Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is an important tourist spot of Vizag. The place got its name from the Telugu derivation of “Thotti” which in Telugu means well and Konda is for mountains.
There are about 12 wells on this mountain which were used by the Buddhist monks to store drinking water. ThotlaKonda was well within the influence of ancient Kalinga region which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhist culture to various south Asian countries.
Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex came into light during an aerial survey by Indian Navy for setting up a Navel base. The major excavations were conducted during 1983-93 which established the existence of Hinayana Buddhist complex which flourished about 2000 years ago. It is believed that this center witnessed peak activity between the 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD.
This center was developed along with Bavikonda and PavurallaKonda.
This complex could accommodate about 100 monks and has arrangements for storing food, clothing, medicines and served as religious and academic center.
The excavations yielded lead coins from Satavahana period, Roman Silver coins, terracotta titles stucco decorative pieces, sculptured panels miniature stupa models in stone. The excavation also yielded 12 Brahmi label inscriptions.
Thotlakonda Buddhist complex is located at about 15 kms from Vizag city along the beach road on the way to Bheemili. The site is on a small hill 128 meters high.
Places around Thotlakonda