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Papikondalu (Papi Hills)

Papikondalu (Papi Hills) takes travellers through a canopy of greens covered by tropical and deciduous rain forests

Silence whispers through the Eastern Ghats of Papikondalu (Papi Hills) as the boat wobbles along the riverbed. An oasis of enchanting beauty and tranquillity, Papikondalu takes travellers through a canopy of greens covered by tropical and deciduous rain forests. Here, one can forget all their worries and just sink in the peaceful arms of nature.

Running through Bhadradri Kothagudem, East Godavari and West Godavari districts, Papikondalu can be reached via the river way through Bhadrachalam and Rajahmundry.

Boats dock every day on the banks of the Godavari to ferry tourists to the Papi Hills.

Navigating through the meandering river trails, through which the Godavari penetrates to find its way to the east after several twists and turns, one can spot colonies of migratory birds perched on the banks of the river.

For tourists and birders, the best time to visit the place is between November and March. Here, it is the locals who double up as guides providing excellent information about the place, its significance and the flora and fauna. 

The locals and tribal communities have a way of life – simple, sorted and a rhythmic pattern. When there, do taste their local cuisine like bamboo chicken or a special fish curry with a flavour unique to the local communities living there.

During the monsoons, high water levels submerge half of the Papi Hills which makes it inaccessible for tourists.

A photographer’s delight, the place today faces the threat of submersion once the irrigation project Polavaram is implemented. Locals and tour operators fear that once the dam is ready, Papikondalu may be reduced to a beautiful memory.

For stay options, you can explore the tented accommodations which the locals give on hire to tourists. Tents are available on the flat bed of sand as well as on the elevated hilly side overlooking the river. While the stay arrangements are basic, the beauty of the place surrounded by Eastern Ghats and the pristine tribal life are sure to caress away the fatigue of the busy urban life.

Bhadrachalam To Papikondalu Resorts 2 days Tour Package
ADULT 2200
CHILD 1600 (5-10 YEARS)

with out Transport
ADULT 2000
CHILD 1400 (5-10 YEARS)

Fresh Up Extra 100/-

Reporting Place : Telangana Tourism Time: 8:00 AM, Near Sitarama Temple, Opp: Kalyana Mandapam Bhadrachalam.

Visiting Places : Pochavaram, Papihills, Perantapalli, Kolluru, Bhadrachalam.

Packages facilities : Breakfast, Veg lunch, Evening snacks and night veg or non veg dinner, Accommodation in Bamboo huts.Next day break fast, veg or non veg lunch and evening snaks.

Tour Schedule:
1st Day:
Telangana Tourism Time: 8:00 AM, Near Sitarama Temple, Opp: Kalyana Mandapam Bhadrachalam. 8:30 a.m starting journey by road, vehicles upto boating unit, pochavaram (70-0km-1.30 hour) from bhadrachalam. Check into boat then journey on river Godavari (60k.m-5 hours) view on boat "Papikondalu", perantalapalli. Reaches Papi Hills, after enjoy the scenic beauty it will reach Perantapalli tribal village to visit Rama krishna muni vatam and swayambu Visweswara swamy temple then reach Bamboo huts. Check out boat, tourists will be allotted for Night stay in Bamboo huts.

2nd Day:
Journey on boat to start Bamboo Huts,Pochavaram,Koida (30 k.m about 2 hours).
Check out boat then road journey by vehicle to Bhadrachalam (70 k.m-2hours) and will be dropped at Bhadrachalam temple.

IF YOU WANT RAJAHMUNDRY DROPING WE WILL ARRANGE. EX 100/-
6.30 PM Reaches Pattiseema revu / Polavaram revu / Purushothapatnam revu.
7.00 PM to 8 PM By road journey to Rajahmundry and dropping to Railway Station.


Bhadrachalam To Papikondalu 1 day Tour Package

ADULT 650
CHILD 450 (5-10 YEARS)

with out Transport
ADULT 500
CHILD 300 (5-10 YEARS)

Reporting Place : Telangana Tourism Time: 7.30 AM, Near Sitarama Temple, Opp: Kalyana Mandapam Bhadrachalam.

Visiting Places : Pochavaram, Papikondalu, Perantapalli, Kolluru, Bhadrachalam.

Packages facilities : Breakfast, Veg Lunch, Evening snacks in boat.

Tour Schedule :
Telangana Tourism Time: 8.00 AM, Near Sitarama Temple, Opp: Kalyana MandapamBhadrachalam. 8-30 a.m starting journey by road. Vehicles up to boating unit, pochavaram (70-0km-1.30 hour) from bhadrachalam.Check into boat then journey on river Godavari (60k.m-5 hours) view on boat“Papikondalu” via perantalapall reaches Papikondalu, after enjoying the scenic beauty boat will reach Perantapalli tribal village to visit Rama krishna muni vatam and swayambu Visweswara swamy temple, then check out boat then road journey by vehicle to Bhadrachalam (70 k.m-2hours) and will be dropped at Bhadrachalam temple.

Merger of 7 mandals with AP hits tourism plan in Telangana
Tourist destinations such as Sriramagiri, Kolluru and Perantalapalli merged with AP.

The euphoria generated by the ambitious plan to develop a mega tourism circuit in the entire stretch of Papikondalu, the hill range widely acclaimed as Papi Hills, seems to have petered down following the "merger" of the V R Puram mandal along with six other mandals of the district with residuary Andhra Pradesh.

The famous tourist destinations such as Sriramagiri, Kolluru and Perantalapalli along the course of the Godavari, which constitute the tourist spots of the Papikondalu river cruise package, have been merged with the successor State of AP.Uncertainty rules

The Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Bhadrachalam, in collaboration with the Tourism Department had devised an action plan to create tourist infrastructure facilities at these popular tourism hubs, nearly two years ago.

The plan envisaged active involvement of local Adivasis in the tourism promotion activities to augment their income. Some of the basic infrastructure facilities have already been created at Pochavaram, Kolluru and a few other places as part of the mega plan.


The virtual splitting of the Bhadrachalam division consequent to the transfer of the four mandals – V R Puram, Kunavaram and Chintur besides Bhadrachalam mandal (barring Bhadrachalam revenue village) to the successor State of AP has cast a shadow on other tourism promotion initiatives.Theme park plan also hit

Another major initiative of the Department of Tourism to build a Ramayana theme park and a tribal haat in Bhadrachalam to promote temple tourism is also hanging in the balance due to the precarious situation prevailing in the division.

The previous government had earmarked 11 acres of land and allocated Rs 2 crore for the project in the temple town. Various other development plans aimed at constructing cottages and creating parking slots and other facilities for the benefit of the pilgrims in view of the next Godavari Pushkaralu slated for 2015 have also been held up in the temple town.


Sources
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/oasis-of-enchanting-beauty/article6838106.ece
http://telanganatourism.co.in/bhadrachalam-papikondalu-1day-tour-package.html
http://www.punnamitourism.com
http://www.konaseematourism.org.in/bhadrachalam-to-kolluru-bamboo-huts-tour-package.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/merger-of-7-mandals-with-ap-hits-tourism-plan/article6089782.ece




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