Palakol

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Palakol
పాలకొల్లు
Palakollu, Palacole
Panchayat & town
Ksheerarama Temple view at Palakollu
Ksheerarama Temple view at Palakollu
Palakol is located in Andhra Pradesh
Palakol
Palakol
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°32′00″N 81°44′00″E / 16.5333°N 81.7333°E / 16.5333; 81.7333Coordinates: 16°32′00″N 81°44′00″E / 16.5333°N 81.7333°E / 16.5333; 81.7333
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District West Godavari
Government
 • MLA (Palakol Assembly) Bangaru Usha Rani (2009 - present)
Population (2011)
 • Total 100,000
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 534260
Telephone code 08814

Palakol is a financial town in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is an important trading town in West Godavari district for the surrounding villages and is in proximity with other important and well known trading towns such as Bhimavaram, Eluru, Tanuku and Narsapur.

Palakol's population is about 80,000 (including the population of palakol mandal);.[1]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Main tourist attraction of Palakol is the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple with its 36.6 Mts high Tower (Pedha Gopuram). It was built by the reddy rajulu who ruled this place during 15th century,[2] as a 15th-century temple for Shiva. It is one of the five Pancharama Kshetras.[3]

The temple has a unique white shiva lingam and the temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh.[citation needed]

This place was earlier called Dugdoparanapuram Upamanyupuram and "Ksheera rampuram " based on this temple. Later called as "Pala Kolanu", which all tries to convey the meaning of milk pond. This town and the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami temple are located in the area subtended by the Shiva temples at Srisailam, Draksharamam and Kaleswaram also called "Trilinga Desam"[4][5](meaning "the region bounded by three lingas") which in following centuries of existence became Telugu desam, the language spoken by the people around these locations was named as Telugu, hence It is believed by some historians that the word "Telugu" was born from this region .

Ashtabhuja Lakshmi Narayana Swami Temple (Chinna Gopuram) which is known for its traditions and festivities like Bhramostavam, (generally held in May of every year) draw large number of devotees from nearby places. Dhanurmasam is celebrated in the month of December in the remembrance of love of Andaal for Lord Sri Krishna. Chinna Gopuram is one of the only two temples that exist in India for Ashtabhuja Lakshmi Narayana, and only one in the south India.

There is also a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Ganapati here.

Gallery[edit]

Local notables[edit]

Palakol is the birthplace of:

Palakol municipality[edit]

The Palakol Municipality was established in the year 1920. It is second municipality in west godavari after Eluru. And it is an first grade municipality with a population of about 75000.

Agriculture[edit]

Palakol is surrounded by paddy fields and coconut groves. It is said Dutch started plantations of Sugarcane,lemon and orange. Dutch built factory in Palkollu in 1613 trading post for textiles,lamp-oil,wood,roof tiles and bricks. The town is also famous for pomelo fruit (pumpara panasa kaaya). The market on Saturday, which serves both villages of east and west Godavari, makes the town busy with business and has a two crore turn over in a single day. Palakol has one of the largest number of rice mills. Transport== Buses operated by APSRTC and private travel agencies run from Palakol to Hyderabad, Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupati. Three express trains service the town, which is on the Narsapur-Vijayawada railway route.[6] A bridge was built on Vasista Godavari near Chinchinada 7 km away from Palakol connecting East Godavari & West Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh, which makes it a part of National Highway 214.with the efforts of M.P Shri Kanumuri.Bapi raju,a new biweekly train runs to nagarsol for shirdi passengers on Tuesday and Friday. It facilitates the passengers to move for our capital hyderabad too and is scheduled at morning 10.40 AM.Daily about 2500 passengers make their travel from palakol railway station which facilitates even the passengers of east godavari people belonging to Razole and Amalapuram, for whom daily two bus services exclusively serve them to railway station and it is one of the busiest passenger bearer and earns about 1.5 lakh per day.Even goods train draw more benefit to the Palakol railway station. other attractions: Lalita Kalanjali Nataka Academy supported by famous film artist and director Kodi Ramakrishna conducts Nataka Potilu (Drama Competitions) every year, which are famous in the state. For the prize giving of these drama competitions, many celebrates of Telugu film industry come to Palakollu. places to visit near by from palakolluBold text

Antharvedi-temple of sri lakshmi narayana swamy

Anna chellela gattu-where river godavari meets bay of Bengal

Mavullamma devi temple-Bhimavaram etc...

First Elected Municipal Chairaman Sri Mucherla Venkata Subba Rao, brought filtered water facility in 1920. Two big Water storage tanks serve the Palakol town and surrounding areas. Drinking Water is so pure and very famous for its purity and it serves the thirst of many of the surrounding villages. Palakol has the highest gaali gopuram in Andhra Pradesh. One can see the entire town from its top. Palakol has good name for filming and film stars. Nine theatres at present serve the town. Film actor Chiranjeevi stood for the Palakollu legislative assembly seat for Andhra Pradesh State Assembly and lost the election in 2009 against Bangaru Usha Rani.[7]

Education[edit]

  • Addepalli Sathya Narayana Murthy Degree College, Chembuni Cheruvu
  • KVM Chambers CollegeL R Peta
  • Sri Chaitanya Techno School
  • Adithya Schools, Junior College and Degree College
  • Narayana Junior College
  • Gowthami Junior College
  • DNR Inter and Degree College for Women
  • Coconut Merchants Junior College for Women
  • Gowthami Degree College
  • Corbett school
  • Narayana techno school
  • St.mary's high school
  • Bharatiya vidya bhavans
  • Sunshine E.M.High school
  • MONTESSORIES E.M.HIGH SCHOOL
  • IDEAL Schools E.M.HIGH SCHOOL (JINNUR)
  • Nellore Ravindra Bharathi School
  • M M K N MH HIGH SCHOOL
  • B V R M GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
  • B R M V M HIGH SCHOOL
  • SRI SURYA PUBLIC SCHOOL
  • SRI SAI CONCEPT SCHOOL
  • Jogaiah Institute of Technology and Sciences (JITS) B.Tech and M.Tech.
  • Jogiah College of Pharmacy-B.Pharmacy and M.Pharmacy.

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