Thursday, March 17, 2011


  • Meditation halls are designed to protect Monks from outside disturbances with stupas at the centre and guards at the entrance of the hall.

  • The lay out of Kitchen and resting place for Monks are still giving a glimpse of the simple life of them.
  • The direction of Sun rise and sun set are marked in stones. Monks visiting this Buddhist school from far places like China, Burma and other countries came through the sea route and used to stay here for months and year before completing their study. 
  • The complex have number of Stupas, chaityas and viharas. There are many rock cut troughs available here. Out of the 12 tubs used for storing drinking water four are available within the complex and others were little outside the area. 


  • Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is located at a distance of 16 KM from Visakhapatnam city on the beautiful beach road connecting Visakhapatnam and the historic town of Bheemli.

  •  Located at a height of 128 meters on a hill top near the village Mangamaripeta, this complex was first discovered by an aerial survey by Indian Navy. 
  • Excavation of the place done during years 1988 to 1992. This complex was active between the year 200 BC and 200 AD. 

  • This place was inside the Kalinga region which was instrumental in promoting Buddhism to Sri Lanka, Burma and many other places.
  • Thotlakonda was identified as Hinayana Buddhist complex and AP tourism with the help of Viskhapatnam Urban Development Authority has taken up many development works to promote this place in tourism map of Andhra Pradesh.

  • Welcome gate by the side of the beach road with an entry fee and good tar road at the top of the hill is constructed by the local body. 


  • Mudasarilova is a large water tank located at a distance 5 kms from Visakhapatnam. This beautiful site near a lake nestles amidst hills and palm trees. 
  • There are pretty parks full of beautiful flowers and different types of trees, fountains, birds and peacocks in cages as well as several picnic spots.
  •  The site consists of park, fountains, birds and peacocks in cages, water tank and a beautiful garden. There is also an excellent scenic Golf Course Club located here.