East Godavari ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)
In the ancient times, the north-east of Andhra Pradesh was ruled by the Kalingas. Later,many dynasties such as Satavahanas, Ikswakus and Vishnukundins ruled here. Rajamundry was the capital for many places of interest in this region.
Annavaram: A small village, 75 kms from Rajamundry, by the side of Ratnagiri Hill, has become famous for the grand temple of Veera Satyanarayana Swamy on the nearby hillock. A very well organized temple on modern lines, a fine road has been laid from the bottom to the top of the hill. The deity can be seen here in three storeyed building. The main deity is in the ground floor while a Salagrama form is in the second floor. The third floor is meant for and guest houses have been developed on the lines of Tirumala. The temple is only 2 kms from Annnavaram railway station and local buses and auto-rickshaws are available for easy approach.
Antravedi: Antravedi is 35 kms from Rajamundry. Situated at the confluence of river Vasishtha, a tributary of Godavari with the sea, Antravedi has a temple having nine forms of God Narasimha (Nava Narasimhas).
Bikkavalu: Bikkavalu, 45 kms from Rajmundry, is named after Birudanka Bhima, a Chalukyan king of Vengi. There are six fine temples in this village which are the earliest examples of Vengi-Chalukyan style of architecture and sculpture. These are considered very important for the study of evolution of art and architecture in South India.
Dwaraka Tirumala: Dwaraka Tirumala, 30 kms Form Eluru, is famous for the Venkateshwara temple which attracts thousands of devotees like the famous Tirumala temple. It is believed that Goddess Padmavati stayed at this place for some time before going to Tiruchanur. Regular bus service is available from Eluru.
Kotipalle: A village, on the left bank of the Gautami Godavari river and 40 kms from Rajamundry, is a sacred place for bathing. It is believed that devotees derive the fruits of one crore (ten million) of offerings as meant by Koti Palle or Koti Phalam.
Pithapuram: Pithapuram, located 43 kms away from Rajmundry, is famous for its religious auspiciousness. The Siva temple at Pithapuram, dedicated to Kukkuteshwara, is a famous temple where the annual festival is celebrated continuously for 15 days ending with Mahashivarathri. Nearly a lakh of devotees congregate at that time as the place is considered equal to holy Varanasi.
Ryali: Ryali lies 30 kms from Rajmundry and is known for its unique temple of Jaganmohini Chenna Keshava. The Jaganmohini Chenna Keshava temple is known for its main deity which represents both Keshava in the front and Mohini at the back. The sculpture of the figure is so attractive that such art is very rarely seen in any part of the country. The temple has a Kalyana Mandapa which has very beautiful decorative sculpture on its pillars.
Sarpavaram: Sarpavaram is 37 kms from Rajamundry. An ancient temple dedicated to Vishnu under the name of Bhavanarayana Swamy is considered very sacred at this place.