Small water falls, water streams, thick rain forest and other flora and fauna adds to scenic beauty of PapiKondalu. A legend about Papi Kondalu is the Lord Rama and goddess sita dwelled here during the vanavasa. The boat ride commences at Polavaram in summers because of low water levels and in Pattiseema at all other times. The boat ride leads you to countryside patch-worked with tiny farm plots, the landscapes dotted with tribal habitations, the river banks forested with the timber reserves, the fresh air and the deep river all blend tighter to make it a magic place. They present ideal settings to enjoy the nature. The beauty of the uncrowned spaces all along the river makes people stop and stare.Actual Papi Kondalu is a place where the width of Godavari is Narrowest less than a KM . From distance you would feel that both the hills are merging together however the boat cruises through the narrow width of Godavari and this is the best of the entire trip.
Duration : 1 Night/ 2 Days
Destination Covered :Papi Kondalu - Perantalapalli - Bhadrachalam - Parnasala - Dwaraka Tirumala
Day 01 : Papi Kondalu Boat Cruise and Nightstay in Bhadrachalam
Early Morning Arrival to Rajamundry, Pick-up from Railway Station and Transfer to Hotel for Fresh-up only.
After fresh-up, departure to Pattiseema/Purushothapatnam for Papi Kondalu Boating. Around 9.00 AM check in to A/c boat, Break Fast, Boat journey starts on holy river Godavari towards Papi Hills around 9.30 AM., Around 01.30 PM Veg. Lunch in the Boat, Around 02.30 PM Reach Papi Hills which are three in number, situated like a wall in the middle of River Godavari separating East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam districts, enjoy scenic beauty.
Around 03.30 PM Reach Perantalapalli Village of Khammam district. Visit "Ramakrishna Muni Vatika" which was established by Late Poojya Swamiji Balananda Saraswathi during 1927 then darshan of Swayambu Lingakara Sri Veereswara Swamy. End of Boat cruise on arrival at Koyda village at around 04.30 PM. Pick-up and Transfer by sharing vehicle to Bhadrachalam. Check in to Hotel, Vegetarian Dinner and Night Stay at Bhadrachalam.
Day 02 : Bhadrachalam Sightseeing and Overnight Journey
Early morning Darshan of Lord Sree Rama on your own arrangements. After Breakfast, Visit: Parnasala and other popular places in Bhadrachalam. After Lunch, Check out Hotel and Visit: Maddi Anjaneya Swami at Jangareddy Gudem, Dwaraka Tirumala and drop at Rajahmundry in the evening. After Dinner, Drop at Bus Station / Railway Station for your return journey. Tour ends with Pleasant Memories.
PapiKondalu : Papi Hills or PapiKondalu (In Telugu language) is part of Eastern Ghats through which Godavari pierces and flows in twists and turns (called 'malupulu ' in telugu) towards east. Entire area of PapiKondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and deciduous rain forests.Papi Kondalu is a place where the width of Godavari is Narrowest less than a KM . From distance you would feel that both the hills are merging together however the boat cruises through the narrow width of Godavari and this is the best of the entire trip.
Perantallapally : Perantallapally, a temple of lord shiva ,where you can find a small water fall coming from the thick forests. A sage used to meditate in this forest. You should maintain utmost silence in the temple. You should not offer any thing (like donations etc). The environment is peaceful. If you have the time, you can do meditation here
Parnasala : Parnasala is a popular (nearby) place frequently visited by tourists. This is said to be the place where Ravana abducted Sita. A small hut with gaudily painted sculptures of Sri Ram, Sita, Laxman and Ravana depicting key events from Ramayan is what Parnasala is about. This place has great historical importance but weathered sculptures, attempt to replicate the sculptures with fiber glass, lack of maintenance make it a little less satisfied experience. However, passing through tiny tribal hamlets and expansive fields of paddy by a spooky tree lined road plus the serene Godavari River are the saving grace. Its would be a worth while to visit this place if you plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Bhadrachalam.
Bhadrachalam Temple : Bhadrachalam Temple is a Hindu temple of Lord Rama located in Andhra Pradesh, India. The area is called as Bhadrachalam and is the venue of grand celebrations on Rama Navami day, when the wedding anniversary of Lord Rama and his consort Sita, takes place with much fanfare.
Dwaraka Tirumala : Dwaraka Tirumala is a village and a mandal in West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is famous for temple of Lord Venkateswara. Dwaraka Tirumala is located about 40 kilometres from the west Godavari district headquarters, Eluru. This is also called as 'Chinna Tirupathi'. Dwaraka Tirumala is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to Eluru, the head quarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 KM away from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15KM distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.