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VISITING PLACES

TOURIST PLACES

Kolleru Lake


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

Kolleru Bird Sanctuary


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

Peerupalem Beach


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

Pattiseema


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

PAPI Hills


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

DEVOTIONAL PLACES

Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple


Penugonda | 15 Km from Tanuku

Rama Lingeswara Swamy Pancha Rama Temple


Palakollu | 45 Km from Tanuku

Sri Venkateswara Swamy vari Devastanam


Dwaraka Tirumala (Chinna Thirupathi) | 80 Km from Tanuku

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple


Ryali | 20 Km from Tanuku

Sri Ellaramma Temple


Mandapaka | 4 Km from Tanuku

Dananamma Temple


Duvva | 9 Km from Tanuku

Kaparthi Swamy Temple


Tanuku | Local

Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple

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The Galigopuram of Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple

Goddess Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari

Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple situated in Penugonda. Penugonda is a village in West Godavari District, of Andhra Pradesh. Penugonda is the birth place of Goddess Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari. This Penugonda Kshetra is considered as the "Kasi of Vysyas" and is a holy place for Vysyas. Every Vysya should visit this Kshetra at least once in life time.


Penugonda is treasure house of many temples and situated on the banks of Gautami River which is one of the seven sacred tributaries of Godavari River, this village have more than 100 temples. Penugonda is the place where Gods and great saints performed atonement. Among the many temples of Goddess Vasavi, Penugonda is the place where the first temple of Sri Vasavi was built where the Goddess is called as Sri Vasavi Kanayaka Parameshwari.

Main idol of Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari


With this goddess blessing yearly around 500 students successfully completing their studies from Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari & Dr. K.S.Raju Arts and Science College which is just 200meters away from this temple. If we pray this Sri Vasavi and Nagarewara swami with faith all our wishesh will come true. This temple is very old and good in architecture.

The proposed Golden temple of Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari in Penugonda


As Goddess Vasavi from Vysyas cast front the temple place Vysyas inaugurated Honarable Sri. Potti Sriramulu statue, who has done hunger strike for the Andhara Pradesh state. We can find Astalaxmi temple beside Vasavi temple. Vysyas are running Arya Vysya Samasam near the temple for Vysyas who visits this place and travels from long distances. Recently in Penugonda Vysyas did Bhumi puja (Inauguration) for Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Golden temple.


The proposed Golden temple of Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari in Penugonda:



Penugonda is 35km from Tadepalligudem, 15km from Tanuku, 15km from Palakollu, 50km from Rajahmundry.

Buses ply to Penugonda: from Narasapur, Eluru, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Hyderabad, Vizag, Rajamundhri and Nidathavol.


Nearest Railway stations: are Narsapur, Palakollu, Tanuku, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry.

The Nearest Airport: Vijiayavada (Gannavaram), 150kms from Penugonda Town.

Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple Palakollu

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Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple

Main tourist attraction of Palakol is the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple (A 15th century temple built for the Hindu God Shiva. It is one of the five Pancharamas). This place is famous for Lord Shiva (Eshwara) temple which is considered as one of the Pancharama temples. The temple here is called Sri Kshira Rama Lingeshwara swamy. The temple has a unique white shiva lingam and the temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh.


This place was earlier called as "Ksheera Puri" based on this temple. Later called as "Pala Kolanu", which all tries to convey the meaning of milk pond. This town and the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami temple are located in the area subtended by the Shiva temples at Srisailam,Draksharamam & Kaleswaram also called "Trilinga Desam" (meaning "the region bounded by three lingas") which in following centuries of existence became Telugu desam,the language spoken by the people around these locations was named as Telugu, hence it is believed by some historians that the word "Telugu" was born from this region.

The Shiva Lingam (Moola Virat)


The main attraction of Palakol is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Ksheera Rama Lingeswara which is considered as one of the Pancharama Kshetras. The height of the temple is 120fts and constructed during Chalukya period by Chalukya Bheema. The construction took place during 9th century. The lingam, which is white in colour, is believed as the tallest. There are 72 pillars made of black stone. Inside the Garbhalaya (Garbha Gruha), Gokarneshwara and Vigneshwara (Ganapati) alayas are situated at the left with Kshiralingam located at the center. To the right, Subramanya Swamy and Janardhana Swamy alayas with Nandi at the centre are situated. Gostani river flows through the town Palakollu and there is a sangam place near Narsapur with river Godavari. From here the river enters the sea at Antarvedi. Once upon a time this place was a thick forest with natural greenary.


The Shiva Lingam (Moola Virat) can be seen from all the four sides through windows in the Garbha Gruharam. Additionally, Sun God, Kashi Vishweshwara, Goddess parvathi, Goddess Lakshmi, Nagareshwara Lingam, Dundi Vigneshwara, Veera Bhadra, Sapta Matruka, Kanaka Durga, Brahma, Saraswathi, Kumara Swamy, Kartikeya, Mahishasura Mardhini, Naga sarpa, Nataraja, Dattatreya, Kala Bhairava, Nageshwara, Shaneeshwara, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be seen in the temple.


Ashtabhuja Lakshmi Narayana Swami Temple

There is a belief that the Shiva lingam is installed by Lord Vishnu. People say that, staying one day in Kshirarama is equivalent to staying one year in Varanasi. The Prakara is designed by Sri Velupathi during 10th century. The art of temple construction resembles those constructed during Chalukya period. Gopuram is constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. During 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya have been constructed. The temple timings are, 5.30am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 8.30pm. choultry facility is available for tourists to stay in the temple premesis. Excellent transportation facility available to reach Palakollu. Very good service available for trains and buses. Bhimavaram is located just 20Kms away, Narsapur is 10 Kms away from here. Very frequent buses run towards Narsapur. The temple is situated very nearer to Bus station. Palakollu is 20Kms from Bay of Bengal.


Ashtabhuja Lakshmi Narayana Swami Temple which is known for its traditions and festivities like Bhramostavam draw large number of devotees from all over the town. Dhanurmasam is celebrated in the month of December in the remembrance of love of Andaal for Lord Sri Krishna.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Devastanam – Dwaraka Tirumala (Chinna Tirupathi)

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The Holy Temple of Dwaraka Tirumala

“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to 'Eluru', the head quarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 KM away from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15KM distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.


Sthala Puranam:
This pilgrimage centre is called  "Dwaraka Tirumala" after the great saint, "Dwaraka" who located the self manifested idol of Lord "Sri Venkateswara" after severe penance in a ‘Valmikam’ (ant hill). The devotees call Sri Venkateswara as Kaliyuga Vaikunta Vasa. This place is also called “Chinna Tirupati”.


As per Sastras North Indian rivers like Ganges and Yamuna are considered to be more and more holy as they go up to the origin and south Indian rivers like Krishna and Godavary are more and more holy as they go down the river to its mouth to the Sea. It is why there are numerous shrines and holy bathing ghats, at close intervals, on both sides of the great grand rivers Krishna and Godavary in their lower regions.


The region covered by our Dwaraka Tirumala is commanding the top most conspicuous position in India, being garlanded by these two great Indian rivers Krishna and Godavary, as pointed out by Brahma Purana.


The devotees who wish to go and offer their donations, or tonsures or any other offerings to Lord Venkateswara, Lord of Tirumala Tirupati, called as “Pedda Tirupati”, due to some reason, if they are unable to go there, they can offer their donations, prayers and worship in Dwaraka Tirumala temple.


Dwaraka Tirumala is a famous temple from the ancient times. According to some Puranas, the temple is popular even in Kruta yuga and is still attracting the devotees. According to Brahma Purana, Aja Maharaja, the Grand father of Lord Sri Rama also worshiped Lord Venkateswara for his marriage. On his way to the ‘Swayamvaram’ of Indumati, he passed by the temple. He did not offer prayers in the temple. The bride Indumati garlanded him, but he had to face a battle with the kings who came to the Swayamvaram. He realized that the battle was thrust on him for ignoring the temple on the way. After realizing this, Aja Maharaja prayed to the Lord Venkateswara. Suddenly the kings stopped the battle.


It is a great wonder to see two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue. The other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper potion of the form is a self-manifested idol located by Sage "Dwaraka". The saints of the yore felt the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping His holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam.


It is believed that the prayers to the smaller statue of the Lord will lead to Moksha, and the big form stands for Dharma, Artha and Kama. The Tiru kalyanotsavam is celebrated twice a year. One for the self manifested idol in the month of  “Vaisakha” and the other for the installed idol in the month of  “Aswayuja”.


MAGNIFICIENCE OF THE SANCTUM SANCTORUM:
On entering the sanctum sanctorum, one feels a most inspiring and enchanting experience. The presiding mythological deity Lord Venkateswara is visible upto the Bust size and the lower portion is imagined to be in the earth. The holy feet are said to be offered to Bali Chakravarthi in “Patala” for his daily worship. The full size idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara standing at the back of the main idol is said to have been installed by the great social reformer Srimad Ramanuja of the 11 th century. The idols of Padmavathi and Nanchari are installed in the Arthamandapa facing east. This is a full equipped shrine to be a Divyasthala.


COMBINATION OF SIVA AND VISHNU ON ADISESHA:
The most peculiar aspect here is that the hill appearing to be a serpant in form, even to the naked eye, confirms the mythological version that Anantha, the serpant king has taken up this terrestial form of serpant hill and is carrying God Mallikarjuna on the hood and Lord Venkateswara on the tail, thus creating a happy and harmonious compromise of Vaishnavism and Saivism at a single place.


RENOVATION AND ORIGIN OF THE PRESENT STRUCTURE:
The magnificent monuments like, Vimana, Mantapa, Gopura, Prakara etc., stand to the credit of Dharma Appa Raoa recent ruler (1762 – 1827) and the golden ornaments and silver vahanas stand to the credit of the generous queen Rani Chinnamma Rao of Mylavaram, Krishna Dist. (1877 – 1902). These things immortalize the glory of the shrine.


The main temple is a masterpiece of South Indian Architecture with its five-storied main Rajagopuram facing the south and three other gopurams on the other three sides. The Vimana is in the Nagara style and old Mukhamantapa is extended to a great extent to suit the present day needs. There are several temples of Alwars attached to the Prakara on all sides. The whole spacious compound has been paved with stone and flower trees are grown in an order as if to feast the eye of the pilgrims.


Temple Tour (Holy places in the Temple):
 

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple – Ryali

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Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple

Ryali is situated in East Godavari district (Atreyapuram Mandalam) of Andhrapradesh - India. This area is also called Kona Seema, a purely well irrigated area of Andhrapradesh due to many tributories of river Godavari. The famous Sri Jagan Mohini (Sri Maha Vishnu) temple is situated here. The shrine of Sri Jagan Mohini Keshava Swamy is made up of single stone (Salagrama Ekashila - 5 feet height and 3ft width). The idol looks like Sri Vishnu (male) from front side and as Mohini (female) from rear side. The architectural beauty of the idol and temple is excellent. The flow of Akasha Ganga at the feet of Sri Maha Vishnu can be seen here.
This place was purely a wild forest during 11th century and was ruled by Cholas. Raja Vikrama Deva originally constructed a small temple during 11th century and later renovated.


How to reach
Ryali is located in East Godavari district of Andhrapradesh - India. Tourists travelling fron Northern part of India have to come to Visakhapatnam via National Highway 5 (Highway between Kolkata and Chennai) and proceed towards Tuni, Annavaram and Rajahmundry. From Rajahmundry, travel towards Dowlaiswaram Barrage and take left turn at Bobbarlenka (immediately after the barrage on river Godavari). From Bobbarlanka proceed towards Lolla and take right diversion at Merlapalem to reach Ryali. The distance between Rajahmundry and Ryali (Rali) is 25 Kms. People travelling from South and other parts of India have to reach a place called Ravulapalem on National Highway 5 (before Rajahmundry). At Ravulapalem take right turn to proceed towards Merlapalem and take left turn here to reach Ryali.



Ryali Lord Shiva Temple

Importance of Ryali

In local language (Telugu) Ryali means FALL. As per Bhagavatam, Lord Vishnu takes the guise of Mohini to rescue Devatas against Rakshasas during Samudra Mathana for getting Amrutam (holy devine nectar). During equally distributing the Amrutam among Devatas and Rakshasas, Mohini works in favour of Devatas and avoids the nectar by giving to Rakshasas. Lord Eshwara (Shiva) sees Mohini and falls in love with her. Lord Shiva comes to know that Mohini is the guise of Lord Vishnu when a flower falls from the plait of Mohini. This place where the flower has fallen is named RYALI meaning FALL in Telugu.


In Ryali Lord Shiva is worshipped as Uma Kamandaleswara because on the back side Lord Brahma Consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam. The Mahavishnu is consecrated as Mohini at the back side and hence worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Keshava Swamy. The temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu face each other in East and West direction, a rare feature to see at Ryali. The shrine of Sri Jaganmohini is a joy to see. The ten incornations of Lord Sri Vishnu and consorts are beautifully sculptured around the shrine.


The temple timings are from 6.00am to 12.00noon and from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. No photography allowed inside the temple. Better plan to have food and stay at Ravulapalem as Ryali is a small village. People can include other places like Vadapalli (Lord Venkateswara temple), Pancharama temples (4 in this area, Samalkot, Draksharama, Palakollu, Bheemavaram) in their trip plan for visiting as these are all nearby. There is no standard package to visit Ryali from any of the travel agents. The nearest Railway station is Rajahmundry and nearest airport is Visakhapatnam. Plan for hiring a private vehicle to visit places in Konaseema.


Sri Ellaramma Temple

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Dananamma Temple

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Kaparthi Swamy Temple

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Kolleru Lake

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Kolleru Lake

Kolleru Lake is the largest freshwater lake. Between Krishna and Godavari delta Kolleru is located. Spanning into two districts - Krishna and West Godavari Kolleru is the good sightseeing. The lake serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for these two rivers. The lake is fed directly by water from the seasonal Budameru and Tammileru lakes, and is connected to the Krishna and Godavari systems by over 68 inflowing drains and channels.


The lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican. The lake was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 km².


Rich in flora and fauna, it attracts migratory birds from northern Asia and Eastern Europe between the months of October and March. During this season, the lake is visited by an estimated 20,00,000 birds. The resident birds include grey pelicans, Asian Open-billed Storks (Anastomus oscitans), Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala), Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers. The migratory birds include Red-Crested Pochards, Blackwinged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants, Garganys, Herons, Flamingos & among others.


Kolleru lake contains numerous fertile islets called lanka's,many of the small ones are submerged during floods. The origine of unusual depression which forms the bed of the lake is unknown, but it was possibly the results of an earthquake. There fore many ancient villages are precepted in the bed of the lake as a result of floods and earthquake.


View of Kolleru Lake

History Two copper plates of the early Pallava dynasty have been found in the lake, traces its history to Langula Narasimha Deva(Langulya Gajapathi Raju) an Ganga Vanshi Orissa king, (Oddi/Oriya raju) . According to legend, the Gajapathi fort was located at Kolleti Kota on one of the eastern islands of the lake. The enemy general "muhammadan" encamped at "Chiguru kota" located on the shores. In some ways, the lake protected the Oriya forces. The enemy finally try to excavated a channel, the modern-day Upputeru, so that the water of the lake would empty into the sea and the level would fall so that they could attack the Gajapathi fort. The royal Oriya army general sacrificed his own daughter to propitiate Gods and ensure his success against muhammadan and her name was "Perantala Kanama". Therefore the channel was called Perantala Kanama.Sri Peddinti Ammavari Temple is one of the oldest and famous temples found in kolleru.The Gajapatis were a medieval Hindu Surya Vanshi dynasty of Orissa, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. During the glorious reign of Kapilendra deva, the first Suryavamsi Gajapati king,the boundary of the Kalinga empire(Ancient Orissa) was from river Ganga(Hoogly river) in North to Kaveri in South and from Amarkantak in West to Bay of Bengal(Kalinga Sagara) in east.


The temple timings are from 6.00am to 12.00noon and from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. No photography allowed inside the temple. Better plan to have food and stay at Ravulapalem as Ryali is a small village. People can include other places like Vadapalli (Lord Venkateswara temple), Pancharama temples (4 in this area, Samalkot, Draksharama, Palakollu, Bheemavaram) in their trip plan for visiting as these are all nearby. There is no standard package to visit Ryali from any of the travel agents. The nearest Railway station is Rajahmundry and nearest airport is Visakhapatnam. Plan for hiring a private vehicle to visit places in Konaseema.


Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

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Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

Kolleru Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in India with a variety of wildlife that resides inside and around it. Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is located near the Kolleru Fresh Water Lake located at the deltaic region of the Krishna and the Godavari district. Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary got its name from the Kolleru lake of Andhra Pradesh, which is very popular throughout India as it is the largest fresh water lakes. The Kolleru lake is connected to the Krishna and Godavari river systems by 30 inflowing drains and channels. The area in the vicinity of the Kolleru Fresh Water Lake is considered suitable habitats for birds and hence the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is situated there. Ornithologists who are looking for a dynamic ecosystem with a complex association of both floral and faunal species may find the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary as the right place to visit.


The Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is rich in a diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a natural home for a number of birds. A large number of migratory birds flock to this region during the winter season.


Kolleru Lake Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh is a haven for these birds looking for a proper shelter. The Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is located just 65 kilometers away from Vijaywada. Nature lovers find an apt place for themselves at Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary. Migratory Birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and Philippines assemble near the Kolleru Lake in search of a suitable place for their survival. This bird sanctuary is also known by the name Colair Lake in Andhra Pradesh. The Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary occupies an area of 673 sq kilometers and is situated between the deltas of the Krishna and Godavari rivers, in Krishna and West Godavari districts. Its rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna makes the sanctuary a natural home for a number of birds and hence plays an important role in the ecological system.


View of Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

Varieties of birds like Widgeons, Gadwalls, Cormorants and Avocets are the common variety of birds there. Different types of water fowls are also found in the Kolleru Lake. The water tank known as Muthyraju Tank is located near the same region. The best season to visit here is between Novembers to March. The ecosystem of the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary supports habitat for over 50,000 resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican. Numerous birds species such as Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Blackwinged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants Widgeons are considered common in the sanctuary.


The Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary also harbors different types of water fowls. Laden rich in floral and faunal biodiversities, migratory birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and the Philippines come to the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary in search of a suitable place for their survival. Climate : The climate of the region is characterized by dry, hot, and humid weather. Maximum temperature shoots up to 45 degree celsius in summer and the minimum temperature dips down to 14 degree celsius in winter during the period between December and January. Best time to visit : The period between November to March is considered the best time to observe these itinerant birds in the sanctuary. Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is 60 km away from Vijayawada, 15-km from Eluru, 1.5-km from Kaikaluru town


Peerupalem Beach

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Peerupalem Beach

The beach is famous for its scenic beauty and the coastline that offers a pleasurable retreat to its visitors. The drive to Perupalem and state highway is very scenic with beautiful vast spread, green paddy fields separated with lines of coconut trees. The town of Narasapur is well known for its historic background and the old buildings of the British era that still lay erected in the town. The town is a part of the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The town has other tourist attractions like the temple dedicated to Sri Adikesava Embarmannar Swamy and the Lakshmi Narayana Temple at Antarvadi situated at a distance of 3 kilometers from the town which are famous pilgrim sites for the followers of Vaishnavism. The town specializes in lace weaving and has an industry that exports its crafts to foreign countries as well. The Perupalem Beach is however the crowning glory of the town. The Perupalem Beach possesses a natural bay. The waters of the beach are shallow and safe for the tourists who approach the beach to wade through it. The beach is easily accessible from the town of Narasapur through the state highway. The 20 kilometers ride to Perupalem Beach offers the visitor a view of the paddy fields and the lined coconut trees that part the fields on both sides of the road. The Baptist Church near the beach is also a tourist attraction. The Perupalem Beach opens itself to the clear blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. The natural beauty of the beach creates an idyllic charm that lures tourist to it. The Perupalem Beach is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from the town of Narasapur situated in the West Godavari district of the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Pattiseema

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PAPI Hills

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