Pithapuram is located in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is famous for ancient Hindu temples. Earlier name of this place is Puruhoothika Puram. Other name of this place is Dakshina Kasi. It is one of the 5 Madava Keshatras. This town is popularly known as one of the twelve pilgrim centres of India and one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas.
What to see at Pithapuram:
Christian Medical Centre: Missionaries of the Canadian Baptist Mission has established Christian Medical centre. This centre is known for its quick healing since 18th century.
Puruhutika Devi Temple: This temple is inside Kukkudeshwara Temple. It is one of the Sakthi Peeta’s. At this place Goddess Sati left hand fell. There are 51 Shakti Peethas. Sakthi Peeta at this place is 18th Maha Shakthi Peetha.
Sri Surya Ayurvedic Nilayam: Since 1926, this nilayam is manufacturing authentic Sastric and proprietary ayurvedic medicines. This is the second company in Andhra Pradesh to get GMP License. Palanki Family is maintaining this center.
Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple: It is the major attraction of the city. Lord Kukkuteshwar Swamy Worshipped here. He is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Other shrines of the temple complex are Swayambhu Sri Dattatreya Swamy, Sripada Srivallbha Swamy.
Sripada Vallabha Samasthanam: It is the birth place of Sripada Vallabha. He was the first incarnation of Dattatreya Swamy. It is believed that during the noon times he seeks bhiksha even today in different forms.
Kunthi Madhava Swami Temple: Lord Indra established this temple. In Treta Yuga it was worshipped by Sri Rama and in Dwapara Yuga it was worshipped by Kunthi and Pandavas. It is one of the Pancha Madava Skathra. It is believed that Maharshi Vedavyasa visited this place.
Other attraction of Pithapuram: Other attraction of Pithapuram are Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple, Venu Gopala Swamy Temple, Sripada Vallabha Anagha Datta kshethram, Nukalamma Temple, Kothi Gudi, Sri Someswara Temple, Sri Viswa viznana Vidya Adhyatmika peetham etc.
What to see around Pithapuram:
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 34kms away from Pithapuram. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.
Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 48kms away from Pithapuram. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.
Kakinada: Kakinada Attractions are Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple, Kakinada Port, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Lord Shiva Temple, and Jain Temple. It is located 21kms away from Pithapuram.
Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple. It is located 48kms away from Pithapuram.
Getting to Pithapuram: Pithapuram is well connected with road and railways. From Vijayawada, Narsapur, Rajahmundry, Amalpuram, Anaparthy, Kakinada buses come to this place. This place has a small station. Other nearest railway stations are Kakinada and Samarlakota. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajahmundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Vishakhapatnam.
Getting around Pithapuram: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Pithapuram.
Best time to visit Pithapuram: This place welcomes the tourists throughout the year.
Where to stay in Pithapuram: Only budget hotels are available to stay at this place. Best option is to stay at Kakinada. Plenty of accommodations are available at Kakinada.
Where to eat in Pithapuram: Limited eateries and restaurants are available to eat here. Plenty of restaurants are available at Kakinada.