Rajahmundry: The cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh

Rajahmundry, a beautiful city with a rich history, is situated on the banks of River Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The town was established in the 11th century, perhaps even before as per some recent archaeological data. Rajahmundry is known as the cultural capital of Andhra with accolades such as being the birthplace of first Telugu poet Nannayya and being the most prominent Southern Indian city in the uprising during the British Era. To get around this cultural capital, we highly recommend you book a cab.

Godavari Bridge. Image source: Wikipedia

Right from ancient temples to state-of-the-art science societies, Rajahmundry offers a range of experience to the tourists. One of the major tourist attractions is the Iskcon temple situated on the Gowthami Ghat. With an area of close to two acres, it is the second largest Iskcon temples in southern India after the Iskcon temple of Bengaluru. Cruising in a boat on the Godavari River is an enchanting experience that should not be missed.

Kotilingeswara Temple dates back to the 10th century and is a renowned tourist attraction in Rajahmundry. Various bathing ghats surround this temple attracting several tourists and devotees. It is believed that King Ravana offered prayer to Lord Shiva at this temple site. This site is considered holy, and a dip in the river is highly recommended.

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Draksharamam temple is situated about 40 km from Rajahmundry and dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. In this temple building, one can see several inscriptions carved including edicts from sculptural traditions of Chalukyan and Chola dynasties. Close to the temple, one can also see a Sapta Godavari Kundam representing Seven River Ponds which attract tourist as well as devotees. Kadiyapulanka located about 8 km from Rajahmundry is renowned for its flower show held in the month of January every year. Nature lovers frequent this place for beautiful gardens of roses, jasmine and other flowers.

The museums and science societies are another fascinating part of this city. Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum was established about 50 years ago as a cultural heritage centre of the state of Andhra Pradesh to preserve the collection of pottery items and rare coins. Exhibits at the museum also include rare vintage palm-leaf inscriptions and manuscripts.

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Aryabhatta Science and Technology Society is a knowledge centre and museum constructed by the Society’s president P. Satyanarayana Murthy in 2005. Some antique creations of Indian origin, as well as artefacts imported from Italy and China, are preserved in this museum. Exhibits at the museum also include warships, helicopter and submarines apart from models of historical monuments. Preserved reptiles and snakes including a 10 feet Python are also among the attractions. This is a dream destination for science aficionados.

Rajahmundry is renowned for its Hyderabad Biryani as well as Andhra Thali. The focus is on spicy and hot rice preparations. The other delicacies of the region include mango pickles, mirch bhaji from street vendors, Pootarekulu (sweet rolls), Rasaalu Mango, Chakkerakeli, banana and Kothapalli Kobbari mango. If your taste buds are not tuned to hot chillies and strong spices, sample some before you decide to order.

The summers are sweltering in Rajahmundry, so the best time to visit is between the months of October to March when the climate is comparatively pleasant. The renowned the ‘Chalukya Festival’ takes place in the month of February. Located at Madhurapudi, Rajahmundry airport is connected via service planes from Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bangalore. So, if you are visiting from other cities, you will have to first fly into any of these cities.

Rajahmundry railway station sits on the Howrah Chennai main line, and several trains have stoppages at this station. The city is well-linked via road networks to other nearby cities. APSRTC Buses along with several private bus operators ensure decent road connectivity. If you’re planning on exploring the city by road, we recommend you book a taxi from Visakhapatnam or nearby cities. Interestingly, you can also reach Rajahmundry from Bhadrachallam via boat. Happy Vacationing!

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