Samarlakota is a town and Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India. This mandal consists of 18 villages. It is situated at Kakinada Rural. Major attraction of this place is Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeshwaraswamy Vari Temple. Several industries such as RAK Ceramic India Private Limited, Servomax India Limited, 220 MW Power Project Owned by Reliance Energy Limited, Gautami Power Ltd – GVK Group , Orient Ceramics India Limited are situated here.
What to see at Samarlakota:
Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: Lord Sri Bhimeswara Swamy is worshipped here. He is the incarnation of lord Shiva. Maha Sivarathri festival celebrates so grandly at this place. Chalukyas built this temple. Construction of this temple started in 892 and ended in 922. Architecture of this temple is similar to that of Draksharamam Temple. Construction style of this temple is so excellent. It has two storied Mandapas.
Dravidian style of architecture can be seen on this temple. Linga is a limestone. Height is 14 feet. King Chalukya Bhima constructed this temple. Pillars of this temple are well decorated and polished with the work of Chalaukas. Recently some of the excavations found at this temple. These are dates back to 1000 years. In the puranas it was stated that Persons who has yogam to visit god will visit this place. It is one of the Pancharamas.
What to see around Samarlakota:
Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple: Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy is worshipped here. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located 16kms from Samarlakota. It is believed that sages such as Agastya and Vyasa came to this place.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Samarlakota. 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.
Pithapuram: It is located 13kms away from Samarlakota. This is one of the oldest pilgrim places. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples. This town is poplularly known as one of the twelve piligrim centres of India, one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the 5 Madava Keshatras.
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 42kms away from Samarlakota.
Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. Artefacts such as bowls of Kaolin, troughs, Jars , dishes also found at this place. It is located 86kms away from Samarlakota.
Other attractions near Samarlakota: Other attractions near Samarlakota are Kakinada Port Kakinada Uppada Beach, Konaseema, Rajiv Gandhi Beach, Hope Island, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, and Rajahmundry.
Getting to Samarlakota: one way to reach this place is by road. This place also is reached by railways.From Kakinada, Vishakhapatnam, Rajahmundry buses and trains come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Kakinada. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajahmundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Vishakhapatnam.
Getting around Samarlakota: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Samarlakota.
Best time to visit Samarlakota: Samarlakota welcome the tourists throughout the year.
Where to stay in Samarlakota: Only budget and midrange hotels are available here. Plenty of accommodations are available at Kakinada.
Where to eat in Samarlakota: Several eateries and restaurants are available at this place.