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Vizianagaram Fort
        The 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).

   

RAMATHIRTHAM
        Ramathirtham 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.

   

GOVINDAPURAM         Govindapuram 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.

   

PUNYAGIRI
        One 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
        The 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 district.

How to Reach:- Located 60 Kms from Vizianagaram.
   

VEENA MANUFACTURING
        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 heritage.

   

JAMI VRUKSHAM
        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.

   

KUMILI
        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
        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 destinations.

        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, since 1926.

   

ARAKU VALLEY
        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.


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