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About Palakollu

Palakollu is a town in the Indian state Andhra Pradesh in the West Godavari District. The town is the mandal head quarters for the Palakollu mandal. The co-ordinates of the town are 16.5333°N 81.7333°E with an average elevation of 4.9 feet. The town has a total population of 57,317 according to the 2011 census.

History of Palakollu

Palakollu was originally known as Kshiraramam or Kshirapuram or Palakolanu or Upamanyapuram. Palakollu is known as Trilinga Desam, which means a region bound by three Lingas. The three Lingas surrounding Palakollu are Srisailam, Draksharamam and Kaleshwaram. The Dutch built their first factory in 1613 in Palakollu, it was part of the Dutch Coromandel and was used as a trading post for trading textiles, lamp oil, wood, roof tiles and bricks. This factory was temporarily abandoned in 1730. 
When the 1783 treaty, The Treaty of Paris, was formed the town was rendered to the British though, the Dutch still continued to rent it out from British till 1804. In 1818 the Dutch completely took over only to have it surrendered back to British in 1824. 

Governance in Palakollu

The Palakollu municipality was established in the year 1928. It is a grade – A municipality in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Sri Chodisetty Surya Rao was the longest serving chairman for the municipality from 1956 to 1986. As gratitude towards him the people of the town erected a bronze statue in the center of the town.

Culture of Palakollu

Ksheerarama is one of the Pancharama Kshetras and is located in Palakollu. Lord Shiva is locally known as Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy. The Sivalinga is said to be established by Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that staying one day in Kheerarama is equivalent to staying for a year in Varanasi.
The town is also notable for many artists like Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun, Dasari Narayana Rao, Chalam, Allu Ramalingiah, Kodi Ramakrishna, Ghazal Srinivas (Guinness world record holder for singing most languages), Mandolin Srinivas,  Nookala Chinnha Satayanarayana, Ravi Raja Pinisetty, Beri Thimmapa (founder of Madras), Ananth Sriram (lyricist), R. Nanikrishnan (producer and director).

Economy of Palakollu

The people of the town are engaged in various activities including agriculture, shop keeping, tourism etc. These activities help in keeping the economy of the town lush. Also, a lot of people go to other towns to work for a living.

How to reach Palakollu

By Road
The town is located near the NH-214. The  government extends the APSRTC bus services to the town as well which helps in connecting the town to various other towns as well as major cities in our country. The buses are available to this town at regular intervals.

By Train
Palakollu railway station lies along the Narasapur – Viajywada rail line. The railway station is classified as B – category railway station in the Vijaywada Railway division of South Central Railway Zone. There are regular trains available to the town from various major cities in the country.

By Air
Palakollu does not have its own Airport. The nearest airport to the town is that of Rajahmundry which is 55km away and other nearest Airport is Viajaywada Airport which is 112km away.

Palakollu Tourism

Palakollu is most famous for its Ksheera Ramalinga Swamy Temple. This temple is a major attraction for various religious groups. This temple is the house of Lord Shiva. The Sivalinga in the temple was established by lord Vishnu himself and hence the temple is very important for various religious groups.

Restaurants in Palakollu

There various restaurants in the town where you could indulge in sinful meals.

Srikanya Restaurant
Address: Brodipet Rd, Brodipet, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260

Jana Priya Restaurant
Address: NH 214, Itempudi, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260

Sri Surya Restaurant
Address: Money Market, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260 Phone: 093466 26433

Asish Grand
Address: D.No. 15-5-15,Opp. Vysya Bank, Bank St, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260 Phone: 076600 76609

Sarvana Coffee and Tiffins
Address: Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260 Phone: 092477 99880

Hotels and Lodges in Palakollu

Here is a list of hotels where you could have a comfortable stay.

SRC Residency
Address: D. No. 2-178, Broddipeta 2nd Street, Bypass Road, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 10444

Hotel Grand Central

Address: Main Rd, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 098481 22242

Sri Gajalakshmi Lodge
Address: Near Dasari Picture Palace, New Cloth Market, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 23097

Royal Regency
Address: Door No. 13-3-8, Old SBI Bank Road, Rangamanarpeta, Near Sunshine School, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260 Phone: 088142 21334

Hospitals and Pharmacies in Palakollu

The town is prepared for all kinds of medical emergencies. There are a number of hospitals and medical stores to cater to the local people. These stores have a good stock of homeopathic and allopathic medicines.

Krishna Bhavani Hospital
Address: Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 26063

ENT Hospital
Address: shahukar peta, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 24966

Sri Sowmya Hospital
Address: Mattam Street, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 090100 39977

Sai Bhargavi Eye Hospital
Address: Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 22993

Sai Skin Hospital
Address: Matam Street, Beside Veerabhadra Temple, Palakollu, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 088142 29222

Narayana Reddy Hospital
Address: Main Rd, Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh 534260
Phone: 075697 99123

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