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Best Time: Oct-Mar Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Hyderabad Check Flights

Papikondalu Tourism

Papikondalu mountain range runs along the River Godavari (Western Godavari) and is located in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Papikondalu is a sheer fest to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. As the hills become closer and closer to the visitor, the width of the mighty Godavari becomes narrower. In accordance with this view resembling the middle partition of a woman's hair, it was initially named as 'Papidi' Kondalu- Paidi in Telugu means the middle partition of a woman’s hair. Later, it came to be known as Papikondalu in the local language. The river narrowing, its twists and turns along with the Papi Hills form a breathtaking visual experience.

Its beauty is often compared to that of Kashmir as the area around the ranges is quaint and bountiful with nature. The ranges also boast of waterfalls at Munivaatnam.

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Etymology

The mountain ranges are named from the Telugu word meaning 'partition' because from an aerial view they look like the partition women make in their hair.

Itinerary

If you're in for a day, there are some places you would skip, however, it is recommended to have a two day stay to experience the unique setting of Kolluru bamboo houses by the shore.

Day 1: Ideally, reach Rajahmundry or Bhadrachalam whichever you chose, by 8:00 - 8:30 AM in the morning to catch a 9:00 AM boat. By 10:00 AM, you'll reach the Gandi Pochamma Temple. The boat will leave by 11:00, giving you an hour to explore the place. After this, the next destination will be the Papi Kondalu hills themselves, the journey through the middle of the mountains being particularly noteworthy. Next, you can stop at Perantpali village and see Ramakrishna muni Vatika ashram and Swami Veereswara and proceed to do some local sightseeing. The last stop of the day would be Kolluru village where you could get a Bamboo hut for yourself and have the rest of the evening for leisure.

Day 2: In the morning after breakfast you could do some local sightseeing and can even hire a guide to explore the forest area. After this, you can take the boat back to the mainland in the afternoon. You'll reach Rajahmundry or Bhadrachallam by 6:00 PM.

Restaurants and Local Food in Papikondalu

There is a lack of good places to find food near Papi Kondalu. It is advisable to carry food from Rajahmundry and Bhadrachalam beforehand. There are small hotels that offer decent food but it's good to carry some along with you just in case the food is not satisfactory for you.
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What's Great?

One can a have a unique experience of staying in Kolluru (bamboo huts) along the beautiful hill range.

What's Not So Great?

There is a lack of good eating joints (advisable to carry your own food).

For Whom?

Papi Kondalu is one of the top places to explore in Andhra Pradesh. It is ideal for people looking for a getaway full of natural beauty. It is also suitable for camping and trekking. A perfect place for a trip with family and friends.

How To Reach Papikondalu

Papi-Kondalu is easy to reach from all the nearby cities. The nearest airport and railway station is located in Rajahmundry, which is around 60 km away. NH-5 passes through it and has excellent road connectivity with all the major towns in the vicinity. There are also boat services available from Rajahmundry, though they are few in number.

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Q. Whether Pre booking is necessary for one day river cruises, we are going Rajahmundry second week of October, From where the bookings are made?

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Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
- Summers are extremely hot here so make sure you check the weather before you plan a trip.
- The availability of food here is questionable, it's best to carry your own packed food and light snacks for the trip.
- Due to tourism, some resorts and hotels have come up in the vicinity, you can avail good food from here.
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