Papikondalu or the Papi Hills in Andhra Pradesh is supposedly equivalent in its natural beauty to Karshmir. Papikondalu lie very close to the Medak town and are also part of the Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts.
The mountain ranges were initially known as Papidi Kondalu, which in Telugu means partition. The ranges were thus named because of the partition they create in the River Godavari. Some people believe that the ranges were thus named because their aerial view resembles the partition that a woman creates in her hair.
The hills are very famous for the beautiful waterfalls at Munivaatam. This is essentially a tribal belt with calm and serene atmosphere. Many people come to the waterfalls to become one with nature. The tribal groups at the place are peaceful people and do not cause any sort of harm to the visiting tourists.
The most sought out way to reach Papikondalu is by boat through Bhadrachalam or Rajahmundry.
Papikondalu has a variety of fauna and flora. The Papikondalu wildlife sanctuary is a home not only to a variety of birds but a wide range of animals like tigers, panthers, antelopes, hyenas, jackals, spotted deers as well.