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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 100 kms 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. 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.
Sunset view from river Godavari

Launch Booking office

Plenty of launch services are available at Rajahmundry and Bhadrachalam. At Rajahmundry, Launch booking offices are available nearer to the river bank . 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. 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.

Boat at Papikondalu hills

Best time to Visit

The normal time period to plan this trip is during September to December and continue till Feb - March. 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.
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.

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 )

By road from Rajahmundry to Pursathapatnam ,35 KM

All the booking offices including AP tourism are located at Godavari river Bund road by the side of the river. Tourist were asked to report at office of the travel agent between 7 and 7.30 AM. However the vehicles start around 8 AM. Different type of tourist vehicles are used for taking tourist upto Pursathapatnam ferry terminal . Some tourists prefer to take their own vehicle to reach the Jetty point. During this road journey Godavari river will be at your left side and you will be travelling upstream direction of the river flow. The road passes through highly fertile sugarcane cultivated areas. The villages here have modern agriculture equipment with rich rural economy.

Places to see during launch journey

After boarding the boat , breakfast will be served. Around 10 AM the boat starts from Pursathapantam. These boats have two floors and the lower flower is having AC facility. Top floor is the open deck with cover at top for sun control. Toilet facility is available at bottom floor. Initially all tourists prefer to sit at top of the boat but as the journey progress it is the lower floor where all will assemble to enjoy different entertainment programs organized. These boats have good music system with high power speakers at both the floors. There will be continues Announcements and information were given about the areas while travelling using these speakers.

There is a small temple 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.

Papikondalu

Papi Hills & Godavari
Slowly the boat will enter into hilly areas where Godavari will be flowing through big hills on both sides. This area is know as Papikondalu or Papi hills. At Rajahmundry the width of Godavari is nearly 5 to 6 KM but at Papi Kondalu the width reduces to nearly 500 ft only. Depth of water is more here. With rocks and hills on both sides navigating through boat is a tough job here. Small water streams flowing from hills will be joining Godavari River on both sides.

Kolluru Bamboo Huts

Bamboo huts by the side of Godavari at Kolluru After lunch the boat will pass through Kolluru Bamboo Huts. These huts are constructed over river sand at right side bank of Godavari. Each hut can accommodate 4 persons ( one family ) and there are nearly 100 huts available at these places. From here Perantalapalli hill is visible. Similarly the colourful bamboo huts are visible from Perantalapalli. These huts can be booked for one day including boat journey from Rajahmundry for Rs 2000/ per head. This package includes veg and non vegetarian food for 24 hours. While staying here tourist can enjoy Jungle atmosphere by staying in a traditionally constructed huts. Tourist reach this point around 1 PM and enjoy the evening sunset here. Camp fire is organized here. Next day morning tourist visit the Local tribal village and take bath at a nearby waterfall.

This is a mixed experience of enjoying local hospitality inside Jungle. ( These are not included in one day package trip and you can't get a chance to get down from boat at Kolluru Bamboo Huts)

Perantalapalli

Perantalapalli Ashram
At left bank of Godavsdari river this place is just 2 KM from Kolluru Bamboo huts. People are served lunch at this place or sometimes before reaching this area, depends on the timing. Tourist need to climb steps to come out of the river bank the road passes through tribal huts and reaches the Sri Krishna Munivaatam. Balananda Swami established this as a temple and Ashram. Inside the Ashram photography is prohibited. Sri Ramakrishna Hermitage is the major attraction at Peranta Palli You can carry your gadgets but never try to use it. Even Mobile camera is also not to be used. There is water stream flows by the side of the temple.
Local tribes sale beautiful hand made flowers and crafts made of Bamboo leafs and slices. 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.
Your boat will give you 20 minutes to complete the trip and return to boat. From the top of the river bank the view of Godavari is spectacular. There is a camera man available who can take your photo and handover you the print when you return after visiting temple. Parantalapalli river 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 reddy

17-03-2009

good information
but with this information display the travel agencies contact details
g.v.reddy

01-04-2009

Very good information essential for someone like me who is considering the trip
K.Srinivas

29-04-2009

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.
MOHAMED

14-05-2009

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..
pavankumar

20-06-2009

It's a very informative article for scenic viewers.
rajesh

29-08-2009

It iss very useful.
Thaks
vijay reddy

14-09-2009

hi, thanks a lot for the inofrmation. This is very useful and informational.
Srinivas Allaka

20-10-2009

Hi, It is very good information as I want to plan for the trip from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam during winter 2010.
Thanks.
Venkat

21-11-2009

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.
Venkat

06-12-2009

Very good information for the new visitors.
bhavani

09-03-2010

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 Raju

17-03-2010

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.........
Bala

14-04-2010

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 Ammu

24-04-2010

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 prakash

25-04-2010

nice. very good information. chala bagundi.
yugandhar

29-04-2010

It\'nice experience. Everyone should enjoy this experience.
Ramki

08-06-2010

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
mallu

15-06-2010

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 Bondla

29-06-2010

Very good information.. Please Provide Advance booking Travel agents numbers.. thanks for information
Suresh .B

02-07-2010

Thanks for providing good information... please give some travel agencies numbers..
sateesh

28-07-2010

hi, could u pls give me the information regarding bhadrachalam to papikondalu lauch trip.
Ananth Nagh G

18-08-2010

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..
Srinivas

22-08-2010

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
raj

23-08-2010

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 RVS

25-10-2010

Good information for tourists. Planning for this Year itself.

Mohd. Osman Ali, SRSP

30-10-2010

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 raju

03-11-2010

good information is provided. We will follow it in our next tour programme. desharaju
Prasannakuma rArigela

04-11-2010

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 Koradi

08-11-2010

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 jogi

09-11-2010

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
Roopa

12-12-2010

hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
shiva

25-12-2010

your information is very good
rambabu salapu

23-01-2011

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 Salapu

14-02-2011

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 Kumar

31-03-2011

Excellent Information.
koteswarrao

06-04-2011

pls send me the details of launch trip (timing, cost, etc.,)in bhadrachalam as iam coming from chittoor
Vijayalakshmi

25-04-2011

Could you please mail me the details of the cost and timings of this trip from hyderabad.
sitaram sarma

31-05-2011

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 ..!
srikant

14-06-2011

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.
KotaNageswaraRao

04-07-2011

It would be more helpful online launch reservation, days the launches or boat arrangement in a year and timings
uday kumar

18-07-2011

It would be more helpful online launch reservation, days the launches or boat arrangement in a year and timings
Shanmugavel.S

20-07-2011

Hi....the info was good...also plz provide the contact details of the travel agency so that v can also exprience the pleasure
bgv kumar

27-07-2011

Information is very informative. thanks then How to reach ramagir to rehapalli (Rekhapalli is just 6 Kms from Sri Ramagiri).
RAJ

02-08-2011

EXCELLENT INFORMATION
Sastry

07-08-2011

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 epuri

12-08-2011

Tell me the cost of Rajahmandri to Bhadrachalam by boat
srinivasu batchu

13-08-2011

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 manda

10-09-2011

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.venkateswarlu

29-09-2011

useful information to us, and I would like to know about accommodation at BHADRACHALAM
gonelanagaraju

10-10-2011

tell me the cost Bhadrachalam to papikondalu
sairam

15-10-2011

sir,tell me the boat fair from rajamandry to badrachalam with all details and also how many days journey
anushree

28-10-2011

that was an awesome info given.. thanks for the details given :)
Vamsi

31-10-2011

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 Singh

09-11-2011

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
siva

16-11-2011

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 Maram

21-11-2011

very good information for new travellers giving some travel agencies contacts and lodging boarding details
TVK Ranga Rao

28-11-2011

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 saibabu

05-12-2011

please send me the contact numbers of tour operators regarding rjh-bhadrachalam tour packages boarding time etc.,
Y Ramesh Reddy

07-12-2011

please send me the contact details of operators to book the boat from rajmundry to bhadrachalam via papikondalu
Rajendra prasad

29-12-2011

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...!!
RAVIKIRAN

30-12-2011

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-RJY

30-12-2011

Yes, The boats are closed from 29th to 3rd june due to sand deposits. this decision was taken by irrigation dept in rajahmundry.
sravani

06-01-2012

iam very thnkfull to u for this info bt i need entire details nd package could u plz help me for this...
Ramakrishna A S

09-01-2012

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 S

10-01-2012

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 MOULI

14-01-2012

SUCH A NICE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAJAMUNDRY AND LAUNCH JOURNY ON GODAVARI RIVER AND PREMISES LOCATIONS . I GOT IT GOOD FEELING.
reddy basha

23-02-2012

information is good but you can add the boatfare costs
hemalatha

26-02-2012

hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
phani

07-03-2012

please let me know if launch will be available in april last week?
rama krishna

09-03-2012

please let me know if launch will be available in april last week?
satyaprakash

07-05-2012

hi ,
could u please give me details of the godavari to bhadrachalam launch trip cost.
Manasa

15-05-2012

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 subrahmanyam

18-05-2012

papikondalu please very good area naku ma family ki chala nachhina please i like
alankrita

26-05-2012

Hi ,

Information is good, can please let us know the launch fair details .
m d shivakkumar

13-07-2012

very very nice information. it will help lot of people travelling from rajahmundry to bhadrachalam
kiran

03-09-2012

Badrachalam to Papikondalu Launch Fare: 450 Rs(Include road journey to pochampally).
anu

09-10-2012

journey which has to be taken up atleast once in a lifetime.. :):)
mogambo

01-01-2013

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.
nagendra

17-03-2013

send me full details about the badrachalam amount details
daya

21-03-2013

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..
balu

17-04-2013

good information
y v ramani

04-05-2013

please inform the cost to travel by launch through godavari
lakshman

19-05-2013

could u please tel me about route from Annavaram to Badrachalam & godavari trip
nagireddy

20-09-2013

very good information
Umashankar

18-12-2013

Very good information. From the above article, we got all the details. Thanks a lot.
sekhar

06-01-2014

Its very beautifull that God has given us wonderful nature
anwesh

24-01-2014

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
Neela

31-01-2014

Hi..

i want to travel from rajahmundry to bradachalam in feb..please let me know the ticket price and details of the trip..
rajasekharsetty

19-05-2014

i want to travel from chennai to badrachalam in october... please let me know the ticket price and details of trip.. information plz
Amar

15-07-2014

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 D

15-07-2014

hi ,

can i get sleeper launch? Plz send me the details.
TADI GIRI SIRI

14-08-2014

Good Excellent Information I like it and with my family members go to enjoy. This experience.
K SRIKANTH

29-09-2014

Good Information
Narayanarao

16-10-2014

I want badharachlam to papikondal boot deatiLs
SAtish

10-11-2014

I Want from Rajamandry to Bhadrachalam on boat
S V S RAO

30-12-2014

GOOD INFORMATION. NOW I CAN REACH BHADRACHALAM PROPERLY BY THE GRACE OF MARYADA PURUSHOTTAM LORD RAMA. THANKS FOR INFORMATION ONCE AGAIN
vcreddy

19-05-2015

GOOD INFORMATION.
paaru

23-06-2015

very gud information with ful clarity..........after read dis, i want to see these places immideatly thank u sooooooooooo much........!
SATISH PANDLA

27-06-2015

a very good information about all the places covered in trip.tq very much
kishore

15-07-2015

Hi.

Could u please give me a details from rajamundry to bhadrachalam boat package details ,accomodation in boat and cost for 2 adults and for staying 2 days 1 night

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