Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Ethipothala Falls
Amareswara Temple, Amaravathi
Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary
Durgi Stone Craft
Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary
Welcome to Guntur,
Guntur is a district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is surrounded by small hills and Perecherla Reserve Forest on the west. River Krishna is the main source of water for the city through channels and tributaries. The city is also the head quarters to many state departments and agencies. It is renowned for education, business, e-commerce industry, and agriculture. The city exports chilli pepper, cotton and tobacco and also it is the largest producer of chilies in India. Guntur higher education consists of many colleges and universities.
There are amusement parks, Brindavan Gardens, Manasa Sarovar located on the Eastern part of the city. Krishna Barrage (also known as Prakasam Barrage) is on the northeastern part, located around 18 miles (29 km) from the Guntur City on the Krishna River connecting Guntur and Krishna Districts. On the other side of the River Krishna is Vijayawada which is like a twin city to Guntur City. Other famous places are Amaravathi, Kondaveedu, Undavalli Caves etc.
Located 16 miles northeast of Guntur City, Amaravathi is named after its famous temple of Amareswara and the Mahachaitya stupa of 2nd century BC. The stupa houses a small museum with a collection of old monuments, and a pictorial depiction of the life and teachings of Buddha. Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy temple is located at the Amararama Pancharama Kshetra site in this village, which makes it a holy town for the Hindus. It is also a historic Buddhist site, and the Amaravati Mahachaitya stupa was built here between the 2nd century BCE and the 3rd century CE.
The Archaeological museum at Amaravati is a home to many relics that dates back to thousands of years, found during excavations. This museum unfolds the wealth of Amaravati that belonged to 3rd century BC, through the galaxy of sculptures that once were a part of Mahachaitya (the Giant Stupa). There are different galleries that take you close to the very old history of Amaravati and the life of the Buddhists in those days.
Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh is blessed with numerous Hindu shrines, out of which the Amareswara Temple stands as the most prominent one. The deity of Amareswara, other name of Lord Shiva is worshipped here by devotees who come from different parts of India. The walls of the temple with numerous inscriptions narrating the past of the region promise to leave you astonished with their glory and richness.
It is located 20 miles southwest of the city, formerly the Kingdom of Prati Palaputra, appears to be the earliest known kingdom in Guntur District. archaeological information gathered in the area of Bhattiprolu. In 1892 when excavations were undertaken by Alexander Rea, three inscribed stone relic caskets containing crystal caskets, relics of Buddha and jewels were found. The stupa was found to be 40 meters in diameter with an additional basement of 2.4 meters wide running all around. The most significant discovery is the crystal relic casket of sarira dhatu of the Buddha from the central mass of the stupas. The Mahachaitya (great stupa) remains of a large pillared hall, a large group of ruined votive stupas with several images of Buddha, a stone receptacle containing copper vessel, which in turn, contained two more, a silver casket and within it, a gold casket enclosing beads of bone and crystal were found.
Buddhist Stupa is the great stupa at Amaravathi by chance came under attention in the year 1796, when a particular king planned to construct a new capital at a place called Amareswaram. While excavating at this place, the workers hit upon a few bricks and some white stone pieces having carvings on them. These were the remnants of the antique stupa. In due course of time, the place was developed and new stone pillars and railings were made.
Dindi Resort is one of the famous attractions of the place and is skillfully constructed in the middle of a lovely pink lily pool. The attractive destination is bounded with coconut palms and lovely beaches and offers well-furnished 28 air-conditioned rooms. It is homely and laced with the modern amenities. It is indeed a wonderful destination to visit.
Durgi is a village and mandal in the Palnadu region of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh state of southern India. Durgi stone craft originated here in the 15th century. At that time sculptors preferred soft limestone to the more expensive granite to carve idols. Today commercial demand for the stone carvings has resulted in the sculptors creating more simple, utilitarian designs than in times past. Craftsmen sell items such as paperweights and lampshades to individuals and dealers.
Guthikonda Caves located near to Karampudi, about 38 kilometers from Narasaraopet, the Guthikonda Caves is set in the midst of thick forest. The caves are Guthikonda Caves one of the most magnificent natural beauties of the region. The charm of these ancient caves lies in the fact that maharishis and saints meditated in the caves. The Guthikonda Caves is popularly known as the Dakshina Kasi. The most interesting part of the Guthikonda Caves is the well known Guthikonda Bilam.
Kondaveedu Fort is located in Kondaveedu village in the Chilakaluripet constituency of Guntur district. It is a hill fortress located 1,700 feet (520 m) above m.s.l. Apart from this main fort, there are two other forts (names not known) nearby. All three forts are now in ruins. Kondaveedu Fort was constructed by Prolaya Vema Reddy. The main fort built by the Reddy dynasty and refurbished by subsequent rulers, located at a height of nearly 320 metres (1,050 ft), was considered then as one of the strongest forts in the region. 21 structures have been identified within the fort. Its fortifications built with granite stones comprise huge ramparts, magazines, warehouses, granaries and wells. There are two entry gates into the forts, called the 'Kolepalli Darwaza' and the 'Nadella Darwaza'. The entrance gate is three storied, massive and made of granite stone blocks. A building built with rock pillars and covered with rock slabs, has110 metres (360 ft) long inscriptions.
Kotappakonda, the temporal abode of Trikoteswara Swamy, is a village, 25 miles (40 km) south- west Guntur City near Narsaraopet. Its original name is Kondakavuru, but is more popularly known as Kotappakonda or Trikutaparvatam, a three-peaked hill nearby. Though surrounded by other hills, the three hills, also known by the names of Trikutachalam or Trikutadri, can be distinctly seen from a distance from any direction. The three peaks are named after the Hindu Triumvirate, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. Guthikonda popularly known as Dakshina Kasi is located near Narasaraopeta. The Guthikonda Caves is open for tourist exploration as well.
Located at a distance of 32 Kms from the Guntur city, Krishna Barrage is a wonderful place to visit which is made on the banks of Krishna River and connects Krishna districts and Guntur. Bezwada is the other attraction of this Barrage which offers main facilities of medical and education in the state.
Situated between Vijayawada and Guntur, Mangalagiri is famous for housing one of the oldest Vaishnavite Temples in South India. As the main attraction of the temple boasts the 11-storey high Gali Gopuram (temple tower) where Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy is enshrined. Built somewhere between 1807 and 1809, the temple has completed its bi-centenary. The name 'Mangalagiri' literally means 'the auspicious hill' and is spiritually significant for being one of the 8 main mahakshetrams where Lord Vishnu had manifested himself. The elephant-shaped hill houses two other temples as well, Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple and Gandala Narasinha Swamy Temple.
Nagarjuna Sagar, a massive irrigation project on the River Krishna, about 100 miles (160 km) from Guntur City, has a rich and interesting past. It was a valley in the Nallamala range of the Eastern Ghats with civilizations dating back to thousands of years. Recorded history, however, assigns the first signs to the later Satavahanas and subsequently the Ikshvakus in the third century. The Sriparvata and Vijayapuri of yore were really temples where the famous savant and Philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna preached the message of the Buddha. The Ethipothala Falls located 7 miles (11 km) from Nagarjunasagar, the water here is used for crocodile breeding.
: This wonderful sanctuary houses variety of fascinating wild life species. An undulating sylvan landscape is ranges from 200 m to 900 m in altitude. It is in the midst of well known districts of Andrapradesh such as Prakasam, Karnool and Nalakonda. Best option for school excursions.
Suryalanka Beach is located 9 km from Bapatla in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 50 km south of Guntur City. Also known as the Bapatla Beach, it draws a large number of visitors on weekends and holidays. 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.
The Undavalli Caves, a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture and one of the finest testimonials to ancient viswakarma sthapathis, are located in Undavalli of Guntur district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The caves are located 6 km south west from Vijayawada, 22 km north east of Guntur City of Andhra Pradesh. These caves were carved out of solid sandstone on a hillside in the 4th to 5th centuries A.D. There are several caves and the best known largest one has four stories with a huge recreated statue of Vishnu in a reclining posture, sculpted from a single block of granite inside the second floor. Undavalli caves are an example of how many Buddhist artifacts and stupas in Andhra were converted into Hindu temples and deities. It was originally a Jain cave resembling the architecture of Udayagiri and Khandgiri. The main cave is one of the earliest examples of Gupta architecture, primarily primitive rock-cut monastery cells carved into the sandstone hills.
The Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary is located in Uppalapadu, Andhra Pradesh, India. Painted storks, spot-billed pelicans and other birds that migrate from various countries such as Siberia and Australia use the village water tanks for nesting. The bird population in these tanks used to be around 12,000 previously, however lately only about 7000 birds roost in this dwindling habitat through the year. But some initiatives have taken place such as adding artificial trees, local awareness, proper water supply to the ponds etc. The number of Pelicans, may be more than 1500. Besides this 6 pintail ducks a few cormorant 5 red crested pochard(rhodonesa rufina), common coot, common teal, black-headed ibises, 2 stilts were also sighted.