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Guntur

Guntur situated 64 km away from the Bay of Bengal lies in Andhra Pradesh and is the fourth largest city of the state. The city has something of everything. It is one of the learning centres of the state; it holds historical significance; it is a textile and transportation hub of the country and it also holds agricultural importance because of the production of cotton and tobacco.

The history of Guntur dates back to the 10th century CE. It finds mention in an inscription of the Chalukyan King, Ammaraja. The city is believed to have been ruled by the Chalukyas for a majority of the time, although there is evidence to suggest that the Nagals also ruled this city over a period of time.

Guntur also has an ancient temple by the name of Agasthyaeswara Sivalayam, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple dates back to the 12th century, has some ancient inscriptions and is believed to have been built by Agastya.

Places to Visit in Guntur

A short drive away from Guntur and Vijayawada are the Undavalli caves, a striking specimen of Indian rock-cut architecture. The historic caves are located at the top of the high hills overlooking the Krishna River. Built during the 4th-5th century, their structure suggests that they were hewn out of solid rock on the hillside. Dedicated to Anantapadmanabha Swamy and Narasimha Swamy, Undavalli Cave Temples are associated with the Vishnukundina kings.It is also believed that Buddhist monks used these caves as rest houses. A remarkable 5 metre long figure of Vishnu reclining on the serpent couch - Anantasayi is the focal point of the second storey of the Caves Temple. The sculptures are testimony to the dexterity and skill of the artisans of the ancient times.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha(man-lion) and is situated on a hillock at Mangalagiri. Devotees pour "Panakam" (Jaggery water) with a conch into the mouth of the deity. The unique feature of this temple is that the idol actually drinks the panakam and a gurgling sound is heard. However only half is accepted and the remaining half is given back, irrespective of the quantity offered. An annual festival is held in the months of August and September.

Uppalapadu village is situated in Guntur District, 2 kms away on the Madras Highway and 33 kms from Vijayawada. Look forward to seeing different species of birds, both locally found and migratory ones as well.

Formerly known as Andhra Nagari (Amaravati), this is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country. Acharya Nagarjuna built India's largest stupa here more than 2000 years ago. Considered to be the most sacred pilgrim centre for Buddhists in South India, Amaravati is 33 km from Vijayawada Haritha Berm Park and the RTC Bus Stand. Amaravati is considered the most sacred pilgrim centre for Buddhists in South India.

It is a small village 10 kms from Macharla. A training center to shape the rigid rocks into beautiful shapes and figures. Durgi Stone craft originated here in the 15th century. Nagarjuna Sagar Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is one of the largest dams built in Asia, located between the cities of Guntur and Hyderabad. It is built on the Krishna River and is one of the earliest hydro-electric projects of India. It was completed in 1966, is 124 meters high and 1 km long, and has 26 crest gates making it the tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world. The dam also creates the third largest man-made lake in the world.

Remains of the 3rd century A.D Buddhist civilization are seen on an island called Nagarjunakonda, in the middle of the reservoir.

This beautiful recreation center named after Shri N.T. Rama Rao, and jointly developed by Municipal Corporation, Guntur and VUDA is located 6 kms from Guntur town at Takellapadu. Spread over an area of 55 acres, NTR Manasa Sarovaram is exotically landscaped with flowerbeds, lawns, ponds & small hillocks.

Suryalanka The Suryalanka Beach is situated at a distance of 9 kilometers from the town of Bapatla, in Guntur district. The natural beauty of the beach and its closeness to the town attracts tourists who often return to the calmness of the sea for the weekend. The shore of the beach is wide and spacious. The Suryalanka Beach overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Kondaveedu is located 25 kms from Guntur. This historical fort was built during the reign of the Reddy Kings around the 10th century A.D. There are 21 stupas in the fort. The ruins of the fort located on the hilltop offer unraveled mysteries to the tourist.

This waterfall is situated about 6 km northwest of Macherla. It was created by the mighty river Krishna and the sizzling rivulet Chandravanka. It was formed in the confluence with Krishna at a point before the ravishing falls where the turbulent waters fall from a height of 21 meters.

This is a beautiful dam across the mighty river Krishna. It is placed in a picturesque environment and serves multipurpose. The ancient name of the place was Vijayapuri. It was the ancient capital of Ikshvaku Empire. In the year 1926, the initial excavations were carried out here. Some fascinating relics, Mahachaita, the sacred Buddhist stupa, the ramshackle remains of a once sturdy university, vihara etc were recovered here. It also discovered ancient creativity and the reticent ruins of a number of grand ancient monuments.

This is a beautiful dam across the mighty river Krishna. It is placed in a picturesque environment and serves multipurpose. The ancient name of the place was Vijayapuri. It was the ancient capital of Ikshvaku Empire. In the year 1926, the initial excavations were carried out here. Some fascinating relics, Mahachaita, the sacred Buddhist stupa, the ramshackle remains of a once sturdy university, vihara etc were recovered here. It also discovered ancient creativity and the reticent ruins of a number of grand ancient monuments.

This is a beautiful dam across the mighty river Krishna. It is placed in a picturesque environment and serves multipurpose. The ancient name of the place was Vijayapuri. It was the ancient capital of Ikshvaku Empire. In the year 1926, the initial excavations were carried out here. Some fascinating relics, Mahachaita, the sacred Buddhist stupa, the ramshackle remains of a once sturdy university, vihara etc were recovered here. It also discovered ancient creativity and the reticent ruins of a number of grand ancient monuments.

This is a beautiful dam across the mighty river Krishna. It is placed in a picturesque environment and serves multipurpose. The ancient name of the place was Vijayapuri. It was the ancient capital of Ikshvaku Empire. In the year 1926, the initial excavations were carried out here. Some fascinating relics, Mahachaita, the sacred Buddhist stupa, the ramshackle remains of a once sturdy university, vihara etc were recovered here. It also discovered ancient creativity and the reticent ruins of a number of grand ancient monuments.

 

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