Historically, the Buddhist sites date back to as early as the second century BC to the seventh century AD. These
places are surefire stimulants for those with an inkling towards history. Bavikonda situated about 20 kms.
north east of Visakhapatnam, has stupas, chaityas and congregation halls. The Thotlakonda Budhist Complex (also
known as "The Hill of Eagles"), on the Vizag-Bheemli beach, is the most famous. The complex, located at 16
kms. from Visakhapatnam, has a number of stupas, chaityas, viharas, a congregation hall and other enchanting
constructions. Sankaram village has an array of Buddhist structures both stone and brick. This site can be termed
as an archaeologist's delight. Situated on the two hill rocks, the huge stupas and shrines with large images of
Buddha built between the 3rd century to the 7th century A.D. indicate a flourishing Buddhist culture in the region. It is
about 41 kms. from Visakhapatnam. Other areas of interest around the city include Pavurallakonda, Gopalapatnam and Lingarajupalem.