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Jamia Masjid

It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 persons. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan. The masjid is a relic of architectural and cultural heritage. People from all sections of society and religions are allowed to visit and take pictures of this historical premises. It lies in the heart of the town, near Market a very busy place of Adoni. It is believed that this masjid was built by Siddi Masood Khan who was the Governor of Adoni during the regime of Bijapur Sultan. The land was purchased from Mohammed Shahnaz Namia by Masood Khan by giving 77,000 and spent the total amount of 2,000,000 dinars to complete the construction of the masjid. The architects for this masjid were Iranian engineers headed by Malli Sandal. In the front side of the masjid, 15 black slabs can be found, in which the things about the masjid are written in Arabic and Parsian languages along with some Ayats of the Holy Quran. Hadiths can also be found. The chains in the left and right minarets of the masjid gives more beauty.The specialty of this masjid is that the area of this masjid is as same as of the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.      Book Now



Kalingapatnam-Beach

Kalingapatnam is situated in the Srikakulam district, which is the main panchayat. Kalingapatnam is the place where River Vamsadhara enters the Bay of Bengal. The meeting of the two waters is distinguishably a scene not to miss. Undoubtedly it is one the safest and cleanest beaches in Andhra Pradesh. The beach is amidst a backdrop of clear blue sky with palm groves waving high with winds. Kalingapatnam makes a perfect spot for spending your leisure time. The long stretch of the coastline, clean air and delicious food of Andhra Pradesh makes your stay a memorable experience as you get back home overwhelmed. Summers season makes it a hot destination not only for tourists but also for the local people. The place is generally not overcrowded but you can often see family picnics and get together. Kalingapatnam served as one of the ancient harbor towns of Andhra Pradesh and was a major export centre for Perfumes and textiles. The beach was closed during the British reign. Madina Saheb a Darga is where people of all religions worship the god is near the beach. Srikakulam got eminent archaeological significance because of the revelation of ancient Buddhist existence. The excavation site is 18 km away from River Vamsadhara. This place had two names Salivatika (rice emporium) and Salyapetika (box of relics). While the former was the name given by the locals here, the place was christened Salyapetika for the numerous human bones that were found here upon excavation. A significant dig out in the area revealed the many stupas, platforms and ancient sheds. Many of these have ancient inscriptions that are a delight to see. The main Stupa lies on the top of the hill. It is 46 feet in diameter. The other structures include the maha vihara salipethaka where the entrance is shaped like a Swastika. The place conveyed Buddhism to a lot of other European countries.      Book Now



Mogadalapaadu Beach

Mogadalapadu Beach is a beautiful tourist destination situated in the Srikakulam district of the south Indian state Andhra Pradesh. The place is ideal for the sports enthusiasts as a plethora of water sports can be cherished here. The crystal clear sea water at the beach allures skiers and swimmers for a refreshing experience. Family picnics and outings are much preferred at the beach. The natural landscapes of Mogadalapadu Beach are mesmerizing and the serenity there attracting nature admirers for enjoying a relaxing and peaceful time. Visitors can often be spotted in the evening and early morning hours for enjoying the soft sand and spectacular views at the beach. Climate of Mogadalapadu Beach Mogadalapadu Beach enjoys temperate climate all round the year. Summers are pleasant while winters are mild cool. At times, the beach receives heavy rainfall which results into high tides and high humidity all around the place. Attractions of Mogadalapadu Beach Mogadalapadu Beach has an untamed beauty with sparkling water and vast expanse of white sand along the coastline. The place is unpolluted and is thus very invigorating. It offers the chance to enjoy many recreational activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, water surfing etc. Even sunbathing and brisk walking on the beach are memorable experiences. It is a secluded beach surrounded with lush greenery and exotic sites. Mogadalapadu Beach excites the tourists in many ways. Apart from the exquisite natural beauty, there is also an ancient fort named Kondaveedu Fortlocated 11 kilometres away which provides glimpses of bygone eras. Uppalapadu, 19 kilometres away, Ghantasala, 20 kilometres away and Narasaraopet, 12 kilometres away, are other interesting tourist spots near Mogadalapadu Beach.      Book Now



Srikurmam

Lord Mahavishnu manifested Himself in different incarnations right from he creatures to that of divine human forms to protect dharma, righteous people and to punish the wicked. Kurmavatara manifestation is in the form of a tortoise is the second incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu to immortalize the deva. Sri Kurmanadha temple is situated at Srikurmam is a unique temple to the Northeast of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is called as Srikurmam, as the Lord Vishnu appears as Kurma, the one and only temple in the world. Srikurmam is one of the ancient and famous temples in Andhra Pradesh that is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Srikakulam. According to historical evidence, Kurmanadha temple was built by Anantha Varma Chodaganga Raju of the Ganga dynasty. Ayankqa Bheema, Toorpu Calukyas, Velanati, Velama dynasty rulers and Gajapatis further developed and offer lands and wealth. During Krithqa yuga, devas and auras churned the Ksheera Sagara for nectar using serpent Vasuki as thread and Mandaraparvatha as churning stick. The churning stick of Mandara Parvata slipped and submerged. Devas and auras tried but failed to put it in its right place for smooth churning. Mahavishnu to fulfill the desire of Deva appeared as Kurma and lifted the churning stick of Mandara Parvata on His back and enabled them to Churn Ksheera Sagara and nectar. There are some different stories from the epics and Sthalapurana that depict how Mahavishnu manifested Himself as Kurmanadha at Srikakulam. According to available legend that delineates the reason for the name of the place as Srikurmam. In ancient days, a couple of Bhillu clan were living in the region that is now called as Srikurmam. Once, the Bhillu lady completed her work in the field and was returning home. She felt thirsty and drank water in a nearby Pushkarini and also had a dip that instilled great energy and devotion in her. Knowing this, her husband too took a dip in the Pushkarini. While he was emerging from the pond, Srikurmanadha appeared before him as an idol with Shanka and Chakra. The Lord told Bhillu to install him and worship with devotion. He informed the same to the then ruler of the region and had the temple built for Srikurmanadha. The Bhillu then renounced worldly pleasures and because deeply devoted to the Lord, begging for final emancipation. The Lord ordained him to go to Sadangamuni Ashram that was on the west side of the temple and lead a useful life for a while to get Moksha. But the Bhillu was reluctant to go away from the vision of the Lord. Srikurmanadha grew kind and turned His face from the East to West as the Bhillu would go to the Ashram which was on the West side of the temple. Srikurmanadha temple has two flag masts. One in the East and another in the West. The Eastern one is said to be the original and the West one is believed to be raised by Sri Ramanujacharya after the Lord turned His face to the West.      Book Now


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