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Kondapalli is a town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is located 16kms away from Vijayawada. Ibrahimpatnam and Kondapalli together known as twin towns. It is an industrial hub of Vijayawada. Major Companies at this place are LANCO, Reliance, IOC, HPCL, GAIL, and BPCL.


What to see at Kondapalli:

Kondapalli Fort: This is major attraction of this place. Other name of this fort is Circar Mustafanagar. During 14th century this fort was built by Prolaya Vema Reddy of kodaveedu. Several rulers occupied this fort namely Krishna devaraya of Vijayanagar, Gajapati rulers, Muslim Rulers of Qutubshahi dynasty. For this there are 3 gate ways. Main entrance gate is Dargha Darwaja. Granite was used in the construction of this fort. Major attraction of this Mahal is Tanisha Mahal.

Kondapalli Toys: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Other name of these toys is Kondapalli Bommalu. Special light softwoods were used in making of these toys. Artistic feature of these toys is famous all over the world. It is said that these toys are made by Rajasthan’s who came to this place several years ago. Popular toys are Dasavataram toys, toddy tapper, Palanquin bearers carrying the bride and bridegroom, elephants with Ambari, etc.

Flora and Fauna: Major attractions of this place are Wolves, Wild Boar, Jackals, Wild dogs, Leopards etc. It is one of the last remaining pristine forests in Krishna district.


What to see around Kondapalli:

Undavalli Caves: These caves are located in Undavalli which is 22kms away from this town. These caves belong to 4th and 5th century. Of all the caves, largest cave is 4 storied. At this cave single block of Granite statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen here.

Mangalagiri: It is located 28kms away from this town. This place is one of the 8 important Mahashetrams in India. Major attraction of this place is Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. It is the oldest Vaishnavite Temple in entire south India.

Amaravati: it is located 51kms from this town. This place is famous for Amareswara Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. At this place great Buddhist Stupa of Pre- Mauryan time. Other attraction of this place is Mahachaitya Stupa.

Vijayawada: It is located 16kms away from Kondapalli. Major attractions of this place are Kanaka Durga Temple, Bhavani Island, Prakasham barrage, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Gandhi Hill. Goddess Kanaka Durga is worshipped here. According to Hindu Mythology, King Arjun attained Pasupatha astra at this place. After attaining astra he constructed this temple. As per Veda this was Swayambhu Temple.


Getting to Kondapalli: Kondapalli is well connected with road and railways. Best way to reach this place is from Vijayawada. Plenty of buses and trains come to this place from Vijayawada. Railway station of Kondapalli is so small. All the trains do not stop at this place. Best way is to reach this place is from Vijayawada. Nearest airport is at Gannavaram, Vijayawada which is 42kms away from Kondapalli. This airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.


Getting around Kondapalli: From Vijayawada, Plenty of buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kondapalli.


Best time to visit Kondapalli: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. Summer at this place is too hot.


Where to stay in Kondapalli: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay at this place. Plenty of accommodations are available at Vijayawada. Apart from Hotels, resorts are also available to stay at Vijayawada. Best hotels at this place are Haailand Resort, Continental Park Hotel, Manorama Hotel, Ilapuram Hotel.


Where to eat in Kondapalli: Best eateries and restaurants are available at this place. But Luxury restaurants are not available here. Plenty of fancy restaurants are available to eat in Vijayawada.

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