Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh – Enjoy The Beautiful Sceneries Of The National Park.

After the visit to the temple, I decided to visit the PapiKonda Wildlife Sanctuary. It was at a distance of 55 kilometres from Ryali temple. I requested the cab driver to take me to the National Park but before that, I wanted to have lunch. I was famished!

On the way, we stopped at a nice restaurant and ordered for Andhra meals. The food was delicious, the proper spicy Andhra food that I loved! In half hour, we were again on our way to the Wildlife Sanctuary. We reached the venue by 1.45PM.

Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh | Image Resource: vanavihari.com

The National Park was huge and covered a total area of 591 sq km. I first walked around and went on a safari to watch the wild animals. The Sanctuary is so dense and forested that the animals roam freely about. The river Godavari flows through the Sanctuary and it is such a beautiful sight to watch it. The only feeling you get here is serenity and peace.

Though I took the safari, I was not able to see some of the animals. I, however, could see the Spotted Deer, the Sambar, the Hyena and the Four Horned Antelope. I could see the tiger behind the bushes, but it refused to come out. I learnt that the Gaurs, Jackals and Sloth Bears inhabited the forest too. There were also several migratory birds.

The River Godavari Flows Through the Sanctuary

The River Godavari Flows Through the Sanctuary | Image Resource: vanavihari.com

After finishing the safari, I walked around to explore the fauna. The fauna here consisted of Bamboo, Cassias, the dry deciduous Teak forest vegetation and other such species of the Eastern Ghat vegetation. The hill reserve is a beautiful place and leaves a lasting impression on the minds of the visitors.

Deer at Wildlife Sanctuary

Deer at Wildlife Sanctuary | Image Resource: indianholiday.com

After the walk, I visited the Environmental Education Centre. The volunteers taught the importance of preserving the environment and there were several displays of the pros and cons of cutting trees, poaching etc. A few metres apart was the Museum. I was impressed with the maintenance and the upkeep of the place.

Since they allowed photography, I shot several pictures and by 4 PM, I was ready to go back to the hotel. I got into the cab and was on my way, lost in the thought of the beautiful sceneries of the National Park.

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Ryali Temple Andhra Pradesh – The Temple of Good Architecture and Elegance

I decided to hire a cab the Ryali Temple since the distance was about 25 kilometres from ISKCON. The distance was a lot, but I knew that it would be worth the visit because I have heard good reviews about the temple.

While in the cab, I recalled that Ryali is a small district situated on the Eastern side of River Godavari. The locals call the place “KonaSeema”. In an hour and a half, I was at the Ryali Temple. It was truly a beautiful temple. Known to most people as the Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple, the top of the temple was golden in colour. Below it, there were small architectures of gods, all miniature and creatively designed.

Ryali Temple Front View

Ryali Temple Front View | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

Once inside the temple, I could see the uniqueness of the idol. When viewed from the front, the idol has the appearance of Lord Vishnu whereas from the back, it appeared to be that of Mohini. Mohini is the female form, which Lord Vishnu took, in order to mock the demons. The entire idol was in black stone.

Gopuram at Ryali Temple

Gopuram at Ryali Temple | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The “Puajri” narrated the story and history of the idol patiently to all the devotees. The carving of the designs on the idol was so intrinsic that I could actually see the lines on the palms of Lord Vishnu. The aspect that astounded me was that they built the entire idol out of a single stone!

The architecture, both inside and outside and, that of the temple is fantastic. Just a few distances away, is the Shiva temple. The rare feature of these temples is that the Vishnu temple and the Shiva temple face each other, since they are on the opposite side of each other. Shiva temple is also good in architecture and is a good shrine to visit.

Side View of Steps to a Mandapam at Ryali Temple

Side View of Steps to a Mandapam at Ryali Temple | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The story of Shiva temple is that while Vishnu was in the guise of Mohini, Lord Shiva saw her and her beauty astounded him. As he was trying to woo her, a flower fell out of Mohini’s hair and Shiva realized that it was Lord Vishnu in disguise. The place where the flower falls is Ryali meaning “Fall”. I finished my visit by 12.00, when the temple closed.