It is famous for its Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the famous Pancharamas.
Amaravati is also known as Dhanyakataka/Dharanikota. The present holy shrine of Amaralingeswara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is associated with the reign of Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu who ruled the region before the advent of the British rule. He was well known for his humanity, magnanimity,nobleness and construction of a large number of temples and education centers in the Krishna river delta.