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Rajahmundry Travel Guide
Rajahmundry is a fascinating city of Andhra Pradesh state, India. Rajahmundry is located on the holy banks of River Godavari. It is also the fifth largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Known as the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh, Rajahmundry has a rich cultural past. Its original name was Rajamahendri or Rajamahendravaram.
Rajahmundry was the second capital of the many known Kannada Kingdoms previously. Rajaraja Narendra, the Chalukya ruler ruled this city around 1022 A.D. This city still holds traces of the majestic11th century palaces and fort walls. According to new archeological evidence there are chances that the city had existed far before the Chalukyas. The original name underwent a gradual metamorphosis and the name changed to Rajahmundry during the British rule.
Rajahmundry has given birth to some very great people including Nannayya, the poet laureate also called 'Adi Kavi' who wrote exquisite poems in Telugu. Jaya, the Sanskrit version of Mahabharata was translated in to Telugu by Nannayya along with Tikkana and Yerrana. Another feather in the hat for Rajahmundry is Kandukuri Veeresalingam, who was a social reformer and also is the author of Rajashekhara Charithra which is the first Telugu novel.
The city of Rajahmundry was known upto the 19th century as one of biggest city in South India. But it gradually lost its importance after independence due to lack of administration by the local leaders. During British rule this city was the centre of revolutions in Andhra Pradesh. Many of the major leaders had made this city as base for their activities before independence.
River Godhavari is the biggest attraction in Rajahmundry. There are two bridges which were built in this city previously which till today are the most attractive long bridges which are found in Andhra Pradesh. Many beautiful ghats and parks can be found on the river bank. During the British rule, Sir Arthur Cotton had great plans for Rajahmundry but later decided to build a dam in Dowleswaram due to its proximity to a hill that suited his purpose. Four divisions were made of the dam which is listed as Dowleswaram Division, Ryali Branch Division, Madduru division and Vijeswaram division. The entire Dam was just 900 yards (800 m) long and 9 feet high. Accomplishing this rare feat was a memorable moment to the Indians as well as to Sir Arthur Cotton.
The rail-cum-road bridge on the river Godavari linking Kovvur and Rajahmundry is the largest in Asia. It is also considered to be an engineering achievement. In the year 1897 the First Godavari Rail Bridge was built under the supervision of Er. Walton. He was a popular British Engineer. The bridge was built across the mighty River Godavari connecting East Godavari with West Godavari. The Bridge was constructed with stone masonry and steel girders and it stretches for three kilometers. This bridge served as a strong base for the trains plying between Chennai and Howrah. Another rail-cum-road bridge was built a quarter century ago across the downstream of the river to quench the increased traffic in goods and passengers. The Dowleswaram Bridge across the Godavari is seven kilometers south of Rajahmundry. Another must visit is the Rallabandi SubbaRao museum which has an amazing collection of artifacts including coins, sculpture, pottery, inscriptions and palm-leaf manuscripts.
Rajahmundry is also one of the Hindu pilgrimage centres. A number of temples are found here like the Kotilingalu (10 million idols of the Lord Siva) temple on the bank of the river Godavari. Holy congregations called the Pushkaram is held in this city that takes place only once in every 12 years. It brings together millions of people from all over the country who take a holy dip in the river. The Pushkaram generally lasts for 12 days and people from all over the country congregate to pray and also make offerings to their departed family members. Recently a huge Krishna temple has been constructed by the ISKCON foundation on the banks of the holy river Godavari. A recreation center which is popularly called the Gowthami Ghat, is a major attraction for the young population.
Located near Rajahmundry is the very beautiful Papi Hills. The hills and its surroundings serve as a visual treat to the visitors. A fascinating Water Fall can be found in a village called Perantala Palli on Papi hills. This village is usually visited by every person who visits Rajahmundry. Another tourist attraction is the Pattiseema which is known for its natural beauty. Movies have been shot here and on the banks of the River Godavari owing to the striking scenic beauty. Pedapatnam Lanka, also called Konaseema has lustrous greenery. Many places in and around konaseema are rich sources of oil and natural gas.
Best Season to Visit
The months of August- January is the ideal time to visit this magnificent place and learn about the Historical happenings which influence our life even today.
How to get there:
Rajahmundry is well connected to all parts of the state. National Highway 5 passes by this place and it as an excellent road connectivity to all important places like Dwarapudi, Kakinada and Amalapuram town.
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