Papi Hills is a scenic gorge located on a section of the Godavari river in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is a hill range in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Papi Hills are distributed among Khammam & East Godavari and West Godavari districts.
The original name for this hill range was 'Papidi Hills'. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. Since this range looks like a well designed partition that splits river Godavari, this name was coined. There is also another idea that the range looks like a partition of a typical Indian Woman's hair line. In due course, it settled for 'Papi Hills. Papi hills are one of the most visited tourist attraction in Andhra Pradesh.
There is also a night stay facility in Kollur village which is in the mid of hills completely covered by forests. The scenary, including the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal area make this area a tourist attraction. The idol of Shiva under serpent shade was installed in Munivaatam of Khammam district. The village Perantala palli is in this area.
Polavarm Project which is planned to be constructed across Godavari river on is considered to be a threat to Papi Hills. It would displace 276 villages of which many are tirbal villages situated in Papi Hills. Teak, Arjun and Rose Wood are most commercial forest timber products. Very rare medicinal plants do also exist in Papi Hills. Papi Hills has wide varieties of natural vegetation and wildlife, that spreads across the three districts of Andhra pradesh. Papi hills lies in Eastern Ghats . Papi Hills wild life sanctuary is shelter for animals including tigers, panthers, antelopes, hyenas, jackals, spotted deers and many types of birds.
Lying on the banks of the River Godavari, this mountain range Papi hills is one of the most scenic spots around in this part of the state.