Krishna ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)
Krishna region along the banks of river Krishna has many ancient places of historical and religious interest. Many places around are associated with Ramayana and Mahabharata. As per historical records, the region was originally inhabited by aboriginal tribes like the Chenchus, Koyas and Yenadis. The Dravidians arrived later. Many Buddhist temples, stupas and chaityas were built at this place. The chief river in Krishna region is Krishna. There are many places of tourist interest in this region.
Chilakalapundi: 5 kms from Masulipatam, Chilakalapundi has grown as a prosperous town, popular in the recent times with its modern temple of Panduranga, built attractively on a grand scale. It is said that it is in par with the one in Maharashtra. A grand festival is held on the Ashada Ekadashi every year when thousand of devotees participate.
Kondapalle: Kondapalle, 20 kms from Vijayawada, is an ancient village, home of the famous Kondapalle toys. These toys are made by a special wood by the skilled craftsmen who have settled down in the village. This family of craftsmen migrated many years ago from Rajasthan during the Mughal invasions. The highly coloured creations have a wide market including exports. The wood required for the toys is grown in the hills nearby.
Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi, 60 kms from Vijayawada, is this village is said to be the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of the famous Kuchipudi Dance system. A popular residential school is run at this place to train students in this art.