On the outskirts of Srikakulam town, at Arsavalli, is a Sun temple, constructed in such On the outskirts of Srikakulam town, at Arsavalli, is a Sun temple, constructed in such a way that the Sun's rays fall directly at the feet of the deity twice a year. The temple where Sun is worshipped as a God dates back to 7th century and is believed to have been constructed by a Kalinga King.
The Srikurmanatha Temple at Srikurman, 13 kms east of Srikakulam, is dedicated to Kurma, the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Chalukya Kings in the 10th century but was substantially rebuilt by the Cholas in 12th and 13th centuries. The colonnade around the main shrine has 19th century murals of Krishna and Vishnu.
About 46 kms north of Srikakulam, is an ancient city which was the capital of Eastern Ganga kings before they moved to Orissa. There are some temples dating back to the same era between 9th and 13th centuries. The one well preserved is the 9th century Madhukeshvara temple with magnificent sculptures of Shiva and other Hindu Gods. At the entrance to the town is the Someshvara temple with statues of river goddesses and other deities, flanking the main doorway.
Places/Institutions available within 100 km for study tours with brief descriptions:
Borra Caves in Visakhapatnam District