Papi Hills or PapiKondalu (In Telugu language) is part of Eastern Ghats through which Godavari pierces and flows in twists and turns (called 'malupulu ' in telugu) towards east. Entire area of PapiKondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and deciduous rain forests.
The boat ride commences at Polavaram in summers because of low water levels and in Pattiseema at all other times. The boat ride leads you to countryside patch-worked with tiny farm plots, the landscapes dotted with tribal habitations, the river banks forested with the timber reserves, the fresh air and the deep river all blend tighter to make it a magic place. They present ideal settings to enjoy the nature. The beauty of the uncrowned spaces all along the river makes people stop and stare.Actual Papi Kondalu is a place where the width of Godavari is Narrowest less than a KM). From distance you would feel that both the hills are merging together however the boat cruises through the narrow width of Godavari and this is the best of the entire trip.
Considerable percentage Telugu movies are shot in Rajahmundry and east Godavari district. (Papi Kondalu is important attractions for these movie makers). Ramadasu, Apadbhandavudu, Godavari, are few of the popular movies shot here. The boat takes you till Parentallapalli in Khammam district the abode of lord shiva.
TIP 1: Occupy the front seats on the upper deck if possible provided it is not too hot to have a clear glimpse of the surroundings and hills.
TIP 2: Spend your journey on the upper deck in the afternoon while returning back as cool breeze hits you and this gives you a clear glimpse of the scenic beauty.
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A night stay on the river side near papikondalu cn be mind blowing. Star gazing while sleeping on the banks of the river Godavari will surely bring out poet in you.