One of the most majestic temples in all of Andra Pradesh, Draksharamam is an ASI-protected monument. Constructed by king Bhima of the Eastern Chalukyan Dynasty between 802 CE and 902 CE, the temple is one of the pancharama kshetras. It displays a harmonious blend of the Chola and Chalukyan styles of temple architecture the gopurams, the pond and the symmetric floor plan of the temple with an entry point in each cardinal direction.
The main Shivalinga in the sanctum sanctorum represents Bhimeswara Swamy and is actually a long cylindrical crystal (spatika linga) that rises to a height of about 2.6m. The temple is considered to be Dakshina Kasi and is one of the trilingas in the state. There is also a shrine for Goddess Manikyamba (Lord Bhimeswara's consort) in the temple complex. Other shrines in the gigantic temple complex are dedicated to Lord Ganapathi, Anjaneya, Virupaksha and Nataraja.
The temple also has about 381 inscriptions from a period between 1080 CE to 1434 CE. The temple was patronised by several other dynasties such as the Kalyani Chalukyas, Cholas, Eastern Gangas, Kakatiyas, J(edclys an cl Vijayanagaras, who developed it further.
Rajahmundry is the nearest airport.
Kakinada, Annavaram is the nearest railway station to Draksharamam.
Regular buses also ply on the route and can drop you to the destination.
Timings: 6.00 am-12.00 pm & 3.00 pm-8.00 pm
One can visit the place throughout the year.
Coringa wildlife sanctuary: The Fishing cat, jackal, estuarine crocodile (found in the creeks) and sea turtle can also be found here.
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.
Rajahmundry: Grammar and script of the Telugu language evolved in Rajahmundry, and so the city is colloquially referred to as the birthplace of Telugu.
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.