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Things To Do In Rajahmundry
If you are looking forward to spending a spiritual vacation in the lap of nature, Rajahmundry is the place to be. Rajamundry is primarily a pilgrimage site with numerous temples in and around the area. Along with Vizag, Vijayawada, and Amaravathi, Rajahmundry is one of the most visited places in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The things to do in this city mostly circle around visiting the religious spots. However, there are a few places that are exceptionally beautiful and offer a serene experience. Let us guide you through some of the best things to do in Rajahmundry.
Pay Homage to the Gods — Temple Visits
Rajahmundry is the place with hundreds of temples in and around the city. So this is the ideal place for anyone who is looking forward to a pilgrimage tour in the south of India. Once you reach the city, the first thing that you should be doing is taking a holy visit to the temples. Some of the most popular temples include the Kotilingeswara Linga Temple, Markandeya Temple, ISKON Temple, Varaha Lakshmi Temple, Ganesh Temple, and so on.
From the list of the many, Dwarka Tirumala temple is the one that you should not miss visiting. It’s considered as sacred as the one in the Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. This temple is a dedication to Lord Krishna and visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. They mostly visit this place during the celebration of Vaikunta Ekadasi (celebrated in Dec/Jan) and Brahmotsavam (around May) festivals. Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple is the next most important temple in the city. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and offers a sublime view of the sunlight that falls on the linga during the sunrise. Visiting all the temples is not possible in a short span of time. We, therefore, suggest that you should not miss paying homage to these temples during your stay in Rajahmundry.
Experience Nature’s Magnificence — Maredumilli
Along with visiting the holy temples around the city of Rajahmundry, the next big mesmerizing thing that you should be doing here is experiencing the magnificence of nature. It will be the perfect opportunity to spend a peaceful time in the lap of nature and rest your tiring soul. Maredumilli is just ideal for such an experience. It’s located at some distance from the city for about 90 km and a drive of 2 hours. Nevertheless, the whole drive will be full of pure joy seeing the lush greenery and valleys as you make your way to the Maredumilli town. The entire area is a thick forest with multiple water streams not too far away from each other.
Also if you are interested, you can take a 2-hour trip to a hill rock in the jungle. You can enjoy trekking as you make your way through the thick forest with the sweet sound of nearby waterfalls to the hill. Staying overnight in the tent at the hilltop is yet another thing that can be tried here. Also, if you are missing a temple in the middle of the jungle, stop worrying. There’s one right in the jungle, the Shiva temple is very famous amongst the local tribes and they say that if you visit this place, your sins will be washed away. So overall pretty adventurous and you’ll admire every single minute of your stay here.
Cruise to the Papi Hills — Mesmerizing Boat Ride
A weekend visit to the Papi Hills is one of the highly recommended things to do in Rajahmundry. Papi Hills is a perfect location for anyone who wants to enjoy watching spectacular landscapes. Cruising over the Godavari River and making your way to the Papi Hills will undoubtedly be your most pleasant experience in Rajahmundry. Papi Hills is basically a set of three hills Papi hills that form a stunning canyon on the Godavari river. Kolluru village is the nearest place where you can find a comfortable hut arrangement but for a limited number of people. The huts are elevated bamboo platforms with a covered top portion. And the best way to get there is a boat ride.
Here is the catch, you gotta book the boat and the huts in advance through the packages provided by the travel agencies. Traveling on your own to this place is otherwise not possible unless you have a boat of your own. But that’s highly unlikely as you are a tourist and not a native to the place. Start your voyage early in the morning as it’s gonna take about 6 hours to get there so set out early morning and float through the Godavari. The boat usually stops at the famous Pattiseema temple for a few minutes. Then, you pass through the endless picturesque locations along the Godavari and reach your destination, the Kolluru village. Once you get there, get yourself comfortable in the huts and chillax in the cool breeze. You’ll be blown away by the calmness all around and the beautiful sight of the clear sky, worth experiencing.
Admire the Modern Engineering Marvel — Godavari Bridge
While the famous temples and scenic natural beauties are a little away from the city, the next popular thing-to-do on our list is one right in the center of the city. The Godavari Bridge is the finest display of modern architectural wonder in Rajahmundry. It’s basically a truss- bridge spanning over the Godavari river that offers a sensational view of the wide-spread riverfront from the bridge. This bridge was first constructed during the British era and later after some 100 years, it was reconstructed by the South Central Division of Indian Railways.
This bridge has become one of the most visited spots in Rajahmundry. Tourists and the locals gather around to sight the sunset which is simply breath-taking. You cannot miss taking some amazing pictures on the bridge. Moreover, a boating facility is also available. So you can take a romantic boat ride with your loved ones, especially during the sunset. Because of the beautiful view the bridge offers, many Tollywood movies have been shot here. So if you are lucky, you might be able to see some famous stars from the South Indian Film Industry, you never know. Even if you aren’t able to see the Film stars, the experience you get after visiting this place is second to no other.
Witness Yet Another Modern Marvel — Dowleswaram Barrage
If you think you have seen enough of the modern engineering marvel at the Godavari Bridge, visit Dowleswaram Barrage. This fascinating irrigation project is situated at a distance of 9 km from Rajahmundry railway station. So this one is again pretty much within the city’s proximity. Before the construction of this barrage, the locals, especially the farmers, had to face a drought-like situation during the summer season due to lack of water resources. And during the monsoon, things used to even more difficult with heavy rainfall overflooding the Godavari River causing heavy destruction.
The British Government back then commissioned the construction of a barrage to help people out and a dam was constructed. This project ensured the continuous flow of water in the summer season helping farmers and regulated the flow of the river during the monsoons. The British irrigation engineer, Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton led the project and completed this successfully. Later, the government of Andhra Pradesh made a lot of improvements to it. The view from the bridge is amazing and boating is another activity which you can try here. Another place that you should not miss visiting during your stay in Rajahmundry.
Take a Glimpse of City’s Glorious Past — Trip to Museums
When you tour any city and enjoy its top attractions, it’s always good to study more about the city to get to know it better. You learn more about the city’s history, tradition, culture, glorious past, how people in the past lived in the city and how it evolved and got better with modern equipment and ways of living. And there is no better way to get this information other than the local city museums. The museums in the city will give you a good enough glimpse of the city’s past. The Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum is one of the most visited museums in the city. This unique place provides details about the ancient history of Rajahmundry.
It gives precious information about the tradition and cultures that revolved around the people who have lived and been living here for a long time. Poems and different forms of art are also at the display. Old paintings, sculptures, ancient coins, and so on. This museum is well-maintained and will take an hour to take a full tour. Besides, Sir Authur Cotton Museum is another place where you can learn more about the structures in the city, especially the Dowleswaram Barrage. The museum displays several pictures of how the construction took place. What different machinery and tools were used for the project and how they finally made this dream to come true. We recommend visiting these places to get a good glimpse of the city’s glorious past.
Get Out of City's Hustle & Bustle — Uppada Beach
We all love beaches for their unique display of nature’s splendor. The serenity, cool breeze, sweet sound of the beach water, stunning view of the rising and setting sun, a peaceful walk in the ankle or shin-high water. Imagining already? Of course, you are! Although Rajahmundry is not a place that has beaches, one of the closest one to the city is located at a distance of 50 km. Uppada Beach is the nearest beach for the locals and tourists. But this one is nothing less than other any beautiful beach in South India. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to get out of the city’s hustle and bustle. Therefore this place is visited by many during the weekends and you should not miss ou too.
The specialty of the beach is its crystal clear water and soft white sand. The lush greenery, the cool breeze, clear water, tender sunshine, and the swaying palm trees nearby make this a unique spot for visitors. Sunbathing, playing cricket, football, talking a long walk, jogging, can be fun and rejuvenating. You can try fishing with the help of local fishermen if you are interested in the activity. Besides, the sunset is majestic. There’s also a well-maintained and beautiful park at the beach that adds to its attraction. You will also find local restaurants selling fresh seafood near the beach along with other snacks.
Time to Fill Your Bags — Go Shopping
As we say in all our destination articles, no trip is complete without shopping. And shopping should be one of your top things-to-do that must be tried preferably before leaving the city. Rajahmundry although a small town has many things to offer for shopaholics. There are numerous shopping points that sell traditional and modern stylish dresses. Rajahmundry is the second-largest cloth market in India. The famous khadi or handwoven clothes can be purchased from Khadi Bhandars or Khadi-gram Udyog. Plus, there are various cooperative handloom houses from where you can purchase designer sarees with extremely elegant borders, both cotton & silk.
The Bandarulanka production unit in Rajahmundry is very popular for selling sarees with silver & golden borders. Besides, Rajahmundry is also very famous for gold and silver markets. Gold and ornaments with 22-24 karats can be purchased from various jewelry shops. Silver and diamonds are also available for selling. Original stones such as Rubies, Pearls, Emeralds, and others studded in silver, platinum, and gold are also available. Other usual shopping items such as designer bedsheets, wall-hangings, toys, and other artifacts can also be purchased. So fill your bags as much as you can, we don’t visit the same place much often as we keep exploring new places.