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Godavari river Launch journey: Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam by boat

Godavari cruise map The launch journey or cruise on river Godavari from Rajahmundry to Sriramagiri or Kunavaram is one of the best tourist attraction in Andhrapradesh state of India. The journey covers approximately 100kms of travel by launch (diesel motor cruise). The total duration is nearly 12 hours from Rajahmundry to Sri Ramagiri. Another half an hour journey is required if travellers are willing to travel upto Kunavaram by the same launch.
The journey is through various temples and hill stations and very scenic for the beautiful greenery surrounding the river Godavari. Some important places which can be seen in this river journey are, Pattiseema, Maha Nandiswara temple, Polavaram Project area, Gandi poshamma (Pochamma) temple, Papi kondalu (papi hills), Shiva temple, Peranta Palli, Sri Rama temple at Sri Ramagiri.

Details of trip package

Godavari river flows towards Rajahmundry from Bhadrachalam. So, the total duration of the journey may get reduced if one travels from Bhadrachalam in the launch to reach Rajahmundry. It is preferred to arrange the trip from Rajahmundry though it takes two hours more than the other way. The reason being, the Sun rise is gorgeous to see from river Godavari at Rajahmundry. If some one starts from Bhadrachalam, it takes one and half hour to two hours to reach Kunavaram or Sri Ramagiri where actual launch journey start. Tourists will be missing the magic of early hours beauty. Trip packages are also available to cover half of the journey and return to the starting place, either Bhadrachalam or Rajahmundry. Papi Kondalu (Papi Hills) being the main attraction, this hill range is covered more from Rajahmundry side. So, consider the trip from Rajahmundry as the advantages are more.
Godavari Launch serviceSo many launch services are available at Rajahmundry and Bhadrachalam. At Rajahmundry, Launch booking offices are available nearer to the river bank where Launch service starts. For those who start from Bhadrachalam side, though the launch service start either from Kunavaram or Sri Ramagiri, booking is to be done only at Bhadrachalam, Plenty of services available. Different launch operators have particular schedule. But the service is available on most of the days. Most of the people prefer travelling on Fridays. The reason being, evening they can have darshan at Bhadrachalam temple. Next day they can have local site visit and return back on Sunday either by road or same launch service. Breakfast (tiffin), coffee, tea, lunch, evening snacks are included in the package. Travellers can consider carrying sufficient water if they want.

Cruise at Gandi Pochamma The normal time period to plan this trip is during September to December. October is the best time as the water in river Godavari is optimum. If rains occur, better to avoid the journey. If the water level is less in the river Godavari, launch service will be limited to Peranta palli. So one third of the launch journey will be missing. October is also the season for depressions at Bay of Bengal, so take your precautions.
The launch service at Rajahmundry start at early hours 3.00 am. Launches with 50, 80 and 120 members capacity are available. One can purchase the ticket near the starting point in the booking office. Advance booking is also available if people are travelling in groups. If the entire launch is to be booked exclusively, minimum 75 members are needed to operate on any day of the week. APTDC also conducts the same Godavari launch service trip package but the days are fixed. Better consider your journey to start at 4.30am. This makes people to be in the river away from the city area when sun rise starts. They can enjoy the atmosphere. If it is early people would miss it while sleeping and if it is late, it would not make any difference but for seeing the Sun rise at Rajahmundry.

At Present due to low water level at Rajahmundry, all boats starts from Pursathapatnam at around 10 AM , so reporting time at Rajahmundry is 7.30 AM. Tourist will be taken to Pursathapatnam by road ( one and half hour duration , 35 KM )

Places to see during launch journey

Sun rise view from river Godavari After starting of the launch journey at Rajahmundry (4.30am), the first stop is at Pattiseema. Breakfast is also served here. A small temple is located on top of a small hill. The temple is for the god Sri Uma Maha Nandiswara swamy. There is some information saying that there was an under ground way to reach kashi from this temple. The temple is constructed during 12th century. The Polavaram project can be seen from the temple area at the back side.
The second stop is at Gonduru, just one hour journey from Pattiseema. Goddess Gandi Poshamma temple can be seen here. The view of river Godavari is also pleasant from the temple premesis. Entrance ticket is to be taken for INR 2 and for special darshan (only on Sunday and Tuesday) INR 5. Additional amount is to be paid for special pujas. Photography is not allowed near temple premesis.
There will be one more stop at a check post before entering into Papikondalu (papi hills) area. This one is for a very short duration. Then the journey is through Papi hills which is very scenic. The journey is through thick forest surrounded by hills both the sides. The atmosphere is very pleasant and quiet. This part of the journey is quite for a longer distance and also the major one.
The fourth stop will be at Peranta Palli. People are served lunch at this place or sometimes before reaching this area, depends on the timing. Sri Ramakrishna Hermitage is the major attraction at Peranta Palli. People have to walk a little distance to reach the Hermitage. There is a small water fall in front of the hermitage flowing from the hills. The water is chilled and people get lot of relief taking a dip in the water. Beautiful butterflies are also seen in the area. The area is very calm and neat. One has to take bath if want to enter inside the Hermitage. Worshiping any other God near the Hermitage is not allowed. Variety of handicrafts are available which are made by local village people. Though the price is a little at the higher side, worth purchasing some. There will be some special occassions during Vijaya Dashami (Dasara), Mukkoti Ekadashi and Maha Shivarathri (February or March). The Hermitage has been started by Sri Swamy Balananda.

papi hills view After Peranta Palli, there will not be any more stops. Some launch service people consider giving one more stop near some resorts constructed recently at Koneru area. This area too is surrounded by Papi hills. People will be reaching Sri Ramagiri around 4.30pm. Before that, evening snacks will be served. Some launch services proceed upto Kunavaram. Better to consider Sri Ramagiri as the end point. Because the temple of Sri Rama can be seen here which is supposed to be older than the temple at Bhadrachalam. Temple Darshan can be availed.
If travellers have not booked the vehicle from Sri Ramagiri to Bhadrachalam, it will be difficult to proceed as the direct transportation is not available. One or two APSRTC buses come but during peak season heavy rush occurs. If vehicles are not booked in advance, one can consider travelling towards Rekha palli (Rekapalli). Rekhapalli is just 6 Kms from Sri Ramagiri. Auto riksha facility is available at a nominal price. Plenty of buses available from Rekapalli to Bhadrachalam. One and half hour to two hour journey from Rekhapalli to Bhadrachalam.
For the total trip, the cost for an adult is INR 650 for an adult (above 12 years) and INR 400 for a child above 5 years. This includes journey between Rajahmundry and Sri Ramagiri (or Kunavaram) and food.
To know the accurate and exact route map for this cruise click on the first image at the top of this page.

dushyanth reddy17-03-2009
good information
but with this information display the travel agencies contact details
g.v.reddy01-04-2009
Very good information essential for someone like me who is considering the trip
K.Srinivas29-04-2009
The information is very nice. It is very helpful for the people like me who doesn't know anything about the Journey from Rajahmundry to the Bhadrachalam.
MOHAMED14-05-2009
aitlcle is good , thanks for such a good information.. you can also list agancies and hotels to stay.. and there cost.. i have a doubt, what wil be the distance from kakinada... and wat about return journey..
pavankumar20-06-2009
It's a very informative article for scenic viewers.
rajesh29-08-2009
It iss very useful.
Thaks
vijay reddy14-09-2009
hi, thanks a lot for the inofrmation. This is very useful and informational.
Srinivas Allaka20-10-2009
Hi, It is very good information as I want to plan for the trip from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam during winter 2010.
Thanks.
Venkat21-11-2009
Hi,
last month October,We went to bhadrachalam on boat.Before starting, i went through site which help us a lot.The journey is unforgottable.
Venkat06-12-2009
Very good information for the new visitors.
bhavani09-03-2010
hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
so i can make arrangements for my whole family on coming summer.
bye
bhavani
M N Raju17-03-2010
hi this is raju,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost. so that i can make arrangements for my whole family on coming summer.

M N Raju.........
Bala14-04-2010
Is it advisable to do this journey in Jun / July times this year. I can not do it in Oct to Dec times as recommended here. Can some one suggest is this a possibility travel in Jun / Jul.
Bujji Ammu24-04-2010
Hi,This is BUJJI.
Could u please give me details of the godavari to badrachelam launch trip cost. so i can make arrange my program.and coming my whole family on AUGUST in this year.pls tell me.
by..........
v.sri prakash25-04-2010
nice. very good information. chala bagundi.
yugandhar29-04-2010
It\'nice experience. Everyone should enjoy this experience.
Ramki08-06-2010
Hi, It is very good information as I want to plan for the trip from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam during winter 2010.Could u please give me details of the godavari to badrachelam launch trip cost. so i can make arrange my program.and coming my whole family on AUGUST in this year.pls tell me.
bye
mallu15-06-2010
Thanks for ur information,it is good if you add some more information of hotels/lodge and the transport cost for to and fro journey
MALLU
Suresh Bondla29-06-2010
Very good information.. Please Provide Advance booking Travel agents numbers.. thanks for information
Suresh .B02-07-2010
Thanks for providing good information... please give some travel agencies numbers..
sateesh28-07-2010
hi, could u pls give me the information regarding bhadrachalam to papikondalu lauch trip.
Ananth Nagh G18-08-2010
Hey..thanks for the info..It is very much useful..would be more useful if you an provide the contact person details for booking in advance.can we book that from hyd..?or want to travel personally to rajahmundry to book the same..
Srinivas22-08-2010
Thank you for the valuable information provided about the trip. But It would be great if you clarify a few things.

1.If we reach Rajahmundry at 3.00 am (early morning) by train, what is the distance from station to the river bank and what are the modes of transports available for the same.

2.we would like to get some information about the accomodation at Bhadrachalam like list of Hotels and Lodges or does the Bhadrachalam Temple provides with any facilities of accomodation at less price.
3.If possible provide us with the approximate distances of the said accomodation from the temple.
4. What are the other temples and places worth visiting at Bhadrachalam and approximate distance, and what would be the best transport means to go there.

Thank you

Srinivas
raj23-08-2010
You have referred to booking vehicle from ramgiri to badrachalam. from where this can be booked. kindly advise. Does the launch go upto badrachalam. How far is kunavaram stop from Badrachalam. kindly reply at once. thanks.
Kumar RVS25-10-2010
Good information for tourists. Planning for this Year itself.

Mohd. Osman Ali, SRSP30-10-2010
Thanks, information given is very useful. I have visited Papikondalu 2 years back. Now again I am planning to visit Polavaram again during 13th November, 2010 to 14th November, 2010 alongwith my friends.
desha raju03-11-2010
good information is provided. We will follow it in our next tour programme. desharaju
Prasannakuma rArigela04-11-2010
Information is good for planning trip.it would be more beneficial if the site could display the information of tour operators and their packages.
Vijay Koradi08-11-2010
Thanx a lot. Information u provided is excellent. Keep up the good work. If u would also provide/update the travel agencies contact numbers...will be very helpfull.
Ganesh jogi09-11-2010
very good information for new travellers giving some travel agencies contacts and lodging boarding details thanq
chaitanya 03-12-2010
Tell me the cost of Rajahmandri to Bhadrachalam by boat
Roopa12-12-2010
hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
shiva25-12-2010
your information is very good
rambabu salapu23-01-2011
your information is useful for tourists to imagine how the package would be, I have experienced similar joy and fun by sailing in luxury cruise Bhageeradhi, is a hi-tech air conditions boat with push back in seats, audio and vedio coach operating by Maruthi Mini Tours and Travels, which is trusted one recognized by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Their proprietor name is Mr. Varada babu, who has requisite knowledge in river and road tourism places.
Ramu Naidu Salapu14-02-2011
I have done bhadrachalm via Papi hills two days, is a tremendous experience is a visual treat in pleasure atmosphere by sailing on luxury cruise Bhageeradhi and I enjoyed very much all the day on river as well as on road while returning to Rajahmundry covering piligrim places like Bhadrachalam, Parnasala, Maddi Anjaneya Swami Temple.
Our tour operator and our guide Mr. Ramana who accompanied us and guided
Hari Kumar31-03-2011
Excellent Information.
koteswarrao06-04-2011
pls send me the details of launch trip (timing, cost, etc.,)in bhadrachalam as iam coming from chittoor
Vijayalakshmi25-04-2011
Could you please mail me the details of the cost and timings of this trip from hyderabad.
sitaram sarma31-05-2011
Hi,

Thanks for giving me this information , it is really useful to those who love to travel on boats and launches. I feel October season is good time to travel as Godavari water level is optimum , Monsoon season is dangerous ..!
srikant14-06-2011
thanking u mr i m really glad with u r information,but one thing i want to know is it right to plan the trip in the month of june because it is the time to arrive monsoon.
KotaNageswaraRao04-07-2011
It would be more helpful online launch reservation, days the launches or boat arrangement in a year and timings
uday kumar18-07-2011
It would be more helpful online launch reservation, days the launches or boat arrangement in a year and timings
Shanmugavel.S20-07-2011
Hi....the info was good...also plz provide the contact details of the travel agency so that v can also exprience the pleasure
bgv kumar27-07-2011
Information is very informative. thanks then How to reach ramagir to rehapalli (Rekhapalli is just 6 Kms from Sri Ramagiri).
RAJ02-08-2011
EXCELLENT INFORMATION
Sastry07-08-2011
Hi we are planning for a trip in november. could any of you please tell if there is any 2 nights 3 days kinda trip. We wish to start from rajhmandry and go bhadrachalam and return to rajhmandry we wish to see the all the possible stops and places in between. if you can provide details of any travel operator. that would be great help. many thanks in advance.. ohh yess. the information in this site is awesome.. virtual tour kind..
varma epuri12-08-2011
Tell me the cost of Rajahmandri to Bhadrachalam by boat
srinivasu batchu13-08-2011
this information is very good,but i want to know the journey from bhadrachalam to rajahmundry is more convenient or rajahmundry to bhadrachalam is convenient because i stays at hyderabad,but my plant is after taking bhadrachalam darshan i want to reach rajaymundry, let me know
srikant manda10-09-2011
Very good information. I was actually in confusion on the boarding point but after reading the review , I have decided to board from Rajahmundry. I would like to know are there any direction supon entering rajahmundry city ( coming from HYD) to approach launch booking services or any accomodation nearer to boarding point. Also I alongwith my family intend travelling in OCT. Hope wheather would be good.
ch.venkateswarlu29-09-2011
useful information to us, and I would like to know about accommodation at BHADRACHALAM
gonelanagaraju10-10-2011
tell me the cost Bhadrachalam to papikondalu
sairam15-10-2011
sir,tell me the boat fair from rajamandry to badrachalam with all details and also how many days journey
anushree28-10-2011
that was an awesome info given.. thanks for the details given :)
Vamsi31-10-2011
Im very enjoyed the trip. Very Good experience......Rajamundry to Bhadrachalam....Morning start 7:30am in Rajamundry... Bhadrachalam Droping Tour Per Head Rs.900/- (Child 5-10) (with TATA Magic Transfers from Koida to Bhadrachalam).....
Anand Singh09-11-2011
i want to go to papi kondal tour with 2days n one night packages.can u please mail me the information.i and my sister and my girl friend are planing.is it possible to come with sister and girl friend
siva16-11-2011
thanking you sir. But we would like to know some more information about the journey with full details of charges and duration through. from Rajmendary to badrachallam
Jaipal Reddy Maram21-11-2011
very good information for new travellers giving some travel agencies contacts and lodging boarding details
TVK Ranga Rao28-11-2011
I wish to travel from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam by Steamer - please suggest what is the journey duration, charges for 2 adults and will the package cover Sri Rama darshnam at Bhadrachalam & stay over night ?
b saibabu05-12-2011
please send me the contact numbers of tour operators regarding rjh-bhadrachalam tour packages boarding time etc.,
Y Ramesh Reddy07-12-2011
please send me the contact details of operators to book the boat from rajmundry to bhadrachalam via papikondalu
Rajendra prasad29-12-2011
i want to know that today (31/12/2011) and tomorrow (1/1/2012) launches from bhadrachalam to papikondalu are running or not..?? because of some bad climatic conditions. some rumors came that launches are stopped for two days.. please send me the correct information to my cell or my emil id. Thankyou...!!
RAVIKIRAN30-12-2011
i want to know that today (31/12/2011) and tomorrow (1/1/2012) launches from bhadrachalam to papikondalu are running or not..?? because of some bad climatic conditions. some rumors came that launches are stopped for two days.. please send me the correct information to my cell or my emil id. Thankyou...!!
Suresh-RJY30-12-2011
Yes, The boats are closed from 29th to 3rd june due to sand deposits. this decision was taken by irrigation dept in rajahmundry.
sravani06-01-2012
iam very thnkfull to u for this info bt i need entire details nd package could u plz help me for this...
Ramakrishna A S09-01-2012
Last week we went to Bhadrachalam from Rajahmundry(Papikondalu)via boat with my whole family and it was very very nice. If any one interested contanct travel agent Prakash he is very nice guy and will give tickets for reasonable rates.
Ramakrishna A S10-01-2012
I had visited Badrachalam via papikondalu with my family. It was fantastic. Whoever wish to visit where there is no polution with greenary this is the right place. I had very good experience with this Tour operator Prakash. He is very Professional and advise you proparly with all the information and requires arrange vechile from Railway station/bus stand.
JC MOULI14-01-2012
SUCH A NICE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAJAMUNDRY AND LAUNCH JOURNY ON GODAVARI RIVER AND PREMISES LOCATIONS . I GOT IT GOOD FEELING.
reddy basha23-02-2012
information is good but you can add the boatfare costs
hemalatha26-02-2012
hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
phani07-03-2012
please let me know if launch will be available in april last week?
rama krishna09-03-2012
please let me know if launch will be available in april last week?
satyaprakash07-05-2012
hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
Manasa15-05-2012
Hi,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.

please let me know as June month is a rainny seaseon if we plan trip in june for Rajahmundry to bhadrachalam is this a good seaseon to plan,i am in confusion as many pepole says this is not a good month to travel please suggest me.

We wish to start from rajhmandry and go bhadrachalam and return to rajhmandry we wish to see the all the possible stops and places in between.

Could you please mail me the details of the cost and timings of this trip (Rajahmundry to bhadrachalam and bhadrachalam to
Rajahmundry)
D,Bala subrahmanyam18-05-2012
papikondalu please very good area naku ma family ki chala nachhina please i like
alankrita26-05-2012
Hi ,

Information is good, can please let us know the launch fair details .
m d shivakkumar13-07-2012
very very nice information. it will help lot of people travelling from rajahmundry to bhadrachalam
kiran03-09-2012
Badrachalam to Papikondalu Launch Fare: 450 Rs(Include road journey to pochampally).
anu09-10-2012
journey which has to be taken up atleast once in a lifetime.. :):)
mogambo01-01-2013
don't ever go for a launch called "PEDDINTLAMMA'
Its meant for transporting the goods not people. It doesn't have any proper facilities and lot of nuisense. Please don't waste your time in it.
nagendra17-03-2013
send me full details about the badrachalam amount details
daya21-03-2013
hi .. in 2012 i have gone there..
you can book ticket at the river bank in badrachalam...
i took maruthi travels...Rs. 900 perhead (including bf and lunch)...
we started at 8.30 and reached badrachalam at 6.30..
balu17-04-2013
good information
y v ramani04-05-2013
please inform the cost to travel by launch through godavari
lakshman19-05-2013
could u please tel me about route from Annavaram to Badrachalam & godavari trip
nagireddy20-09-2013
very good information
Umashankar18-12-2013
Very good information. From the above article, we got all the details. Thanks a lot.
sekhar06-01-2014
Its very beautifull that God has given us wonderful nature
anwesh24-01-2014
Hi..
I want to know how much time it will take from rajahmundry to badrachalam with max time taking trip. Please any one tell me the details of dis trip I want to plan with my family
Neela31-01-2014
Hi..

i want to travel from rajahmundry to bradachalam in feb..please let me know the ticket price and details of the trip..
rajasekharsetty19-05-2014
i want to travel from chennai to badrachalam in october... please let me know the ticket price and details of trip.. information plz
Amar15-07-2014
i want to travel from chennai to badrachalam in August Pleace let me know the tickets price and details of trip inform me
Srinivasulu Reddy D15-07-2014
hi ,

can i get sleeper launch? Plz send me the details.
TADI GIRI SIRI14-08-2014
Good Excellent Information I like it and with my family members go to enjoy. This experience.
K SRIKANTH29-09-2014
Good Information
Narayanarao16-10-2014
I want badharachlam to papikondal boot deatiLs
SAtish10-11-2014
I Want from Rajamandry to Bhadrachalam on boat
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