Kondaveedu Fort is part of the rich historical past of Guntur city. The fort is situated around 12 km from Guntur and can be reached easily via well-maintained roads.
The construction of this historical fort was commissioned by the Reddy kings during the start of the 14th century. The fort itself contains 21 structures. The structures are in ruin for the most part, but they still offer a deep insight into the mysteries associated with the fort.
Many people visit the fort to enjoy the scenic beauty amidst which the fort has been built. Some tourists also prefer trekking and hiking in the area because the terrain is suitable for doing so.
Very close to the fort is located the Gopinatha Temple and the Kathulabave Temple. These fall en route to the fort along with many other temples. The gateway to the fort is located at the base of the hill on which the fort stands. Along with the gateways, the residential complexes of the fort as well as a huge hall also stand in testimony to the history of the place.
Mangalagiri is a small town located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, at a distance of 21 km from the city of Guntur. It is an important tourist destination for the cities of Guntur as well as Vijayawada.
The literal meaning of the word Mangalagiri is the holy hill. Mangalagiri is famous for its temples and the fine-quality cotton cloth that is produced in the town.
The famous Lakshmi Narayan Swami Temple is located in the town and many devotees as well as tourists visit the temple to seek blessings from god. The temple has been built over a hill. This hill used to be an active volcano hundreds of years ago. The temple has been built at a height of 30 metres above sea level. Devotees offer jaggery water at the temple.
Uppalapadu Nature Conservation is situated at a distance of 6.4 kilometres from the outskirts of Guntur city on the southern side. The place is famous for the water tanks that attract a large number of migratory birds to the conservation park. Exotic, rare and endangered species of birds make the conservation their home each year for a few months. The birds include the endangered spot-billed pelicans and the exotic painted storks.
In recent years, the number of birds visiting the park has dwindled down to 7000 from the previous 12,000. This has been attributed to various factors including global warming. However, this has not stopped the tourists from thronging to the park in large numbers year after year. The bird lovers come to this place to see so many exotic species of birds roosting together at one place. March and April are the best months to visit the Uppalapadu Nature Conservation because one can spot the migratory birds here during their nesting season.
Kotappakonda is a village situated on the south-western side of Guntur city and is about 40 km from the city. The village lies very close to Narsaraopet and is accessible by road. The village was initially called Kondakavuru but later came to be known as Kotappakonda.
Kotappakonda is also popularly known as Trikuta Parvatham because of the three-peaked hill that lies close to the village. There are many hills surrounding the village, but the most popular of these are the peaks of Trikutachalam or Trikutadri. These three peaks can be seen clearly from all directions in the village. The peaks have been named after the three Hindu gods who form the Triumvirate in Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Very close to the village of Kotappakonda is situated the town of Guthikonda that is famously referred to as the Dakshina Kasi or the Kashi of the South.
Sitanagaram is a small town that is part of the Guntur district and lies on the eastern coast of India. It is about 32 km from Guntur city and was established on the banks of river Krishna. The town is believed to have been in existence since the Treta Yuga, which ended 1.6 million years ago. The town finds mention in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Sitanagaram is famous for the Someswara Swamy Temple. According to a legend, Lord Rama wept at the site of the temple when he came to know that his wife Sita had been abducted by the Lanka king Ravana. The name of the town, which is derived from the name of Sita, bears testimony to this fact.
Apart from the temple, the town is famous for its Vedic University. The university is the only one of its kind in the country and is supported by the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET).