Exploring Andhra Pradesh is an exhilarating experience with each new destination offering something unque to the traveller. Pattiseema, a small town on the banks of the River Godavari , located 30 kms from Rajahmundry closer to Kovuru , surprises you as “Dakshina Kashi” considered to be one of the Pancha Kshetras, the other four being Kedarnath, Varanasi , Kalahasti and Srisailam . Aplace of immense religious significance, visiting this holy place, it is said, will absolve you of your sins and purify your soul.
The ancient temple of Lord Veerabhadra here has a legendary history. The temple picturesquely located on a hillock known as Devakuta Parvatha , is situated in the middle of the river Godavari , seeming almost to rise from the river itself . Langend goes that Lord Veerabhadra was born out of a lock of Lord Shiva’s hair during the cosmic dance of the almighty, on witnessing his wife Sati Devi immolating herself, unable to bear rejection by her father Daksha .
This temple is accessible only by boat. The scenic canvas of hillocks in the background, the silvery sands, gently flowing waters, the rushes of tall grass and the bracing cool ancient temple. The temple with its beautiful Nandi and carved images of dancing deites on the walls does not disappoint the pilgrims. An awe – inspiring life – size sculptures of Devi Bhadrakali bedecked with ornaments and brandishing a sword, is a stunning sight . One can also visit the temple dedicated to Sri Bhavanarayana Swam at this holy destination.
Festival: The main festival of Loard Shiva is Mahashivrathi which is celebrated with religious fever, pomp amd gaiety . On this day nearly one lakh pilgrims visit this temple n. The other important festival are the Kalyanam of the Lord on Bheeshma Ekadashi and Karteeka Masam .
An Enthralling Cruise: One can enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque Godavari valley on a cruise along the river with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). The cruis covers Pattiseema, Pochmmagandi Temple ,Devipatnam , Kolluru and Papikondalu . The journey in a specially – made house boat, is very exciting. Tourists have a choice of 1-day and 2-nd cruise options. Haritha Twin Deck A/C cruise, with capacity, and the Arthur Cotton Houseboat, with seats, offer package tours that are interesting and enjoyable. Chitragi and Jalajaksji boats are also available for charter sevice depending on the water levels in the river from Pattisima the journey takes you to Papi Kondalu, a cloud-laced hill range, of breathtaking natural beauty , in the eastern ghats . The cruisers glide along close to the jungles, which covers the river route all the way. It is a visual delight for tourists.
Pattiseema – Papikjondalu Cruise
1 Day Tour – Dep. 8.30 a.m. Arr. 8.30 p.m.
Fare includes Breakfast and Lunch
Haritha Cruise Twin Deck A/c
Tariff: Adult Rs.500/-; Child:Rs.400/-
Arthur Cotton Houseboat
Tariff:Adult:Rs.400/-; Child – Rs.320/-
Rajahmundry to Pattiseema transport charges extra @ Rs.100 per person
Papikondalu – Kolluru
2 Day Tour/1 night including Food and Tended Accommodation; Tariff: Adult Rs.1500/- Child Rs.1200/- Dep. 8.30 a.m. Arr. 8.30 p.m. next day
Pattiseema – Papikondalu – Pattiseema
Special Hire Charges (Timings:8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.)
Sir Arthur Cotton Boat (40 Seater) Rs.16000/-
Chitrangi Boat (40 Seater) Rs.14000/-
Jalajakshi Boat (12 Seater) Rs.12000/-
For details contact:
Rajamundry (Ph; 0883-6578411 Cell:9848629341)
Mechanized Boat (Pleasure Ride) Adult Rs.40/-; Child Rs.25/-;
Speed Boat (4 persons – 6 mins trip) Rs.150/-
Content Courtesy : Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation
“Tourism House”, 3-5-891, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad – 500 029, AP. Ph: 23262151 – 54
content courtesy – APTDC
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