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At a distance of 60 km from Rajahmundry, 180 km from Vijayawada, 20 km from Polavaram, 260 km from Vizag & 410 km from Hyderabad, Papi Kondalu is a breathtakingly beautiful hill range bounded by River Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Papi hills are a set of three hills which form a beautiful gorge on the Godavari River spread across East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Entire area of Papi Kondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and it was recently declared as a protected National Park.
The original name for this hill range was 'Papidi Kondalu'. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. It is believed that the place was visited by Lord Rama and goddess Sita during their exile. Papi Kondalu has to be reached by boat from Rajahmundry, Pattisam (35 km from Rajahmundry), Polavaram (40 km from Rajahmundry), Kunavaram (50 km from Bhadrachalam) or Sriram Giri (60 km from Bhadrachalam). The boat service from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam is a wonderful experience and it is operated in post monsoon season.
Apart from enjoying the view of the hills, valley and waterfalls, tourists can engage in activities like camping and trekking. There are several sights that fall on the way like Perantallapalli, Gandipochamma Temple and Pattiseema. Several tribal communities have made their dwellings on these hills whose main occupation is agriculture, fishing and making handicrafts. There is a waterfall at Munivaatam that is a popular tourist attraction.
The boat rides usually include full-day trips starting from Rajahmundry/ Pattisam / Polavaram / Kunavaram / Sriram Giri with break at Perantallapalli and back. Both AP Tourism and Private operators offer these tours from Rajahmundry. There are also one-way trips between Rajahmundry/ Pattisam/Polavaram and Kunavaram/Sriram Giri. There are few private operators who offer 2 day trips from Rajahmundry with overnight stay at Kollur Bamboo Resort. Trips usually start early morning between 6 to 9 AM. One has to book the boat and the huts in advance through tourist agencies or AP Tourism.
The Rajahmundry Airport at Madhurapudi (70 km away) has limited domestic services from Chennai, Madurai, Vijayawada, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Rajahmundry is well connected to other neighboring cities of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana by road and rail. It has trains from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bilaspur, Trivandrum, Kochi, Kakinada, Nagercoil, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Puri, Kolkata, etc.
The city has 4 bus stations. The main APSRTC Bus complex is located on the Morampudi Road. The other three bus stands are Kotipalli Bus Stand in Innispet, Gokavaram Bus Stand in Aryapuram, and the Kakinada Bus Stand near Kambalcheruvu. It is connected by bus with Chennai, Bangalore, Vizag, Tirupati and Hyderabad.
The best time to visit Papi Kondalu is from October to January while the Peak Season is from November to December. Usually Papikondalu is visited from Rajahmundry as a day trip or two day trip with night stay at Kollur Camp.
At a distance of 35 km from Rajahmundry & 30 km from Papikondalu, Pattisam, also known as Pattiseema, is a beautiful place located on the banks of river Godavari in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated between Rajahmundry and Papikondalu and can be reached by road and boat from Rajahmundry. There are two temples in Pattisam, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sri Bhava Narayana Swamy dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the Panchakasi Kshetras. The other four temples are at Kedarnath, Kashi, Kalahasthi and Srisailam.
Sri Veerabhadra Swamy or Sri Veereswara Swamy Temple is located on Devakuta Hill in the middle of the River Godavari. The temple was bulit by Cholas in 11th Century AD and it was reconstructed by Raja Kocherlakota Jaggaiah in 19th Century. He donated 1900 acres of land to this temple and his descendants still patronize this temple.
According to legend, Pattiseema is considered the place where the sword (Pattisam in Telugu) of Lord Shiva had fallen after killing Dhaksha. Veerabhadra is born out of the lock of Shiva's hair during his tandava performance on sighting his wife Sati Devi getting burnt in the fire of the yagna conducted by Dhaksha. After killing Dhaksha, Lord Veerabhadra still continued with his pralaya tandava. All the deities requested Sage Agastya to pacify Lord Veerabhadra. Then Agastya approached Lord Veerabhadra and embraced him with both his hands, collected the unbraided long hair and tied it into a knot and requested him to settle down on the hillock of Devakuta. Then Lord Veerabhadra agreed to stay on the hillock in the form of Swayambhu Shiva Linga.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Veerabhara Swamy. The Shivalinga is a big one, measuring about 8 feet high. The walls of the temple are adorned with carved scenes from Purana. A life-size sculpture of Devi Bhadrakali adorned with several ornaments and a sword.
Sri Bhava Narayana Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a large structure with fine sculptures. It was built in the 11th century by the feudal lord Nalaparaju who ruled over Avuku, and Emperor Kulothunga Chola added several sections including rare sculptures. There are temples for Rajyalakshmi, Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy and Anjaneyaswamy are situated in front of the temple gate.
One has to take a boat to reach the island from Pattisam village and walk in the sandy stretch for 10 minutes to reach the temple. Many Telugu films are shot in the surroundings of Pattisam.
The main festival of Lord Shiva is Mahasivaratri which is celebrated annually. On these days approximately 1 lakh pilgrims visit this temple. The other important festivals are the Kalyanam of Lord Shiva on Bheeshma ekadashi, Karteeka masam and Bhava Narayana Kalyanam.
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Papikondalu is a hill station in Khammam district of Telangana State, India. Papikondalu are distributed among Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. the entrance of Papi kondalu will be seen from Koruturu (West Godavari District).
The original name for this hill vary was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. Since this vary looks like a neat partition that splits river Godavari, this name was coined. there’s also another concept the vary looks like a partition of a typical Indian Woman’s hair line. In due course, it settled for ‘Papi Hills
Papi Hills which stands for Papi kondalu in Telugu language is a Hill range situated in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. These Hills were originally called as 'Papidi Kondalu'. Papidi in Telugu means 'Partition'. This name is derived from the fact that these Hills divide River Godavari. There is also another version to this naming, that the Papi range resembles like a partition of a classic Indian Woman's hair line. In due course, it settled for Papi Kondalu.
This Hill region is distributed between Khammam,East and West Godavari districts. The scenic beauty of Papi Hills are scintillating, it gives a feeling of visiting the Kashmir region. The serene atmosphere away from hectic city life filled with tribal atmosphere provides special delight to the tourists. The waterfalls of Munivaatam located near Papi Hills add to the amusement of tourists.
Koruturu village in West Godavari district is the gateway to Papi kondalu. Tourists can reach Papi Hills either through East Godavari or Rajahmundry. It can also be reached by following a Ghat road of 35 km which is full of hairpin bends, steep climbs and twisted Ghats. This road follows Polavaram via Vadapalli to Papi.
Papi kondalu has an excellent wild life, this picturesque natural beauty which is spread across three districts: Khammam, East and West Godavari is the living abode of spotted deer's, antelopes, tigers, panthers, jackals and numerous bird species.
Another prominent site is an old idol of Lord Shiva present under the shade of a serpent located at Munivaatam. This is a prominent place in the tour as here Sabari River joins with River Godavari.
Papikondalu hills has been one of the most attractive places of the state of Andhra Pradesh which has always caught the fancies of a large number of tourists and therefore it is of great importance as far as tourism is concerned. The AP State Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) along with several other corporations of private tourism operates journeys by boat on the river Godavari passing through the Papi Hills. There are facilities of stay and accommodation for tourists in the Kollur village which lies in amidst of hills entirely covered with forests. There are landscape views which include the waterfalls of Munivaatam and the calm atmosphere filled with tranquility in the tribal region making this area a place serving as tourist spot. The district of Khammam consists of an idol of Lord Shiva having a serpent shade which is installed in Munivaatam. There was a vital role played by Swami Balananda in the upliftment of this region.
The best time to visit this place is months of early summer i.e. March-April
Wild Life Sanctuary
There is a wide variety of natural vegetation in Papi kondalu along with wildlife which is spreading over the 3 districts of state of Andhra Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuary of Papi Kondalu provides habitat for several wild animals such as panthers, tigers, antelopes, spotted deers, hyenas, jackals and several types of birds.
The natural splendor of Papi kondalu is similar to that of Kashmir. It is a point of confluence for river Sabari and Godavari River. The usual route for reaching Papi kondalu is via Rajahmundry and East Godavari District. The village of Peranta palli lies in this area.
How To Reach Papi Kondalu
Hyderabad is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of 390 Km. Hyderabad being an international airport has excellent flight connectivity from almost all the important cities. Tourists can hire a taxi from Hyderabad to Rajhamundry and usually taxis charge Rs 3500 to Rs 4000. Rajahmundry is connected to Papi Kondalu through a Ghat road. It is also possible to hire a taxi directly to Papi Kondalu from Hyderabad.
Rajhamundry is the nearest railway head which is well connected with all important stations. Tourists can take taxi from Rajhamundry to reach Papi kondalu.
Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates numerous luxury buses from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh to Rajhamundry. Buses from Hyderabad take approximately seven hours and are very cheap costing approximately Rs 200. You can hire a taxi from Rajhamundry to reach Papi Kondalu.
However, the most preferred route to Papi Hills is from the Holy Rama temple town Bhadrachalam through a cruise or motor boat. The journey using the cruise is exciting and makes one enjoy the scenic beauty.
There are numerous tour operators who organize one and two days tour to Papi kondalu. The places that are usually covered in the tour include Rajahmundry, Polavaram Project, Gandipochamma Temple, Devipatnam, Kolluru Bamboo Huts, Koruturu cottages, Papi kondalu and Parentalapalli Ashram.