Simhachalam Hill Range
Simhachalam Hills
Highest point
Elevation377 m (1,237 ft)
Coordinates17°45′39″N 83°15′59″E / 17.760932°N 83.266455°E / 17.760932; 83.266455
Native nameSimhachalam Kondalu (Telugu)
Parent rangeEastern Ghats

The Simhachala Hill Range, with the anglicised name Simhachalam Hills, are a towering mountain range (377 m) in the city of Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh state, southern India. It is one of the hill ranges in Andhra Pradesh and in the Eastern Ghats.[1]


The Simhachalam Hills form part of the eastern ranges of the Eastern Ghats system. These hills cover an area of 32 km.[2]


The Simhachalm Hill Range has a lot of rich history. The famous Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple is located here. The Chalukya period Radha Madhava Swamy temple and some old Buddhist monuments are also found here.[3]


The hills house many temples including the Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple and other smaller ones; every year a festival is held called the Giri Pradakshina, where Hindu devotees walk 35km around the hill.[4]


The neighborhoods of Visakhapatnam city situated near the hill range are Adavivaram, Akkayyapalem, Balayya Sastri Layout, Gopalapatnam, Hanumanthavaka, Kailasapuram, Madhavadhara, Narasimha Nagar, Prahaladapuram, and Seethammadhara.

Flora and fauna

Simhachalam Hills protected Visakhapatnam city environmental hazards[clarification needed] and Andhra University has found 74 varieties of flora and 200 species.[5]


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  4. ^ News, City (8 July 2017). "Devotional". Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2020. ((cite web)): |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ Bhattacharya, Sumith (16 May 2014). "Flora". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 May 2014.