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Prakasam , Andhra Pradesh

Ongole, in Andhra Pradesh is a city which is famous for something very unique- its cattle. A place that has been cattle grazing for many years today it is very well known for a certain breed of oxen known as the Ongole Gitta, which is one of the breeds of the Zebu cattle. It may be a strange reason to gain fame but Ongole, a primarily agricultural place will forever be grateful to these creatures for making the livelihood of its people much easier. This is a place that has a very rich history. It dates back to the Satavahana and the Mauryan era. In fact during the Satavahana era this was a cultural centre of the kingdom and held great importance. A place of ancient rules, it was also a part of the great Kakatiya empire and held a place of importance in all these dynasties. Ongole has been repeatedly mentioned in many texts showing its significance. It also had two very important ports, namely Voderevu and Motupalli which dates back to the 3rd and the 4th century. Thus you will still find the presence of the past in this wonderful little city. Ongole is known for breeding of short horn bulls, which resemble with the Nandi sculptures in the Hindu shrines. These bulls are found in a small region between rivers Gundlakamma and Musi and is a very unique breed that is not found anywhere else in the land. Today this place caters to its many tourists through the Ayurveda and the meditation centres that can be found here. It also promises a very relaxing holiday in the beaches with the Kothapatnam Beach and Voderevu are popular tourist attractions. A place that is celebrated for its difference, Ongole should definitely be visited by all.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 29.0°C /84.0°F 45 mm 64feet 300000.0 /km2 Jan-Apr,Oct-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Chennakesava Swamy Temple

    "The Chennakesava Temple, (Kannada: ???? ????????? ????????) originally called Vijayanarayana Temple (Kannada: ?????????? ????????), was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Belur, which was an early Hoysala capital is in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It is 40 km from Hassan city and 220 km from Bangalore. Chennakesava (lit, \"handsome Kesava\") is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is well known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty, making it and nearby Halebidu favored tourist destinations in Karnataka state. These temple complexes have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites."

    Chennakesava Swamy Temple

  • Kashi Visweswara Swamy Shrine

  • Kothapatnam Beach

    "Kothapatnam is a village and a Mandal in Prakasam district on the Bay of Bengal coast of the State of Andhra Pradesh in India.[1][2]\nKothapatnam proper is now about two kilometers inland, but the name usually includes the coastal kattumaram fishing village of Pallipalem. The bank, post- and telegraph-office, hospital and panchayat office are all in Kothapatnam, which is 2 km from the fishing village, on the road to Ongole. It is a former seaport, once a major cultural and trade center in the pre-Christian era, which played a vital role in trade with Southeast Asian countries."

    Kothapatnam Beach

  • Chandavaram

    "Chandavaram, located on the right bank of the river Gundla Kamma, is a part of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, India. The district occupies an area of 17,626 sqkm and has its headquarters at Ongole which is 75 kms away. Vijaywada is around 150 kms away from Chandavaram. \nThe place is well known for being a major Buddhist site. Excavations carried out here revealed a double terraced maha stupa on the hilltop. The local people call this hill Singarakonda. The absence of Ayaka pillars at Chandavarman indicate that Hinayana form of Buddhism was in prevalence in this area in the bygone era. There is another stupa quiet closeby. \nAlso, closeby lie the ruin of a monastic complex which includes a Maha Chaitya with a dome 1.6 meters high & a drum 60 cms wide, a threewinged vihara like the Aparasailia monastery at Nagarjunakonda. Remnants of two other monasteries can also be seen. If you want to see more, there is a museum at the site displaying sculptures and other relics such as coins, black and red ware and inscriptions in the Brahmi script dating back to the century B.C. "


  • Motupalli

    "Motupalli is a Village in Chinaganjam Mandal in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh State, India. It belongs to Andhra region . It is located 34 KM towards East from District head quarters Ongole. 310 KM from State capital Hyderabad \nMotupalli Pin code is 523184 and postal head office is Pandillapalli . \nMotupalli is surrounded by Vetapalem Mandal towards North , Naguluppala Padu Mandal towards west , Inkollu Mandal towards North , Chirala Mandal towards North . \nChirala , Ongole , Bapatla , Chilakaluripet are the nearby Cities to Motupalli. \nIt is near to bay of bengal. There is a chance of humidity in the weather."


  • Voderevu

    "Voderevu Beach is located in Prakasam District, at a distance 6 km from Chirala. Vodarevu is a sea side village and provides a site for picnicking and holidaying."


  • Bhairavakonda

    "Located 64 km from Kanigiri and 150 km from Ongole, the remains of several rock-cut temples dedicated to Shiva and other Hindu deities, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries A.D., can be seen here. The shrines have lingas and small images of Shiva as well as other Gods. The architectural style is similar to that of the Pallavas, which flourished further south in Tamil Nadu. The place is connected by road."


  • Manikeswaram

    "ONGOLE: About 10,000 people on Monday thronged Manikeswaram, a small sleepy village, to worship Ganga Bramaramba Sametha Malleswara Swamy at one of the oldest temples in the district on Maha Sivarathri.\nThe village is acclaimed as southern Kasi because there are many similarities between the temples at Manikeswaram and Kasi. The temple is situated on the southern bank of Gundlakamma.\nThe rivulet flows from east to west. The deity is considered Swayambhu in Kasi. The temple has a rare tree that is found only in Kasi.\nAccording to legend, a salt merchant once made a night halt in the village, then called Boddupalli.\nA Shivite, he wanted to worship Lord Shiva before going to sleep. As he did not find any Shiva temple in the village, he spread out salt and put his measure (called Manika in Telugu) on it and worshipped it.\nTo his surprise, he found the measure turn into a stone resembling Siva linga the next morning. The village came to be known as Manikeswaram from then and it became a sacred place.\nIt was Chola kings, who came to stay in the village during one of their expeditions, constructed the temple as per scriptures available on the temple premises.\nThe temple has 50 acres of land and an annual income of Rs. 2 lakhs. Former chairman of the temple committee, Anji Reddy, said that they were planning to construct rajagopuram and kalyanamandapam at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs. They are mobilizing donations for construction of rest rooms for visiting pilgrims."


  • Singarayakonda


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