Eluru is a city in West Godawari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. City is acting as district headquarters. Earlier name of this place is Helapuri. Several well established educational institutions such as St. Theresa’s college for Woman, CRR College etc are located here. Incense Sticks and Carpets exports to all over the country. Once this place was part of Vengi, which was an ancient Buddhist Kingdom. Several dynasties ruled the place such as Gajapatis, Chalukyas, Vijayangara.
What to see in Eluru:
Eluru Ashram: It is associated with Datta Peetham. Other name of this place is Nam Datta Natha Kshetra. Inside the ashram there is a small temple. In this temple, Anagha Devi and Lord Dattatreya idols can be seen. Guru Nilayam and Prayer hall is located inside the ashram.
Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple: It was constructed 200 years ago. This is most important place for Vaishnavites. Annual Brahmotasavam Festival is most famous at this temple. Architecture of this temple is similar to Sriperumbudur Temple in Tamilnadu.
Other places at Eluru: Other attractions of Eluru are Saibaba Temple RR Peta, Ambikadevi Temple Satrampadu, Vatlur Saibaba Temple, Jaalapaharaeswara Swamy Temple, Venkateswara Swamy Temple RR Peta, Diocese of Eluru, CSI Church, Sai Mandir Eastern Street established in 1946.
What to see around Eluru:
Gangeshwaralayam: It is located 20kms away from Eluru. This temple was constructed by Bhishma who was the character in the epic Mahabharata. Inside the temple, Swayambhu Gangeswar Shivalinga is situated. Another attraction near this temple is Lord Rama Temple.
Dwaraka Tirumala: Other name of this place is Chinna Tirupathi. It is located 38kms away from Eluru. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. Temple is situated on Seshadri Hill. Saint Dwaraka, had unearthered the idol of Lord Venkateswara at this place. So this place is named after him.
Kolleru Bird Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Eluru. Best time to visit this place is from October to May. Major attractions of this place are White ibis, egret, Moorhen, Jacana, tern, duck, Painted stork, grey heron, cormorant, open bill stork.
Kolleru Lake: This is the best place for the natural lovers. It is located 16kms away from Eluru. It is a largest fresh water lake in India. This lake covers both Krishna and West Godavari districts. Water of this lake comes from the rivers Ramileru, Yerru Kalva, Tammileru, and Budameru. November and March is the best time to see this lake. Plenty of migrated birds come to this place along with home birds. Major attraction of this place is White ibis, egret, Moorhen, Jacana, tern, duck, Painted stork, grey heron, cormorant, open bill stork. Other name of this place is Peerless Fisherman’s Paradise and Bird Heaven.
Getting to Eluru: Eluru is well connected with road and railways. From Salem, Pondicherry, Vellore, Delhi, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam etc buses come to this place. From Nagpur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.
Getting around Eluru: Taxis, Private Vehicles, Autos, Government run buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Eluru.
Best time to visit Eluru: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Eluru: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place. Only few luxury hotels are available here. Along with hotels guest houses are also available to stay here. Best hotels are Adithya Central Hotel, Athidhi International, Hotel Grand Aarya, Usha Valentine Hotel.
Where to eat in Eluru: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place.