One of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra Pradesh, Simhachalam temple is situated among thickly wooded hills. The beautifully carved 16 pillared Natya Mantapa and the 96 pillared Kalyana Manatapa bear testimony to the architectural brilliance dating back to the 1st century AD. The idol of Shri Lakshmi Narasihma Swamy, the presiding deity of the temple, is covered in a thick layer of sandalwood paste for the most part of the year. (for more details please visit