Papikondalu in Andhra pradesh


At a distance of 60 km from Rajahmundry, 180 km from Vijayawada, 20 kilometers from Polavaram, 260 km from Vizag & 410 kilometers from Hyderabad, Papi Kondalu is a beautiful mountain array bounded by Lake Godavari from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Papi hills are a group of three hills that form a beautiful gorge on the Godavari River spread across East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The whole area of Papi Kondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and it was recently announced as a protected National Park and is among the top areas to experience the Tourism in Andhra Pradesh. Papikondalu is among the very best attractions that you must incorporate in Vizag tour packages.

The first name for this hill range was'Papidi Kondalu'. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. It's thought that the place had been visited by Lord Rama and goddess Sita during their exile. Papi Kondalu needs to be reached by ship from Rajahmundry, Pattisam (35 kilometers from Rajahmundry), Polavaram (40 kilometers from Rajahmundry), Kunavaram (50 kilometers from Bhadrachalam) or Sriram Giri (60 km from Bhadrachalam). The boat service from Rajahmundry into Bhadrachalam is a wonderful experience and it's operated in post monsoon season.

Aside from appreciating the view of the hills, valley, and waterfalls, tourists can take part in activities such as trekking and camping. There are lots of sights that fall upon the way like Perantallapalli, Gandipochamma Temple and Pattiseema. Many tribal communities have left their dwellings on such hills whose main occupation is fishing, agriculture and making handicrafts. There is a waterfall in Munivaatam that is a favorite tourist attraction.

The boat rides usually consist of full-day excursions starting from Rajahmundry, Pattisa, Polavaram Kunavaram, Sriram Giri with the break at Perantallapalli and rear. Both AP Tourism and Private operators provide these excursions from Rajahmundry. Additionally, there are one-way trips between Rajahmundry Pattisam,Polavaram and Kunavaram,Sriram Giri. There are few private operators that offer 2-day trips from Rajahmundry having an overnight stay at Kollur Bamboo Resort. Trips normally start early morning between 6 to 9 AM. One must book the ship and the huts beforehand through tourist agencies or AP Tourism.