Khammam ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)
Khammam region has a history of more than thousand years behind it and was originally known as Stambhadri and Stambhagiri. Rich deposits of coal are found here, which has given rise to the coal mines. There are a few interesting places around.
Bhadrachalam: Lying 37 kms from Kothagudem and 161 kms from Rajamundry, Bhadrachalam is a famous place of pilgrimage on the banks of river Godavari, which has the largest basin at this place. The well known temple of Seetha Ramaswamy, built on the top of a small hillock surmounted by a lofty tower, is a famous place of worship in Andhra Pradesh. Tradition ascribes the origin of this shrine to a pious village lady called Tammala Dammakka. The famous saint Ramadas, who was the royal treasurer for the Sultan of Golconda, grew passionately over this shrine and renovated the old shrine spending large sums of money of the Sultan. An interesting story of this incident has grown around in the historical records. Many modern buildings have come up at this place of which the Ramadas Hall is the finest. Around the walls of the temple are depicted 48 aspects of Lord Vishnu in excellent sculpture. The place is connected by a direct train from Hyderabad besides bus services from many parts of the state. There are a number of choultries and guest houses to provide accommodation to the pilgrims and visitors.
Singareni Coal Mines: Lying 35 kms from Bhadrachalam, this is one of the oldest coal fields in the country. New coal mines have been developed at Kothagudem which work at depths ranging from 40 to 400 metres below ground. A fine township has been developed around the coal fields besides a modern guest house.