After the visit to the Yarada beach in Vizag, the next place that we all decided tovisit in the city was one of the historic temple dedicated to Narasimha Swami. It is called Simhachalam temple. The temple was built in the 11th century and is an example of the rich cultural heritage of the Vishakhapatnam city. The temple is located atop a hill at a height of around 250 meters and thus known as the Hill of the Lion Lord. Lord Narsimha Swami is one of the incarnations of Vishnu and the temple was built by King Krishnadevarayam. The inscriptions found in the temple dates back to 1098 AD.
There are millions of devotees who visit this temple especially during the Chandanotsavam festival. The temple serves as a beautiful attraction of the city and is surrounded by lush green views. It is a quiet place. The peace and solitude that one finds inside a temple is immense. According to the legend there was a devotee of Lord Vishnu named Prahlad who was tortured and beaten by his father for his belief. Lord Vishnu then took the incarnation of Narsimha to kill his father and save the child from violence.
The visit to Vishakhapatnam is incomplete without a trip to this historic temple. One can reach Simhachalam temple from almost anywhere in Vizag. There are buses, private taxis and shared taxis that ply on the route from Waltair railway station to the temple. There is a step path that reaches the temple. However there is also a bus service which charge Rs 6 and are available every 10 minutes. The way to the temple is full of narrow and curvy roads. One may also take his private vehicle to the hill top. The parking fares are bare minimum.
One should visit this place not only for its religious significance but also for the amazing views and adventurous location. There are many good spots for taking photographs and having some hot and cold beverages along the way to the temple.
After this visit to the temple the next place that we visited was the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.