Nature | Pilgrimage
#1 of 2 Places to Visit in Papikondalu
Distance (From Papikondalu): 10 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Transportation Options: Boat
Travel Tips: None
Perantalapalli is a remote tribal village in Velerupadu mandal of West Godavari district. This village is located on Kunavaram-Rajahmundry water way and it can be reached by 10 minutes boat ride from Kolluru. Most of the boats operating to Papi Kondalu stop here to give tourists a chance to enjoy the beauty of the place.
The Sri Krishna Munivatam was constructed at this village by Balananda Swamiji in the year 1927. Now this Munivatam is being maintained by a tribal sect Konda Reddys and daily pooja are being performed by them. According to the history, in 1926, Balananda Swami had reached Perantalapalli village while travelling from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam on river Godavari in a motor launch and stayed here for a night. He was captivated by the pleasant atmosphere, the tribal community, the scenic beauty of this region. Then a lady appeared to him and asked him to follow her. She disappeared after reaching a place covered with shrubs and stream flow on the river bank. He spent that night there waiting for her. Next morning, he was surprised to find an idol of Lord Shiva and decided to construct a mantapa there. This mantapam was named as Sri Krishna Munivatam. There was no priest to this place and the devotees themselves used to pray the God and perform pooja after having holy dip in river Godavari.
The waterfalls at Munivatam and the serene atmosphere make it a special venue for tourists. This waterfall can be reached by walking through the village up hill. This place is usually crowded with local tribes and tourists during weekends. Eating non-vegetarian and hunting of animals is strictly prohibited in this place. Two mountains which were named after Vali and Sugreeva, the monkey kings of Ramayana, are about 3 km away from Perantalapalli.
This area is inhabited by tribes who are not fully exposed to the urban life and culture. The primary source of income of these tribes is making articles of bamboo. They are completely handmade and nice decorative items. The village has no power, they survive on solar energy and there is no access to the village by road or other means except boats.