly, you need to unwind here to enjoy the essence of life.
Kadiyapulanka is an absolute delight to your visual senses. Situated 8 km away from Rajahmundry, the village flourishes in floriculture and horticulture. Some of the flowers grown in the nurseries here include rose, jasmine, lilies and chrysanthemums. Ornamental plants such as arclias, song of India and archaria are grown here. The flower show held every year in the month of January is the right time to feast your eyes and senses with excellent collections of flowers. The colors of the flowers render magic to the air.
You can never assume that your trip to Rajahmundry to be complete if you had not cruised River Godavari. Cruising on the river will be an enthralling experience as the cruise gives you an amazing opportunity to attempt at discerning the magnificence of nature. The lush greenery, scenic landscapes and amazing hills viewed from the river during your cruise make you spell bound. The boats have the best of facilities to make your stay on water very comfortable. You get to view a few places while on cruise, which are untouched by humans. Various cruising packages are offered out of which you may choose the one that would fit in with your time frame and budget. Cruising on Godavari offers matchless experience to photographers and nature lovers.
Constructed during 10th century, Kotilingeswara Temple is a fine example of architecture of the past. One of the leading attractions of Rajahmundry, the temple has bathing ghats around it. Kotilingalarevu, the place where the temple is situated, is a ferry point to cross River Godavari. Various legends about the temple are heard out of which one says that King Ravana used to offer prayers to Lord Shiva in this temple site. Pilgrims consider this place a holy site and hence take a dip in the water here.
5. Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum
Founded in 1967, Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum holds some of the rarest collections of coins, sculptures and ancient palm-leaf manuscripts. The pottery items seen here are a fine display of art. The museum preserves and brings to light the cultural importance of Andhra Pradesh.
Here is another spot in Rajahmundry that rejuvenates your tired spirits. This stunningly beautiful place not only attracts tourists in great numbers but also brings in filmmakers to capture some of the best landscapes for their films. Sri Veerabhadhra Temple is one amongst the major attractions. The temple is situated on a hill and it is considered one amongst the five Kshetras. The place offers yet another wonderful photography session as the location of the temple is scenic with hills on the background, silver color sands and amazing sculptures.
7. Markandeya Temple
Markandeya Temple is one of the ancient temples in Rajahmundry. The temple’s ruins were initially thought to be belonging to mosque. Archaeological surveys conducted later identified the ruins as associated with Shiva temple. In the year 1818, the temple was reconstructed by Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao. The temple is frequented by pilgrims from all parts of the country.
Dowleswaram Barrage was constructed with a view to serve irrigation. The barrage was built on the last stretch of the magnificent Godavari River. The barrage is successful in accomplishing the reason for its construction by making the land fertile with its waters. The barrage was also successful in averting famines that were a common occurrence during British period.
Rajahmundry is a beautiful and fertile land, which has been blessed with the best gifts of nature. The location of the city, the alluring landscapes, ancient temples, Godavari River cruise and last but not the least, scope for amazing adventure make this place a great tourist attraction. Take a good time off from your routine to enjoy the bliss of nature in every form. You are sure to find that your stay in Rajahmundry boosts your spirits and gets you back in great shape to bounce back to your hectic schedule.
An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.