imposing fort formed the nucleus around which grew the
town of Vizianagaram. Depicting the past glory of the
rulers, the quadrangular stone fort is evident of the
knowledge and skillfullness of the builders and architects
of those days. An ancient temple of Pydithalli Ammavaru
is situated in this town. Legend says that one of the
daughters of the Pusapati royal family was the reincarnation
of the pressingdeity, Pydithallamma. The local believe
that with the blessings of the Goddess one can lead
a happy & prosperous life. The idol of the Goddess
was discovered on Vijayadasimi day way back in the year
1752. To mark the occasion, an annual jatra is held
on The immediate Monday & Tuesday of Vizianagaram
which attracts large crowds.
The Muudukovillu temple is unique in that the Shivalinga
in the temple has two different colours, symbolizing
the male and female aspects of the union of Lord Shiva
and Goddess Parvati. The temple was built by an old
woman who dreamt about it on her way to the holy city
of Kashi ( Banaras).
is famous for the 1000 years old Lord Sri Rama Temple
situated on the bavikonda hill. The beautiful koneru
lake is in it's vicinity constructed by the pusapati
kings during 1650-1696 A.D.,the unique feature of the
temple is that it is built entirely upon a huge rock.
Nearby on a hill, known as Gurubukhatakonda are the
remains of enormous Buddhist mahasthupa, which is 19
feet high and 65 feet in diameter, amonestery, chaitya,
monastic cells, two votivesthupas, a solid stone stupa,
an enclosed courtyard and a pillared hall. In the vicinity
are the ruins of a brick shrine with images of Jain
Thirtankaras. Further up-on the hill under a massive
hanging rock one can see several Jain sculptures.
How to Reach:- Located 13 Kms from Vizianagaram town.
is situated in Pusapatirega Mandal at distance of 30
K.Ms from Vizianagaram Town. The magnificent temple
here is renowned for its sculptural beauty and is based
on the essence of Bhagawat Gita. Gyana Ratham with Lord
Krishna on the chariot is an impressive image which
enthralls the visitors.
How to Reach:- Located 30 kms from Vizianagaram.
of the oldest Shiva temples is situated here. The sanctum
has an underground water source which ensures that the
Shivalinga is perpetually bathed with water. In the
nearby Trimurthi cave, three lingas are installed over
which water constantly drops. Considered to be a very
holy spot, a large numbers of devotees flock here during
the Mahasivaratri festival. Legend has it that one bathes
in the waterfall nearby and then has Darshan of Lord
Shiva, he attains Moksha.
How to Reach:- Located 4 Kms Srungavarapukota and 25
Kms from Vizianagaram.
Bobbili fort is situated in this ancient town. It is
associated with the historic battle between the Raja
of Bobbili and Zamindar of Vizianagaram, who is aided
by the French. The fierce war established this as a
land of heroism, bravery and courage. The impressive
Bobbili fort stands as a silent testimony to this hard
fought battle, who saw the Raja of Bobbili lay his life
fighting rather than surrendering. The Venugopala Swamy
temple here is quite famous as also the oldest in the
How to Reach:- Located 60 Kms from Vizianagaram.
One of the oldest musical instruments
known in India, with a mention of it in almost all ancient
texts, the Saraswathi Veena is an integral part of Carnatic
music, winning the hearts and earning the applause of
music lovers arround the world. Over the last three
centuries, a unique style of playing the veena has developed
in Bobbili, called the ‘Bobbili veena sampradayam’.
Its exponents have performed to much acclaim from Indian
and international audiences.
This achievement was matched with a rise in the fine
and intricate art of Veena making. The Saraswathi veenas
of Bobbili are unique in depth and fullness of tone
and are remarkable for their exquisite designs and patterns.
You can take home a memento veena, available in miniature
size, for not only the aesthetic element but also as
a symbol and reminder of India’s rich cultural
Legend has it that the Pandavas hid
their weapons on a "Jami Tree" before embarking
on the final year of their exile (Agnathavasam). During
their stay, King Dharmaraj and Kunthi installed the
idols of Sri Thirupuranatha Swamy and Sri Janardhan
Swamy, at this place. 500 years ago villagers found
an idol of Sri Madhava Swamy and established it between
the earlier two temples and named it Sri Venugopalaswamy
Temple. The jami tree at the Tripurtantaka Swamy temple
is considered to be holy for its miraculous properties.
The temple is said to be thousands of years old. Falklore
says that the local inhabitants tried to shift the temple
but they could not uproot the sivalinga. Modern day
geologists estimate that the Shivalinga extends more
than 179 feet deep into the earth.
How to Reach:- Located in jami on the banks of river
Gowthami,10 kms from Vizianagaram.
This small village is famous on account
of a huge complex of temples built by local devotees
over a period of 10 years. The temples are unique with
extremely attractive sculptures, paintings on the walls
and idols. The temples within the complex are of Ganapathi,
Shiva, Kalika Devi, Navagrahalu, Satyanarayana Swamy,
Subramanyeswaraswamy, Seetharamaswamy, Anjaneya Swamy
and Venu Gopalaswamy. Incidentally, the village was
the former seat of the erstwhile Vizianagaram Kingdom
and ruins of a mud fort still exist.
How to reach:- Located 20 Kms from Vizianagaram.
Visakhapatnam 65kms from vizianagaram
is a beautiful city of gorgeous beaches and the vast
blue sea, green-capped hills, awesome valleys, opaque
jungles and crystal clear cascades, million-year-old
caves, a 11th century temple, ancient Buddhist sites,
the only submarine museum in Asia, lush green parks,
and salubrious climate. The city has so much to offer
you and is surely considered to be important tourist
The city boasts Industrial Hub with enormous steel
plant, a world class port and major shipbuilding yard
and massive engineering talent pool from Andhra University,
Araku Valley, 115-km from Vizianagaram, district of
Andhra Pradesh is close to the Orissa State, border.
This place lures people with pleasant weather, hills
and valleys. The natural beauty of this valley comes
alive with its rich landscape. The area of the valley
is roughly 36-km and the altitude is between 600 and
900m above the sea level.
The journey to this place on the Ghat road with thick
forests on either side is in itself interesting and
pleasant. One can have a wonderful trekking trip. 46
tunnels and bridges will greet you on the way. The Ananthagiri
hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee
plantations. Borra Caves located 29-km from Araku Valley,
are one of the famous nearby tourist attraction.
Tribes inhabit the entire area and there are around
19 tribes. Tribal people who abound with their own folklore
and traditions enhance the beauty of this valley. Tribal
lifestyle expresses itself in various artistic creations
like folk costumes and art literally differing from
tribe to tribe. Dhimsa dance is a unique feature of
the tribes of Araku Valley.