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TOP TOURIST PLACES IN PRAKASAM DISTRICT
1.  Bhairavakona Temple
Bhairavakonda(Bhairavakona) is about 150 kilometres from Ongole and is famous for many rock-cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and many other Hindu deities. Most of these temples are in ruins and date back to the 7th and 8th centuries. The architectural style of temples is similar to the temples that were constructed during the Pallava Dynasty. This Dynasty ruled Tamil Nadu and made it into prosperous region. Many of the temples have lingas as well as small images of Lord Shiva and other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Bhairavakona is surrounded by hills and cascading waterfalls. One of the cascades descends 200 meters and flows through Durga Devi Temple. Many people come to see the temple at nightfall when the moonlight falls on the water and reflects on the deity. This happens once year on Karthika Pournami.
2.  Markapur Chennakesava
As Andhra Pradesh braces itself for celebrating in a big way the 500th coronation of Sri Krishnadevaraya from July five, the famous Chennakesava Swamy temple in Markapur in Prakasam district is spruced up.
While the first storey was constructed during the Krishnadeva Raya's regime, the other storeys were added in the year 1837 by one Lingaraju, he adds. The 18 inscriptions on the walls of the temple constructed in 1425 A.D gives a vivid account of the socio-economic condition and cultural life of the people in Sri Krishnadevaraya's times, he says. The king had donated 355.14 acres in 14 villages for the upkeep of the temple. The temple, where a statue of great king was installed, got the name Kesava after the Lord killed a demon Kesi. The Lord is accompanied by his consort Lakshmi.
3.  Tripurantakam
Located at 40 km from Markapur and 93 km from Ongole, itâ??s a well known place of pilgrimage. This is the site of the Tripuranta Keswara Swamy temple situated on a hilltop. The main idol is in the form of a linga with 5 faces, including the image of Ganga Bhavani. According to mythology, Agasthya Maharaj built a cave here that leads to Srisailam, Rameswaram and Kashi.
4.  Singarakonda Anjaneya swamy Temple
There are two things which Singarakonda is known for. One of them is that Lord Hanuman is located on the bank of Bhavanasi lake at the bottom of the hill Singarakonda and the second is that there is one Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple located on the hilltop. The Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple on top of the hill. This temple on the top of the hill is said to have built in the 14th Century CE as per the available literature. It was built and developed by King Devarayalu
5.  Kottapatnam Beach
The clean sands and clear water of the Kothapatnam beach is perfect for a relaxing evening. The serenity and the flowing calmness of the sea waters with the sounds of the waveâ??s leaves you mesmerized to bring an unforgettable experience. The beach lines the coast of Bay of Bengal and runs along several kilometres. The beach is popular for picnic and serves as a recreational spot. The long stretch of sand encourages walks but the sun setting view on the beach is something to look for. The place has fresh wind blowing and the sun setting creates a pictorial image in front of the eyes. The beach is an absolute untouched stretch of golden sand and people who have an obsession for unspoilt nature can get your tents and get going.
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