Places to visit
The Temple of Sun God is located at Arasavilli which is 3.5 kms away from Srikakulam town. Dating back to 7th century, the temple is the only Sun God temple in Southern India and was constructed by a Kalinga king. The Sun God "Sri Suryanarayana Swami" is most worshipped in Andhra Pradesh and tourists from all over the world visits the temple every year. The temple is located at Arasavilli, a village in Srikakulam district. One can reach Arasavilli from almost any where in Srikakulam. One can hire a bus to reach the temple, but hiring an auto-rickshaw is comfortable and can be reached within 10 minutes from the Srikakulam town.
The Historic Temple at the Arasavilli, built 3000 years ago, is where the Lord Sri Suryanarayana temple is located, resembles the rich cultural heritage Srikakulam holds. Popularly called the God of Health.
Srimukhalingam is another temple in Srikakulam which is believed to have been built in the 9th Century. This holy place resides on the left bank of Vamsadhara. This is a group of 3 temples built by the Eastern Ganga Kings in the 10th century AD. The deities are Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara. All these temples show evidence of the Orissa style of architecture (Indo - Aryan style). The Mukhalinga temple is a veritable art gallery. The temple entrances are marvels in themselves.There is a plethora of sculptural work and perforated windows. The Bhimeswara temple lacks such grand splendour. Someswara temple is rich in sculptural work.
It is located at a distance of 15kms from Srikakulam town. It is in the Gara mandalam on northeast. The only one temple of Srikurmanatha temple in the country is here. The sculpture of the temple is wonderful. The Vishnu temple here is architecturally unique. Here the rock edicts of 11 A.D. are available. Sri Simhachala Devastanam adopted this temple for improvement.
On the right bank of the river Vamsadhara, about 16 kms. from Srikakulam town, there are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings. You can see a mahastupa, votive stupas, platforms and viharas. There's distinct evidence of the presence of the Vajrayana cult. The statues of Tara and Marichi were discovered at this site. From here, Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other Far-eastern countries. Salipataka and Salipetaka appear to be the early forms of the name of modern Salihundam.
It is 25kms from Srikakulam. A old light house is standing here. At present weather research center, Cyclone warning center are working here. The confluence of Vamsadhara is an attractive site.
It is about 5kms from Tekkali. Sri Endala Mallikarjuna Swamy is the deity. On Maha Sivaratri and Kartika Mondays large gathering devotees worship this deity.
It is in Tekkali division, 65kms distance of Srikakulam. There is a bird sanctuary here. Winter migration birds from Russia, Sibarian cranes, block here. They build nest on the tamarind trees here and migrate to Russia in summer.
It is 56kms from Srikakulam. Nagavali, Swarnam Mukhi and Vegavati confluence takes place here. So it is called Sangam. One of the five lingas Sangameswara is here. On Maha Sivaratri thousands of devotees through here.
It is 26kms from Sompet and at foot points of Mahendragiri. Mahendra giri is the highest mountain range in South India. Mahasivaratri is celebrated with fanfare here. Here is the temple of Varaha Swamy.
It is 21kms from Srikakulam. It is famous for fine Khadi. With eye extracting designs they are women on hand spun spindles.
It is 40kms away from Srikakulam. The king of Bobbili Tandrapapa Rayudu at one time stage here. This place is linked with name of the valiant.
Located towards the north of the district - close to Orissa. Palasa is famous for Cashew Nuts.
It is 109Km from Srikakulam town. Baruva, a fishing and coastal port, is set amidst lush coconut groves and paddy fields. The famous temples are of Sri Kotilingeswara Swamy and Janardanaswamy.
It is located at a distance of 13kms from Ichapuram and Sompet. The coastal belt around Kaviti has extensive plantations of coconut, cashew and jack. The area is delightfully scenic. Here are the deities of Chintamani Ammavaru and Sri Sita Rama Swamy.
Constructed about 300 years ago on the banks of Nagavali river.