Simhachalam or the 'Lion's Hill', 16
kms. from Visakhapatnam, located at an altitude of 800 feet on the Kailsa
hills, is a must see pilgrim centre. It is known for the 11th century
temple dedicated to Varah Narasimha - the lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The deity is always covered with sandalwood paste, giving it the
appearance of a sandal wood Shiva Linga. During the Chandana Yatra
Festival celebrated over here in March - April, the real shape of the
deity can be seen. The temple is amongst the important shrines of Lord
Vishnu in the country. The shrine is a marvel of architecture, and has
inscriptions (about 525 in all) dating back to 1098 A.D. on its walls
and exquisite sculptures as well.