Ethipothala Waterfalls Andhra Pradesh – The Fabulous Surge in the Crocodile Lagoon

Ethipothala Waterfalls

Ethipothala Waterfalls | Image Resource :

Ethipothala Waterfalls is one of the best places to visit and to revive the body and mind and henceforth, I arranged a visit to this spot. Despite the fact that it was 328 kilometers far from Vishakhapatnam, My adoration for nature pulled me towards this spot.

Being a budget traveler, I took a bus to the spot and after a long journey I reached the Nagarjuna Dam. I spent some time exploring the dam and visiting the Hydro Electric Project. The entire zone is covered by trees and the area around the falls was surrounded by lagoon.

The fall is located around 11 km far from the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and is a spot to enjoy very near to nature. This magnificent and enchanting Ethipothala Waterfalls falls from height of 22 meters from the top. This is the union of 3 rivers called Tummala Vagu, Chandravanka Vagu and Nakkala Vagu.

Ethipothala waterfalls Andhra Pradesh | Image Resource :

Ethipothala waterfalls Andhra Pradesh | Image Resource :

I reached the falls around early afternoon. It was a fabulous sight to see the water moving down to the foothills. The lagoons around the falls were changed over into a crocodile reserve by the department of forest. . So there are a lot of crocodiles in the tidal pond. I was delighted to see in a few crocodiles and reptiles living in their common environment.

This place is a home to fabulous temples and caves. It was for sure a wonderful view of the falls in night light. The whole area is lighted with the bright lights which were fixed close to the falls. The distinctive shades of lights offered added magnificence to the falls.

Ethipothala Waterfall

Ethipothala Waterfalls | Image Resource :

 I spent time until night and came back to the Dam. I took lodging close to the Nagarjuna Sagar to appreciate the night there and dozed late. There are a lot of spots to visit at Guntur such as the temples close to the falls Ranganatha and Dattatreyaswamy sanctuaries. Next morning I went to visit the temples and caves. It was a spectacular experience to cherish in.

Destination of the Week : Visakha Museum Visakhapatnam

Visakha Museum Visakhapatnam

Visakha Museum Visakhapatnam | Image Resource :

Description : Get to know the vast and vibrant history of the harbor city of Vizag from the life- size portraits and vintage war collection of guns, armor sets, steel bows and swords displayed in this museum. It was a life safer for me while I was baby- sitting my little niece. She loved the place and stood before the instructions board to apply all the phonetics she knew to read them. The museum is worth more advertisement and popularity.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Guntur – The Spectacular Place to Cherish in

Nexxt was the most awaited destination in my agenda the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. I have visited this place before and the greenish foliage and the forest attracted me the most. The visit to this place helped me to learn more about nature, flora and fauna of the place.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam | Image Resource :

The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is a gigantic structure and vehicles are not permitted to run over the dam, rather, there is a bridge constructed for transportation reason. The dam with its massive size was a sight that held the breath of anybody.

Since it was the beginning of the spring season the shutters of the dam were not open. But during my last visit I was fortunate to visit the dam during the rainy season. The all the shutters of the dam were. Then dam was at the loaded with its eminence and I was delighted in the water splashing from the dam. The power of the water took the water drops up to two kilometers. It was a captivating and cherishing experience.

Nagarjuna Left Canal

Nagarjuna Left Canal | Image Resource :

The Krishna River streams towards east coming to Vijayawada from here covering the Nallamada Hills. I went through the bridge and at one point I gazed at the water streaming quickly.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Guntur

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Guntur | Image Resource :

It was an enchanting day for me as I could visit the dam and the falls. I walked through the forest and observed the canopy. The smell of the green trees and the sound of the water falls were magnetizing. I observed the soil; it was wet and black by the residuals of the decayed leaves and branches.

I further visited the hydro electric project Nagarjuna Sagar, I was spell bounded to see the monsters turbans which produced electricity. The stream was gushing and the quickness of the water made an impact on the turbans producing electricity.

Hydro Electric Project Nagarjuna Sagar

Hydro Electric Project Nagarjuna Sagar | Image Resource :

I went down to Ethipothala Waterfalls since it was starting of summer the water current was very less. I went down into the forest with the help of a forest guide to learn more about the environment.  The whole lagoon is reserved for the crocodile reserve. We walked around the forest unit evening and I came back to the hotel room which I booked I the morning. The sight of the dam in the night was magnificent. Next morning I made a point to have a walk for a morning to the dam. It was very pulling me towards it.

Destination of the Week : Ramachandra Ridge Hotel Visakhapatnam

Ramachandra Ridge Hotel Visakhapatnam

Ramachandra Ridge Hotel Visakhapatnam

Our rooms were spacious and the food was really good. The wifi was more than lavish to work with. Car parking facilities and the location is very ideal to visit the tourist spots during daylight and get dressed for dazzling parties in the bar at night. We were well treated and the service seemed excellent.

Serenity, Divinity and Nirvana at Mangalagiri Temple

I wanted to vist to Mangalagiri Temple, which is found 25 km far from the Guntur City. There were numerous buses connecting Guntur and Mangalagiri thus I chose to catch an early transport to the temple.

Mangalagiri Temple Guntur

Mangalagiri Temple Guntur | Image Resource :

I could find three temples in Mangalagiri and they are Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple, Gandala Narasimha Swamy Temple, and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. The first and second temples are on the uphill, the third is on the foot of the hill. I enjoyed the scenic and the architectural beauty of the temple and the timings mentioned on them to be open until 12.30 pm. I decided to visit them in the morning for there were no “archana” in the evening times.

Mangalagiri Temple

Mangalagiri Temple | Image Resource :

I reached the foothill; it was right around 8.30 am. I gathered a few more details about the temples. Mangalagiri is one among the famous eight temples in India, where Lord Vishnu showed himself. I took after the devotees climbing the steps to Sri Panakala Laksmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. While climbing, I offered prayers to God to the foot shaped impressions of Maha Prabhu Chaitanya.

Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy

Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy | Image Resource :

Inside the temple, I remained at the sanctorum and offered Pooja to God. Strolling behind the temple, I stopped at Sri Lakshmi Temple to offer my prayer to God. Close to this temple, there were steps leading to Unadavalli Caves.

I also visited the Gandala Narasimha Swamy Temple and lit a light, where there was no statue or idol . After the prayer to God, I descended to offer my prayer to God at the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at the foothill. The temples are known to have the most astounding tower or Gopuram in India with a tallness of 153 feet and width 49 feet. The tower has eleven stories and its doors confront the east and west bearings.

Pannaka Narasimhaswami Temple

Pannaka Narasimhaswami Temple | Image Resource :

The structural planning on the Gopuram is very attractive and demonstrates the craftsmanship of the builders. There is a tank on the back side, which is said to be manufactured to straighten the tower to prove support. The temple conducts celebrations, for example, Brahmotsavam consistently. It was getting hot and we needed to go to our next destination.

Undavalli Caves -The Evident Sample for Architecture Skills of India

Before visiting the Undavali caves I visited the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam which is about 386 km away from Vizag. I stayed there to explore the nature. In the morning I went for a morning walk in the woods. After the morning walk, I felt my body and mind revived and restored. It was an awesome experience to stroll through woods enjoying the forest. The cool wind and shrills of squirrels were enamoring.

Undavalli Caves

Undavalli Caves | Image Resource :

I went down to the Dam; Anyway, it was an astonishing experience to remain in the chill water. I sat on the stones for while and came to the hotel room to pack my things to visit Undavalli caves which was my next destination.

I had my breakfast from the hotel and got into a bus to Undavalli Village. The driver told me that it will take 3 hours to reach Undavalli Village. The budget traveler can find plenty of buses to this village from the Dam.

Undavalli Caves Guntur

Undavalli Caves Guntur | Image Resource :

After 3 hours of journey I reached the Village. I felt the journey comfortable as I like traveling a lot. The Undavalli Caves are the example of rock-cut building design of India and caves are located at the Undavalli vilaage in Tadepalli Mandal, Moreover it is situated on the banks of the Krishna River. I traveled 22 km to reach the caves from here.

Ananta Narada Thumbura

Ananta Narada Thumbura | Image Resource :

The caves were built out of strong sandstone around 4th and 5th century. I could see a few caves and the most prominent and biggest cave has four stories. The statue of Lord Vishnu is carved in single rock stone and is main deity here. The statue of God Vishnu is sculptured on the second floor.

Statue of God Vishnu in a Reclining Posture

Statue of God Vishnu in a Reclining Posture | Image Resource :

Different statues of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were carved inside the caves. The caves showcase the craftsmen ship and excellent architectural abilities of Gupta Period. Since some caves were Buddhist religious habitation in olden days, the first floor showcases the Buddhist god and Buddhist figures. The walls are carved beautiful sculptures. The Undavalli caves were built by the Vishnukundina rulers of 420 to 620 A.D.

Destination of the week : Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur

Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur

Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur | Image Resource :

This temple is located in the Macherla town of Andhra Pradesh and shares a long lineage of tale with the town and the many dynasty that ruled this capital. The temple is worth visiting. The Ethipothala Falls cascading the mixed waters from the water bodies nearby is a few kilometers away and it’s a beautiful sight to be captured in a lens..

Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam – A perfect Combination of architecture and Divinity

I woke up late next morning, while enjoying the morning tea at the hotel I was cherishing the beauty of the Loard Shiva and Parvathy at Kalasagiri Park. My next destination in the agenda was the Simhachalam Temple. I exited the hotel 8 am and the city was busy around by then. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 20 km from the hotel.

It took around 2 hours to reach the temple and I reached the sanctuary around 10 am. Since my visit was in the beginning of spring the sun was not very hot still and Visakhapatnam lies in the seaside region of Andhra Pradesh and it has 7 shorelines encompassing the city.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource :

The sanctuary is situated on a top slope. Despite the fact that there were sufficient transports accessible to the sanctuary, my esteem for trekking made me pick the trekking expedition to the sanctuary.

Simhachalam Temple's Entrance

Simhachalam Temple’s Entrance | Image resource :

The trekking course is through narrow natural steps which was thrilling. I enjoyed the grand beauty of entire Vizhag from the top slope. Though the climbing was hard for me to start with then I got used to it.

In between I offered pooja in the Bhoolkamma Thalli. I enjoyed the scenery of the nature and could see the entire city and air terminal, port, HPCL refinery, etc. After a brief time we came to the tarred road, which connects the temple and I walked through the road. Following two hours of climbing, I came to the temple. I was hypnotized by the excellent craftsmanship and architectural beauty of the temple.

Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami

Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami | Image Resource :

The temple was built in the 11th century and the deity worshipped in the temple is Lord Narasimha, which is the Avatar of Lord Vishnu. More than a million of individuals from everywhere throughout the nworld visit this spot for worshipping and to enjoyed the structural excellence of the temple. The diety showcases both Varaha and Narasimha avatar and the deity are covered with Sandal paste, which looks like the Shiva Lingam. Just once in an yer during the Chandana Visarjana, the sandle paste is removed and the god is presented to the devotees.

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource :

The construction modeling of the temple much looks like that of the Konark temple with the carvings of elephants, blossoms and plants. The external walls were decorated with carvings of Narasimha and we delighted in the marriage lhall constructed excellently with 16 pillars . I enjoyed each and every sculpture in the temple and it was a treat for my eyes and appreciated the peacefulness and godliness of nature around and moved down to the foothill

Lord Narasimha Rock Statue Backyard Simhachalam

Lord Narasimha Rock Statue Backyard Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource :

Bhudhil Park Visakhapatnam – Best Hotel with Classic Ambience and Services

The Journey was comfortable and I landed on the grounds of Vizag in the afternoon. It took some more time check out of the air port. There the cab driver was waiting for me. I book both my hotel and cabs through online to avoid last minute confusions.

Bhudhil Park Visakhapatnam

Bhudhil Park Visakhapatnam | Image Resource :

The hotel reservation app on my smart phone helped me to search through several hotels in vizag. I compared the prices online and could find some deals and discounts for hotel Bhudhil Park Visakhapatnam. The cab driver from the hotel picked me up and took me to the hotel.

The hotel was very near to the airport and I reached the hotel within a few minute. The hotel stood majestically in the middle of the city with a welcoming ambience. It is located very near to shopping malls and railway station. The hotel is a 3 star property offering cozy accommodations and best hospitality to its customers. Moreover anyone can find out the hotel as it is located just opposite to RTC Complex. The elegant décor and charming atmosphere made me happy and felt it was my correct choice to choose this hotel.

Hotel Bhudhil Park's Room

Hotel Bhudhil Park’s Room | Image Resource :

The courteous staff served me well in completing the check-in formalities and the room boy guided me to the room. I booked a Deluxe Single room and the room was very clean and tidy. It was well-maintained and well- furnished.

After a while I went to the restaurant in the hotel and I was amazed by its ambience. The hotel has a 100 seating capacity. You can avail any multi cuisines in this restaurant. The chefs were well trained and very professional I had sumptuous food from the restaurant and went back to my room. The hotel also has a coffee shop and a function hall for conducting functions.

I planned my agenda for the coming days. In the evening enjoyed the scenic beauty of of vizag and the beaches. A walk on the pristine sands made my soul and heart rejuvenated. The sunset was beautiful. As a nature lover I loved to sit on the beach for along time. The cool breeze from the sea was awesome after a long time I came back to my rom thinking of the forth coming days in Vizag.