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This is a Buddhist attraction of 200BC, in the village of Sankaram,near Anakapalli, 45 km from Visakhapatnam. It has uniquely sculpted votive stupas and cave temples with cells for monks. This site is actually the original model and inspiration was drawn from this site for the construction of Borbudur Stupas at Java Indonesia, which now are UNESCO heritage sites! This site was initially known as Sangharamam (sangha: buddhist association, aramam: rest house) as it was the shelter for the numerous Buddhist monks in this coastal region who moved from Bengal to Ceylon and halted overnight along numerous point at coastal Andhra and Orissa, that gradually became Buddhist heritage sites. This site also has the Lingalametta series of large monolithic stupas of Amaravathi school of art. The main stupa, although in ruins, was collosal and can be still seen from the distant NH5 and the Vijayawada-Vizagapatnam railroute.
This is the best preserved historical site in not only Visakhapatnam, but also one of the most prominent historic spot s of ancient period in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Although not very popular due to the far away distance from the city, this is a must visit spot for heritage seekers. Besides, one can also have a great view of the Eastern Ghats and the palmyra grooves from atop the hill.
How to reach:
Those with personal travel arrangements can drive to Anakapalle on NH5 and then drive towards Bojjanakonda hill off the highway. There are numerous local and intercity buses plying from APRTC complex to Anakapalle frequently. One can also board local trains running from both Vizag and Duvvada stations to Anakapalle. The last option is to catch a bus towards Pendurthy and then a shared-auto from Pendurthy, which goes past the Bojjanakonda hill.