Papi Kondalu is a hill range in Andhra Pradesh, India whose scenery resembles that of Kashmir in North India. Papi kondalu are distributed between Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavaridistricts. The entrance of Papi kondalu can be seen from Koruturu (West Godavari District).
The original name for this hill range was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. Since this range looks like a well designed partition that splits river Godavari, this name was coined. There is also another idea that the range looks like a partition of a typical Indian Woman’s hair line. In due course, it settled for ‘Papi Kondalu’.
The scenary, including the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal area make this area a tourist attraction. The idol ofShiva under serpent shade was installed in Munivaatam of Khammam district. The village Peranta palli is in this area. Swami Balananda was involved in uplifting the tribals of the region.
The most popular route to reach Papi kondalu is throughBhadrachalam of Khammam district or Rajahmundry of East Godavari District by boat. There is also a twisted Ghat road of 35 km to reach Papi kondalu though Polavaram of West Godavari district, via Shinganna Palli and Vadapalli.
Papi kondalu has a wide varieties of natural vegetation and wildlife, that spreads across the three districts of Andhra pradesh. Papi hills lies in Eastern Ghats. Papi kondalu wild life sanctuary is shelter for animals including tigers, panthers, antelopes, hyenas, jackals, spotted deers and many types of birds.
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