The Buddhist Complex of Thotlakonda is sited on a hill near Bheemunipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, about 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from Visakhapatnam. The hill, which is about 128 metres (420 feet) above sea level and overlooks the sea, is about 128 metres (420 feet) above sea level. The presence of a number of rock-cut cisterns hewn into the bedrock of the hillock gave it the Telugu name Thotlakonda.
Thotlakonda was discovered during an Indian Navy aerial survey for the purpose of establishing a naval base. From 1988 to 1993, the Andhra Pradesh State Archaeology Department conducted major excavations after its discovery. Excavations revealed the presence of a Hinayana Buddhist complex dating back to the year 2000. A tank to the south of the complex served as a water source for the monastery’s residents.
Due to brisk Roman trade and religious missions sent abroad, Thotlakonda’s peak activity occurred between the 2nd century BCE and the 2nd century CE. Thotlakonda emerged from the ashes of nearby Visakhapatnam sites such as Bavikonda and Pavurallakonda. The tall stupas may have served as guiding landmarks for nautical commuters, with their light lime plaster during the day and rows of wick lamps at night. This monastery does not appear to have had any royal patronage. Traders and local believers, on the other hand, appear to have backed the complex. Thotlakonda may have held more than 100 bhikkhus in its early days.
Entry Fee to visit Thotlakodnda
Rs.6000/- + 18% GST for filming/TV serials
Pedestrians entry fee is Rs.5/-.
- Rs.20/- for two-wheeler
- Rs.30/- for cars
- RS.200/- for a big bus
- Rs.100/- for a mini bu
Timings to visit Thotlakonda
Thotlakonda is open to visitors all through the week from 10 AM to 5 PM.
How to Get to Visakhapatnam’s Thotlakonda
To get to Thotlakonda, it is preferable to drive your own car or hire a taxi. To get to Bheemili, you must first get to Thotlakonda Beach Road and then follow the road to Bheemili. Thotlakonda can also be reached by local transportation, such as automatic rickshaws.
Nearby Attractions in Thotlakonda
Thotlakonda is located located near Bheemili, there are many places one can visit while visiting Thotlakonda. The following are some of the attractions