About Srikakulam - Historical Places in Srikakulam District

ARASAVALLI

The Sun Temple has been constructed at Arasavelli Village at the out skirts of the Srikakulam Town 50 kilometers from Tekkali. It was constructed in such away that the Sunrays fall directly on the feet of the deity twice a year. The sun temple is the only temple in India after Konark in ODISSA. In this temple where sun is worshipped as GOD dates back to 7th century, constructed by Kalinga King. This temple is particularly known for health and wealth and acquired great prominence during festivals and special functions.

SRIKURMANADHA TEMPLE

This is the only Vishnu Temple in "Kurmaavatara" in India. The Srikurmanatha Temple at Srikurman, 13 kms east of Srikakulam, is dedicated to Kurma, the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Chalukya Kings in the 10th century but was substantially rebuilt by the Cholas in 12th and 13th centuries. The colonnade around the main shrine has 19th century murals of Lord Krishna and Vishnu.

SRIMUKHALINGAM

About 46 kms west of Tekkali, Srimukhalingam is an ancient city which was the capital of Eastern Ganga Kings before they moved to Orissa. There are some temples dating back to the same era between 9th and 13th centuries. The one well preserved is the 9th century "Madhukeshva" temple with magnificent sculptures of Shiva and other Hindu Gods. At the entrance to the town is the Someshvara temple with statues of river godesses and other deities, flanking the main doorway. The sculpture in this temple is remarkably elegant and precise and represents the Indo-Aryan style of Architecture. The Mahasivarathri festival celebrated every year is attended by large piligrims. This temple is known as North Kasi of Andhra Pradesh.

RAVIVALASA

It is situated 3 kms from Tekkali and known for Sri Yendala Malikharjuna Swamy Temple, Linga under the Broad Sun Light. It is one of the most venerated pilgrim centers of Srikakulam District, legends trace its origin to Treta yuga. An interesting aspect of the linga is that it is believed to be growing in height with the passage with time. Hence no roof is built to shelter the linga.

SALIHUNDAM

Salihundam is situated at a distance of 18 kms from Srikakulam town. The village assumed Archeological importance due to the excavation of Buddist Stupaas. The Archeology Department has taken responsibility to preserve these monuments. Two big stupaas one on the top and the other in the golden were traced. The antiquity of the monument to the 2nd Century B.C. The Archeological Survey of India is maintaining a museum of Buddhist relics excavated in and around the hill. The idols of 'Dhyana Buddha' and 'Manjusri' present an imposing spectacle. The important monument holds the attention of the tourists from India and abroad.

MANDASA

This place is situated at a distance of 40 kms from Tekkali at the foot of Mahendragiri. The residential palace of the erstwhile Zamindars of Mandasa is a picturesque building. It is built by Lakshmana Raja Mani Deo in 1779. This palace known as the Mandasa fort which is considered to be the highest in South India and is a place of tourist interest. In the village the temple of Varahaswamy (Lord Vishnu in Pig fom) attracts the attention of the tourists.

TAELI NEELAPURAM

Taelineelapuram, which is nearly 60 kms from Srikakulam and 5 kms from Tekkali is a Bird Sanctuary. Pelican Birds were come here from Siberia in winter for their breeding and stay on the trees. They hatch and then feed their young ones with fish from the near by sea. The birds will go shall to silever in fch Tourists and bird watchers from all over the state visit this place during winter. It is an acknowledged picnic center too.