22 km from Khammam town in the state Telangana is situated the famous Buddhist destination of Nelakondapalli which boasts an imposing Maha Stupa. The place, where Buddhism was in a flourishing state in the bygone era, attracted scholars and philosophers from across South Asia in the ancient times.
In the ancient times, Nelakondapalli was known for producing images of Buddha. Excavations at the site in 1970s, 80s and 90s have unearthed viharas, bronze idol of Buddha and other Buddhist relics dating back to 3rd and 4th century AD.
Karukonda is another famous Buddhist site in the Khammam district.
How to Reach Nelakondapalli
Air: The nearest airport to Nelakondapalli is Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh which is 99 km from this Buddhist site in Telangana. You can find taxis and other means of transportation from the airport to reach Nelakondapalli.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Nelakondapalli is Khammam which is 22 km from this well-known Buddhist site in Telangana. One can get buses and taxis to reach Nelakondapalli from Khammam.
Road: A good network of road connects Nelakondapalli to all the major places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Government buses ply at regular intervals from Nelakondapalli to Hyderabad.
Best time to visit Nelakondapalli
Temperature is extreme in summers. Hence, winter is the best time to visit Nelakondapalli as the weather remains pleasant.