Top 10 Things To Do In Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

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Rajamahendravaram is a very old city along the banks of the Godavari, the second-longest river in India. It was founded in the 11th century. Its modern name is Rajahmundry, and it is famous all over as the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh, a coastal state situated on the south-eastern part of the subcontinent. The “Born City” marks its place in history as the birthplace of a new language, Telugu. Eventually, Telugu became one of the country’s official languages. Tourism is an important industry in Rajahmundry, and when the time comes you can expect an enjoyable and memorable holiday there. Read on and check out the top 10 things to do in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Take inspiration from our top recommendations!

1. Spend a picture-perfect day in Papi Hills

Papi Hills
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What was once a hidden gem is now a popular destination in Rajahmundry. Tourists who prefer to explore on foot will relish the treks amid scenic surroundings and gushy waterfalls. For those who prefer exploring bodies of water, a nearby lake should offer ample distractions. Photographers flock to Papi Hills and spend all day with nature’s bounty. The beauty of Papi Hills is well known in Andhra Pradesh. While Kashmir’s breathtaking topography is unequaled, Papi Hills is often compared to its stunning scenery. If you’re lucky enough to find a bamboo hut accommodation, then your Papi Hills vacation would definitely be on your list of unforgettable getaways.

Papi Hills

Address: Khammam District in Telangana and East Godavari and West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India

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2. Pay homage to Lord Vishnu at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
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Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple is situated in Tirumala, a hill town in the Seshachalam Hills that represents the great serpent, Adisesha’s seven heads. The temple on Venkatadri, the seventh peak, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for Vaishnavas, who are followers of Vishnuism since 300 AD. Many devotees visit the temple to receive blessings. Tourists appreciate the Dravidian construction of the temple and the mesmerizing view from 853 meters (2,799 ft) above sea level. Blessings from Lord Venkateswara Swamy is sought by many, which makes Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple one of the holiest and most visited religious sites of Hinduism.

Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple

Address: S Mada St, Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517504, India

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3. Find healing and contentment at Gowthami Ghat

Sunset at Godavri
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Devotees visit Gowthami (Gautami) Ghat for bathing rites and meditation. Even if you are not a follower of Hinduism, you can proceed to the area for yoga and relaxation. The ghat is popular for its reputation as a place to heal and be cleansed. If you have a day to spare in the Tyagaraja Nagar area, you may visit nearby temples as well. While the ghat is a holy place, recreational activities such as boat rides are available to tourists. A boat ride on the river at night is a good opportunity to see the lights of the town.

Gowthami Ghat

Address: Tyagaraja Nagar, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101, India

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4. Witness an engineering marvel at Dowleswaram Barrage

Dowleswaram Barrage near Rajahmundry on River Godavari
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Dowleswaram Barrage spans 3,599 meters (2.17 miles) and was built in 1850 along the last section of the Godavari River before the waters reach the Bay of Bengal. The original bridge had four sections and was intended to tame the once wild Godavari. Water that used to flood the land was stored and used for crops. Improvements in irrigation served the people of Rajahmundry and neighboring towns and cities. In 1970, the structure was modernized and renamed Godavari Barrage/ Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage after the engineer who built it during the British rule of India. Tourists can visit Dowleswaram Barrage anytime and marvel at this engineering feat.

Dowleswaram Barrage/ Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage

Address: Bobbarlanka, Andhra Pradesh 533235, India

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5. Marvel at the design and utility of Godavari Bridge

Godavari Bridge
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Godavari Bridge/ Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge is a masterful that structure extends 4.25 kilometers (2.64 miles) over water. The truss bridge opened to traffic in 1974 and serves as both a road bridge and railway. The bridge has a six-degree curve that proved to be a challenge during construction given the cantilever structure. Your holiday in Rajahmundry will not be complete without a visit to what is one of the longest road-cum-rail bridge over a body of water in all of Asia.

Godavari Bridge/ Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge

Address: Godavari River, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101, India

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6. Learn more at Sir Arthur Cotton Museum

Sir Arthur Cotton Museum
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Sir Arthur Cotton was a British general and engineer known as the “Delta Architect.” His years in India were spent using science to make good use of the Godavari River as a water resource. The purpose of the museum is to pay tribute to Sir Arthur Cotton and to inform the public about his projects, which made the districts around the Godavari fertile and productive. Some of the original equipment used in his construction projects are on exhibit. A traveler’s itinerary should include a visit to the only civil engineering museum established by the state. You will find detailed plans and information about the construction of the Dowleswaram Barrage in the museum. A statue of the pioneering engineer on horseback greets visitors at the entrance.

Sir Arthur Cotton Museum

Address: Dowlaiswaram - Vijjeswaram Rd, Cotton Peta, Dhavaleswaram, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533125, India

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7. Witness sacred rites at Iskcon Rajahmundry

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Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and stands majestically against a beautiful background. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Dasavatar Mandir is also known as the ISKCON Rajahmundry temple. The Hare Krishna community maintains that the temple belongs to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Grand in many respects, the temple’s location is quite near Gowthami Ghat. The temple is open to devotees as well as travelers who can look forward to witnessing a musical Sannai Vayidyam on weekends. If you seek the peace of mind, you’d want to spend time in the temple’s 2-acre (0.8 hectare) complex during your stay in Rajahmundry.

Iskcon Rajahmundry, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Dasavatar Mandir

Address: Gowthami Ghat Road, Beside Godavari Bund Rd, Gowthami Ghat, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101

Website: Iskcon Rajahmundry, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Dasavatar Mandir

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8. Immerse in the holy waters at Pushkar Ghat

NTR statue in Rajahmundry Pushkar Ghat
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This is a bathing ghat on the banks of Godai. You can visit Sri Markendaya Swami sanctuary and Shree Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple nearby. It is one of the most popular yet vital ghats in Rajahmundry. It is said that this ghat can wash away the wrongdoings of those who take a dip in the waters.

Pushkar Ghat

Address: Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101, India

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9. Spoil your taste buds at Udupi Akshaya

Things To Do In Rajahmundry
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Udupi Akshaya Vegetarian Restaurant is a Rajahmundry landmark. The proprietors of this Indian restaurant offer vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A brunch menu is available as well. The restaurant’s ‘Veg Thali’ is quite popular. Food is served in small bowls (katori) of various savory and sweet dishes, arranged on a platter (thali). You must try a good veg thali when in Rajahmundry. The restaurant excels in both South Indian and North Indian cuisine.

Udupi Akshaya

Address: Challapalli Vari Veedhi, Near St Pauls School, Tyagaraja Nagar, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101, India

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

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10. Plan a day at Water Village by River Bay

Water Village
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A family trip to Rajahmundry must include a day at Water Village by River Bay. Water Village is an amusement park designed for maximum enjoyment. The swimming pools and water slides for both adults and children are well maintained, safe, and super-charged with fun. The park is ensconced by trees, and you’d feel quite far removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Cottages are available by the riverside, and you can order food there as well.

Water Village by River Bay

Address: Iskcon temple, Gowthami Ghat Rd, Tyagaraja Nagar, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533101, India

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Tick off Rajahmundry on your must-see places soon

Rajahmundry’s natural and man-made wonders, holy sites, and family-oriented tourist attractions await. Make the most of this time to plan your Rajahmundry itinerary!

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