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Rajahmundry Tourism And Travel Guide
20.2° C / 68.4° F
October to March
2 to 3 Days
Rajahmundry Airport (18 kms)
Rajahmundry Railway Station (3 kms)
Have you been searching for the best places to spend a vacation in the lap of nature? Of course, you will find many such places in India but the southern part is best known for natural beauty and serenity. One of our foremost recommendations is Rajahmundry. Wondering why? Because Rajahmundry is a prime urban center and one of the best pilgrimage sites in the south. Numerous age-old temples and religious sites make this perfect for devotees. But that’s not it. Rajahmundry is also ideal for tourism that spans only a weekend getaway; to help you relish the charm of history, nature and spirituality. And therefore, here's a travel guide to Rajahmundry.
How To Reach
Rajahmundry is one of the most beautiful places in Andhra Pradesh and a city that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. If you are a nature lover, adventurous, and want to spend some romantic time, this is the place to be. So if you have made your mind to visit this city, read through this section to learn more about the options to get here. Trains are the most preferred and recommended option to reach Rajahmundry. Airways are the fastest but can be expensive.
Railways are the best and most convenient way to reach Rajahmundry from almost any major city in India. Rajahmundry railway station is the nearest railway station and one of the biggest in the entire South of India. Many trains have their stoppages here and you can get to this city directly from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. So check the IRCTC website for more details and book your tickets.
The massive 6 lane roads in Andhra Pradesh are another way to reach this amazing destination. The buses owned by the state government will help you get here from other cities in the state. There are also many private bus service providers that run AC, non-Ac, Deluxe, Sleeper, and Semi Sleeper buses at regular intervals. If you are traveling from neighboring regions such as Vijayawada, Vizag, and so on, a self-drive can be tried. You’ll have an amazing time driving your way to the city. So decide and plan accordingly.
Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest airport to the city. However, it is located at some distance (about 18 km) so once you get down at the airport, you will have to book a cab to reach your hotel in the city. There are direct flights to Rajahmundry from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and other prominent cities in India. So reaching Rajahmundry by flight is quite convenient through the airways but they can expensive. So plan and decide accordingly.
Getting around the city is pretty convenient. Local city buses, private cabs, auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws, and trains are majorly used by the locals and visitors to move from one place to another. Auto-rickshaws are best suited for making quick hops. And to visit the neighboring tourist spot, trains or private cabs are the best options. But before you get into one of those, bargain and decide on the price to avoid any arguments as they generally charge more if they know that you are a visitor. Stay cautious and enjoy the ride.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The weather of Rajahmundry is tropical in nature and the city experiences three typical subcontinental seasons. The summers in the city can be extremely hot and therefore not a recommended time for visiting. Monsoons are pretty good and help in getting the temperature down but the humidity persists and this can make sightseeing a bit difficult. Winters are extremely cozy and the best time to visit the city.
Summer (March - June):
The summers in Rajahmundry typically start from the month of March and remain active till the end of June. In some places, it can get extremely hot and humid and the temperature goes up to 40° C. So generally, avoid traveling during this time to avoid the discomfort of the scorching heat. The maximum temperature during summertime is 38° C and the minimum temperature stays around 28° C. Light cotton clothes are recommended if you’re traveling in the summer season to Rajahmundry.
Monsoon (July - October):
The monsoon season begins by the end of June and stretches until the end of September and start of October. It doesn’t rain that heavily in the monsoon so traveling can be tried but due to high humidity prevailing during this time can give you a tough time at sightseeing. Nevertheless, the city remains active and beautiful in the monsoon and you’ll still be able to enjoy your time and stay. The maximum temperature remains as high as 33° C and the lowest temperature that’s recorded is 26° C.
Winter (November - February):
The end of monsoon marks the beginning of the most pleasant time of the year that is the winter season. It typically starts by the end of October and stays pleasant until March. So these four months see an exponential increase in the number of visitors in the city. Given the climate and weather in winter, you’ll not mind the crowd and will enjoy every single minute of your stay here. The maximum temperature during this time stays at 31° C and it goes as low as 21° C in the night. So not very cold or hot, simply charming.
Things To Do
Visit the Grand Rajahmundry Temples:
There are over 25 famous temples in Rajahmundry that deserve a visit during your stay. But given the limited time that we have when we travel to places, it’s not possible to go through all religiously significant places. However, Kotilingeswara Temple requires a special mention. This temple was constructed in the 10th century and is a fine example of an ancient sublime structure. Legends say that Ravana used to worship Lord Shiva at this temple and many people visit this temple and take a dip in the holy Godavari river. Another one is the Markendaya Temple that is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. So do take a visit to these grand temples.
Admire the Gorgeous Papi Hills:
The gorgeous Papi Hills is a breathtaking destination for tourists and locals alike. And if you are a nature lover and adventurous this is the place for you, simply irresistible. It’s the compelling natural beauty with a serene atmosphere, long spread lush greenery, waterfalls, trekking the hills and fishing makes this place the number 1 must-visit spot. You will not stop admiring this fabulous place and let your mind unwind itself with the natural magnificence of this place.
Cruise on the Godavari River:
Cruising over the famous and holy Godavari river is yet another top thing to be tried during your vacation to Rajahmundry. A boat trip will give you a fascinating experience as you discern the magnificence of nature when you cruise over Godavari. You’ll surely be spellbound by the amazing landscape, scenic hills, and lush greenery. What’s mesmerizing is that you’ll be able to experience the places during your cruise that are untouched by humans. And the natural beauty of this place will take complete control of your mind and soul.
Get Fascinated by the Beauty of Maredumilli:
India has been running many eco-tourism projects throughout the county and Maredumilli is part of this Government initiative. It’s a beautiful terrain of evergreen forests, undulating plains, and rich biodiversity. This fab place is situated towards the East Godavari district and is best known for its lush greenery, ravines, and rivers. Yet another perfect spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers and for offbeat travelers. Here, you can visit the APFDC coffee and pepper plantations located nearby. Additionally, Madan Kunj-Vihara Sthal is ideal for someone who wants to spend the day relaxing and picnicking in nature’s lap.
The local cuisine in Rajahmundry is predominately spicy, extremely spicy. Because the city has been ruled by many rulers (some of them belonged to Persia, East of India, North of India) the cuisine here therefore has a superb blend of the taste and quality that’s available in different regions. Persian and Hyderabadi style of cooking is pretty common in the city and you’ll enjoy eating at the various joints here.
Veg, non-veg, Muglai, Coastal Sea Food, Italian, Continental, and almost all variety of food is available in the city. The street food is amazingly delicious and most of them serve hygienic delicacies. Besides, popular joints in the city include the following:
- DFC (Deccan Fried Chicken), the must-try item is crispy chicken dishes
- Asharam Restaurant, try noodles and other Chinese dishes here
- Citrus Restaurant, delicious north, and south Indian dishes
- Sri Kanya Comfort Restaurant, try their delicious biryani
- Udipi Akshaya, cheap and delectable lunch thalis
- Aavakai, superb South Indian Food
Rose milk, Pandalapaka biryani, and Pootharekulu (Paper sweets) require special mentioning, as they are the specialty of Rajahmundry and you can’t leave the city without trying them.