The three major schools of Buddhism (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana) flourished here.
Pavurallakonda ("pigeon hill") is a hillock west of Bhimli, about 24 km (15 mi) from Visakhapatnam.
Among other Buddhist attractions are a relic casket, three chaitya halls, votive platforms, stupas and Vajrayana sculptures.
Bavikonda is an important Buddhist heritage site located on a hill about 15 km, northeast from Visakhapatnam city. Bavikonda has remains of an entire Buddhist complex, comprising 26 structures belonging to three phases.
Fitting its name, Bavikonda is a hill with wells for the collection of rainwater.
It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) from Visakhapatnam and is a significant Buddhist site.