Bavikonda, 20 km from Visakhapatnam
, is one of the most sacred and ancient Buddhist
centers in Asia. An excavated site, Bavikonda revealed the remains of religious structures, stupas
, chaityagrihas, the congregation hall, platform, viharas
and kitchen-cum-store complexes. Other relics include Roman coins, Satavahana
coins and the pottery dating back to the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century.