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Eluru is a small town that lies on the alluvial terrain of the deltas of Godavari and Krishna River. It is almost forty miles from Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The two main tributaries of the Krishna and Godavari River meet at Eluru. The Kolleru Lake is situated just on the border of the Eluru town. The Tammileru River flows through this town of Elluru. The canal called Krishna Eluru flows through the center of the town from the southwest to northeast.  

Eluru was previously known as Helapuri. It used to be a part of the Buddhist Kingdom known as Vengi. In the ancient times the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh was being ruled by the Eastern Chalukyas with Vengi as the Capital city. At that time Eluru was made province of the Chalukyan Empire. Eluru remained a part of the Kalinga Empire until the Muslims came 1471. Then Eluru fell in the hands of the Gajapathis and then in 1515 the Srikrishnadevaraya captured this province from the hands of Gajapathis. Since Eluru has a great historical relevance there are many evidences available till date of this effect.

Although Eluru is a small town, it has got a lot of places that are worth visiting. Some of the famous places that can be visited includes: 

  • Kolleru Lake

  • Janardhana Temple

  • Dwaraka Tirumala

  • Jalapahareswara Temple

  • Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

  • Ratnaalamma Temple

  • Gangeswara Temple

  • Carved rocks in the Caves of Guntupalli

  • Monolithic Buddhist remains till 5th to 6th century AD

Apart from being of the important town in Andhra Pradesh Elluru is famous for its carpet industry. Eluru caters out good quality hand woven carpets and these carpets are available at quite affordable rates. The visitors can design their own customized Carpets.

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