It is believed that the grammar and script of the Telugu language evolved in Rajahmundry, and so the city is colloquially referred to as the birthplace of Telugu. Rajahmundry has many illustrious personalities associated with it. Nannayya, who is known as 'Adi Kavi'(the first poet), belongs to this city. It was also an important centre during the freedom struggle kandukuri Veeresalingam and Nyapathi Subba Rao (who was also one of the founders of The Hindu newspaper) led the struggle for Indian Independence in Rajahmundry. One of Telugu cinema's foremost directors during the 1950s, Adurthi Subbarao, also hails from Rajahmundry. With such a grand legacy, it isn't a surprise that the city assumed the distinction of being the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. To understand what inspired these stalwarts, all you need to do is take one look at the majestic River Godavari that flows through here. In fact, it is believed that Nannayya penned down most of his pioneering works while sitting on the Godavari Ghat in Rajamahendravaram Today, the Rajahmundry Kovvur rail-cum-road bridge (one of the longest of its kind in India) built over the river lias become the city's defining feature. Even though the city is now more urbanised, with burgeoning infrastructure development on the banks of the river, it still manages to look unassuming and charming enough to inspire poetry.
Rajahmundry is located in the East Godavari district and is connected to the West Godavari district by the Rajahmundry-Kovvur rail-cum-road bridge. The Godavari Ghat Road runs along the river and the areas adjacent to the bank have several good hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. The railway station in Rajahmundry is centrally located and the airport is 18km away.
Every 12 years, Godavari Pushkaralu is celebrated along the banks of the river. It is said that taking a dip in the river during this period rids you of your sins. The Godavari River presents itself in all its majesty in Rajahmundry. The city serves as one of the major centres of celebration during pushkaralu and is a great place to take in the vastness of the river. The Godavari Ghat has been built to accommodate the thousands of people who come here during the festival. The ghat is also the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set upon the mighty river. You can also go for a refreshing morning walk on the promenade. There are a few temples that you can visit on the river's promenade. Amongst them are the ISKON Temple and the Saraswati Temple.
Rajahmundry-Kovvur Rail Cum Road Bridge:
Built over the River Godavari, the Rajahmundry-Kovvur Bridge is Asia's longest rail-cum-road bridge over a water body. The 4.2 km long bridge has a road deck constructed over a single-track rail deck. The bridge is the defining feature of Rajahmundry as it is widely used in arts, culture and media to represent the city.
The Godavari Ghat offers remarkable views of this characteristic curved bridge that connects the East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Adjacent to the bridge are two other bridges : Havelock Bridge, which is not in use anymore, and the Godavari Arch Bridge.
This is a ferry point in Rajahmundry that is used to cross the Godavari River. There is an old temple, dedicated to Kotilingeswara Swamy (Lord Shiva), a popular pilgrimage centre. Thc temple was built some time between the 10th and 11th centuries CE. There is also a bathing ghat here.
Sir Arthur Cotton Museum:
Irrigation engineer and British General, Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton dedicated his life to constructing canals to harvest river water for irrigation. He is credited for building the Dowleswaram Dam on the Godavari in Rajahmundry, the Prakasam Barrage upon the Krishna in Vijayawada and the Kurnool-Kadapa Canal. In this region of the
state, he is addressed as 'Delta Architect’ and is revered for the efforts he put into taming the tumultuous Godavari River.
In his honour, the Sir Arthur Cotton Museum was built in Rajahmundry in the year 1998. The museum houses several pictures and tools Cotton used during the construction of the Dowleswaram Dam. It is the only civil engineering museum in the state.
Remains of 11th-century forts and palaces can be found in Rajahmundry. It is widely believed that the city dates back to 1022 CE, when Eastern Chalukyan king Rajaraja Narendra, after whom the city is named, ruled this land. However archaeological evidence suggests that the city had existed for a century before this, during the period of King Vishnuvardhana's reign. After the Eastern Chalukyas, Rajahmundry was ruled by the Kakatiyas, Reddys, Gajapatis, Vijayanagaras, Nizams, the French and then the British.
Rajahmundry was the centre of cultural reformation in Andhra pradesh, under the leadership of Kandukuri Veeresalingam, in the years leading up to independence. The first widow remarriage was held in the city and a school was established for girls.
Rajahmundry is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Rajahmundry has one of the biggest railway stations in the whole state.
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Rajahmundry.
Winters, between the months of October and March, is the best time to visit as the temperature goes down, in the city.
Coringa wildlife sanctuary: The Fishing cat, jackal, estuarine crocodile (found in the creeks) and sea turtle can also be found here.
Draksharamam: Constructed by king Bhima of the Eastern Chalukyan Dynasty between 802 CE and 902 CE, the temple is one of the pancharama kshetras.
Biccavolu: Lord Shiva's temple, which is a temple complex built in the Dravidian style by the Eastern Chalukyas between the 9th and 10th centuries CE.
Annavaram: Annavaram is quite a picturesque destination with the Pampa River flowing languidly next to the hills.
Papikondalu Boat Cruise: When you're visiting Andhra Pradesh, taking a day-long boat cruise on the Godavari River should definitely be on your itinerary.
Rayali: A picturesque village filled within coconut trees and banana plantations, situated in the middle of the Vashista and Gautami tributaries of the Godavari River.
Uppada Beach: Kakinada Beach is also known as Uppada Beach. The beach has an inclined continental shelf and is one of the longest on the Coromandel coast.
Pithapuram Temple: The famous 10th-century temple complex at Pithapuram is considered a tripuranthakam (abode of three gods), for it houses the shrines of Puruhoothika Devi, Kukkuteswara Swamy and Sripada Vallabha Dattatreya Swamy.