"Eluru is a city and district headquarters of West Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the 16 municipal corporations in the state, and the mandal headquarters of Eluru mandal in Eluru revenue division. As of 2011 Census of India, the city had a population of 283,648.The city is well known for its wool-pile carpets and hand woven products.
History of Eluru dates back to 2nd century and has great prominence in the history of Andhra. Vengi near Eluru was capital of Andhra from 2nd century to 12th century, ruled by Salankayanas, Vishnukudinas, and Eastern Chalukyas. Vengi was the capital city of Andhradesa for many years than any other city in Andhra Pradesh. Eluru was part of the Buddhist kingdom of Vengi."
Eluru Ashram, also known as the Nam Datta Natha Kshetra, is associated with the Datta Peetham. There is a small temple in the ashram which has idols of Lord Dattatreya and Anagha Devi. The ashram also has idols of Lord Ganesha, Navagrahas and Lord Hanuman. There is a spacious prayer hall and a Guru Nilayam inside the ashram.
Dwaraka Tirumala, also known as the Chinna Tirupathi, is situated near Eluru. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara Swamy and is located on Seshadri Hill. The self-manifested idol of Sri Venkateswara Swamy was unearthed by a saint named Dwaraka and hence, the temple is called the Dwaraka Tirumala.
Kolleru lake is a largest fresh water lake, located at a distance of about 15 km from the city. The lake is known for attracting migratory birds from Northern Europe and Northern Asia.
The ‘Holy Land’ of Israel has been replicated on the premises of Fr. Silvio Pasquali Memorial Convent at Duggirala on the city outskirts.The life history of Jesus has been replicated in civic structures and statues at Holy Land. Holy Land at Eluru is second one in India where as first one is located at Kerala.
The ‘rajagopuram' of Sri Chennakesava Ramalingeswara Swamy temple at Sanivarapupeta on the city outskirts, reportedly built during the period of Eastern Chalukyas some 1,000 years ago. This five-storied structure with a height of 77 feet depicts 3000 structures of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavatham.
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivalinga here has been made with shells. This place becomes crowded on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.