Khammam Fort was built during 950 AD when the region was under the control of Kakatiya kings. However, the fort could not be completed during their time, and the Musunuri Nayaks and the Velama Kings took it upon themselves to complete the construction of the Fort. In 1531, during the rule of the Qutb Shahis the fort was further developed and many new buildings and rooms were added into the fort.
The fort is a fine example of both Hindu and Muslim architecture since it drew influences from both styles and rulers of both the religions were involved in its construction. Today, the fort stands proud after having completed more than 1000 years of its existence.
It is a major tourist spot and holds the place of pride in the history of Khammam as well as Andhra Pradesh. The state government has put in a lot of effort and money to develop the fort from the point of view of tourism.
Khammam Laxmi Narasimha Temple is situated at a distance of only 46 km from the city of Khammam. The temple lies on the outskirts of the city and is easily accessible via road. The temple has been built on the hills overlooking the Khammam city.
Khammam Laxmi Narasimha Temple has earned a lot of repute in Khammam and the areas surrounding the city. For this reason, many people visit the temple every day since it remains open on all days of the year regardless of weather conditions.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha who is known as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Narasimha, depicted as having half lion and half man body, is considered the ‘Great Protector’ of his devotees. For this reason, the idol of Lord Narasimha established in the temple is also referred to as Pancha Narasimha Murthy.
There is an idol of the Lord situated outside the temple as well where he has been depicted in a Yoga pose greeting his devotees.
Palair Lake, located in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh is one of the beautiful lakes in India. The Lake is part of the Palair Village that lies in the Kusumanchi Mandal within the Khammam district. The lake lies about 30 km from the main city and is easily accessible by road.
This man-made lake is actually a balancing reservoir for the left canal, called the Lal Bahadur Canal, built as part of the Nagarjunasagar project. The lake has been built over an area of 1748 hectares and has a capacity of storing 2.5 TMC water.
The water from the lake is used for irrigation purposes, and the lake itself is a famous spot for fish farming. The Palair Lake is a very famous tourist attraction of Khammam because it offers water sports as well as adventure activities. The lake also has many varieties of prawns and fresh water fish that are not only cultivated, but also prepared as delicacies for the tourists.
Very close to the Palair Lake is the Wyra Lake which is another good picnic spot. Travellers coming to the city of Khammam can club their visits to these places together to make the most of their trips.
The Jamalapuram Temple is located at a distance of 124 km from the main city of Khammam. The temple is famously known as Khammam Chinna Tirupati Temple as well. Vijayanagara King, Emperor Sri Krishna Devaraya is credited with the construction of the temple many centuries ago. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Venkateswara. The temple has a lot of religious significance for the Hindus since it is believed to be at least 1000 years old.
The temple is visited by many devotees of the Lord. The temple is especially bustling with activity on Saturdays when a special pooja or prayer is done by the priests of the temple. Many people believe that praying at the temple is supposed to fulfil your wishes. Very close to the temple lies the Suci Guta, a hill associated with Jabali Maharishi. It is believed that the Maharishi performed a vigorous penance here, and Lord Venkateswara, impressed with the penance, visited the Maharishi and blessed him.
Papi Kondalu, a popular tourist attraction in Khammam is a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed by many that the scenic beauty of this southern valley is equivalent to the natural beauty of Kashmir. The mountain ranges of Papi Kondalu lie at a distance of 124 km from the city of Khammam and are also part of the Medak, East Godavari and West Godavari districts.
The mountain ranges were initially known as Papidi Kondalu, a Telugu word for partition. The ranges were thus named because of the partition that 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 mountain ranges of Papi Kondalu are very famous for the beautiful waterfalls at Munivaatam. This is essentially a tribal area with calm and serene atmosphere. Many people come to the waterfalls to become one with nature. The tribal communities at the place are peaceful people and do not cause any sort of harm to the visiting tourists.