Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary
Welcome to Nellore,
Nellore (Nelluru) is a district in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a coastal city and located on the banks of the Penna River. The city is the fourth most populous settlement of the state well known for its agriculture and aquaculture. The district is bordered by the Bay of Bengal to the east. Nellore is also famous for quality rice production and aqua (prawn and fish) culture. Nellore district is called the "Shrimp capital of India" due to its high production of cultured shrimp. The main crops are rice paddy and sugar cane. It is particularly famous for a rice breed called "Molagolukulu". Other crops are cotton, lemon and oil seeds (like peanuts) and horticultural seeds.
Some of the famous places to visit are Udayagiri Fort, Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary, Pulicat Lake, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Penchalakona, Jonnawada, Narasimhaswamy Temple etc.
It is located at about 60 km. from Nellore City. A.S.Peta Stand for Anuma samudram Peta. There is a big Dargah here which is ancient and is known to be Khaja Rahamatulla Dargah. It is one of the unique place where Hindus and Muslims blend together and stand as an illustration of National integrity. Devoties from different parts of the Country used to come to this place without distinction. The ornamental work of thhe dome is worth to seen. Every year Urusu celebrated where large number of devoties gather here for blessings.
It is located at abovt 15 Km. from Nellore City which belongs to Venkatachalam Mandal. One of the Sage called Venkaiah lived earlier during middle of the 20th Century and got Mahasamadhi at this place. People worshiped them as Venkaiah Swamy or Baghavan Venkaiah Swamy, every Saturday there is a gathering to worship the Swamy. Similarly, during August every year " Aradhana" or Annual function be celebrated where large number of devoties used to gether for the purpose of getting blessed. Devotees are provided free catering those who visited the Samadhi. It became one of the popular Pilgrim centre in the district.
Goddess Chengalamma Parameswari manifested Herself in the village of Sullurupet which lies 100Km. away from Nellore on the Kolkata-Chennai highway and the temple for Her was built on the bank of the Kanlangi river. History tells us that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries. People also refer to her as the village goddess "Tenkali". With the passage of time, she is being worshipped regularly by devotees as Chengalamma. Devotees turn up in large number to witness "Chengalamma Jatara" (fair).
Jonnawada attracts pilgrims from all parts of India. It is located around15km from Nellore. Out of the two Kamakshi temples constructed here, one belongs to the 12th century and it is very popular. The shrines here are dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi and Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. A festival for 10 days is celebrated every year in grandeur. The quality involved in the construction of the temple is evident in certain parts of the temple, which are built of single stones.
Kandeleru Dam is an irrigation project built on the Kandaleru River in Rapur Mandal, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. The project is part of the Telugu Ganga project which supplies drinking water to Chennai city from the Srisailam reservoir on Krishna River. Kandaleru reservoir is mainly fed by a link canal from the Somasila Dam. The Telugu Ganga project also provides irrigation with its canals in Andhra Pradesh. it has an earth dam of about 12 km long.
Nellore District has 165k.m coastal line. Krishnapatnam, Ramayapatnam, Ramatheertham, Kodur, Mypadu, Thupilapalem etc., are some of the beaches. From out of which Krishnapatnam the port located place in the district. It is not a new port earlier it was flurished and famed but gradually becomes less importance due to some of factors. How ever, it is once again expected to emerge to its crown. There are Stratagic Plans to be develop industrial port City. Apart from this Dharmal power Station to be established, As a result and also due to lanching of various projects, the port city is expected to flurish in the near future as was seen in the olden day. It is located at about 25km. towards east form Nellore City.
Alghu Malluru Krishna Swamy temple is existing in the Mannarpoluru Village, right from the time of Telugu Chola rulers. The village is close-by to Sullurupet, at a distance of 103 Km. from Nellore. It was built in the 17th century by Bangaru Yadama Nayudu, the living place of mallayodas or wrestlers.
The tomb of Syed karimulla Khadiri lies in Kasumuru village, which is situated on the west of Venkatachalam Mandal 35 km. away from Nellore. Devotees refer to him as kasumuru Msthanayya, agreat : Fakir supposed to have belonged to 18th century. The ailing, the planet harassed, and the childs, worship at the fakir's tomb. Every year, on the 26th day of the auspicious period of "kabbiul-aval", "Urusu" (fair) is celebrated with fervour. One can reach the place by bus from Nellore.
Mypadu Beach is located on the west coast of Bay of Bengal, at a distance of 25 km from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The beach is maintained by the state tourism board. The beach provides fishing opportunities for the local fishermen, and access to cruises for the tourists.
The Narasimhaswamy temple in Nellore is located about 13 kilometres away from the heart of the city of Nellore. Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity in this temple. Narasimha, His fourth incarnation or "avatar" is worshipped in this temple.The temple is also known as Sri Vedagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple. The temple is a famous spot of pilgrimage. Many myths surround the temple.
Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Nellore. It attracts migratory birds from all parts of the world and you could find over 1500 pelicans here during migratory season. The rare species of birds seen here include pelicans, spoonbills, night herons, egrets, ducks and many more. Watch towers let you have a great view of the birds. The sanctuary houses a library, museum and auditorium.
Patu Ru is a small village lying at a distance of about 10 km from Nellore and perfect place for shopaholics. Renowned for its handicrafts industry and handloom sarees, the village is settles between the triangle formed by Kovuru, Damarmadugu and Kovuru.
This is a sacred place for pilgrims. Penchalakona is situated 80 kms away from Nellore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The temple is situated on the top of Vedagiri Hills. The temple receives more importance from religious point of view as it is believed that the temple was built on the place where Lord Venkateswara had placed his feet.
Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lake or lagoon in India, after Chilika Lake. It straddles the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states with over 97% of it in Andhra Pradesh and 3% in Tamil Nadu situated on the Coromandal Coast in South India. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary. The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal and is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 km? located in Nellore, Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh and Protected area in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu state near Elavur in South India. The sanctuary is most noted for the many greater flamingos seen here. The biodiversity of this lake attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.
Somasila is one of the biggest Irrigation Project in the District. The project is envisaged to create Irrigation potential. It is constucted across River Pennar and is situated near Somasila Village of Ananthasagaram Mandal, Nellore District. Since it is located in eastern ghats situated at the out skirts of the district, natural beauty is nose worthy. There is a temple in the village called Someswara Temple blessed by the Lord Siva on the other side of River Pennar an Ashram is situated. Tourist Population including school children are gradually increasing owing to its importance.
The Temple of Sri Mulasthaneswara Swamy was built, 1400 years ago, to the west of Nellore. As the Lord manifested Himself under a "Nelli" tree, a temple was built there itself. Manumasidhi rulers constructed the "Raja Gopuram" (Royal tower of the temple). Legend goes that the poet Tikkana Somayaji translated Mahabhratam into telugu only after making his obeisance to the deity.
On the banks of Pennar River lies the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The temple belongs to 7th century and it was built by Pallava rulers. The temple stands proof of the architectural excellence of the past with stunning sculpture on the huge walls and doors. The 29-meter tall main entrance and the seven gold 'kalasams' spellbound you.
Malla village lies on the Nayudupeta - Duggarajupatnam road in the Chittamuru mandal and is 96 km away from Nellore. The temple was constructed by the Chola rulers of the 10th and 11th Centuries. The "Vasantala Mandapam" here is a shining example of sculpture of exllence. The "Vasantala Mandapam" is strikingly sculpted in the form of a chariot drawn by a pair of horses. Episodes and events from the epic of Ramayana and Siva puranam have been sculpted splendidly on the pillars of the Mandapam. The Veera Kallulu of the veera saivas are also found here. The 64 pillars of the Vasantha Mandapam are tastefully decorated with pictures pf creepers and tales from Ramayanam, Bharatham and Bhagavatam. Many lovely sculptures adorn the sides and lower part of the Mandapam. The temples of the consorts of Subramanyaswamy - Sri Valli, Her encourage abd Devaseba lie in the inner "Prakaram" (compound wall) and opposite the "Dwaram" (entrance) of Subraanyaswami Idol.
Sriharikota is an island, situated on the National Highway No.5 to Chennai, Kolkata and a forest -like area to the east of Sullurupet in between Pulicat Lake and Bay of Bengal. The ancient residents of this island were Toorpu Reddis and Challa Yanadis. Who led a primitive way of life. Their staple diet was what Nature bestowed on them - Veduru biyyam (bamboo Manna), honey and different varieties of fruit and their homes were nest - like huts. Under the stewardship of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai of the Indian Space Research Organisation of rocket lauching space Centre was Established at Sriharikota in 1968. The launching of a missile helps streamlining the study of tele-communications, TV, lights and environmental relationsships. The possibilities of a good harvest, how snowfall and clouds disappear, the information relating to impending floods and storms and similar natural calamiatiesm locating the mountains - the missile provides us with fore knowledge of all these happenings and enables us to take precautionary steps beforehand.
Udayagiri Fort is located at an altitude of 3079 feet above sea level. Situated around 100 kms from Nellore, the fort is in a picturesque environment. The village Udayagiri is situated on hilltop and this hill is famously known as Sanjeevi Hills. A wide range of plants of medicinal value is found here. Evidences available on Udayagiri relate its history from 14th century. The place was then the capital of Langula Gajapati and then it was ruled by the famous Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagar around 1512. The fort had been under the control of various rulers including Cholas, Pallavas and subsequently it came into the hands of Vijayanagar rulers. It was conquered by Islamic rulers as well.
There were 13 buildings in the fort and several temples as well. The influences of various rulers that ruled the fort can be seen in the temples constructed by them during their reign. The fort, in overall, is a blend of various cultures and a fine example of the artistic skills of the bygone era.
Venkatagiri Fort is situated in Venkatagiri town. The fort was constructed by Recherla rulers in the year 1775. Surrounded by dense forest, the fort looks splendidly picturesque. The serene atmosphere in the fort calms your mind while the magnificence of the fort brings to the fore its past importance in the power game. Venkatagiri town is very famous for cotton sarees weaved in Jamdari technique.