Rajahmahendravaram was founded in the 11th century by Raja Raja Narendra. Earlier it was referred by names Rajamahendrapuram and Rajamundry it was officially known as Rajamahendravaram. It is the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh and the city is the birthplace of Nannayya, a Telugu poet.
Telugu, is the major language. Almost everyone can understand a few words in English and it should be sufficient for basic conversations and transactions. Local people under the age of 30 years may be able to converse in fluent English as that language has been taught in the schools for many years.
Rajamahendravaram airport (IATA: RJA) at Madhurapudi is serviced by flights from Hyderabad, Chennai. SpiceJet operates flights currently. Most flights are to/from Hyderabad and almost always around 11AM. The airport is 12.1 km away from the city centre. Prepaid cabs are available.
The city is on Howrah-Chennai Main coastal railway track. It is 2.5 hours journey from Vijayawada and 3.5 hrs journey from Visakhapatnam which is Better connected by air, including international. It is 150 km from Vijayawada and 220 km from Visakhapatnam.
All the trains between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada stop here.
The Railway station is almost at the centre of the city, and the cheapest mode of transport are autos, though tourists would do well to fix a rate before hand, and make sure the driver knows the destination. Taxis are available at the railway station.
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Located on NH5, the city is on the east portion of the Golden Quadrilateral connecting Kolkata and Chennai.
Rajamahendravaram has 4 bus stations.
The main APSRTC Bus complex is located on the Morampudi High road.
The Kotipalli bus stand is in Innispet, Gokavaram bus stand is in Aryapuram, and the Kakinada bus stand is near Kambalcheruvu.
The town is well connected to all cities and nearby villages.
There is no way to visit Rajamahendravaram by boat except from Bhadrachalam through River Godavari.
There are many ritual places of visit including Draksharama, Kotipalli, Samalkot, Pattiseema the famous Siva temples. One temple at Ryali has a Vishnu temple which has both a god and a goddess in a single idol called Jaganmohini Avataram.
Other local destinations are; Maredumilli, Dowleswaram, Annavaram, Dvaraka Tirumala, Water Park, Gowthamighat, Iskon Temple, Pushkar Ghat, Everbusy RJY Main Market.
The cruise on River Godavari have five major options which the tour operators call as packages
(1)Rajamahendravaram to Papikondalu and back to Rajamahendravaram. (2)Rajamahendravaram to Bhadrachalam. (3)Rajamahendravaram to Kolluru Bamboo Huts with one night stay and back to Rajamahendravaram. (4)Bhadrachalam to Papikondalu. (5)Bhadrachalam to Rajamahendravaram. ( Very rare )
The launch journey or cruise on river Godavari from Rajamahendravaram to Sriramagiri or Kunavaram is one of the best tourist attraction in Andhra Pradesh state of India. Trip packages are also available to cover half of the journey and return to the starting place, either Bhadrachalam or Rajamahendravaram.
The journey covers approximately 100 kms of travel by launch (diesel motor cruise). The total duration is nearly 12 hours from Rajamahendravaram to Sri Ramagiri. Another half an hour journey is required if travellers are willing to travel up to Kunavaram by the same launch.
The journey is through various temples and hill stations and very scenic for the beautiful greenery surrounding the river Godavari. Some important places which can be seen in this river journey are, Pattiseema, Maha Nandiswara temple, Polavaram Project area, Gandi poshamma (Pochamma) temple, Papi kondalu (papi hills), Shiva temple, Peranta Palli, Sri Rama temple at Sri Ramagiri.
Rajamahendravaram is also called Southern Bombay. It is the commercial capital of the two Godavari Districts in the past. The city is famous for textile business.
Mahatma Gandhi WholeSale Cloth Complex has around 500 wholesale cloth shops catering to the retailers in Godavari, Khammam and Visakhapatnam districts. A wide variety of clothes is available at lower prices.
Rajamahendravaram is also famous for variety of furniture manufacturers. Top quality furniture is bought by people from nearby districts. One of the most reputed furniture manufacturers is 'Madireddy Bangaram and Sons' who've been in this field since 1909.
Star n Star Restaurant, Jampeta.. Delicious Hyderabadi Biryani , all the Nonveg items
In Kotagummam a commercial area of Rajamahendravaram you will find a flavored milk called "Rose Milk". This milk is being served here for more than 50 years.
The Rose Milk is available in three flavors: Plain, with kova or with semiya.
There are a wide variety of options for travellers, from business travellers, to nature lovers.