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West Godavari , Andhra Pradesh

The headquarters of the West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, Eluru is a small but meaningful city. Previously known as Helapuri it is rich in political and cultural significance. It was once, for quite some time a part of a Buddhist kingdom called Vengi, which was ruled by Chola kings and later formed a part of Kalinga. Since a part of the Vengi Kingdomw, eluru has a lot of historical places to take a look at. There are many monuments in and around the city which is worth a visit as they speak of a very rich era. The Muslims who brought the stones for the temples here built the Fort of Eluru themselves. There are 25 inscriptions to be seen on one stone near the mosque. There are many places such as Pedavegi, Denduluru, Vatluru and Koleru which again have a series of monuments which are beautiful in construction and bear the marks of the famous Buddhist architecture. The temples that you should definitely visit while in eluru are Janardhana Swamy Temple Jalapahareswara Swamy Temple, Venkateswara Swamy Temple and Jain Temple. There is also a major Venkateshwara temple in this region which is overcrowded every December. These are just some of the structures that may interest you out of many that you acn choose from in Eluru. One of the most important places to visit here is the Kolleru lake. This is a freshwater body which is world amous for the Kolleru Bird sanctuary. This is a heaven for all birdwatchers. The Dwarka Tirumala is another pilgrimage place which attracts thousands of people to it every year. An eclectic mixture of history and culture, Eluru is a place which should be respected for its differences.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 31.0°C /88.0°F 93 mm 53feet 34667.0 /km2 Jan-Apr,Nov-Dec Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Kolleru Lake

    "Kolleru Lake (Telugu: ???????? ??????) is one of the largest freshwater lake in India located in state of Andhra Pradesh . Kolleru is located between Krishna and Godavari delta. Kolleru spans into two districts - Krishna and West Godavari. The lake serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for these two rivers. The lake is fed directly by water from the seasonal Budameru and Tammileru streams, and is connected to the Krishna and Godavari systems by over 68 in-flowing drains and channels.this lake is a major tourist attraction. Many birds migrate here in winter, such as Siberian crane, ibis, and painted storks. The lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). The lake was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 sq kms.[1]"

    Kolleru Lake

  • Janardhana Temple

    "Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000 year old temple situated in Varkala.[1] It is also known as Varkala Temple. Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu. It is a very well known temple in Kerala about 10.9 km west of Kallambalam on NH 66 near sea, 25 km north of Thiruvananthapuram and 2 km from Varkala-Sivagiri Railway station. It is situated near the Arabian sea shore.It is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south).[2]\nThe temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have medicinal properties since the waters wash the nearby medicinal plants. It is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties."

    Janardhana Temple

  • Dwaraka Tirumala

    "Dwaraka Tirumala or Dwarakatirumala (Telugu: ??????? ??????) is a village and a mandal in West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.[1] It is famous for temple of Lord Venkateswara. Dwaraka Tirumala is located about 40 kilometres from the west Godavari district headquarters, Eluru 26 kilometres from ([Jangareddygudem)] This is also called as 'Chinna Tirupathi'."

    Dwaraka Tirumala

  • Jalapahareswara Temple

  • Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

    "In November 1999, Kolleru Lake was declared a wildlife sanctuary under the India's Wildlife Protection Act, and selected a wetland of international importance in the year 2002 in November under the international Ramsar Convention. Now this lake is famous as Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary.\nKolleru Lake is a big freshwater lake in Andhra Pradesh which is a southern Indian state of India. This lake is situated between the deltas of the Krishna and Godavari rivers, in Krishna and West Godavari districts. This lake plays an important role in the ecological system. It is a natural reservoir that controls flood for two rivers. This lake is connected to the Krishna and Godavari systems by 30 inflowing drains and channels. In fact the two seasonal rivers like Budameru and Tammileru give water to this lake directly. Not only this, Kolleru Lake is also an important habitat for over 50,000 resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican. Extending over 673 sq kms of area, Kolleru Lake which is now more famous as Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary abounds in various flora and fauna.\nKolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary\nIn Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary you will find numerous migratory birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and Philippines. It is in the months of October and March that the lake area remains full with migratory birds like Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Blackwinged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants, among others. It is reckoned that about 2, 00,000 of such birds perch around the lake area.\nOf the various wildlife sanctuaries in Andhra Pradesh , Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is an exclusive bird sanctuary where for birding tourist facilities are introduced. This sanctuary features watch towers for seeing these exotic birds. These towers include; Atapaka, Murthyraju tank and East Chodavaram.\nKolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is easily accessible from the four sides of the lake by road. These sides are; Atapaka, Murthyraju tank, Gudivakalanka and Vijayawada. However, the nearest city to the sanctuary is Vijayawada.\n\nSouth India Tour Travel offers you interesting information on the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh and many more around South India. "

    Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

  • Ratnaalamma Temple

    "Ratnalamma Temple is in Pedavegi West Godavari District. Andhra Pradesh State in India. Ratnalamma Temple Pincode is 534475 ( Vijayarai ) . Near by railway Stations are Vijayawada Jn . It is in 18 Km distance to Eluru City. \nRatnalamma Temple is geographically located at latitude 16 ° 50?0'' and longitude 16 ° 50?0''"

    Ratnaalamma Temple

  • Gangeswara Temple


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