Pithapuram is a town in Andhra Pradesh famous for its Hindu temples. It is visited by a large number of tourists and devotees regularly. It is believed to be one of the oldest pilgrim sites of the country. Pithapuram holds a very sacred place in Hindu culture. It is one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the twelve pilgrim centers of Hindus.
The Ancient temple of Kukkuteshwara Swamy dedicated to lord Shiva is the main attraction of Pithapuram. The festivals of Maha shivratri, Kaartika Masam and Sarannavarathi are celebrated in this temple with great preparations. Thousands of tourists and devotees visit this temple during these festivals to worship lord Shiva and seek his blessings. The temple complex also has a Sarovar which is called Pada gaya. This place also has mythological importance and devotees offer prayers to their ancestors after taking bath in this Sarovar.
Sripada Sri Vallabha, the first incarnation of Dattaatreya has a great influence on the people of Pitapuram. They consider him their divine guru. It is believed that even today he seeks bhiksha in Pithapuram in various forms. Sripada Sri Vallabha Samsthanam is a very sacred and popular place in Pithapuram. Other temples of the region which are of tourist interest are Kunti Madhava Swami temple, Nukalamma temple, kothi gudi, Vinayak gudi, Sri baba Gudi, Ramakovela and Gali gangalamma temple. The ambience of the town in itself is very serene and soothing and one can feel the faith of people in god here.