Sri Nookambika Ammavari Temple located in Gavarapalem in Anakapally is a famous temple in Vizag. The presiding deity in this famous temple is Goddess Nookambika, a village deity who is said to protect the people of the village. The imposing idol of the deity casts a spell on devotees, who strongly believe that She is always there to protect them.
Sri Sri Nookambika Ammavari Temple was built by one Appalaraju around 1450 AD. Appalaraju defeated the local rulers and captured their kingdoms and gifted them to the Nawab of Arcot. The Nawab in return gifted Appalaraju, the Sabbavaram region, which he ruled making Anakapalle as its headquarters. He constructed a fort and on its south he built a temple for his family deity known as Kakatambika. After Appalaraju died, the rulers of Vizianagaram took over the kingdom and the fort. They renamed the goddess as Nookambika. Goddess Nookambika soon came to be known as Nookalamma in local parlance.