Thotlakonda lies about 1.5 kms. from Visakhapatnam on the way to Bheemunipatnam. Located 128 mts. above sea level, this Buddhist site came to light during an aerial survey undertaken by the Indian Navy for locating a suitable place to set up a naval base on the North-Eastern sea coast. The habitation area over the hill covers 350 X 250 mts., and is dotted with a number of mounds presumably indicating the existence of stupas, votive stupas, viharas, chaityagrihas, pillared halls etc. A similarity found between Bavikonda and Thotlakonda is the provision made for collecting rain water to cater to the needs of the community.


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