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TOP TOURIST PLACES IN VIZIANAGARAM DISTRICT
1.  Vizianagaram
The imposing fort formed the nucleus around which grew the town of Vizianagaram. Depicting the past glory of the rulers, the quadrangular stone fort is evident of the knowledge and skillfullness of the builders and architects of those days.An ancient temple of Pydithalli Ammavaru is situated in this town. Legend has it that one of the daughters of the Pasupati royal family was the reincarnation of the pressing deity, Pydithallamma. The local believe that with the blessings of the Goddess one can lead a happy & prosperous life. The idol of the Goddess was discovered on Vijayadasimi day way back in the year 1752. To mark the occasion, an annual jatra is held on21st and 22nd October which attracts large crowds. The Moddukovillu temple is unique in that the Shivalinga in the temple has two different colours, symbolizing the male and female aspects of the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
2.  Ramathirtham
Ramathirtham is famous for the 1000 years old sri rama temple situated on the bavikonda hill. The beautiful koneru lake is in it's vicinity. constructed by the pusapati kings during 1650-1696 A.D.,the unique feature of the temple is that it is built entirely upon a huge rock. Nearby on a hill, known as Gurubukhatakonda are the remains of enoromous buddhist mahasthupa, which is 19 feet high and 65 feet in diameter,a monestery,chaitya, monastic cells, two votive sthupas, a solid stone stupa,an enclosed courtyard and a pillered hall. In the vicinity are the ruins of a brick shrine with images of Jain Thirtankaras. Furhter up on the hill under a massive hanging rock one can see several jain sculptures. Located at 13 Kms from Vizianagaram. Accommodation is available at R & B Guest House, Vizianagaram
3.  Bobbili
The Bobbili fort is situated in this ancient town. It is associated with the historic battle between the Raja of Bobbili and Zamindar of Vizianagaram, who is aided by the French. The fierce war established this as a land of heroism, bravery and courage. The impressive Bobbili fort stands as a silent testimony to this hard fought battle, who saw the Raja of bobbili lay his life fighting rather than surrendering. The Venugopala Swamy temple here is quite famous as also the oldest in the district. Located at 60 Kms away from Vizianagaram
4.  Kumili
This small village is famous on account of a huge complex of temples built by local devotees over a period of 10 years. The temples are unique with extremely attractive sculptures, paintings on the walls and idols. The temples within the complex are of Ganapathi, Shiva, Kalika Devi, Navagrahalu, Satyanarayana Swamy, Subramanyeswaraswamy, Seetharamaswamy, Anjaneya Swamy and Venu Gopalaswamy. Incidentally, The village was the former seat of the erstwhile Vizianagaram Kingdom and ruins of a mud fort still exist. Located at 20 Kms from Vizianagaram
5.  Govindapuram
Govindapuram is situated in Pusapatirega Mandal at distance of 30 K.Ms from Vizianagaram Town. The magnificent temple here is renowned for its sculptural beauty and is based on the essence of Bhagawat Gita. Gyana Ratham with Lord Krishnaon the chariot is an impressive image which enthralls the visitors. Located at 20 Kms from Vizianagaram
6.  Punyagiri
One of the oldest Shiva temples is situated here.The sanctum has an underground water source which ensures that the Shivalinga is perpetually bathed with water.In the nearby Trimurthi cave,three lingas are installed over which water constantly drops.Considered to be a very holy spot, a large numbers of devotees flock here during the Mahasivaratri festival.Legend has it that one bathes in the waterfall nearby and then has Darshan of Lord Shiva,he attains Moksha. Located at 4 Kms from Srungavarapukota and 25 Kms from Vizianagaram
7.  Jami Vruksham
Legend has it that the Pandavas hid their weapons on a "Jami Tree" before embarking on the final year of their exile (Agnathavasam). During their stay, King Dharmaraj and Kunthi installed the idols of Sri Thirupuranatha Swamy and Sri Janardhan Swamy, at this place. 500 years ago villagers found an idol of Sri Madhava Swamy and established it between the earlier two temples and named it Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple The jami tree at the Tripurtantaka Swamy temple is considered to be holy for its miraculous properties. The temple is said to be thousands of years old. Falklore says that the local inhabitants tried to shift the temple but they could not uproot the sivalinga. Modern day gelogists estimate that the Shivalinga extends more than 179 feet deep in to the earth. Located in Jammi on the banks of the river Gowthami, 10 Kms from Vizianagaram
8.  PYDITHALLI AMMAVARI TEMPLE
Pyditalli Ammavaru, a local Goddess situated in Vizianagaram Town is very famous.Special Festival of Pyditalli Ammavaruwould be celebrated every year on the next Tuesday of Vijayadasami called Sirumanu Festival. The Chief priest of the temple is taken around in a procession, perch- ed atop a 40 feet Siriman (Ceremonial Post). The devotees throw fruits at the priests feet and seek his blessings and he is believed to respect the Goddess.The idol was installed about 250 years ago and the people of Vizianagaram have been worshipping her ever since.
9.  TRIPURANTAKA SWAMY TEMPLE
The Temple is located in Vizianagaram Town. Over a period this temple was forgotten and was lost in a dense overgrown forest. According to folklore, the Pusapati king had a dream in 1698 AD, in which he was intimated about the temple. After a through search in the jungles, the idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were found, and were installed in the temple. The Tripurantaka Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend states that the Pandavas prayed here and hid their weapons on a â??Jamiâ?? tree. The Jami tree at the Tripurantaka Swamy temple is considered to be holy for its miraculous properties. The temple is said to be thousands of years old. Folklore says that the local inhabitants tried to shift the temple but they could not uproot the Shivalinga. Modern day geologists estimate that the Shivalinga extends more than 179 feet deep into the earth.
10.  JAGANNADHA SWAMY TEMPLE
The Temple is located in Vizianagaram Town. The temple of Lord Jagannadha situated in the coastal town of Puri in Orissa is an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus. As per traditions, replica of the idol of Lord Jagannadha is immersed into the sea every twelve years. The Maharaja of Vizianagaram requested the priests of Puri to permit him to bring the replica to Vizianagaram with the intent of installing the idols in a temple, but his request was denied. It is said that a band of loyal followers of the Maharajaâ??s dived into the sea and retrieved the idol on the night of the immersion. This idol was brought to Vizianagaram and installed in the Jagannadha Swamy temple.
11.  GUMCHI TEMPLE
The Temple is located in Vizianagaram Town. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the faithful disciple of Lord Rama. In Hindu mythology, Hanuman was the son of the Surya Deva (Sun God) and had features of a monkey. He was a faithful devotee of Lord Rama and helped him vanquish the demon king Ravana.
12.  IBBILINGESWARA TEMPLE (SARIPALLI)
This temple is situated in Saripalli Village in distance of 7 KM from Vizianagaram towards North East. The beautiful and ancient Ibbilingeswara temple shows influence of the architectural style prevalent during the Kalinga period and is situated on the banks of river Champavati. The temple is constructed with stones chiselled perfectly to fit each other without any bonding medium. Because of its beauty, the local inhabitants believe that, the temple was constructed by the Gods. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is estimated to have been constructed around 1000 AD
13.  KUMILI TEMPLE
Kumili village also known as Kumbilapuram, is situated in Denkada Mandal was one of the first estates leased to the House of Vizianagaram and was the capital of Pusapati dynasty before it was shifted to Vizianagaram. The temple at Kumili is unusual in that it has symbolic representations of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity within the precincts. The entrance to the temple has carvings of prominent national leaders. Thus the temple is representative of all the major faiths as well as the patriotic fervour of the country. The inner dome of the temple has murals depicting stories from Ramayana. There are elaborate carvings on the pillar in the courtyard, which depict various Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
14.  KANYAKA PARAMESWARI TEMPLE
This temple is situated in Vizianagaram Town and it was built in the year 1890 by the Komatis (Trading community) in the honour of a village girl belonging to their community, who committed suicide to protect her honour. The temple was constructed on the land donated by the Maharaja of Vizianagaram.
15.  GANTA STAMBHAM (Clock Tower)
During the British Raj, the Kings of Vizianagaram made frequent visits to London. The Big Ben in London inspired them to make a replica in the town. The Ghanta Stambham (Clock Tower) originally had a sandstone finish with a white top and has now been painted cream and red. This 68 feet high octagonal building was built at a cost of only Rs.5,400. in 1885 and is located very close to the fort, right in the heart of the city .
16.  MOTI MAHAL
The Moti Mahal was constructed in 1869 by Vijayarama Raju-III as the Maharajaâ??s court. The monument echoes memories of a grand past wherein a resplendent king assisted by richly dressed courtiers held court and administered the kingdom in their collective wisdom and goodwill. The main door is decorated with two exquisite marble statues which speak of the good taste as well as the wealth of the occupants. The Moti Mahal is the main and most prominent building in the Vizianagaram fort. It was donated to the MANSAS Trust by Dr. P.V.G Raju. Today, it serves the noble purpose of furthering education by housing a college meant exclusively for women on the first floor. The link with its past is maintained through a display of artifacts in a museum on the ground floor of Moti Mahal.
17.  OUDH KHANA
It offers a glimpse into the fascinating style in which the royalty of Vizianagaram lived. It is an octagonal stone structure, which stands adjacent to the Phool Bagh Palace. It was built exclusively for the Maharajah to bathe. It is a 50 feet high stone structure with spiral steps leading to the water tank on top to which water was pumped from a nearby well.
18.  ALAKANANDA PALACE
The Alaknanda Palace was built in 1857 for the royal guests. This opulent palace provided its occupants with all comforts of life in the lap of natural and man-made beauty. The area around the palace is well laid out with walkways and gardens. A runway, built in the grounds, enabled the royal visitors to alight straight from their aircraft into the palace. At present, the Alaknanda Palace is used as the headquarters of the 5th Battalion of the Andhra Pradesh Armed Reserve Police.
19.  KORUKONDA PALCE
A little further away from Alakananda palace, the Korukonda Palace stands majestically amidst open playgrounds and well-laid gardens. The Palace and the surrounding 1,000 acres of land have been developed into a premier educational institution by the Indian Navy, which runs a school for children aspiring to join the armed forces.
20.  PERLA HOME
The Perla Vari home was also built in 1895 and is one of the best-preserved old buildings in the city. It was the first building to have electricity in the region. Amongst other things, the master bedroom of their house boasted of a bed covered with silver. The building had an attached library that is still functional. The main hall is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and period furniture brought from Europe as well as numerous artifacts collected from all over the world.
21.  RAJ MAHAL
The Bobbili Rajas built a number of palaces to lavish hospitality on their guests. The Raj Mahal, also known as the Chikkavaram Guest House, is one such palace. It is situated in isolated splendour on the outskirts of modern day town. Visitors to the palace have to traverse a long driveway to reach the palace premises. It was built in 1888 by Maharaja Venkata Swetha Chalapati Ranga Rao.
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