Tourist Places Near GunturIf you have planned to tour places in and around Guntur,then you will be spoilt with choices Get ready for lots of excitement as there are parks, amusement parks, places of ancient and archaeological significance and lots more to discover and visit!
In Guntur, you should certainly visit Jinnah Tower Centre, Naaz Centre, Brindavan Gardens, Manasa Sarovar Park etc. However, there are some really mesmerizing destinations near Guntur - a few kilometres away. But you know that no distance is too much for the real tourist in you! So, here we go...
Tourist Destinations near Guntur City
Krishna Barrage (29 kms.)Krishna Barrage is also known as Prakasam Barrage. It is located about 29 kms. from Guntur (North-Eastern side) on the Krishna river. Just on the other side of the river is situated the twin city of Guntur, namely, Vijayawada. Krishna Barrage connects Krishna district and Guntur.
Amaravati Maha Stupa (25 kms)
Do Buddhist monuments interest you? Let us visit the Amaravati Maha Stupa located 16 kms. from Guntur. Here, there is a famous temple of Amareswara Swamy which comprises of a 'swayambhu linga'.
There is another stupa in Amravati famous as Mahachaitya stupa which is adorned with intricate carvings, museum, pictures that tell tales about the life of Buddha and inscriptions on the temple walls.
Information about various monuments is written on placards for the benefit of tourists. Many monuments are in ruins too. However, a large Buddha statue, about 2-3 kms. far, but seen clearly from here, will steal your attention.
Have you heard about the notorious ruler of Amravati who compared himself with King of the Gods Indra? Well, his name was Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu!
You can visit Bhattiprolu (20 kms.) too which is supposed to be the earliest known kingdom in Guntur District.
Since Amravati is just half an hour drive from Guntur city, you should take time and visit the old Shiva temple on the banks of Krishna river. According to a legend, the 'lingam' was growing in size and so had to be nailed so that it does not grow any further. Even direct buses ply from Guntur to Amravati which leave you at the gate of the temple.
Kondaveedu (30 kms)Kondaveedu is an old fort, built by Reddy kings in the 14th century A.D. The fort is situated on the top of a hill and tourists visit here for sightseeing, trekking and getting a glimpse of ancient period. The Gopinatha temple and Kathulabave located at the foot of the hill have pillared halls.
Kotappakonda Trikutaparvatam, Guthikonda Caves (40 kms.)Kotappakonda (also known as Kondakavuru and Trikutaparvatam is located near Narsaraopet. There are many hills all around this place but three hills stand distinctly. These are known as Trikutachalam or Trikutadri and have been named after Hindu Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. Guthikonda, also referred to as Dakshina Kasi is also located near Narasaraopeta. How about exploring the Guthikonda caves here!
Sitanagaram (26 kms)As it is located near Krishna river, you can enjoy the sandy beach here. The place is so called due to the legend that Ram wept for Sita at this place when she was abducted by Ravana.
Mangalagiri (21 kms)Mangalagiri is famous for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The idol in the temple is believed to be installed by Yudhisthira (eldest brother among the Pandavas in Hindu mythology). Jaggery water is offered to the temple idol here.The hill where this temple is situated was an active volcano in ancient times!
Chebrole Chaturmukha Brahma Temple (15 kms)
This place is located towards south of Guntur and is famous for Chaturmukha Brahma and Lord Nageswara Swamy. Buckingham canal serves as a means of inland transport and irrigation. It was a regional fort for Chalukyas, Pallavas, and Kakatiyas. You will love to see Nandi made of red stone here.In ancient days, the place was also referred to as Sambhole.
During the rule of the Kakatiyas, general Jayapa ruled this Chebrole fort and later penned down a book named ''Nrutyaratnavali' based on Indian dance.
Uppalapadu (8 kms)Uppalapadu is located towards the southern part of Guntur City. Since there are water tanks here, these also serve to attract many species of beautiful birds including spot-billed pelicans and painted storks.
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam (160 kms.)
This is a dam on river Krishna, about 100 miles for Guntur city. If you go about 11 kms. ahead, you can enjoy the silvery waterfall of Ethipothala Falls where a number of crocodiles have been bred. Nagarjuna Sagar dam serves to provide irrigation facilities to Guntur district, Nalgonda district and Prakasam district.
Viswa NagarViswa Nagar is located towards South-West direction of Guntur city, near Chowdavaram. You can reach here easily by GNT-Chennai Express way (NH5).
The Universal Integration Pillar here symbolizes 'oneness in humanity'. There is a mother and child care hospital here.
Kali Gardens (13 kms)Here, the temple of Chaturmukha Brahma Lingeswaralayam of Lord Brahma is located.
You have seen so many places around Guntur! If you still have the inclination to travel, there are some other places you can visit. These include -
- Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple at Ponnuru and Kothapet
- Sri Bhavanarayanaswamy temples at Bapatla and Ponnuru.
- Temple at Ramalingeswara Agraharam which boasts of inscriptions as old as thousand years!
- Kakani Malleswara Swamy temple at Pedda Kakani built during the era of Krishnadevaraya.
- Hinkar Tirtha (Jain Temple, Mangalagiri), Vaikunta Puram (Tenali).
- Sri Sringeri Math, Sampath Nagar, Guntur comprising of many, many temples within the complex.
- Pankala Narasimha Temple which lies between Guntur and Vajaywada. It is being reconstructed by ISCON.
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