RAJAHMUNDRY

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Location : Left Bank At The Head Of The Godavari River Delta, East Godavari District
Previously Known As :Rajaraja Narendrapuram, Rajamahendravaram, And Rajamandiram
Famous For Having : Asia's Largest Rail-Cum-Road Bridge On The River Godavari


Rajahmundry is situated on the left bank at the head of the Godavari River delta in East Godavari district. The Asia's largest rail-cum-road bridge on the river Godavari linking Kovvur and Rajahmundry is considered to be an engineering feat.

Rail And Road Bridge, Rajahmundry,  Andhra PradeshAccording to tradition it is said to have been constructed by the Eastern Chalukya ruler Rajaraja Narendra in AD 1022. So it was called "Rajaraja Narendrapuram", Rajamahendravaram, Rajamandiram, and finally Rajahmundry. In 1449 Kapileshvara, the Orissa ruler captured Rajahmundry. In 1757 it was ceded to the British.

Home For Performing Arts
Rajahmundry is home to many art forms like dance, painting and music. It's a place of phenomenal historic and religious significance. Nannaya the poet laureate, who was called `Adi Kavi belonged to this place. The present city of Rajahmundry has a few traces of fine palaces, fort walls, etc. Several renowned poets, artistes, writers and social reformers were born at Rajahmundry.

Rajamundry is an important religious centre; pilgrims going to Kashi pay a visit to Rajahmundry and bathe in the holy river called "Kotilingam Ghat". There are a number of temples here and the Kotilingala temple on the bank of the Godavari is one of the most important temples. At a distance of 7-km south of Rajahmundry, there is the Dowlaiswaram Anicut across the Godavari.

Pushkaram
The Godavari Pushkaram, celebrated once in twelve years, attracts a large number of pilgrims from all over the country.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS

Paul Chowk
Named after Mr. Bipin Chandra Paul who came to Rajahmundry in April 1907 during the Vandemataram movement.

Seshaiah Metta
It is said that Rajahmundry was on Panchagiris (Five hills) and one of them was 'Sesha Giri' (A hill named 'Sesha') and the place was named after it. But the story according to the historians is quite different. According to them the name of this place took its transformation from "Sher Sahib Metta" to "Seshaiah Metta". Sher Sahib was one of the rulers of Rajahmundry during the Muhammadan rule.

Kambham Choultry And Kambal Tank
Kambala Lake (Kambhala Cheruvu - Kambham Vari Cheruvu) was dug during the construction of a choultry where death ceremonies only take place. Mr. Kambham Narasingarao Pantulu between 1845-1850 constructed this choultry, which is unique, as it is the only choultry in the country where only death ceremonies are held. Even in Varansi (Kashi) also we can't find a separate choultry that undertakes the death ceremonies.

The Temple Of Lord Markandeya
A rich person Mr. Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao constructed this temple in the year 1818. The archaeological experts confirmed it to be a Shiva temple. The street in which he lived is named as "Gundu Vari Street". The main entrance of this temple was in this street.

lcot Gardens
The gardens in which the meetings of Divya Gjyan Samaj were conducted by their leader Mr.Alcot are named after him as Alcot Gardens.

EXCURCIONS

Ryali
Ryali lies at a distance of 24-km from Rajahmundry. It was known as 'Ratnapuri' in the past. Ryali is famous for excellent sculptures and rare iconography in the 'Janganmohini Kesavaswami' temple.

Annavaram
Annavaram is situated at a distance of about 3-km from Annavaram railway station on the Vijayawada-Waltair broad gauge section of the South Central Railway, 48-km from Kakinada and about 80-km from Rajahmundry. Annavaram is one of the reputed centres of pilgrimage in the state on account of a temple of 'Sri Vira Venkata Satyanarayana Swami'.

Draksharama
Draksharamam is in the village of Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari District. It is at a distance of about 26-km from Kakinada and 48-km from Rajahmundry. This place is also called, as "Dakshina Kasi" (Southern Banaras). It is considered highly sacred, next only to Benaras, the holiest of Shiva temples in the country.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air:
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada, which is connected to Hyderabad & Vishakhapatnam.

Rail:
Rajahmundry is connected by rail with most parts of the country.

Road:
Good motorable roads connect Rajahmundry with major cities in India. Regular bus services from Amaravati, Annavaram, Guntur, Kodad, Hyderabad , Kakinada, Machilipatnam, Chennai , Nellore, Suryapet, Tirupati , Tuni, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Warangal amongst other places connect Rajahmundry.

Local Transport:
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates city bus services point-to-point bus services, which connect important places.

WHERE TO STAY

Anand Regency Kambala Lake
Hotel Apsara
Hotel Ashoka Hote
l Chandana Shamala Centre
Hotel Chandralok
Hotel Devi Sridevi
Hotel Dwarakamai Kotipally
Hotel Ratna Palace
Hotel Sree Durga
Hotel Surya
Hotel Vaishnavi

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Hospital:
S.V. Heart Care Centre
15-117, Behind Syamala Nagar, Rajamundry
East Godavari

GENERAL INFORMATION

Climate: Tropical
Temperature Range
Summer: Max 46°C and Min 30°C
Winter: Max 32°C and Min 19°C
Rainfall: Seasonal
Clothing: Light Cottons
STD Code: 0883

NEARBY CITIES

Ryali: 24-km
Annavaram: 80-km
Draksharama: 48-km
Thamayapeta: 32-km
Jaggampetta: 48-km



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