Khammam

The name Khammam has been derived from the name of a local hill by the name Stambhadri that is home to an ancient temple of Narasimha Swamy and also believed to have been in existence since Treta Yuga. The name of the town, Stambhadri, later reportedly became Kambhadri, Kambham mettu, and finally, Khammam, which is now the district headquarters. The town is located close to the river Munneru a tributary of the Krishna River. Khammam district is of immense historical importance in Telangana.

In 1959 Bhadrachalam Revenue Division of East Godavari region was merged into Khammam due to geographical contiguity and administrative viability. There is an annual festival held in Khammam in remembrance of the old name called “Stambhadri”.

The district shares boundaries with the states of AP and Chattisgarh. Khammam Fort, that was constructed in 950 AD by the Kakatiya rulers stands majestically atop a hill, overlooking the town of Khammam town. Khammam Fort represents a union of both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences. Iy also recently celebrated 1000 years of its construction. Khammam district is rich in coal deposits and forest reserves. There are many places of interests in Khammam such as Nelakondapalli, Bhadrachalam, Kusumanchi etc.

Bhadrachalam

Bhadrachalam is a key town of pilgrimage importance located in the Khammam District of Telangana. The temple town of Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of Godavari River. According to Mythology, the present town was once part of the Dandakaranya forest,that Lord Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana had visited during their exile also called vanavasam according to local parlance. The town shares its historical significance with Ramayana Era. The name Bhadrachalam is derived from the word Bhadragiri (The Mountain Abode of Bhadra, the child of Meru and Menaka). The famous temple at Bhadrachalam is home to the Archa Murthys of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana and their idols are believed to be swayambhu i.e. self-manifested ones.

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Jamalapuram

Jamalapuram is a small village situated close to Yerrupalem town of Khammam district, Telangana, India. The village has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Here Lord Venkateswara is manifested in the form of swayambhu. The temple also boasts of Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Sivalayam, Ganesh Temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple, Sri Alivelu Amma vari Temple and Ayyappa Swamy Temple. The temple’s location amidst pleasant weather surrounded by lush green hills is an added attraction.

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Kinnerasani Dam

Kinnerasani River is an important tributary of the river Godavari. The scenic beauty created by the landscape along the Kinnerasani River is a panoramic one abutted by lush green landscape. The Kinnerasani project or the Dam is a storage reservoir constructed on the Kinnerasani River in the Godavari Basin at Yanamboil village of Palvoncha mandal. The Kinnerasani sanctuary is a haven of exotic wildlife and tourists enjoy their visit here by spotting several animals in their natural habitat.

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Kusumanchi

Kusumanchi is a sub division located in Khammam district, Telangana, India. Kusumanchi town is located on the way from Khammam and Suryapet. Kusumanchi is home to Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the two Siva temples built by the Kakatiya rulers during 12th and 13th centuries. The temples stand as testimony to the architectural skills of the Kakatiya kings.

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Nelakondapalli

Nelakondapalli is a town and a mandal headquarters in Khammam district, Telangana, India, located at a distance of 21 km from Khammam town. Nelakondapalli is a historic site, which includes a mud fortification wall that covers 100 acres. Excavations by archaeologists have unearthed the foundations of viharas, cisterns, wells, a Mahastupa, terracotta idols, a bronze idol of Lord Buddha and a miniature stupa carved in limestone, and other historic materials from third and fourth centuries.

The Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary in the proximity of Kinnerasani dam is popularly for its Deer Park and is home for varieties of wild animals, birds and reptiles.It is a part of the Dandakaranya Forests.

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