The ISKCON Temple is a popular spot for recreation and worship in Rajahmundry. It is otherwise known as Gouthami Ghat. The temple complex is spread over an area of 2 acres and is the second largest ISKCON temple next to the ISKCON temple in Bangalore.
The ISKCON or International Society for Krishna Consciousness has built this temple on the banks of the Godavari. The temple is also called the Ramananda Raya Gaudiya Math in remembrance of the fact that Lord Sri Chaitanya and Ramananda Raya exchanged dialogue at this site. According to history, the great saint Shri Krisha Chaitanya Maha Prabhu was worshipped at this very site as an incarnation of Lord Krishna around 500 years ago.
Sri Gowtami Grandhalayam is a massive library built by combining the Vasuraya Grandhalayam and Ratnakavi Grandhalayam, both huge libraries in their own respect. The Vasuraya Grandhalayam was established by Vasudeva Subbarayadu, and the Ratnakavi Grandhalayam was established by Kokkonda Venkatratnam.
Sri Gowtami Grandhalayam was named as such in 1898 and was registered in the year 1920. The Library is famous for its expansive collection of books and manuscripts. The Library also has original copies of several rare books and manuscripts.
An astounding 60,000 books grace the shelves of this great library. Books of many languages are present here. The working hours of the library are from 8:00 am till 8:00 pm every day, except for Thursdays and public holidays.
Aanamkalakendram is the only indoor stadium in the city of Rajahmundry. It was established by the Anam family and is maintained by the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation. It has been an avenue for the exposition of various indigenous forms of art since its opening and has promoted the growth of several forms of art that are practised nowhere else in the world.
It is currently under the control of the District Collector and the Commissioner. The Aanamkalakendram underwent a process of renovation during the Nandi Natakotsavams of 2008. It has greatly supported the growth of theatre through such cultural festivals and has attracted artists from far and wide.
It would be a good idea to visit the Aanamkalakendram to capture the full glory of the thriving art movement in Rajahmundry.
The Kotilingeswara Temple is located 45 km from Kakinada, near the Draksharamam temple. It is close to the city of Rajahmundry. It was constructed in the 10th century and is one of the principal attractions of Rajahmundry. The temple attracts numerous devotees around the year who come here as pilgrims.
Worship at the temple is believed to wash away all sins from the devotees’ spirit and body. It is believed that Lord Indra after being cursed by Sage Gautama, relieved himself of the curse by installing a Shivalinga at the site of the Kotilingeswara temple. It is believed that Indra attained redemption for his transgression by anointing the Shivalinga with the waters of 1 million rivers.
Aryabhatta Science And Technology Society was inaugurated on 20th of November, 2006 in Rajahmundry. It is located on the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board Colony and is easily approachable from the city. It houses a wide range of scaled down models which are of interest to the science buffs.
Among the models displayed here include a 36 ft long model of an aeroplane made in concrete. The Aryabhatta Science and Technology Museum also houses a detailed list of scaled down models and even includes a planetarium, built specifically for the purpose of inculcating interest among the students in the study of Astronomy.
Several specimens of marine creatures and reptiles have also been preserved here by the society and can be viewed by the public during working hours of the Museum. The main aims of the society include the upgradation of the quality of life of the poor by undertaking suitable activities to improve their standards of living.
Chitrangi Bhavan is named after the great Chalukya King Rajaraja Narendra's second wife Chitrangi. It was built by the king for his wife and is situated on the banks of the river Godavari. Several myths surround the serene and majestic setting of the Chitrangi Bhavan. It is quite close to the famous Chalam residence.
According to legend, Chitrangi was originally meant to be King Rajaraja Narendra's son's wife. But due to a turn of events, was married by the King himself. As the story goes, Chitrangi, who was unable to control her feelings for Prince Sarangadhara, made him visit her inside the Chitrangi Bhavan in the King's absence.
The prince refused to submit to her advances much to Chitrangi's dismay. In a fit of spite, Chitrangi complained to the king that the prince had molested her. As a result, the Prince had his limbs cut off by the King as punishment. The Palace in itself is very old and a place that must be visited once you are at Rajahmundry.
Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery was founded in the memory of Mr. Damerla Rama Rao, an Indian artist who was born and raised in Rajahmundry. Several excellent examples of his art continue to be showcased here, some 92 years after his death.
Damerla Rama Rao was a revolutionary in the world of painting, who took it as his calling to revive the Andhra style of painting. This gallery is a recommended visit for art lovers.
Damerla Rama Rao was responsible for setting up institutions for the teaching of art. The Rajahmundry Chitra Kalashala is a prime example of such an institution. He not only made works of art for the world to see, but also spread knowledge about art and its application in society. He alone was responsible for putting Rajahmundry on the map in terms of fine arts.
The Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery pays homage to the great man through the display of his paintings. The Gallery is open on all days except Fridays and public holidays. The working hours are from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
Sir Arthur Cotton Museum was constructed in the memory of Sir Arthur Cotton. Sir Arthur Cotton was a British engineer who constructed many of the earliest waterworks across the river Godavari. Sir Arthur Cotton is credited with the building of the Dowleswaram Barrage. He has pioneered several architectural practises in India, especially the use of the anicut system in irrigation engineering.
He is known as the “Delta Architect” who tamed the feared entity that the river Godavari was turning into, to a calm water resource. He is the reason why many places in Andhra Pradesh continue to be well irrigated today.
Sir Arthur Cotton Museum is the only museum for Civil engineering in the state. The Museum houses several rare photographs of Sir Arthur Cotton and of the construction of the dam. The tools used to construct the dam are still preserved here.
Pushkar Ghat is a Bathing Ghat on the banks of the river Godavari near the city of Rajahmundry. It is surrounded by several ancient temples like Sri Kotilingeswara Temple and Sri Markendaya Swami temple.
It is one of the several important Bathing Ghats in Rajahmundry. Devotees throng to the Ghat throughout the year. The spot is believed to wash away the sins of those who take a dip in its waters. The fact that several important temples are near to the Ghat only augments its importance in the mind of the devotee.
Maredumilli Eco Tourism offers a wide range of eco-tourism options for the visitor. It is highly recommended to add this to your itinerary, as a visit to Maredumilli is a once in a lifetime experience. Maredumilli is 100 km away from Rajahmundry. It is an Eco Tourism and Community Conservation project rolled into one.
It encompasses the forest area adjacent to the village of Valamure. It comes under the Maredumillimandal. Trekking in Maredumilli is an experience that should be enjoyed once. Trekking in the forests of Maredumilli is something one has to do once at Maredumilli.
The forest has its share of pristine streams flowing over boulders. It is indeed a sight to behold the quiet aura of the forests and streams. The place is also famous for its waterfalls and resorts.
Rallabandi Subbarao Museum was established in the year 1967. It has its fair share of artifacts from various eras of Rajahmundry's history as a city. It is famous for its store of artifacts associated with the early cultural conditions of the city. There are terracotta figurines, pottery from ancient times, sculptures in stone, coins issued by legendary kings and several other items.
The Museum also has in its possession several rare palm leaf manuscripts. The idea behind the museum was to bring together the cultural ethos of the state of Andhra Pradesh, by the preservation and display of its artifacts. The Museum timings are from 10:30 am to 5 pm. The museum also charges a nominal entrance fee.
Syamalamba Ammavari Devasthanam is another temple in Rajahmundry popular among devotees. An idol of Goddess Syamalamba, which was housed here is said to have been replaced with a deity of Goddess Somalamma Ammavaru. Goddess Somalamma Ammavaru is one of the nine divine forms of Goddess Parvathi.
The Kings of the Chalukya Dynasty are known to have worshipped the Goddess and made offerings to the deity. Especially King Narendra of the Chalukya dynasty is known to have protected this very temple.
The best time of the year to visit the temple would be during the Ugadi festival, or the Telugu New Year, which happens during the month of March. Other festivals of importance that are celebrated in the temple are the Navarathrulu and Kanuma Seva which are celebrated during the months of September and October, respectively.
Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Temple is a very important place of pilgrimage in Rajahmundry. It is located on the banks of the holy river Godavari and is one of the reasons that the city is known as Dakshina Kasi. It is believed that around 200 years ago, Lord Visweswara appeared at this very temple.
The devotees from near and far throng to the temple and it is busy around the year. The devotees believe that every one of their wishes will be fulfilled by the Lord after offering their prayers at his feet at Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Temple.
It is one of the most famous temples in Rajahmundry and has its fair share of historical prominence. A lot of festivals are conducted here throughout the year, and any time of the year will be a good time to visit the Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Temple.
Paul Chowk is a very famous spot in the commercial part of the city of Rajahmundry. It is named after the great freedom fighter Bipin Chandra Paul, who visited the place during the days of the Vandemataram movement.
Paul Chowk imbibes the very essence of Rajahmundry and is connected to several important landmarks of the city. Three parks, Jetty Towers, the Bus Stand and the Petrol Bunk all lie under the limits of Paul Chowk.
A walk around the streets of Paul Chowk, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city would give you a first-hand view of the cultural ethos of the city. Paul Chowk is a place you come to live the history of Rajahmundry. It is a must visit once you are in Rajahmundry.
Alcot Gardens is a place of leisure and recreation that is named after Mr. Alcot who headed the Divya Gyana Samaj. Regular meetings of the Samaj were conducted on the very same site. It is popular now as a picnic spot for tourists and natives.
Annie Besant is known to have visited this spot twice, when the foundation of Divya Gyana Samaj was being laid at Alcot Gardens and also during the inauguration of the same. Alcot Gardens has seen many great men and women debating and forming plans for reforming the society they lived in.
It has been the birthplace for many radical ideals and schools of thought. It lies on the main road connecting Innespeta with Cotton Peta.