Ranges on the laps of Godavari
Papi Kondalu Tourism
The mountain range of Papikondalu runs along the western side of the serenading Godavari and is a favorite spot for a weekend getaway. It is marked by the converging sight of the majestic hills and the glistening water, that when paired with the non-commercial populace commands the attention of any of who are looking for an escape route from the busy city life. This physical trait of the destination is fondly related to the center portion of a woman's hair and thus finds its derivation back to how it was initially named as 'Papidi' Kondalu. When in Papikondalu, you will be presented with the opportunity to soak in the elegance of nature with the rippling sound of Godavari and at the same time take in the scintillating view of the teeming lush green landscape around.
This place is characterized by the rich tribal atmosphere which is often the most sought after experience that tourists come for. Moreover, the journey to reach the Papi hills is in itself said to be a delight of its own. You have the opportunity to travel by waterways with picturesque scenes accompanying you as you travel. You must make the best use of this boat ride or cruise opportunity to experience that is one of a kind. The cool breeze at it brushes against your face paired with the gentle up and down motion of the boat is a mesmerizing journey. You will also have the opportunity to cross various other sites such as Perantallapi, Pattiseema, and Pattisam along the way. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation aides the smooth flow of this and gives you an enjoyable deal to cherish.
Accentuating the treat of a tribal lifestyle, this destination is also home to many beautiful wildlife creatures. If you are lucky, you can even spot them during your time of exploration around Papikondalu. Some of the species that you may catch whilst your time here are antelopes, spotted deer, tigers, panthers, jackals and several bird species. You can even enjoy your accommodation amidst the wild forested areas in Kollur village, where the stay is provided in humble bamboo huts. They are tucked away in the dense exotic habitat and is an experience that one must try for the best experience. You can even spend some quality time with a campfire to add to the mood.
How to reach
Papikondalu is easily accessible from the nearby cities. The nearest major city for availing flight and train services is Rajahmundry. The roads are well connected in addition to boat services that will take you to the required destination.
Waterways transportation: You can opt for a small motor boat or river streamers that can hold up to 50 to 60 people together. The total time of the journey can come close to 8 hours and the boat operators will also provide with refreshments. You can even carry your own snacks, if willing.
Cost INR 400-500
How to Reach by Flight
Rajahmundry houses the nearest airport, namely Madhurapadi. You can catch a taxi from the airport to take you to Papikondalu.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is in Rajahmundry which is one of the prominent railway stations of Andhra Pradesh. You can hire a taxi from the railway station.
How to Reach by Bus
There are regular state bus services that ply to and fro. The nearest major bus station is again at Rajahmundry.
How to Reach by Road
If you are traveling from the East Godavari district, you can choose to avail the taxi service to reach papikondalu. If you are traveling from Khammam district, you can take the local bus or taxi to reach Bharachalam and hop on to a boat for the rest of the journey.
How to travel within
Buses are the least expensive options to travel within. Boat rides are also an exciting option that is available to explore. However, if you are traveling with a time constraint, hiring a cab or traveling with your private vehicle would be a more feasible choice to take.
This is the best destination to embrace the nature-loving soul with you and dance in the opportunity that you get. The deep gorges of Papikondalu offer a thrilling experience where the texture of the mighty Godavari River with trance-like mountain ranges makes up for an ideal exciting experience. The local food is not very good. It is recommended that you carry some food while traveling. This is owing to the untouched essence of commercialisation that this destination keeps that allows it to thrive the way it functions right now.
Papi Kondalu Itinerary
1. Catch a boat from Rajahmundry or Bhadrachalam at 9 am
2. Visit Gandi Pochamma temple on the way
3. Explore Papikondalu and enjoy the visual treat
4. Visit Ramakrishna Muni Vatika ashram and Swami Veereswara