Ongole is a city in Prakasam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarters of Prakasam district and also the Mandal headquarters of Ongole Mandal. Perhaps even more famous than its beautiful beaches are the local cattle and oxen in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. One of the major Zebu breeds of cattle, the Ongole cows and bulls from this region are exported regularly and have gone as far as North America, South America, and Europe. Here are some of the famous tourist attractions in and around Ongole.
Kothapatnam Beach is one amongst the top attractions in Ongole. Located 18 km from the city, the beach is a great source of entertainment for local people and tourists. The clear blue waters of the sea, the long stretches of sand and the gentle breeze mesmerize you. Boating is available here. But for the Karthika Purnima festival, when locals throng in thousands, the beach is less frequented. Hence, it is a great place to unwind on your tour to this part of the world.
Yet another beach in Ongole to lift your spirits and get you closer to nature. The beach is scenic to look at with coconut trees lining up on one side. The golden sands and the clear seawater make the place heavenly. Vodarevu beach offers adventurous water sports. You could go swimming or try your hand at fishing. Boating facilities are available as well.
Chennakesava Swamy Temple
Chennakesava Swamy temple was built during the period of Haihaya kings in 1113 AD. Sri Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy temple, which is the main temple here was constructed around 13th century. The temple boasts of marvelous architecture. Yet another significance attached to this place is that it is considered the birthplace of Sankeerthana Acharya Sri Annamacharya.
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
The temple dedicated to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was established in the year 1989 by Sri Telledevulapalli Satyanarayana Siddanthi. It is situated 46 kms away from Ongole. The idol of Shirdi Sai Baba is around 9ft by 9ft. This is considered a holy shrine and frequented by many devotees.
Bhairavakona is situated in the Nallamala hills. The 200-metre high water falls is a delight to watch. Nature in its vibrant form is seen here and you are sure to be
enthralled by the beauty of the place. You can find eight temples in this hill and these ancient temples were constructed during the 7th and 8th centuries. The region has rare herbs used to address various medical conditions. Another specialty of the place is that on the day of Karthika Purnima, moonlight falls of goddess Parvathi’s idol at the temple.
This place is famously known as Mallavaram Dam alternate name is Kandula Obula Reddy reservouir this is built across Gundlakamma river, coming to the point this place has parks, a temple on otherside. one can spend a lot of time enjoying picnic at this place.