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Adilabad
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Adilabad is a town City north west of Hyderabad.  It was once part of Maharashtra but borders have changed since 1945 to make it a town of Andra Pradesh.

This is one of the few district head quarters in the state which is connected with National higway, Broad Gauge train route. Good train connectivity is available to mancheral and Kagaz nagar from state capitol Hyderabad. Visit www.indianrail.gov.in for train schedules and reservations.

Though a small airport is available, it is not into regular use.

This district is full of nature. It is famous for green forests, rivers, waterfalls, wild animals, etc. There are beutiful waterfalls in this district namely Kuntala, Pochera and Sadarmaat. There are lot of wild animal sanctuaries in this district.

Due to the heavy amount of transactions involved in cotton business, this city is also called of "City of Cotton".

Other major cities in this district: Mancheral, Kagaz Nagar, Bellampalli, Asifabad, Utnoor, Nirmal, Bhainsa and Basar.

This District has been the place of stay for some of the tribe sects like Gond, Lambada, etc whose mother tongue do not have script. There is a Fort in the town of Utnoor which is 55 kms from Adilabad which was built by Gond kings who ruled this area. Currently utnoor is the operational head querter for the organization ITDA (ITDA-> Integrated Tribal Development Authority) set up by government of AP for the benifit of tribals.

Nirmal which is 74 kms down south of Adilabad on the NH7 is well known for its wooden toys and paintings. There is a fort in this town too. Nirmal is one of the political capital city for Adilabad district.

Adilabad is seperated from its neighbouring districts by river Godavari. There is a Goddess Saraswati temple on the banks of river Godavari in the temple town of Basar. This is the only Saraswati temple in the entire South India.

Mancherial the other town in this district, is well developed commercially and industrially, due to the Delhi - South India train connectivity.

Ananthapur
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Easily accessible from Tirupati, this is a religious centre in Andhra Pradesh, situated 480km from Hyderabad and 200Km north of Bangalore, with some of the finest temple architecture and paintings. The famous Veerabhadra temple, built in  the Vijayanagar style, is here.It is divided into three parts - the Mukha Mantapa, (also called Nitya Mantapa or Ranga Mantapa), the Artha Mantapa and Garbha Griha, and the Kalyana Mantapa, with 38 carved monolithic pillars in grey sandstone, is unfinished.

As per local legend Lord Shiva and Parvati were married on the spot where the Kalyana Mantapa stands. To the south of the main shrine is a huge Nagalingam, standing on a granite block, shrouded by a seven headed cobra, magnificently carved out of rock.

The monolithic Nandi near the Veerabhadra temple is another remarkable feature. Carved out  of a single rock, 4.5m high and 8.23m long, this Nandi is executed in beautifully life like detail.

Important places to visit in ananthapur district are Lepakshi (temples), Penukonda (forts and temples), Kadiri (temples), Timmamma marrimanu (famous banyan tree which occupies 5acre land), Penna ahobilam (temples), Penakacherla Dam, Kalyana durgam & Rayadurgam (forts), Hemavathi (temples), Tadipatri(temples), Chilamattur(birds), Puttaparthi(Sri Sri Sri Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba), Gooty (fort), Kasapuram Anjaneya Swamy near Guntakal and many more.

Cuddapah
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Here are a few hotspot in Cuddapah.

Brahmamgari Matam Temple

Brahmam garu was a very renowned person in Andhra Pradesh who predicted many incidents of KALIYUGA. It has been proved that every incident he has predicted has actually happened till now!!! It is also believed that Brahmamgaru will emerge as VeeraBhoga Vasantha rayalu some time in Kaliyuga to destroy the evil forces and re install the Dharma, Divinity and Generosity in Human Beings).B.Matam is very near to MYDUKUR.

Veera Badhra Swamy Temple:

VeeraBadra Swamy Temple is one of the famous temples in Kadapa District. It is located on the Mydukur-Proddutur main Road. Transport facility to this temple will be available from mydukur and Proddatur.

Srivenkatasewara Temple

Supposed to be the door step for Lord Venkatesa in Tirumala. People used to travel to Tirumala after visiting this temple and the uniqueness of the temple is you can find Lord Anjaneya behind the main Idol of Sri Venkatesa.

Pushpagiri

A picturisque location where you can find very ancient temples. Good as a picnic spot too!! You can find the powerful Sri Chakram installed in one of the Goddess Kanakadurga's temples.

Ontimitta

Lord Sri Rama's beauty. It is believed that the very well known Telugu poet Pothana has written down the Bhagavatam in Telugu in this village only and submitted his literature to Lord SriRama in this temple. It is believed that the poet and his literature was protected by the lord himself when the king and his soldiers tried to destroy them.

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East Godavari
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East Godavari is the most beautiful district in Andhra Pradesh. It is well developed in Agriculture as well as Business. Rajahmundry and Kakinada are the two cities in this district. Rajahmundry is well known as a historic city and is also one of the big business centers in Andhra. Kakinada is a peaceful city and is a pensioners paradise. Konaseema, a part of East Godavari is well known for it's coconut and paddy fields. It is a delta surrounded by Sub rivers of Godavari. Amalapuram is the main town in it. Visiting Konaseema gives great thrill.
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Guntur
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Guntur is located in a fertile area where cotton, rice, tobacco, and cashew nuts are grown. Founded by the French in the 18th century, the city was ceded to a local ruler in 1766 and to the British in 1788; the cession was confirmed in 1823. The name is sometimes spelled Guntar. Guntur is an industrial town famous for educational institutions, largest production of tobaco and mirch.

History

The earliest reference to Guntur, a variant of Guntur , comes from the Idern plates of Ammaraja I ( 922 - 929 ), the Vengi Chalukyan King. The Kingdom of Prati Palaputra of 500 BCE (current Bhattiprolu), appears to be the earliest known kingdom in the region. Guntur also appears in another two inscriptions dated 1147 and 1158 . The original Sanskrit name (ancient Vedic culture/tradition) for Guntur is Garthapuri . The place of Sitanagaram and Guthikonda Caves [1] can be traced (through Vedic Puranas ) back to the last Treta - Yuga and Dwapara - Yuga (Traditional Time scale: 1.7 to 0.5 million years ago, Ref ). The region also has been historically known for Buddhism .

Further information: Guntur District#History and in a Paleolithic aspect. Also check Timeline of Guntur .

More recently, the region was under Nizam's rule prior to the colonial period. During the colonial rule, Guntur was under the control of French and then to British till India's independence.

A park place in Guntur. Modern Guntur

The original Guntur used to be located where the current 'Old Guntur' exists. Over the last 50-100 years, the city has expanded specifically to north, called New Guntur [2] . The current size of the city can be put at an inner radius of 5 miles. The 'Greater Guntur' (though conceptual at its current stage) comprises the surrounding sub-urban areas spanning all the way to the Krishna Bridge (around 17+ miles), border of the Guntur-Krishna districts. New townships are sprawling in this 'Greater Guntur' region [3] [4] .

At its peak

Though optimistic, Guntur region (like most/all of India) currently is not at its peak. But future of this region does hold some promising results. Like the emerging India in the 21st century (which initially was not plausible to many), its cities like Guntur seem to have brighter future. Guntur like the rest of India had flourished in the past.

Guntur City and its region is a major commercial center in India. Cotton, tobacco and chilli are some of the major commodities that are exported from here to various parts of the world. The corporate headquarters of Tobacco Board India , a Government of India enterprise, is located in Guntur. The chillies that are grown in this region are some of the hottest in the world, and are in constant competition with the chillies grown in Mexico to be in the first place. There is a plan to start the Spices Board or Chilli Board [8] . The cotton that grows in the region is used in making some of the finest sarees in India, (Guntur & Managalagiri sarees)

Textile Hub and Industries

The industrial development in the Guntur Region is of medium scale. On the positive note the region has minimal industrial and related pollution as compared to major cities in the country. Here are some of the industries in the area: textile mills /handloom, silk , Sangam Dairy, cement factories, Andhra Fertilizers, jute mills, granite industries, diamond and other ore processing (Hindustan Zinc Limited), Auto-Nagar and Software /IT Companies. A textile hub is being developed on the south-west side of the city [9] , and the government is encouraging setting up of new industries. Possible future plans: BioTech Park , Knowledge Park.

Forestation , Green Guntur In Progress

The Social Forestry of Guntur is on the works to make the region greener; Guntur [10] (otherwise as per stats only 35% of the forests in the district has survived, a common issue throughout India). It is taking many initiatives and working closely with other parties like ITC Limited in meeting the goals. As part of the Green Guntur project they have planted 1 crore plants in the Guntur City. The city's UDA is also developing many medium and small size parks throughout the city.

Farm lands

The Guntur Region (Krishna Delta) is one of the most fertile lands in India. With the River Krishna flowing around the district, it has many farm lands and paddy fields growing varieties of rice and other food grains. The Guntur Branch Canal (GBC) and other smaller rivers serve water to the farm lands in the region.

Hyderabad
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Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is a big, lively and traditional city. Situated on the banks of the river Musi, the city gives travellers fascinating glimpses of past splendours – the legacy of its four hundred year old history. The city, which was earlier called as Bhagyanagar, is better known as the Istanbul of India. On every street corner, you will see its dualistic character, the coming together of Muslims and Hindus.

It boasts of examples of Qutb Shahi architecture - the Jami Masjid, Toli Masjid and the Hyderabad symbol, the Char Minar(char- four and minar - tower). The Char Minar is sometimes compared with the Arch the Triomphe and is located in the heart of the city. The minar is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of market life and the visitors of the Mecca Masjid. Hyderabad also claims to have one of the largest Buddha statues. Some ten kilometres away from the city, the marvellous Golconda Fortress and the tombs of the Quatab Shahi Kings can be visited.

Nowadays, Hyderabad is making great strides in Information Technology and Telecommunications. It is now a big hub for Multinational companies and is rivalling Bangalore in terms of attracting foreign investment and performing the outsourcing work. Moreover, superspeciality hospitals with excellent doctors and low fees are attracting medical tourism to Hyderabad.

Hyderabad has a pleasant climate, a fascinating amalgam of cultures, magnificent cuisine, splendid shopping areas and a variety of things to see and do. It all contributes to making this trip into a memorable one.

The Architecture

The city has rich architectural beauty of mixed styles. It was laid with a plan, when Charminar was built. Charminar was built on the intersection of the then two state-highways. Four sides of the charminar were divided with different purposes. One side, for palaces, another for the emirs and nawabs, another one for common people and buisness men. Along the roads, were built 14000 shops.

Later, in the late 1900, specially after the 1908 musi river flood disaster, Hyderabad saw a different beginning, when HEH The Nizam started the development. Near charminar all the shops were built by stone, in a beautiful architecture. The Hight court building, Osmania Hospital, Central Library, City college, MJ Market, Unani Hospital, Osmania University, improved Public Gardens, Osman Sagar (the Dam on Musi River to stop flood and provide drinking water), Himayath Sagar (another dam), Drainage system for the city( being used even now) etc are a few to name. Moreover, there was CIB (City improvement Board) set up which built hundreds of houses for the comman man.

The city was known as city of Havelis. There were hundreds of havelis and deorhis, of which a few are still remaining. Most of the city colonies names are after some haveli or nawab's palaces.

About Charminar

Charminar is always on the top of the mind of any tourist visiting Hyderabad. To say that Charminar is a major landmark in the city is to state the obvious, to repeat a cliché. The great monument is a synonym for Hyderabad and the pivot around which the glory and history of the city have developed. To imagine this 400-year-old city without Charminar is to imagine New York without the Statue of Liberty or Moscow without the Kremlin. Built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1591, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to what now is known as Hyderabad, this beautiful colossus in granite, lime, mortar and, some say, pulverised marble, was at one time the heart of the city. This great tribute to aesthetics looks sturdy and solid from a distance but as one moves closer, it emerges as an elegant and romantic edifice proclaiming its architectural eminence in all its detail and dignity. Apart from being the core of the city’s cultural milieu, it has become a brand name.

Charminar is a squarish structure with four towers in the four corners of the square, each of whose sides is 20 metres in length. Every side opens into a plaza through giant arches, which overlook four major thoroughfares and dwarf other features of the building except the minarets. Each arch is 11 metres wide and rises 20 metres to the pinnacle from the plinth. The minarets soar skywards by 24 metres from the roof of Charminar. Each minaret has four storeys, each looking like a delicately carved ring around the minaret. Some Anglophiles call Charminar the Arc de Triomphe of the East. From the ground to the apex, the minarets cover a length of 48.7 metres.

According to Mir Moazzam Husain, a long time official of the UNESCO and a keen student of this historic city, “these minarets may even symbolise the first four khalifs of Islam, but I cannot vouch for this interpretation with any degree of certainty.” At the western end of the roof of Charminar is a beautiful mosque; the oldest in Hyderabad, and the rest of the roof was used as a court in Qutub Shahi times. Atop the great monument are 45 prayer spaces for the devout where they can offer worship in an atmosphere unspoilt by the bustle of the city. East of this space is a spacious verandah with small and large arches in the middle. The first floor has beautiful balconies from where one has a fantastic view of the historic city and its later accretions.

These are technical details, of interest only to scholars and scribes. For the tourist, Charminar disgorges unlimited architectural wealth exuding from every pore of its masonry surface. The minarets taper off with a bulbous dome, embellished by petal-like motifs, and crowned by a brass spire. Though Charminar has a number of features answering to Hindu architectural usage, the minarets themselves are exclusively an Islamic architectural tradition. Unlike Taj Mahal, the fluted minarets of Charminar are built into the main structure. Inside the four-storeyed minarets are spiral stairways of 149 steps leading you to the top, the highest point one can reach, and providing a panoramic view of the sprawling and amorphous city. Each minaret has four arcaded balconies helping the tourist to imbibe the beauty of the city at various levels.

The essence of Islamic architecture rests in the deployment of arches, minarets and domes in a harmonic whole. This is very much true of Charminar, where apart from the main arches on the four sides; above each arch are horizontal arrays of arches. Not only the four balconies of each minaret have arches but also between the fourth balcony and the crowning dome, you can see arches playing merry-go-round. Even as the arches and minarets of Charminar reflect the influence of Islamic architectural schools, the structure as a whole embodies elements of South Indian temple architecture. Again, flanking each arch are four arched and trellised windows one above the other. The four main arches have thus 32 such windows.

But Charminar actually is a galaxy of prominent landmarks in the city’s history. Its neighbourhood is as interesting a site of cultural heritage as Charminar itself. Around this architectural axis are colourful bazaars, bringing to mind the bazaars of ancient Baghdad and Istanbul, selling pearls, bangles, traditional Muslim gear and Mughlai delicacies. Architecturally significant are the Mecca masjid, Jamay masjid, Char Kamaan, and Miya Mishk mosque. The Nizams too had built a complex of palaces close to Charminar and beyond Lad Bazaar. Among them, more well-known are the Chow Mohalla palace (1750), Khilwat Mahal, the Malwala Palace (1845), the Salarjungs’ Dewan Devdi and Purani Haveli (1803).

The Chow Mahalla palace was built by the first Nizam, Salabat Jah, in 1750 and is presumed to be a more refined version of the Shah of Iran’s palace in Teheran. This is now a heritage building, flood-lit in the night. “The main quadrangle (of the palace) has a beautiful garden surrounding a large marble cistern, the fountains and the splashing waters of which in moonlit nights have been compared by a visitor with one of the enchanting gardens described in the Arabian nights. To the north of the cistern is the grand Durbar Hall, where the Nizams used to hold state receptions and receive official nobles.”

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Karimnagar
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The name Karimnagar is derived from Syed Karimuddin, a Quiladar. It is known for Vedic learning from ancient times. Karimnagar is located at a distance of 165 Km from Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It is rich in Natural Resources. The river Godavari adds to the beauty of this place. Many large scale companies like NTPC, Kesoram Cements, Ramagundam-singareni collieries etc. are located in and around Karimnagar. Holy places like Vemulawada, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, KondaGattu etc. are present in Karimnagar district. The locals specialise in Silver Filigree, a delicate form of metal work. Shivaram wildlife sanctuary is located at 80km from here. It harbours Marsh Crocodiles of river Godavari, Panthers, Sloth Bears, Black Buck, Cheetal, Python and Langoor. It is a 137sq. km riverine forest mixed with teak and terminalia.

Kaleshwaram Travel Information

This pictureque spot, surrounded by thick forests is located 130 Kms from Karimnagar, 32 Kms from Manthani and lies on the confluence of the River Pranahitha and the River Godavari.

The ancient temple dedicated to Mukteshwara swamy is of special significance as two Shivalinga's are found on a single pedestal. Besides several temples situated here the one dedicated to Brahma is rather uncommon.

Vemulawada - Rajarajeshawara Temple

Located 38 kms from Karimnagar, at Vemulawada is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Rajarajeshwara swamy which draws pilgrims from far. Built by Chaluka Kings between the 750 A.D. & 975 A.D., the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Sri Rama, Lakshmana,Raja Rajeshwari Devi, Ganapathy,Nagareshwara Swamy,Pochamma,Ayyappa,Sai Baba and Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Another interesting temple is dedicated to Lord Bhimeshwara.

There are a number of open galleries in the complex that are worth seeing; especially the Mirror gallery (Addala Mantapa) and a corridor with a number of Shiva idols that is Koti Lingalu. The tank at the temple, called Dhrama Gundam, by itself is a place of tourist interest since its believed that the water has curative properties. Pilgrims first bathe in this tank & then proceed for darshan.Inside the temple one Kashivishwanatha Swamy temple located.In that Temple one Lady statue is placed with rock,on her head one hole is their if we pour water in that hole that water comes through her hands and those water pour on shiva their located this is also one special.

Interestingly there is a Muslim Dargah inside the temple complex where all devotees irrespective of caste or creed offer prayers.

Kondagattu - Lord Anjaneya Temple

About 35Kms from Karimnagar is this breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy. Situated amidst hills, valleys & water springs Kondagattu is blessed by nature and very scenic. According to the folklore, the temple was constructed by a cowherd some 300 years ago. The present day temple has been built 160 years ago by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. It is believed that if a women offers puja for 40 days at this temple then she will be blessed with a child.

Apart from the temple, the fort of Kondalaraya & Bojjapotana caves are worth seeing at Kondagattu.

Yagna Varaha swamy temple

This is a very famous temple in the district of Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. The presiding diety of this kshetram is Lord Yagna Varaha swamy (third incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu). There are very few temples in India dedicated to Varaha swamy and this is one such rare temple. The other famous Varaha swamy temples are located in Tirumala, Simhachalam, Sri Mushnam.

There are other sannidhis in the temple namely Ratna Garbha Ganapathi,Sri Rama Sathya Narayana swamy, Anantha Nagendra, Navagrahas, Vaagvaadini Maha Saraswathi, Vasudha Lakshmi (Bhudevi), Vara Durga and Anjaneya swamy.

The temple is maintained by Sarvavaidika Samsthanam (SVS). Sarvavaidika Samsthanam conducted many Yagnas and krathus in this kshetram namely Rakshognesti, Srimath Ramayana Mahakrathuvu, Ashotara kundaathmaka Maha Lakshmi Yagam, Koti Kumkumarchana to name a few. The temple was consecrated in the year 1986 and recently celebrated its Mahasamprokshana (Maha Kumbhabhishekam) in the year 2009. The temple conducts many rituals round the year like Brahmotsavam, Pavitrotsavam, Varaha Jayanthi, Vara Lakshmi vratham, Sathya Narayana Vrathams, Ganesh Navaratri, Devi Navaratri etc in a grand manner. The rituals are done as per Vaikhanasa Agama. Please visit www.svskarimnagar.org for regular updates on temple activities. Do visit the temple and seek the choicest blessings of Lord Varaha swamy. To know more about temple please contact temple Incharge   at svskarimnagar@gmail.com

Elgandal - Khilla & Dho Minar

Located 15 Kms from Karimnagar town, Elgandal was the the District capital under sthe Nizams (till abt 1948). 

The Elgandal Khilla is is about 25 sq. Km. and at a height apporximately equal to Hyderabad Golkonda Killa. The has facilities like Raja Mandir, Fight room, Store Room, many Phirangi places, Well, Bathing room as well as LaxmiNarasimha temple.

DoMinar built by by Muslim kings (Nizams), has two tall pilars and the hight of the pillars is approximately equal to that of Hyderabad Charminar.

 

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Khammam
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Khammam is a town with many old buildings, some as old as 1000 years. The Qila (fort) is in the centre of the town. It was constructed during 10th Century and has been the center of administration up to 18th Century. There is one lake called 'Lakaram Cheruvu'.

There are old temples built during 16th century. The "Narasimha Swamy" temple on a small hillock and the "Gunti Malleswara Swamy" temple are two important places. Lord "Anjaneya" is also a largely worshipped having 8 temples in the town.

Tourist Places in Khammam include Munneru River Side, Guntu Mallanna Temple, Quila of Khammam, Narasimha Swamy Temple, Lakaram Cheruvu Resorts and Krishna Mandir.

The present name of Khammam is said to have been derived from the name of the temple "Narsimhadri", later "Stamba Sikhari" and then it was termed as "Stambadhri". The vertical rock under the temple is known as "Kamba". The name of the town Khammam seems to have been derived from the name of this hill of Kamba and the district is named as Khammam.

You can reach Khammam by bus from Hyderabad (State Capital, 200 km) or by rail From Vijayawada, Hyderabad or Warangal.

Kurnool
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Kurnool, situated on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra and Handri rivers, has been the capital of Andhra Pradesh for three years from 1953 until 1956. It is said that the Odders who were carting stones for the construction of the temple Alampur used the site as a halting place before crossing the Tungabhadra. They bought oil here to grease their cartwheels and called it 'Kandanavolu', which became Kurnool with time. The most well known even of the city is the car festival of Sri Ajaneyaswami, which is celebrated for eight days from Margasira Suddha Triodasi, which usually falls during November-December, is one of the most important festivals and is also well-attended.

The highlights of the city are the historical ruins of a royal fort belonging to the times of the medieval kingdom of Vijayanagar from 14th to the 16th century. It houses several Persian and Arabic inscriptions throwing light on various aspects of historical interests noted here. The Kondareddy fort protected under the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, the early-17th century tomb of Abdul Wahab on the banks of River Handri, the remains of the palace of Gopal Raju, the last Hindu rulers of Kurnool and the temples of Nagareswarasawami, Peta Anjaneyaswami, Venugoplaswami, Iswaraswami, Saibab and Birla Mandir or Stayanarayaswami, are the place that one should not miss while at Kurnool.

Kurnool is on the NH7 and it's 220km from Hyd and 350km from Bangalore. The city was the capital of Andhra Pradesh before Hyd and survived beside Thungabadra river. There are many touristic spots and restaurants.

Kurnool Tourism attractions:

Adoni:
The fort belonging to the Vijayanagar Empire is now in ruins. Standing atop the five rocky-granite hills, it houses Jama Masjid, a classic example of Islamic architecture.

Madhavaram:
The village sports an ancient gateway, very much alike the Gateway of India of Mumbai.

Ahobilam:
The Prahlada Varada Laxminarasimha Temple in its lower parts and Nava Narasimha shrine, situated atop a plateau at 2,800 ft above sea level are the highlights of the place.

Sangameswaram:
Situated at the confluence of Bhavanasi and Krishna Rivers, it is also known as Sapta Nandi Sangam. The temple here sports a wooden Lingam.

Thimmapuram:
The shrine of Mahanandiswara and the surrounding temples is known for their architectural beauty and panoramic location. The annual temple festival is in February-March.

It is surrounded by Alampur (jogulamba Devi), Srisailam, Matralayam, Mahanandi, Yaganti, and Ahobilam. Kurnool got all facilities and well connected to all places

How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Hyderabad, 219 km from Kurnool.
By Train: Well connected to all the stations from Secunderabad to Bangalore.
By Road: Well connected by bus services to and from Cuddapah, Anantapur, Chittoor and Hyderabad.

To stay there are very fine hotels and also u will get fine food at less cost.

(Information updated by Shravan Kumar T)

 

 

Medak
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Medak, a historic town originally called Siddapur, reached its pinnacle during the kakatiya reign. Medak has a citadel dating back to the Kakatiyas. It was built during the reign of Kakatiya emperor Prataparudra. Strategically built on a hillock, it was called the Methukudurgam (and Methukuseema), from the Telugu word Methuku - meaning cooked rich grain. The main entrance proudly displays the double-headed bird "Gandabherundam" of the Kakatiyas. The Medak fort stands as an epitome of architectural excellence of the Kakatiya Empire. The water to the fort was served through a pipeline from a well inside the fort. It has three main entrances, the "Prathama Dwaram", the "Simha Dwaram" or Lions Entrance that has two snarling lions at the top of the entrance and the "Gaja Dwaram" or Elephant's Entrance that has a sculpture of two elephants interlocked on both sides of the entrance. At the fort one can see a 17th century cannon that is 3.2 metres long. The cannon has a trident etched on it. This fortress uses the natural topography to the maximum advantage with the rocky face offering it natural defences.
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Nalgonda
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Nalgonda is in the heart of Andhra Pradesh. 

The name Nalagonda means  Nalla(Black) + Konda (Hill). This city is hill locked between two  hills KaapuRaala Gutta and Lateef Shahi Gutta. Gutta in Telugu means hill. Nalgonda is also referred as Nilgiri sometimes.

Places to visit:
1. Panagal: 3KMs from town center. Panagal has temples belonging to the Kakatiya and Krishnadevaraya eras. Panagal lake is another attraction.
2. Kapuralagutta: You can hike it in winter and reach the fort on top of the hill.
3. Latifsahib gutta is famous for the Urs or jaatara.
4. The new municipal park on Miryalaguda road is the latest addition to the towns parks. Boating is an added attraction here.

 

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Nellore City is situated on the south bank of Pennar River. It lies in the southern part of the Andhra Pradesh State. It is at a distance of 175-km from Chennai and is the headquarters of the district. Flamingo Festival is celebrated in this district's famous bird sanctuary at Nelapattu. Nellore people love Nellore for many reasons, one of them being culture and nature of people. There are many places of historical importance, the Ranganayakula Temple on the bank of the river Penna, the udayagiri fort, the Narasimha Konda, Penchala kona, venkatagiri fort, Mypadu beach, the Krishnapatnam port etc.

Nellore is an important market center for products such as cotton and oilseed. A major railway and a national highway serve the city. The nearest international airport is about 170 km (about 100 miles) south in Chennai. Nellore once known as Vikramasimhapuri has a prominent place in the history of India. Culturally, Nellore city stands unique among the other towns of Andhra Pradesh as it is the place where the greatest of the Telugu poets, Tikkana Somayaji, translated the Mahabharata into Telugu, lived. Even the first Poetess Molla was born in this place. World famous Lord Talpagiri Ranganathaswami has chosen this Nellore and He lives in the temple near the river Penna.

Nellore is the District Head Quarters. Nellore city these days extended itself enormously. Its proximity to the sea as well as its central location in this agricultural heartland has helped Nellore to grow as a city, while still maintaining its importance on the tourist circuit. Nellore offers the visitor a plethora of temples to visit as well as a pristine beach nearby. Nellore is world famous for rice and aqua (prawn and fish) culture.

Every October and November rains come and destroy the coastal part of District but every time politicians and bureaucrats make money but do never try to avert the devastation. They boost up losses and and show exorbitant account of relief-expenditure. It is pity

Nellore is also famous for 'Rice'. the name Nellore means ' Rice city'.

The traffic here is absolutely chaotic, which wont surprise most Indians; but this city is absolutely chaotic!!!! Your vehicle is almost all the time at threat from some suicidal auto driver, who for no reason will try to ram into your car.

Recently Nellore has become a Corporation. The roads are being widened from the last few months. It is also developing along all directions to accommodate the increasing population. 

Nellore is famous for colleges. Theaters are wonderful here, not the tiny ones you see in other sities, but huge, comfortable ones where you can enjoy the movie at ease.

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Besides being famous for its fine Cashew Nuts, this small town is home to a treasure of telugu literature. If your search for a telugu book has been unsuccessful so far, chances are that you will find it in Vetapalem Saraswata Niketanam. And, thats no exaggaration. Inspite of its wealth of telugu literary collection, and over 80 years of collossal service to the telugu cause, it remains largely undiscovered even among litterati. One still hears questions like, Where is this Vetapalem ? Vetapalem is in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh in India on Tenali-Madras railway line, close to the eastern sea coast. A few trains stop in Vetapalem. It takes half an hour to reach Vetapalem by a city bus from Chirala. Interesting thing about this library is that since its founding in the pre-independence era in 1918, it has remained a private, family-maintained library. A rare institution of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and perhaps in India. It is one of the foremost research oriented libraries of Andhra Pradesh. This library founded by Late V.V.Shreshti in 1918 had the rare privilege and good fortune of its foundation stone being laid by The Father of the Nation MAHATMA GANDHI in 1929. In 1935, Babu Rajendra Prasad visited the Library and blessed it. The buildings were opened by Seth Jamnalal Bajaj and Shri Tanguturi Prakasam. It has been the fountain of inspiration to the youth during the freedom struggle. Successive Chief Ministers and great scholars visited the library and paid encomia. Today, the Library has a huge collection of books, newspapers (some dating back to 1909), periodicals - some 70,000 volumes on its racks - most of them, rare items. Research scholars from India and abroad (USA, Japan, Australia) stayed here and utilized the library resources in their research projects. The library has played an active role in the lives of people around. It has been th ecenter of many movements in education and social welfare. The library is open to all and the staff is friendly. As with any library, it has growing pains. The library grew from a small one storey building to the current two storeys. The papers keep coming every day and so do the new books. Cataloguing them, arranging them, retrieving them needs a lot of additional help. The library also needs help in preserving the age-old paper material from disintegrating. The library has plans to revamp to gear upto the magnitude of the challenge.
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Rangareddy
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Rangareddy District is the district that contains the cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, two of the main cities of Andhra Pradesh.
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Srikakulam is one of the important districts of Andhra Pradesh bordering Orissa on one side and Bay of Bengal on other side. Srikakulam is a classical tourist destination having Buddhist locations at Salihundam and Danthapuram, Pilgrim Centers like Srikurmam, Srimukhalingam, Arasavalli, Ravivalasa etc besides beach locations like Barua and Kalingapatnam. Srikakulam is part of Kalinga Dynasty having rich historical background. People from Eastern states of India like Orissa, West Bengal may love to visit these places.

Srikakulam is situated in north of AP. In the olden days some part of this district were ruled by Chedidianasti kings, Satavahana kings and Golkonda novabs. Srikakulam district was formed on August 15th, 1950. Srikakulam is also known to many as Uttarandhra and Kalingandhra. Srikakulam, the northernmost district in the Andhra Pradesh, was a part of Vishakapatnam District till it was bifurcated in 1950. Srikakulam town, the headquarters of the district, is located on the east bank of the River Nagavali. 

The district is long 192kms. This is higher than the other districts. Cold climate also is more when compared to other districts. Summer is from February to June middle. Then southwest monsoon enters and continues till the middle of October. The weather is pleasant from December to February.

Places of Interest:

Srikakulam:

Srikurmam is the only temple in the world where Lord Vishnu is in the form of Tortoise. This magnificent temple of Lord Vishnu is situated at Srikurmam which lies 15 Kms from Srikakulam. It is famed for architectural beauty and the peace of mind it provides. It contains over 200 pillars and many inscriptions in Devenagri script dating from the 11th to the 19th century A.D. It has a huge five storied Gopuram built in typical South Indian style of architecture. The wall paintings resemble those at the Ajantha Caves. Interestingly inside the complex is a small temple wherein the foot prints of Chaitaina of Bengal are worshipped.

Arasavalli:

Arasavalli temple is the only Sun Temple where the Sun God is worshipped. It is 3.5 Km from Srikakulam.The temple dates back to the 7th century and a Kalinga king is said to have constructed it. The image of worship is a 5 ft tall one of black granite holding lotus buds flnked by Usha and Chhaya. Padmapani is the name of this Sun God - padma stands for wisdom usha and chhaya stand for eternity. People believe that eye and skin diseases are cured through Surya Namaskaras and 42 days worship in the temple. Many people throng to this temple for various Poojas. This temple is known for health and wealth. Situated 2 Kms from

Srikakulam, this village is the site of the noted Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple dedicated to the Sun God. Constructed by the Ganga Kings around the 7th Century A.D., this remarkable temple is built in such a way that the early morning sun’s rays fall on the feet of the deity twice a year, in March(9,10,11) and October, even when the 5 main entrance gates are closed. The idol depicts Lord Surya standing on the chariot holding a lotus in each of the raised hands. The head is crowned by fully spread hood of Adisesha serpent. The other temples in the complex include the Shiva Temple, Vinayaka Swamy Temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple, Kala Bhairava Temple, Subrahmanya Swamy temple and Durga Mahalakshmi temple.   

Srikurmam:

It is 15kms from Srikakulam. It is in the Gara mandalam on northeast. The only one temple of Srikurmanatha temple in the country is here. The sculpture of the temple is wonderful. The Vishnu temple here is architecturally unique. Here the rock edicts of 11A.D. are available. Sri Simhachala Devastanam adopted this temple for improvement.

Salihundam:

This village shot into prominence because excavations revealed the existence of an ancient Buddhist settlement. Situated 18 Kms from Srikakulam on the banks of the river Vamsadhara, a maha stupa, votive stupas, chaityas, platforms and viharas have been unearthed here with inscriptions dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The main stupa on a hilltop measures 46 feet in diameter while the maha vihara salipethaka has an entrance in the shape of Swastika. Significantly, this was the place from where the message of Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other Eastern countries.

Korni :

Korni is located 20 kms far from Srikakulam. Konnamma Temple is located at Korni village.The festival of Dasara for Konnamma is celebrated here every year and special pujas are performed. A large number of pilgrims attend the colourful celebrations.This village is famous for Pauranika Drama's and consists no of stage artists.The main occupation for 90% of the people here is agriculture. It has mallikarjuna temple and Hanuman temple modified/constructed recently.

Kalingapatnam Beach:

Kalingapatnam Beach is situated 30 Kms from Srikakulam. This scenic spot was an ancient seaport and European merchants resided here during the regime of the East India Company. Places of interest include a light house and a Buddhist Stupa.

Tekkali :

This town is located 50 kms far from Srikakulam towards North direction. This is central point to reach Ravivalasa and Telinilapuram(Pelicon birds). Late Dr. N.T.Rama Rao, The Great Actor and Ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh got elected from Tekkali Legislative constituency once.

Srimukhalingam:

Sitting on the banks of the river Vamsadhara, 48 Kms from Srikakulam, this is the site of the ornate Lord Srimukhalingeswara (Shiva) temple. Built in the 9th century by the Eastern Ganga Kings, it boasts of supremely elegant and precise sculptures along with the remarkable symmetry in the ground plan as well as the elevation. It is considered to be amongst the finest examples of Kalinga style of architecture. Legend has it that a dip in the river and a visit to the shrine relieves one from the cycle of rebirth.

Telineelapuram:

Telineelapuram and Telukunchi are well known bird sanctuaries. Telineelapuram is located 65 Kms from Srikakulam and 7 Kms from Tekkali while Telukunchi is at a distance of 115 Kms from Srikakulam in Ichchapuram mandal. Painted storks and pelicans from Siberia migrate to these sanctuaries every year to nest and breed. Naturally, the place is a favorite of avid bird watchers.

Ravi Valasa:

It is about 5kms from Tekkali. Sri Endala Mallikarjuna Swamy is the deity. On Maha Sivaratri and Kartika Mondays large gathering devotees worship this deity.

Sangam:

It is 56kms from Srikakulam. Nagavali, Swarnam Mukhi and Vegavati confluence takes place here. So it is called Sangam. One of the five lingas Sangameswara is here. On Maha Sivaratri thousands of devotees through here.

Mandasa:

It is 26kms from Sompet and at foot points of Mahendragiri. Mahendra giri is the highest mountain range in South India. Mahasivaratri is celebrated with fanfare here. Here is the temple of Varaha Swamy.

Pondur:

It is 21kms from Srikakulam. It is famous for fine Khadi. With eye extracting designs they are women on hand spun spindles.

Rajam:

It is 40kms away from Srikakulam. The king of Bobbili Tandrapapa Rayudu at one time stage here. This place is linked with name of the valiant.

Palasa:

Located towards the north of the district - close to Orissa. In the entire sub-continent, Palasa is famous for Cashew Nuts. (Yammy.....)

Baruva:

It is 109Km from Srikakulam. Baruva, a fishing and coastal port, is set amidst lush coconut groves and paddy fields. The famous temples are of Sri Kotilingeswara Swamy and Janardanaswamy.

Kaviti:

It is 13kms from Ichapuram and Sompet. The coastal belt around Kaviti has extensive plantations of coconut, cashew and jack. The area is delightfully scenic. Here are the deities of Chintamani Ammavaru and Sri Sita Rama Swamy.

This district area is about 5837 km and having population 23,21,000. There is ONE Parliament Constituency and 12 assembly constituencies namely, Palakonda, Vunukuru, Patapatnam, Etcherla, Kothuru ,Ichapuram, Sompeta, Tekkali, Harischandrapuram, Narasannapeta, Amudalavalasa, Srikakulam. There are three revenue divisions in Srikakualm, namely Srikakulam, Tekkali and Palakonda

How to travel?

Air:

The nearest airport is at Vishakhapatnam 106-km away.

Rail:

is an important railway junction on the Howrah-Chennai broad-gauge line, and is well connected by rail with all the important places in the State.

Road:

It is well connected by road with all the important places in the State.

Where to stay?

More than 15 hotels are available at Srikakulam of which Nagavali, Satya and Balaji are good hotels

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Vijayanagaram
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It was ruled by gajapathi kings. The dynasty started with Vijayramagajapathy, Anandagajapathy , Alaknarayanagajapathy etc. The present prince is Ashokagajapathy Raju. This city is known to be the city of Education where the renowned personalities like Dr.V.V.Giri former President of India. Gen.K.V.Krishnan Rao. Indian hercules mr.Kodi Rama Murthy are the products of Maharaja college vijayanagaram.govt. m.r.music college has produced dr.ghantasala,p.suseela the legends of singing in telugu film industry. It was given a separate prominance and made as a district in late 70's.
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Warangal
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Warangal is the most important historic city in the Telangana region. It was the capital of the Kakatiya rulers  who practised Veera Shaivam which led to the constrcution of some magnificient Shiva temples in the area.The temples at Ramappa and Hanamkonda stand as testament to the artistic and architectural finery of the times. The remains of the fort they built suggest the erstwhile glory of the town.

In recent times, Warangal became an important city in terms of trade and commerce. An important producer or fine rice, red chillies and cotton, Warangal boasts of one of the largest food grain markets in Asia.

Warangal and Hanamkonda as legend goes is linked with the dynasties of  Great "Vishnukundins" and even prior to it also of the Buddhist and pre_Buddhist periods of indian History.During Eighth Century A.D. , Warangal with an old name "Orukal" has served as Capital City of Yadava king of the Kakatiyas or Ganapatis making Warangal as Capital City.The name of Warangal "Orugallu" is said to be correct form of Orukal which is the original designation ,the old town.The words the middle of the Warangal fort.The Kakatiya line seems to have been in existance even earlier to the middle of 7th Century A.D.because the famous Chines Piligrim Hieun-Tsang,mentions the nameof the Kingdom of "Danakakitya" in the South.The family name Kakatiya is derived from the local appellation of the Goddess Durga(Kakati). After the fall of Bahamani Kingdom,Warangal fell to the "Qutab Shahis" of Golkonda and thereafter it has came under the sway of Nizam's dominitions. Thus the city of Warangal has developed both under the political and historical influences of successive great kings.The Historical events and development occured in Warangal City.


These are :- 1. Kakatiya  Stage               1000  -  1323
2. Transmission  Stage     1422  -  1725
3. Asifijahi  Stage                1725  -  1948
4. Modern  Stage                 1948 -   On Wards.


WARANGAL DISTRICT TOURISM

Warangal, once the capital of the Kakatiya Kingdom, is the fifth largest city of Andhra Pradesh. Warangal's History, with beautiful lakes, fine temples, rich fauna & flora have contributed to its importance as a Tourist Centre. The ancient name of Warangal was known to be Oruguallu or Omtikonda on account of huge boulder like hillock situated near the swayambhu Siva Temple and is also called "EKASILANAGARAM". In course of time, it was called as "Orugallu", and finally known as Warangal.

Warangal the ancient Kakatiya Kingdom has everything to satisfy the thirst of tourist all over the world. It has beautiful Lakes , Forts, Architectural Monuments, Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden , Rock Garden, Vana Vigyana Kendra, Regional Science Centre , a fine blend of new and old. The Capital of Kakatiyas is just 150 KM from Hyderabad , the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS & TEMPLES

Thousand Pillars Temple 12th Century Ramappa Temple 12th Century Warangal Fort Ghanpur Group of Temples.

WATER BODIES

Ramappa Lake Pakhal Lake Lakhnavaram Lake

RECENT ATTRACTIONS

Musical Garden Rock Garden Regional Science Centre Van Vigyan Kendra
Etunagaram Wild Life Senctuary

NEW AMBITIOUS PROJECT


A Ropeway from top of the hillocks of Regional Science center is planned to hillock of Bhadrakali Temple. This will be a unique attraction for Tourists from the region and from Sothern Plateau and Central India. Warangal is having a grand Yatri Niwas for tourists and is under renovation. The work will complete within a short period of time. District Tourism is also planning regular Shuttle services by road from Hyderabad to Warangal and then Circuit routes from Warangal to Water Bodies, Group of Temples , Garderns, Fort, Science Center and back. Connecting transport will also be provided on rail routes.


The brief importance of some temples is furnished here under.

1.SRI BHADRAKALI DEVASTHANAM, WARANGAL TOWN.

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, the Giant moyher Goddess, with fierce looking eyes and face. The Diety is believed to be worshipped bt the Historic ruler pulakesin-II of Chalukya Dynasty in the year 625 A.D. after his win over the 'Vengi' region of Andhra Desha. The minister of Kakatiya Ganapathy Deva namely 'Hari' has constructed the tank and road to the temple. Every tourist to Warangal will certainly make a visit to this historical temple to have the blessings of the Mother Goddess.


2.SRI MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, KOMURAVELLI.


This temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Mallikarjuna swamy a fierce looking diety along with Kethamma and Medalamma on the both sides of the main diety. The temple is located in a cave on a small hillock at a distance of 110 Kms from warangal. Lakhs of piligrims congregate on the eve of Makara Sankranthi as Brahmotsavam starts. The clay moulded diety of Lord Mallikarjuna swamy is believed to be made 500 years ago. The temple is renovated and mandapamas and choultries etc., are constructed by Endowments Department. The 'pedda patnam' celebrated on Maha Sivaratri day attract pilgrims in lakhs. It is located at a distance of 85 kms from the state capital on Karimnagar - Hyderabad - Highway (Rajiv Rahadari).

3.SRI MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, AYINAVOLU.

This temple is believed to be built prior to Kakatiyas around 700 A.D. and developed by Kakatiya rulers. The Unique Keerthi Toranams of Kakatiya style can be seen on the east and southern side of the temple. The presiding diety is Lord Mallikarjuna swamy with fierce looking eyes and sword versel of bood, Dharmarukm and Shulam in his four hands. This temple is located at a distance of 12 kms from warangal city on Warangal Khammam Road. The rock engraved temple with spacious prakaram is a famous tourists spot.

4.SRI SAMMAKKA SARALAMMA JATHRA, MEDARAM.

It is famous tribal Jathra in the midst of dense forest. Lakhs of pilgrims pour into this spot biennially to have the blessings of mother Goddesses Sri Sammakka and Saralamma who have attained 'Martydom' at this sacred place in the battle held with the forces of Kakatiyas ruler Prathaparudra. Since then the Jathra is being celebrated biennially. The Government of Andhra Pradesh declared this holy jathra as State Festival.

5.SRI VEERA BHADRA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, KURAVI.

This temple is believed to be constructed by the famous ruler 'Bheema Raju' of Vengi Chalukya Dynasty and renovated by the Kakatiya ruler 'Betharaju-I. The reference of this temple has also made by the famous traveller 'Marko-Poli' as it stood as the capital of Vengi Chalukya Dynasty. The presiding diety is Lord Veerabhadra swamy is fierce looking Diety with three eyes and ten hands. The annual jathra Brahmotsavams will be celebrated during the mahasivarathri Festival.

6.SRI SWAYAMBU TEMPLE, FORT WARANGAL.

It is a historic temple in which Lord Swayambhu was worshipped by the famous Kakatiya Ruler 'Prataparudra' every day during his life time. The presiding Diety is Lord Siva called as swayambhu (Lieterally means self incarnated God). The temple is very adjacent to the ruins of Kakatiya Capital at Fort Warangal. There will be flow of pilgrims, tourists during all seasons from all over India and abroad to witness the ruins of Kakatiya Dynasty.

7.SRI RUDRESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE, HANAMKONDA.

The temple decorated with one thousand pillers temple, and popularity known as Thousand pillars temple. The Kakatiya ruler 'Rudra Deva' built this historic monument in the year 1163 A.D. and named after him as 'Sri Rudreswara swamy temple 'Trikootalaya", The presiding diety is Rudreswara. The remaining two "Sanctum sanctorums" are dedicated to 'Lord Durya' and 'Lord Vishnu'. The gains 'Nandi' as in Lepakshi in front of the temple is unique in sculptural beauty. It is under control and maintenance of the Archaeological Department.


8.RAMAPPA TEMPLE, PALAMPET

The temple is built in the year 1213 A.D. by 'Recherla Rudraiah'. This historical temple attracts tourist from India and abroad as it is known for its architectural and sculptural beauty. The sculptures were encraved according to the postures mentioned by Jayapa Senani in his famous work 'Nruthya Ratnavali'. The postures pertaining to Bharata Natya, Shrunga, Bharunga, Rathi, Perini Nritya etc., are encraved on the pillars and top-beams of 'Mukha Mandapam', The mythological episodes such as 'Gopika Vastrapaharanam, Tripura samharm, Daksha Samharam, Ksheera Sagara Madhanam, Girija Kalyanam etc., stand for the highest standards of Kakatiya Sculpture. The 'Nagini' and other eleven devanarthakis are arranged as supporting beams on both sides of each entrance. The aesthetic sense which scaledinnumerable heights in Kakatiya sculpture is clearly evident in these twelve postures of deva narthakis. The Mudras and Bhangimas have highly inspired the dance master Dr.Natraja Ramakrishna in giving shape to the historical classical dance 'Perini Siva Thandavam'. The Ramappa lake adjacent to the temple covering natural plant and zoo fauna will certainly become a feast to the eyes of every tourist.

9.SRI SOMESWARA LAXMINASASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE, PALAKURTHY.

It is located at a distance of 50 Kms from Warangal on a hillock in the out skirts of Palakurthy Mandal head quarters. It is also the birth place of famous poet palakurthy Somanadha Kavi of 12 the century. His samadhi can be seen here. This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and Vishnu who incarnated in two adjacent caves at a height of 120 meters on the hillock. The 'Pradakshina Path' encircling the two caves is quite natural. There is a dillapidated 'Surya' Temple and Koneru can also be witnessed at this place. This place once flourished which the adherents of 'Veera Saiva' sect of Hiduism has lost prominence in cource of time presently it is a famous pilgrimage centre in warangal district. Pilgrims mostly from Karnataka and Maharashtra. Mainly the Veera Saivas will certainly make a visit once in year to have the blessings of presiding deities and Somanadhakan.

10. BOMMERA POTHANNA BIRTH PLACE

It is located at a distance of 50 Kms from Warangal , just 3 Kms away from PALAKURTHY, This is the place where the great natural poet Sri Bammera Pothanna.

Still his place has been protected and made as a tourist place, and inside this there is a temple, which Pothanna used to pray god.

11.SRI RAMACHANDRA SWAMY TEMLE, JEEDICAL.

It is located at distance of 10 kms from Jangoan. The temple is an ancient one and believed that, Lord Sri Rama visited this temple on his way to 'Lanka' (Sri Lanka) after separation from Sita Devi. People also believe that, Rama has killed the 'Maricha' who was in the guise of 'Maya Ledi' or the Magis deer. A boulder namely 'Ledi Banda' can be seen here. "Jeedigundam" and "Palagundam" are the two pushkarinis for the holy dip of the pilgrims.

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West Godavari
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West Godavari is a regional center in Andhra Pradesh.

Area  Sq.km.                 7742.00 

Population  In Thousands    3796.14

Male  In Thousands            1906.10

Female  In Thousands         1890.04 

Urban  In Thousands             747.45 

Rural  In Thousands            3048.68 

Population Growth (decadal)  %  +7.98

Population Density (Person/Sq.Km)  Ratio   490

Literacy  %      73.95

Male  %           78.43

Female  %        69.45

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This is in fact a neighborhood within Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh state. It is close to the pretty Hussain Sagar (Tank Bund) lake. This place holds national records for the size of Lord Ganesh's idol installed here. This idol is a little above 40 feet. 

Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah was a benevolent ruler of this state in the late 16th c. and his favorite daughter Khairatunnissa begum once fell ill. None of the royal doctors could cure her, but a young Sufi saint Sheikh Hussain wali did. The grateful king promised Hussain any reward and he asked for Khairatunnissa's hand. Khairatabad was the estate given with her at her marriage and is named after her. Sheikh Hussain had a huge tank dug in the estate to provide water for local farmers and this is named after him - Hussain Sagar, now one of the major attractions in Hyderabad with numerous activities. There is also a beautiful 16th c. mosque to see.

Visakhapatnam
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Secluded Beaches and the vast blue sea, Tranquil Hill tops, green-capped hills, Picturesque Valleys, dense jungles and crystal clear cascades, million-year-old caves, a famous hill temple dating back to the 11th century, ancient Buddhist sites, the only submarine museum of the subcontinent, lush green parks, and charming climate - Vizag has everything to make a perfect holiday.

Beaches Of Vizag(Visakhapatnam)
There are Many Beaches that are suited for venturing into sea. Like Rushi Konda, Bhimili, RK Beach Etc However Becareful for some dangerous Beaches Like YMCA Beach, VUDA PArk Beach, Tenneti Parak Beach Etc where the Profile of the Beach wont suite Venturing into the Water. For the adventurous who want to enjoy the rush of Adrenaline Rushikonda Beach has got some of the activities like Para Sailing etc.

Bhimili (Once Dutch Settlement)  
A small town on the coast line that holds its reputation for indias first municipality. There are many buddhist settlemets of yestee years like totla konda, bavi konda etc. Visakhapatnam also have other   tourist attractions   like, some of the most beautiful beaches of India, Kailashgiri, and some exotic parks by the side of the beach, of course friendly people.There is lot to shop in viskhapatnam, like toys of Etikoppaka, tribla arts in Araku creations of Sea shells etc. Vizag doesn't have many good eating places but have some good places ,try eating some specialties like Biryani in Kamat, Tiffins in Sai Ram Parlour, South indian food is good  at the most of the places.  

Musuems
Vizag Have got Couple of Museums and Famous though is Kurusura Submarine Museum which is a Submarine Converted into Museum. Vizag have other museums like Visakha Museum Which showcases the best artifact collection of Vizag. You also can see the relics recovered form some the excavation done in and around vizag. The other Museum is in Araku 110 Km From Vizag on the Hill Station Tribal Museum showcases the lifestyle f tribal of Eastern Ghats.

Parks
Vizag have Number of Parks watch have its own distinctive charm. Some sitting beside the beach and some Overlooking The Beach from Top and etcetera. The Parks in Vizag offer that needed relaxation and are full of various fun filled activities. Kailshgiri Park, Tenneti Paark, VUDA Park, Gokul Park, Sivaji Park Are Some of the Parks

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These limestone caves were formed as a result of the action of the Gosthani river. Due to the pressure exerted by the river water on the mineral deposits, the lime stones dissolved and gradually solidify to form the irregularly shaped stalagmites are formed.

Araku Valley
Hill Station that is home to aboriginal tribes. The Best Part is the Journey to this Place by Train which passes through number of Valleys and Tunnels.

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A famous pilgrim shrine, the abode of Lord Rama, situated at the bank of holy river Godavari. A divisional head quarters and also a border place to Chattishghar and  Orissa states.  This piligrim town is having Rail and Road facilities, 120 Kms to district head quarters,Khammam.  And 325 Kms from the state head quarters, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh in South India).  Nearest Railway station is at Kothagudem (Bhadrachalam - Road station ),  40 Kms from this piligrim town, and nearest Air link is at Rajahmundry (Domestic), Hyderabad Begumpet (International Airport )..

It is fascinating to look at India and its small towns, which combine the age-old traditions of India and also the modern manufacturing and way of life into the landscape.  One such town is Bhadrachalam is located in Khammam District, Andhra Pradesh at a distance of over 300 KM slightly northeast of Hyderabad.  A famous pilgrimage shrine, the abode of Lord Rama, situated at the bank of holy river Godavari, and also the home of ITC PSPD which is one of the premier paper manufacturers in the world, while retaining the charm of a rural Indian town.  Combining high technology and modern facilities with stable employment, and retaining the religious and holy nature of the age-old practices makes Bhadrachalam a great place to visit.

Today devotes of Lord Rama can still be a part of the services performed from the time of the construction of the temple, and visit the beautiful surroundings of Bhadrachalam.  Also, not forgetting the modern infrastructure built by ITC and the modern techniques and life of the people who work for the paper manufacturer.

Legends

The temple in Bhadrachalam is closely connected with the life of the saint composer Ramadasa who was known as Gopanna. Gopanna was the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam (second half of the 17th century) is said to have utilized money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda.  Lord Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa, and went on to compose several songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.

Bhadrachalam and Vijayanagara are sites said to have been closely associated with the Ramayana.  Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are said to have stayed at Parnasala, 35 km away from Bhadrachalam. Rama is said to have crossed the river Godavari on his way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where the Bhadrachalam temple stands, on the northern bank of the river.  Legend has it that the son of Meru - Bhadra performed penances towards Rama here. Kabirdas, a Muslim by birth is also closely associated with this temple. It is believed that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared when Kabir was refused entry into the temple and that they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted to enter.

Bhadrachalam attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees from all over the world.  This hill place that is encircled by Holy River Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam - The name derived from Bhadragiri (Mountain of Bhadra - a boon child of Meru and Menaka). The history of this shrine stands for the significance of Ramayana Era, the coherent hill place existed in " Dandakaranya " Of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Laxmana had spent their vanavasa - and vicinity of the temple had its incongruous add mixture of another story which depicts the exigency of " Sri Mahavishnu " to manifest himself as Rama and shuffled again to the mortal coil - long after Ramavatara was to fulfill his promise to his Bhakta Bhadra (a mountain king), a sage who had been continuing the frightened penance to get grace of Lord Rama.

Exigency of Incarnation

The history depicts that the need emerged the incarnation of Vykunta Rama was that to fulfill a long desire of his ardent devotee Bhadra. The Saint Bhadra performed penance at the bank of river Godavari in Dandakaranya to get grace of lord Rama and in countenance of his beloved God - The exulted "Rishi" implored Rama to be seated on his head, but Rama who was in search of his consort Sita gave promise to his Bhakta that his desire would be fulfilled on his way back, after finding Sita and accomplishing the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and establish ‘Dharma’. Thus the sage had been in continuation of the frightened penance, as Rama could not accomplish the promise in Ramavatara. Then Sri Mahavishnu manifested himself as Vykunta Rama and rushed to his devotee Bhadra, signaling his arrival by blowing 'Shanku', accompanied by his consort Sita and brother Laxmana, resembling that of 'Gajendra Moksham ' - Thus, the deities of Rama (having four hands) - Shanku on the right, Chakra at his left and Dhanurbhana (Bow and Arrow in the rest two hands), Sita had condescended on the left lap of Rama and brother (at Ram’s left) are existed. And the hill place where the Deities were seated on, was the head place of Bhadra - Achaia (hill), thus this shrine was transformed into Bhadrachalam.

Pokala Dhammakka found the idols of Vykunta Rama, Laxmana and Sita. She was an ardent devotee of Rama lived in 17th century was inhabitant of Bhadrireddypalem, a mile away from this holy place.  One night, she had darshan of Rama in her dream and was told by lord Rama “the saints and sages are worshiping my embodied deity settled on Bhadragiri” and asked her to trace them, perform pooja and attain salvation. On the very next day morning she started searching for the idols - peeped into an anthill and found the idols hidden in it. She poured hundreds of pots of Godavari water on the anthill, which tardily dissolved and gave way to appear the hidden Deities. Since then, she used to perform pooja daily and offer 'nivedyan' with fruits fallen from near palmyra tree and constructed a mandapam with the help of local villagers.

Bhakta Ramadas and construction of temple

Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas in the year 1630 AD constructed Bhadrachalarama temple. He was born to Linganna Murthy and Kamamba in Nelakondapalli village of Khammamett Taluk in 17th century (1630 AD).  As Tasildar he was discharging his official duties earnestly and collecting revenues due to Nawabs in continuation of daily preaches - Chanting of 'Ramanama' and the feeding the poor at his house. Ramadasa who heard the news that the villagers of palvoncha paragana were proceeding to witness Jatara at Bhadrachalam, He too out of curiosity visited Bhadrachalam. He found the deities in an amazing appearance; Ramadas then asked the villagers to contribute liberally for the construction of the temple .The villagers in response appealed him to spend the revenue collections for the construction of the temple with a promise to repay the amount after harvesting the crops. As such Ramadas constructed the temple with an amount of Rs 6 Lakhs collected from the land revenues with out the permission of the Nizam Nawab.

 When temple reached to nearing completion, he had a problem of fixing 'Sudarshana Chakra' at the crest of the main temple. He deeply distressed and fell into sleep. On the same night, Rama in his dream asked him to have a holy dip in river Godavari where he will find that - accordingly. On the next day morning Gopanna did so and found holy Sudarshana Chakra in the river with out much difficulty. He presumed that Sudarshana Chakra itself was shaped up with the divine power of his beloved God Rama. Soon after the construction, his miseries started.  He was dismissed from service for mis-utilisation of revenue for constructing the temple and was kept in jail for 12 long years in Golconda Fort and was tortured. Unable to withstand the miseries, Ramadas implored Rama to relieve him by singing many praising and emotional songs, which got popularized from the stanzas of 'Dasaradhi Sathakam ' and 'Keertanas' of Bhakta Ramadasa.

The Nizam Nawab Tanishah, the then ruler of Nizam's territory became a devotee of Rama who realized the devotion spirit of Ramadas after his imprisonment and took over the charge of temple administration. This resembles the communal harmony amongst the Hindus and Muslims.

The Nizam Nawab, Tanishah realized Ramadas's devotional spirit and dedication towards Rama, when Rama and Laxmana repaid 6 lakhs Mohurs exposing themselves as Ramoji and Laxmoji, the servants of Bhakta Ramadas to get release of their devotee from the imprisonment. Thanisha gave voucher to these divine looking persons who approached him at his house during late night. Then they kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna where he was jailed. Tanishah who woke up on the very next day morning realized that those divine looking persons were none other than Rama and Laxmana and made arrangements to get release of Gopanna and prayed to forgive him by placing all the Gold Mohurs received last night at the feet of Gopanna. But, he refused to take back those mohurs except two as a mark of divine significance, and these two coins can still be seen in Bhadrachalam Temple.

Influenced by the majesty of Lord Rama, Golconda Ruler Tanishah earmarked the income derived from the said Palwoncha paragana which came to Rs 20,000 and odd for the maintenance of the temple which was continued during Nizam's reign and offering Pearls on the occasion of kalyana mahotsavam (Sri Rama Navami) to Deities on an elephant through a specially sent messenger. That procedure of sending pearls to the Deities is still followed by present state Government and continued to offer during Sri Rama Navami Festival.

Tumu Narsimha Dasa, Tahasildar of Palwoncha paragana, along with his associate Varada Ramadasa came here from Guntur and took over charge of Bhadrachalarama temple after Ramadas made inscripted the performance of Nitya Poojas and sevas right from early morning "Suprabhata Seva" till night "Pavalimpu Seva" before closure of the temple as "Silaasaasanaalu" on these two pillars. This inscription gave details of daily dittam and daily rituals also.


Burgampahad
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Burgampahad is a small town in khammam district. It is located 6 kms from Bhadrachalam in Kothagudem Route(NH-221). It is located opposite to Bhdrachalam temple. one really loves the route from Burgampahad to Bhadrachalam this route passes beside Godavari River. and its wonderful to watch river and temple in golden colour during sunrise. Its also an Important political place in district.it's observed that the party which wins in this constituency will win in State. It's also the Mandal Headquarter.
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Kothagudem
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Kothagudem is a small cosmopolitan town in Khammam district . It is better known as coal town of South India, as it heads the Singareni Colleries Company Limited.  Kothagudem and Palvancha are the twin towns endowed with rich forests, industries, landscape. The  railway station is known as  Bhadrachalam Road, as this place reaches you to the place of Ramadasa's  Lord Rama, BHADRACHALAM.   One can reach Kothagudem from Hyderabad by bus or train. Frequent and luxurious bus services are available by both the APSRTC and private operators. The travel time is around 6 hrs. To reach Kothagudem from Vijayawada, it takes 3-4 hrs. In Summers the temperatures crosses 50 Centrigrade Celsius.
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Nelakondapalli
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 Nelakondapalli is known for its historic glory. At a distance of one mile from Nelakondapalli, the Mandal Headquarters, there are certain archaeological glimpses known as Virataraju dibba and Keechaka Gundam claiming importance in the days of Mahabharatha. Virata Raju was the king of Virata Nagaram and it was under him that the Pandavas worked incognito after their twelve years of exile in the forests. Keechaka, the brother-in-law of Virata who tried to misbehave with Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, was killed by BHEEMASENA, working in disguise as a cook (VALALUDU). The old Relics unearthed at these places strengthen the belief that this place was noted as far back the days of Mahabharata. Some Buddhist Stupas and idols found in the excavations in 1977 had further supported the belief that this district had mythological and historical past. Nelakondapalli is also famous of being the Birth Place of Kancharla Gopanna, popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas. There are some very ancient temples also in the village. The old Residence of Bhakta Ramadas was named as Bhakta Ramadas Dhyana Mandir and its currently maintained by Bhadrachala Devastanam with the co-operation of local people. .(by Pendyala Sridhar

 

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It is fully developed by gaint companies like KTPS(Kothagudem Thermal Power Station), SIIL (Sponge Iron India Limited) and NFL (Navabharat Ferro Alloys Ltd). These companies brought very big image in the world alos brought good development in the town. SILL is the first Sponge Iron in the Asia it self. I think it is the 2nd largest in the world. It is a central Govt company resulting with high profits even though the company is a samll one. KTPS is one of the biggest power plant in the state.

Here are the principal hotspots in Peloncha:

Kinnerasani: This dam is very near by Palocncha and is attracting people all over the country to visit. The cool bracing wind whips the hair about your faces as you ramble along the streets that dip and rise delightfully. Breathtaking views surprise you from pretty cottages as you sniff appreciatively the heady fragrance of the Kinnerasani waters.

Navabharat Temple: This Venkanna temple is situated at Navabharat Hills by NFL. So many devotees are visiting every day from all over the state.

Sponge Iron Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple, built in 1820, is a mix of Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture.

Radhakrishna Temple: Situated in the KTPS Colony attached with a Kalyana Mandapam, constructed by KTPS.

Kala Bharathi Grounds: Kala Bharathi is the Biggest ground in the Khammam District and is also considered one of the finest in the the state. The history of the Kala Bharathi is irrevocably bound up with that of Paloncha Cricket Club, which did the pioneering work in cricket not only in Paloncha but in the whole of the Khammam District . The present Kala Bharathi came in existence some time in the year 1964. It is not certain as to whom the land belonged to although some records show that it was the property of KTPS while some other records state that it belonged to the Radhakrishna Temple. However, the fact remains that the land was effectively passed into the hand of the Paloncha Cricket Clubwho in turn presented it to the citizens of Paloncha for recreation. In course of time Paloncha Cricket Club established with its headquarters at the Kala Bharathi Grounds. The pavilion was built in 1971 and cricket was played for a long period in Sylvan surroundings.

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Sathupalli
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Sathupally is one of the major towns in Khammam district in India, so named because it is the combination of seven (saath) villages.
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Khodad
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A village in the district of Adilabad. It is about 8kms from Adilabad town. There are public transportation buses and private vehicles to go there. Nice place to stay after retirement!
Jagtial
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Jagtial is a Mandal or Taluka in Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh, which is approx. 5 hours away (drive) from the State Capital Hyderabad.

In Karimnagar Dist., Jagtial is a commercial hub for about thirty villages in span of  about a radius of 50 kilometers. This town provides a very good scope of education for the people in the villages around and the nearby towns.

There are about 6 Ciniplexes with modern technology, good number of private and govenrment hospitals. The place has got a good transportation links with all the neighbouring districts and states.

Soon You Will Have Railways connecting Jagtial.The railway line has been built upto Kondagattu just 12 km or so frm jagtial.Thus ill soon get the help of railways too.

The town has got a very good stand in the state assembly. It's one of the prominent constituncies fighting for Telangana (a seperate state from andhra pradesh).

As known, the telangana region of A.P., was ruled by Nizams and so as Jagtial. Hence it still carries the grace of Nizam constructions, in the form of some ruined monuments.

The holy places of Kondagattu gutta (Hanuman's Temple) and Dharmapuri (temples and the sacred river) in driving distance make jagtial a good place to settle in all aspects.

Jagtial is a hub in the Telangana Region because of it's location and transportation facilities.It is loated between Nizamabad,karimnagar and maharastra borders.

People in Jagtial are friendly and good hearted.

From Hyderabad there is Express/Luxury bus for every half an hour and 4 Hitech buses daily. Train facility is also coming soon.

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Tekkali
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This town is located 50 kms far from Srikakulam towards North direction. This is central point to reach Ravivalasa and Telinilapuram. Late Dr. N.T.Rama Rao, The Great Actor and Ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh got elected from Tekkali Legislative constituency once.

Ravi Valasa:

It is about 5kms from Tekkali. Sri Endala Mallikharjuna Swamy is the deity. You can see very BIG Shiva Linga here. You can use steps and do abhishek from top. On Maha Sivaratri and Kartika Mondays large gathering devotees worship this deity.

You can also find the some symbols seetha(Rama's wife) foot finger prints opposite to the Shiva temple.

Telineelapuram

Located towards east and About 4km from Tekkali is very famous foe pelicon birds which are vising every winter(oct-feb) allthe way from siberia

Bavanapadu

It located around 12km from tekkali. famous for fishing harbar

Palasa:

Located towards the north of the district - close to Orissa. In the entire sub-continent, Palasa is famous for Cashew Nuts. (Yammy.....)

Sand Dunes:

Located near the sea are perhaps the largest sand dunes in India. They extend over 10 kilometers along the seaside, at some places one kilometer wide and reach upto some 30 meters at some places. In any other country they would be a great tourist attraction and may have also served as a location for film shooting. These are yet to be explored.
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Eluru
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Eluru is situated on alluvial terrain in between the Krishna and Godavari deltas. The town is at a distance of 40 miles North East of Vijayawada. The broad – gauge railway line on the East Cost connecting Chennai to Colcatta passes through the town. Two main canals from both Krishna and Godavari rivers meet at Eluru. And thus connect Chennai to the island town of the state Kakinada by inland waterways. History of Archaeological Importance

As the town of Eluru was built up very near to the ancient capital of Vengi it has got many historical monuments in and around it. Muslims who brought stones from the temples at Vengi built the Fort of Eluru. There are 25 inscriptions to be seen on one stone near the mosque. The places of historical importance around Eluru are Vengi, Vatluru, Denduluru and Kolleru.

Topographical Features

The town is situated on the border of the Kolleru Lake. The Tammileru river passes through the town. The Eastern part of Tammileru boarders the entire North of the town, while the Western Tammileru flows to the West of the town. The Krishna – Eluru canal passes through the heart of the town from South – West towards North – East.  Close on the same direction the Madras – Waltair broad – gauge line of the South Central Railway runs almost parallel to it in the town. The GNT road passes through this town cutting the canal and the railroad twice in the town.

Climate and Rainfall

Eluru town falls in the hot humid region of the country and it is less than 40 miles from Bay of Bengal. The climate of the town is very hot and it is pleasant during the winter. The hottest day falls in the month of May with some shift to June during some years. The maximum temperature observed is 51.7c and the minimum temperature observed is 12.90c.

Demography

The population of the town increased from 33,521 in 1901 to 2,12,866 in 1991 registering a growth of 55% during the period from 1901 – 1991. The literacy rate of the town has been 72% as per 1991 census. The town recorded a growth rate of 26.63% during 1981 –91. In 2001 the population increased slightly to 2,15,642. Mid of the year 2005 the city has the population 2,50,000.

West Godavari District

During the division of Northern Cirkars in to Districts, ELURU was made a part of Machilipatnam District.  Later, it was included in the Godavari District in 1859. Subsequently, Eluru made part of the Krishna District. Finally in the year 1925, West Godavari District was formed with Eluru as its Headquarters and all the District Offices and Regional Offices were setup in Eluru Town. The government of Andhrapradesh recently upgraded Eluru municipality as municipal corporation. Orders issued in the month of april 2005. Surrounding some villages merged in the city, thatswhy the city population has been raised up to 3,50,000. The Eluru city internationally famous for persian carpets. Besides that the city is also well known for hand rolled agarabathis, hair industry and jute industry.

Carpet Industry

Carpet  Industry is so good in ELURU.Pure hand making carpets are available for cheap rates.So many people visit Eluru to design their own customized Carpets.

Hotels and Restaurants

Being a small town it has only one hotel with international standards:

Manya Guestline (The only Star Hotel)

Also there is only one restaurant which serves international cuisines:

Banana Leaf




 

 

Ramadugu
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Ramadugu is a village located 19km from Karimnagar City. It has a fort of ancient days, with 30mt height walls.

It is very famous for stone sculptures. The best stone sculpture are made here and people from all over India came here for this reason.

It has a mosque of 280 years old believe to be built by Aurangazeb.

There are a number of buses to this location from Karimnagar, Jagital, Gangadhara and Choppadandi.

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Lepakshi is a small historic town in southern Andhra Pradesh, about 120 kms from Bangalore. On the way to Hyderabad from Bangalore, you have to take a de-tour of about 16kms on the left to reach Lepakshi. The entrance of the city has a huge Nandi statue in a small park. From here if you walk about 200mts , you reach an old temple, built in a typical medival era architecture. It is Shiva temple with a huge Shivalinga coiled with Naga, in the open space. The pillars are all well carved and the temple has multiple shivalingas and pooja is still performed here. The temple compound is also huge. The place gives the feeling that the meditations have been performed there for centuries and you can feel the power of the same.

Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur District , in Andhra Pradesh , India . It is 15 km east of Hindupur and about 100 km north of Bangalore .

Lepakshi is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva , Vishnu and Virabhadra .

The famous Veerabhadra temple , dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. The temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. [1] It is famous for its sculptures , which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi.The place is renowned for being one of the best repository of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings.Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls [2]

There are three temples dedicated to Shiva , Vishnu and Virabhadra . On a hillock known as Kurma Saila (tortoise shaped hill), temples of 'Papanatheswara', 'Raghunatha', 'Srirama', 'Veerabhadra' and 'Durga' are located. Veerabharadra temple is the most important temple.

Lepakshi is an ultimate testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins who sculpted these temples. It is believed that noted Vishwakarma Amarashilpi Jakkanachari took part in the planning the architecture of these temples. There are many shila shasanas that the famous sculptors like Dakoju, Maroju took part in this temple sculpture.


 

 

 

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Konanki
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Konanki is historical village in Ongole Region.

Jarugul Venkat is a person to play cricket and debba in that village very well.

And a great point the famouse chilakarupet located near the village for help of young people to (o+o).

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Nagarjunakonda is located at Nagarjunasaag or reservoir 150km east of Hydrebad.

It is the site of a major buddhist community enlosed within three valleys bordered by the Nallamallai Range and the river Krishna.   When a dam was proposed in the 1960's extensive excavations were undertaken by the Archealogical survey of India in an excersise similar to the Aswan excavations which came a few years later.  Over 1000 sites of arechological interest were excavated.  

30 Buddhist Monasteries and stupas showing the evolution of buddhism into the Mahayana and Hinayana strands have been discovered in the archeological finds which date mainly from 200BC -900AD.

The remains of theses sites are now displayed in a museum and reconstructed sites on an mountain top now island in the reservoir.

Four Buddhist sects have been confirmed in the area  They include Apara Mahavinseliya ( the major  early Mahayana sect) , Bahusrtiya, Mahisasaka (Hinayana) and Maha viharavasin        (a Hinayana sect from Sri Lanka)

There is no firm proved connection of the site  to the prominent sage Nagarjuna who was a prominent member of the sangha for a period of 50 years in the second century AD and established Madhyamika school which went onto establish the beginning of Mahayana buddhism.

 

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History

Machilipatnam, also known as Masulipatnam or Bandar or Masula (in short), is a city on the south eastern or Coromandel Coast of India.  

Situated on one of the mouths of the river Krishna at the Bay of Bengal, Machilipatnam is the administrative center of Krishna District in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  

It was a 17th century port for French, British and Dutch trade. It is a small fishing town; has a carpet-weaving industry; other products include rice, oilseed, and scientific instruments.  

The town is a railway terminus and an educational center. Masulipatam is a station of the Church Missionary Society.  

Machilipatnam is known for its Kalamkari textiles and paintings created using vegetable dyes. As a kalam (pen) is used in the technique of painting, it was called "Kalamkari Painting". During the 17th century, western traders were attracted by this art.  

The Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and Machilipatnam is most vulnerable to high surges due to a cyclone. Andhra Cyclone of 14-20 November 1977 that crossed coast near Nizampatnam took a toll of about 10,000 lives. As the storm approached the coast, gale winds reaching 200 km/h lashed Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Storm surge, 5 meters high, inundated Krishna estuary and the coasts south of Machilipatnam.   The 2004 Tsunami affected many fishing villages around Machilipatnam. The Government and the NGOs are involved in rebuilding and reconstruction of the devastated villages.


History

Machlipatnam derived its name owing to the construction of a gateway to the town decorated with eyes of a fish (also called machili).  

Machilipatnam was founded in the 14th century by the trading Arabs who found their way from the red sea to southern India to the spot of eastern peninsula.  

Machilipatnam was a flourishing seaport on the east coast during the time of the Satavahanas and in the 17th century AD, it was a centre of French, British, and Dutch trade.  

It is one of the earliest known British settlements in the subcontinent of India, its importance being due to the fact that it was the bandar or port of Golconda.   It was the British East India Company's first trading post on the coromandel coast. An agency was established there in 1611. During the wars of the Carnatic, the English were temporarily expelled from the town, which was held by the French for some years.  

In 1759 the town and fort were carried by storm by Colonel Forde, an achievement followed by the acquisition of the Northern Circars (q.v.). In 1864 a great storm-wave swept over the entire town and is said to have destroyed 30,000 lives.  

Machilipatnam is well known for its Kalamkari painting. The art was introduced during the reign of Qutub Shahis when the entire Telugu country was under their control. Weavers form a large portion of the inhabitants, though their trade has greatly declined since the beginning of the 19th century. Their operations, besides weaving, include printing, bleaching washing and dressing. In former days the chintzes of Masulipatam had a great reputation abroad for the freshness and permanency of their dyes.  

The port is only a roadstead, where vessels anchor 5 m. out. A branch line from Bezwada (present day Vijayawada) on the Southern Mahratta railway was opened in 1908.  

Once a flourishing port, the port of Machilipatnam today is in desperate need for modernization. It has not seen any ships in the last decade. In its heyday, the port used to handle export of different items weighing more than 2.7 lakh tonnes and imports of 37,000 tonnes. Much needs to be done to bring the city back to its glory.  

In January 2006, Government of Andhra Pradesh revealed plans for reviving the Machilipatnam port at a cost of Rs. 1200 crores. It has allocated 6000 acres of land for the project.  

Masulipatnam and Cambay, a book by Sinnappah Arasaratnam and Aniruddha Ray, published by Munshiram Manoharlal, talks about the pre-colonial history of the two port towns, Masulipatnam and Cambay. It was published in India in 1994.  

Geography

Machilipatnam is located at 16.2° N 81.2° E on the southeast coast of India and in the east corner of Andhra Pradesh. The city has an average elevation of 3 meters (20 feet)

Climate

Machilipatnam gets annual rainfall due to the southwest monsoon.   The climate is tropical in nature with hot summers and moderate winters. The hottest months are between April and June.  

The average normal rainfall in the district is 102 cm.   Machilipatnam is frequently hit by cyclones due to low pressure created by the southwest monsoon.   On 8th December 2004, a high capacity S-Band Doppler radar meant for cyclone warning was installed, commissioned and operationalized at the city. It was purchased from a German manufacturer, Gematronik.   With the installation of the radar, the state will be better equipped to track down cyclones by the onset of monsoon, according to an official from the State Met Office talking to the The Hindu newspaper. This facility will monitor 960 km long coastline of the state.   The radar's information is posted real-time on the Indian Meteorological Department website. Similar radars were installed in other coastal cities forming a S-Band Cyclone Detection Radar Network.

Layout

For administrative purposes, Machilipatnam falls into Bandar revenue division of the Krishna District. It is a municipality with 34 panchayats and 28 villages. The city area covers an area of 27 km² (10 mi²).

Administration

It is governed by the Collector & District Magistrate of the Krishna district.

Economy

Machilipatnam has many small scale industries.   Fashion Gold (also called rold gold) oranaments are made here.

Agriculture is the most important occupation, paddy being the main food crop produced.  

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a unit of the Union Defence Ministry, of Government of India, has a manufacturing unit here. BEL is involved in design, development and manufacture of sophisticated, state-of-the art electronic equipments that are used by Indian Defence Services and para military organisations.

Arts and Crafts

Kalamkari floor spread, block-printed and mordant-dyed cotton (kalamkari) from Machilipatnam. This spread, in the Muslim style, was used for gatherings such as community dinners.The Kalamkari fabrics of Machilipatnam and Kalahasti with their intricate designs, are used in clothing and wall hangings. Kalamkari refers to dye-painted cloths and the technique used to create them. Their name derives from kalam, the Persian word for a pen-like tool used to draw outlines on the cloth, and kari (work). Fabrics are outlined with a cotton-tipped bamboo stick and dyed in vegetable or mineral colours. The process involves washing, rinsing, soaking and bleaching muslin, and applying mordants and dyes using natural substances like indigo for blue, madder for red, mango bark and dried myrobalan fruit for yellow, palm sugar and rusted iron for black. The dyeing process is very elaborate and can take several days to complete. While some pieces are hand-drawn, large canvas and sheets are block-printed. Kalahasti is noted for its wall hangings depicting mythological tales and characters, while Machilipatnam for the block-painted large prints used for sarees. The work done in Machilipatnam, often using block printing in conjunction with hand painting, features more decorative floral and vegetal designs that appealed to local kingdoms and to an extraordinary export trade. This culminated in European demand for Machilipatnam chintz, which derives its name from the Hindi word chint (spotted). Kalahasti, is known for the distinctive temple hangings, chariot decorations and canopies of typically feature Hindu stories, and the images are often identified with text in Telegu, the regional language.

Demographics

According to the census of 2001, the population of Machilipatnam is 183,370. Males number at 91,400 and Females at 91,970.

Culture

People in Machilipatnam practice Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Hindus and Christians usually speak Telugu and the Muslims tend to speak Urdu. Women of all cultures and faith communities in Machilipatnam typically wear the traditional Indian dress, the sari - sometimes Shalwar Qamis.   Kuchipudi, a popular classical dance form originated at Kuchipudi, 25km from Machilipatnam. The dance form is in practice in Machilipatnam.

Tourism

Machilipatnam is a city with a rich history of foreign conquests, business and trade.

The beaches in Machilipatnam are long, broad, pristine, with pale blonde sands. Manginapudi Beach, a beachside fishing hamlet, located at a distance of 11 km from Machilipatnam, is well known for its scenic beauty and also as a historic port city. During its heydays this port served as a gateway to India. The beach has a natural bay with shallow waters. The unique feature of this beach is that instead of sand it contains black soil.  Thousands of piligrims take a holy dip in the sea, at the beach, during an annual Hindu festival called Maghapoornami.

A full fledged dance school at the beach, offers courses that train students in the Kuchipudi, popular dance form.

Carting the visitors with the old lighthouse, Dattashram on the banks of sea coast is a piligrimage site. Dattashram has an ancient Shiva temple and Datta temple that was recently built. Manginapudi is popularly known as "Datta Rameswaram" due to the consecration of 9 wells to bath, as in Rameswaram.   Panduranga Swamy temple at Chilakalapudi, near the city, close to the Manginapudi Beach, is a famous piligrimage site. It is a temple of Lord Vishnu, said to be similar to the temple at Pandaripur.   The Machilipatnam Church built in 19th century by an English man, with massive prayer halls is a tourist destination.

Ghantasala, 21 km from Machilipatnam, it has the remains of an old Buddhist stupa. Agastheeswara Temple, 36 km from Machilipatnam, is a temple of Lord Shiva, a piligrimage site. Lord Shiva at this temple is called by the name, Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy. An annual festival is celebrated at this temple when the deities are taken out in procession.   Gudivada, North west of Machilipatnam, visitors are attracted by the old ruins of the stupas.   Further up the coast of Machilipatnam there are five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. These ancient temples are located at Amravati, Samalkot, Bhimavaram, Draksharama and Chebrolu.

Transport

Vijayawada, 65 km from Machilipatnam, connects the city by road and rail with the rest of India.

Media
The city receives television and radio transmissions from Hyderabad and the rest of country.  

All major print media are in circulation here. The major Telugu dailies include the Eenadu, Vaartha, Andhra Jyoti, Andhra Bhoomi, Udayam and Andhra Prabha & Surya. The major English dailies are The Deccan Chronicle, Business Standard, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Indian Express and The Economic Times.

Education

Machilipatnam has a high literacy rate. It has public (state-run) and private run schools.   

-  Saint Francis Engg High School, a christian missionary run school provides education from kindergarten to the higher secondary level is affiliated to ICSE ,New Delhi.

- Nirmala High School, a christian missionary run school provides education from kindergarten to the higher secondary level.

- Noble College, located in Machilipatnam, is University Grants Commission (UGC) approved and offers graduation studies.

- Andhra Jaateeya Kalasala, Machilipatnam is University Grants Commission (UGC) approved and offers graduation studies.

- Hindu College, located in Machilipatnam, was established in 1928. It is affiliated to Nagarjuna University and offers graduation studies and also post graduation studies including MBA. It is a University Grants Commission (UGC) approved college.

- SVH College Of Engineering located in Machilipatnam, was establised in 1980. It offers engineering degrees in civil, electrical, electronics, communication and mechanical divisions. The also offer postgraduation courses like MCA.  

Sports
Cricket is the most popular sport in Machilipatnam. A Ranji Trophy match was organized at the Andhra Jateya Kalashala Ground located in the city.

Famous people
- Pingali Venkayya, considered the designer of the Indian national flag.
- Dr Pattabhi Sitaramayya, 1880-1959, a freedom fighter and historian of the Indian National Congress.

Temples:

Lord Pandu Ranga temple,Tri Shakthi Peetam in batchupet,Saibaba temple in batchupet, Haiyagreeva temple in batchupet,Venkateswara swamy temple in batchupet,Lord shiva temples in batchupet,gandhi bomma centre, beach,kozzilipet, etc.,Ayyappa temple having gold kavacham.,Famous Vinayaka temples.,54 feet saibaba idol near district court centre

Famous Hotels,Restaurants,Lodges:

R.K.Family Restaurant A/c, Vijay Krishna Restaurant and Bar,Eswar Residency,

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Vijayawada earlier known as Bezawada, is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, India, located on the banks of the Krishna River and bounded by the Indrakiladri Hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North. Vijayawada literally translates to "The Place of Victory". Its prominence as a major trading and business center has earned it the title of, “The Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh”. Situated along the Madras-Howrah and Madras-Delhi Railway route, this is the largest railway junction of the South Central Railway region. The city is in Krishna District, about 282 kilometres (171 mi) from the state capital Hyderabad. The very mention of Vijayawada, first brings to mind delicious mangoes and pickles. Lying in the rich coastal delta of the state, the cuisine of Vijaywada is spicy and deliciously varied.

The discovery of Stone Age Artifacts remains along the banks of the river from Machilipatnam to Nagarjuna Sagar indicates that this area was inhabited at that time.

Vijayawada is also a centre of Andhra culture, and is a religious center. The Chalukyas of Kalyan once conquered this place, and the famous Chinese Xuanzang (Hsuan-tsang) had visited this place in 639 AD when Buddhism was at its zenith in the region. Kings Choda Gangadeva and Ananga Bhimadeva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in the 12th century whose capital was in modern Bhubaneswar and who built the Lingaraja temple had re-annexed considerable part of modern Andhra region and marched up to Godavari but could not cross the wide river bed. He established a town 'Vijaya Bahuda' which means 'return after winning' which became known as Vijayawada.

During the British Raj the city experienced significant growth. In particular, the completion of the Prakasam Barrage in 1959, and railway bridge on the Krishna River have helped the region expand its agriculture and commercial base. Vijayawada Railway station is one of the busiest railway junctions in India. The regions around the city have fertile soil and are irrigated by the river Krishna.

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Kadiri comes from the sanskrit word "Khadri" meaning  a tree. This place is in AP about 100 kms away from Anantapur, the district HQ.

The city is very famous for the temple of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy which is a swayambhu murthy here.

The amazing thing about this temple which was supposed to be built during the period of Rayalus is, after the daily abhishekam is performed to the murthy in the temple, the murthy sweats and as long as the archakas keep swabbing off the sweat, it keeps coming out.

The temple has a pushkarini at the back and is considered a very sacred place.

For more information about this temple visit www.srikadirinarasimha.org

 

 

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There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara.

All the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions.

It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.

After the decline of the Vijayanagar dynasty, nobles and chieftains from all parts of the country continued to pay their homage and offer gifts to the temple. The Maratha general, Raghoji Bhonsle, visited the temple and set up a permanent endowment for the conduct of worship in the temple. He also presented valuable jewels to the Lord, including a large emerald which is still preserved in a box named after the General. Among the later rulers who have endowed large amounts are the rulers of Mysore and Gadwal.

After the fall of the Hindu kingdoms, the Muslim rulers of Karnataka and then the Britishers took over, and many of the temples came under their supervisory and protective control.

In 1843 AD, the East India Company divested itself of the direct management of non-Christian places of worship and native religious institutions. The administration of the shrine of Sri Venkateswara and a number of estates were then entrusted to Sri Seva Dossji of the Hatiramji Mutt at Tirumala, and the temple remained under the administration of the Mahants for nearly a century, till 1933 AD.

In 1933, the Madras Legislature passed a special act, which empowered the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Committee to control and administer a fixed group of temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati area, through a Commissioner appointed by the Government of Madras.

In 1951, the Act of 1933 was replaced by an enactment whereby the administration of TTD was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, and an Executive Officer was appointed by the Government . The provisions of the Act of 1951 were retained by Charitable and Religious Endowments Act, 1966.
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Andhra Pradesh is rich in historical monuments. It posseses many holy temples with architectural beauty, which attract large numbers of pilgrims and tourists from inside and outside the country.

In Chittoor district are two sacred places not only for Andhra Pradesh but also for India. Tirupati and Tirumala here is Lord Venkateswara, who is also worshipped as `Balaji' by the north Indians. Tirumala lies in the midst of the Seshachalam hills, which are 2,000 feet above the sea level. It has also worldwide importance as a major tourist centre.

Srikalahasti is also a famous pilgrim centre and the temple here is dedicated to Lord Siva known as Vayulingam and considered as Dakshina Kasi.Apart from those two temples there is another famous temple in chittoor district that is Sri Vara sidhi Vinayaka Temple which is significant for its purity and rich heritage.

This historic temple is in Kanipaakam in Irala Mandal, Chittoor District. It is about 11kms from Chittoor town.

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MAHESH POTHURI Vemulawada, located 150 km from Hyderabad and 36 km from Karimnagar is known for Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple. It is one of the very few temples devoted to Lord Siva.

Popularly known as Dakshana Kashi (Benaras of South India) the temple attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the country. The Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple is a fine example of communal harmony where both Hindus and Muslims offer obeisance to Lord Siva and Allah.

The temple at Vemulawada is next only to Tirupati in terms of its revenues. The temple contributes Rs. 8 lakhs anually to the gram Panchayat for developmental activities in the pilgrim town. Special arrangements are made for the pilgrims during the festival. Several cultural and social activities are also organised by the authorities.

Free boarding and lodging is provided to the students. Besides, the temple also offers donations for other small temples. On the Sivaratri day, a record three to four lakh pilgrims throng the sacred temple at Vemulawada. Special poojas and darshans are held to mark the festivity. Mahalingarchana is performed by about hundred archakas.

At midnight Ekadasa Rudrabhishekham is performed to the deity. The temple is brightly illuminated in the night, presenting an aesthetic look.
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Wargal is a small place located at a distance of approximately 50km from Hyderabad on the Karimnagar highway; also called as Rajiv Rahadari. Main attraction in this sleepy village is  the beautiful SARASWATHI TEMPLE, located on a hill top.
Nearby there is also a small temple with a small idol in a BILAM, which needs renovation.
Though there are buses to the village, it would be a pleasant experience driving through the lush green fields on either side of the road.
After passing MULUG, there is an arch on the left side of the road, which leads to the temple.
Temple is open for ABHISHEKA DARSANAM from 6.30am to 7.30am. and again for SARVALANKRITHA DARSHANAM from 8.30am till afternoon and again in the evening.

 

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                             SARASWATI TEMPLE – WARGAL

 

Introduction:

The Deity of Education in Hinduism is Goddess Saraswati. There are a few Temples Devoted to this Goddess in the state of ANDHRA PRADESH ( India ), one of them being the Saraswati Temple in Wargal second only to the more prominent one being the Basara Saraswati Mata Temple .

 

How to Reach:

The Wargal Temple is Approximately 60 Kilometers from the Secunderabad Jubilee Bus Station ( JBS ) on the KARIMNAGAR - SIDDIPET Highway. This Temple is well connected by road. The route to this temple is lush with greenery of agricultural fields on either side of the road. En route the temple from Secunderabad, on the left hand side is a pillar embossed with the name and beautiful idol of the Goddess.

 

About Temple :

The temple is situated on a small hill on which are about a 100 steps. There is an elevator available for use by the aged and disabled. There is an idol about 10 feet high in front of the temple, which is a magnificent piece of art. The temple is well architected and constructed.

The deity is invoked through the Pancharatra method of poojas. Everyday the abhishekam is performed at 6:00 AM in the morning and lasts for about an hour after which darshan (viewing) is closed for about an hour for alankara (decoration) of the Goddess.( Temple is open for ABHISHEKA DARSANAM from 6.30am to 7.30am. and again for SARVALANKRITHA DARSHANAM from 8.30am till afternoon and again in the evening . ). The doors of the sanctum-sanctorium are then opened for darshan amidst the chanting of Vedas and dhupam.

The Goddess is seen to be in full glory decorated with a lot of jewels and garlands and adorned in a saree. This viewing is followed by the distribution of prasadam (the holy offering).

There is a Temple of Lord Vigneshwara (alias Ganesha - the elephant God) beside the Saraswati temple. The temple walls are engraved with Ganesha in various postures.

There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Saniswara. The Abhishekam here is done with Til Oil only and no prasadam will be distributed to the devotees. It is believed that the prasadam of Lord Sani should not be taken.

A point to note here is that the temple is situated in a small village with limited facilities. The temple board has constructed a small shelter for pilgrims with around 20 rooms and there are some shops that trade in merchandise related to the Goddess.

 

Surrounding:

A VEDA PATHASALA is also set up there, where one may find several pupils studying the Vedas. It is a good experience to see so many small children learning the Vedas, and chanting them with great clarity.

Painted on the hill is a picture of Goddess Saraswati. The temple is well maintained and well organized.

The approach roads which lead to the Temple from KARIMNAGAR - SIDDIPET Highway (which passes from the Wargal Village ) are not in great shape.

Another ancient place of worship nearby (around 15Kilometres from Wargal Temple ) is the Nachagirigutta Temple , where Lord Narasimha and Lord Hanuman are worshipped.

 

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Gajwel is a town, , and Assembly constituency in the in the state of , .

== Geography ==
Gajwel is located at coor d|17.8517|N|78.6828|E|.<ref>[http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/2/Gajwel.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 568m (Red dots are railways)]</ref> It has an average elevation of 568 meters (1866 ft).  Gajwel is approx 35km from secunderabad contonment on Rajiv highway.  It is one of the fastest developing town with new industries setting up their base.  Nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (capital of Andhra Pradesh) 60km.

== Demography ==
Gajwel mandal is spread across convert|52659|acre|km2|0 of land. There are approximately 10,600 houses in the mandal.  As per 1991 census, Gajwel mandal has a population of 55,320, 27,840 men and 27,480 women.

Villages in Gajwel Mandal:

# GAJWEL
# SERIPALLE
# KOLGUR
# AHMADIPUR
# SINGATAM
# BURUGUPALLE
# DACHARAM
# PEDCHED
# BEJGAON
# BAYYARAM
# KYASARAM
# RIMMANGUDA
# KODAKONDLA
# DATARPALLE
# HAVAIGUDA
# AKKARAM

# SRIGIRIPALLE
# PRAGNAPUR
# MUTRAJPALLE
# DILALPUR
# JALIGAON
# DHARMAREDDIPALLE
# BANGLA VENKATAPUR
# MAQTA MASANPALLE
# KOMATIBANDA
# SANGAPUR....

== Assembly Constituency ==
Gajwel is one of the largest assembly constituencies of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh. Gajwel constituency consists of Daulatabad, Toopran, Wargal, Mulug, and Jagadevpur mandals. Hounarable state minister for heavy industries and sugar Smt. Dr.J.Geeta Reddy represents the assembly segment.

== Economy ==
Agriculture is the primary source of income.  There are no special minerals found in this region.  There are about 13 reasonable size tanks which supply water to about convert|2836|acre|km2|0 of land.  There are about 147 ponds which supply water to about convert|2852|acre|km2|0.  There are about 1,685 wells and 2,346 bore-wells. Approximately convert|49997|acre|km2|0 of land is suitable for irrigation.  Maize is widely grown in this area, other major crops are paddy, cotton, sugarcane etc.,  There is a dairy chilling factory in Gajwel,

== Education ==
Gajwel mandal consists of 24 primary schools, 10 upper middle schools and 5 high schools along with several government and private junior and degree colleges.
There are several higher educational institutions catering to the needs of local population. A private engineering (minority owned) college, Govt. Residential Polytechnic College, and a B-ed college are located near Gajwel town. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya also caters to the population of Gajwel.

== Hospitals ==
Gajwel town has government civil hospital of 100 beds capacity. There are several private medical practitioners along with nursing home facilities.

== Entertainment ==
Gajwel town has four cinema halls. Two 70 mm Theaters, Santosh 70 mm ,Yadagiri 70 mm. Two 35 mm, Sangeeth 35 mm, Balaji 35mm  theaters.This is the only major source of entertainment available.

== Banking ==
Several banks are located in the mandal which includes State Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Manjeera Grameena Bank, Co-operative Bank.
ATM is also available at state Bank of Hyderabad.

== Mosques ==
There are 6 mosques in the town.  They are Madina Masjid, Jama Masjid, Mohammedia Masjid, Salaheen Masjid, Jalal Masjid, Ek Minar Masjid.

== Temples ==
There are quite a few big temples in Gajwel.  Main temples like the Ramalayam, Krishna Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Anjaneyswami temple, Siva temple, Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Santhosh matha temples.

== Transport ==

The nearest railway station is about 25km away.


== By ==
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Gajwel is a town, , and Assembly constituency in the in the state of , .

== Geography ==
Gajwel is located at coor d|17.8517|N|78.6828|E|.<ref>[http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/2/Gajwel.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 568m (Red dots are railways)]</ref> It has an average elevation of 568 meters (1866 ft).  Gajwel is approx 35km from secunderabad contonment on Rajiv highway.  It is one of the fastest developing town with new industries setting up their base.  Nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (capital of Andhra Pradesh) 60km.

== Demography ==
Gajwel mandal is spread across convert|52659|acre|km2|0 of land. There are approximately 10,600 houses in the mandal.  As per 1991 census, Gajwel mandal has a population of 55,320, 27,840 men and 27,480 women.

Villages in Gajwel Mandal:

# GAJWEL
# SERIPALLE
# KOLGUR
# AHMADIPUR
# SINGATAM
# BURUGUPALLE
# DACHARAM
# PEDCHED
# BEJGAON
# BAYYARAM
# KYASARAM
# RIMMANGUDA
# KODAKONDLA
# DATARPALLE
# HAVAIGUDA
# AKKARAM

# SRIGIRIPALLE
# PRAGNAPUR
# MUTRAJPALLE
# DILALPUR
# JALIGAON
# DHARMAREDDIPALLE
# BANGLA VENKATAPUR
# MAQTA MASANPALLE
# KOMATIBANDA
# SANGAPUR....

== Assembly Constituency ==
Gajwel is one of the largest assembly constituencies of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh. Gajwel constituency consists of Daulatabad, Toopran, Wargal, Mulug, and Jagadevpur mandals. Hounarable state minister for heavy industries and sugar Smt. Dr.J.Geeta Reddy represents the assembly segment.

== Economy ==
Agriculture is the primary source of income.  There are no special minerals found in this region.  There are about 13 reasonable size tanks which supply water to about convert|2836|acre|km2|0 of land.  There are about 147 ponds which supply water to about convert|2852|acre|km2|0.  There are about 1,685 wells and 2,346 bore-wells. Approximately convert|49997|acre|km2|0 of land is suitable for irrigation.  Maize is widely grown in this area, other major crops are paddy, cotton, sugarcane etc.,  There is a dairy chilling factory in Gajwel,

== Education ==
Gajwel mandal consists of 24 primary schools, 10 upper middle schools and 5 high schools along with several government and private junior and degree colleges.
There are several higher educational institutions catering to the needs of local population. A private engineering (minority owned) college, Govt. Residential Polytechnic College, and a B-ed college are located near Gajwel town. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya also caters to the population of Gajwel.

== Hospitals ==
Gajwel town has government civil hospital of 100 beds capacity. There are several private medical practitioners along with nursing home facilities.

== Entertainment ==
Gajwel town has four cinema halls. Two 70 mm Theaters, Santosh 70 mm ,Yadagiri 70 mm. Two 35 mm, Sangeeth 35 mm, Balaji 35mm  theaters.This is the only major source of entertainment available.

== Banking ==
Several banks are located in the mandal which includes State Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Manjeera Grameena Bank, Co-operative Bank.
ATM is also available at state Bank of Hyderabad.

== Mosques ==
There are 6 mosques in the town.  They are Madina Masjid, Jama Masjid, Mohammedia Masjid, Salaheen Masjid, Jalal Masjid, Ek Minar Masjid.

== Temples ==
There are quite a few big temples in Gajwel.  Main temples like the Ramalayam, Krishna Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Anjaneyswami temple, Siva temple, Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Santhosh matha temples.

== Transport ==

The nearest railway station is about 25km away.


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Gajwel, Medak Dist.
Andhra Pradesh INDIA.
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Gajwel is a town, , and Assembly constituency in the in the state of Andhra Pradesh

== Geography ==
Gajwel is located at coor d|17.8517|N|78.6828|E|. [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/2/Gajwel.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 568m (Red dots are railways)] It has an average elevation of 568 meters (1866 ft).  Gajwel is approx 35km from secunderabad contonment on Rajiv highway.  It is one of the fastest developing town with new industries setting up their base.  Nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (capital of Andhra Pradesh) 60km.

== Demography ==
Gajwel mandal is spread across convert|52659|acre|km2|0 of land. There are approximately 10,600 houses in the mandal.  As per 1991 census, Gajwel mandal has a population of 55,320, 27,840 men and 27,480 women.

Villages in Gajwel Mandal:

# GAJWEL
# SERIPALLE
# KOLGUR
# AHMADIPUR
# SINGATAM
# BURUGUPALLE
# DACHARAM
# PEDCHED
# BEJGAON
# BAYYARAM
# KYASARAM
# RIMMANGUDA
# KODAKONDLA

# DATARPALLE
# HAVAIGUDA
# AKKARAM

# SRIGIRIPALLE
# PRAGNAPUR
# MUTRAJPALLE
# DILALPUR
# JALIGAON
# DHARMAREDDIPALLE
# BANGLA VENKATAPUR
# MAQTA MASANPALLE
# KOMATIBANDA
# SANGAPUR....

== Assembly Constituency ==
Gajwel is one of the largest assembly constituencies of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh. Gajwel constituency consists of Daulatabad, Toopran, Wargal, Mulug, and Jagadevpur mandals. Hounarable state minister for heavy industries and sugar Smt. Dr.J.Geeta Reddy represents the assembly segment.

== Economy ==
Agriculture is the primary source of income.  There are no special minerals found in this region.  There are about 13 reasonable size tanks which supply water to about convert|2836|acre|km2|0 of land.  There are about 147 ponds which supply water to about convert|2852|acre|km2|0.  There are about 1,685 wells and 2,346 bore-wells. Approximately convert|49997|acre|km2|0 of land is suitable for irrigation.  Maize is widely grown in this area, other major crops are paddy, cotton, sugarcane etc.,  There is a dairy chilling factory in Gajwel,

== Education ==
Gajwel mandal consists of 24 primary schools, 10 upper middle schools and 5 high schools along with several government and private junior and degree colleges.
There are several higher educational institutions catering to the needs of local population. A private engineering (minority owned) college, Govt. Residential Polytechnic College, and a B-ed college are located near Gajwel town. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya also caters to the population of Gajwel.

== Hospitals ==
Gajwel town has government civil hospital of 100 beds capacity. There are several private medical practitioners along with nursing home facilities.

== Entertainment ==
Gajwel town has four cinema halls. Two 70 mm Theaters, Santosh 70 mm ,Yadagiri 70 mm. Two 35 mm, Sangeeth 35 mm, Balaji 35mm  theaters.This is the only major source of entertainment available.

== Banking ==
Several banks are located in the mandal which includes State Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Manjeera Grameena Bank, Co-operative Bank.
ATM is also available at state Bank of Hyderabad.

== Mosques ==
There are 6 mosques in the town.  They are Madina Masjid, Jama Masjid, Mohammedia Masjid, Salaheen Masjid, Jalal Masjid, Ek Minar Masjid.

== Temples ==
There are quite a few big temples in Gajwel.  Main temples like the Ramalayam, Krishna Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Anjaneyswami temple, Siva temple, Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Santhosh matha temples.

== Transport ==

The nearest railway station is about 25km away.


== By ==
SRIRAM.G, +919849521589.
Gajwel, Medak Dist.
Andhra Pradesh INDIA.

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Mangalagiri is situated between Vijayawada and Guntur on Chennai-Kolkata national highway No.5. It is at 19 kilometres from Guntur, and 12 kilometres from Vijayawada. It is at an altitude of 30 meters above the sea level. Latitude is 16.44 degrees North, and longitude is 80.56 degrees East.

In the east-west direction, the main parts of Mangalagiri town are Bypass Road, Main Bajaar, Old Grand trunk road, and Railway station. In the North-South direction, the main parts are Old Mangalagiri, New Mangalagiri, and Kotha Peta. The boundaries for Mangalagiri town are --- East - Atmakuru village, West - Navuluru village and Bapuji Nagar, North - Hill and Over bridge and South - Chinakakani village.

In 2001, the Municipal town population was enumerated as 61,981. Including floating population, it counts to one lakh. The area of the Town is 10.49 sq.km. There are 32 municipal wards, and 43,724 voters.

The main occupation in the town is Hand-loom weaving. Nearly 50% of the population dependent on this cottage industry only. Because of the Hand-loom dress material produced in the town, Mangalagiri is placed in the world map.

Mangalagiri is a pilgrim centre. There is a temple on the hill dedicated to Lord Panakala Narasimha Swamy. Here, jaggery water is offered to the lord by the devotees. It is said in the scriptures that, the lord is being worshiped since Satya Yuga (The first of the four yugas). In the down hill there is another temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. It is said that, Yudhishtira (Dharmaraju, the eldest of the Pandavas) installed the main deity in this temple. The temple has a very tall tower with beautiful sculpture which has 11 stairs. It was constructed by Raja Vasireddi Venkatadri Naidu, during the years 1807-09.

Around Mangalagiri, the places of tourist interest are Chinna Jeeyar ashram in Seeta Nagaram, Vundavalli Caves, Bhavani Island, Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada direction and Jain Temple, Uppalapadu Birds sanctuary, Amaravati in Guntur direction.

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Mancherial located on the banks of GODAVARI RIVER, is a town and a major municipality in Adilabad district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 253 kilometres (157 mi) north east of state capital, Hyderabad, India. There has been a demand to make Mancherial as a separate district from the political leaders as Mancherial had all the features that a district might have. It is part of a TRI TOWNS comprising MANCHERIAL, NASPUR and SRIRAMPUR. It has a population of nearly 2,87,853 lakhs including NASPUR and SRIRAMPUR (2011)