A village situated on the banks of the Pampa River in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram has recently become a much revered place of pilgrimage. The people of this village believe that the land belongs to the two presiding deities, Lord Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple and Goddess Anantalaxmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. The shrine, which is situated on top of the Ratnagiri hills, is considered as second in auspicious after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. National Highway NH 5 passes through Annavaram.
Places to Stay
Abhay Hotels & Resorts, (Tariff-Rs. 1300), Hotel Sneha Residency and Ratnagiri Resorts in Annavaram offer affordable accommodation.
The temple has festivals throughout the year. Kalyanam (May), Devi Navratri (September), the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam are some of the most popular events.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple, which is in the heart of the village, tourists can also visit the Pampa reservoir at Annavaram (2kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry (80kms).
Annavaram has its own Railway Station.
Annavaram Bus Stand in the village runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SVR Tours & Travels, SRS Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.
Situated in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Sullurupeta, is about 95 km away from its district headquarters. The city is located at a distance of 516 km from state capital Hyderabad. India’s first satellite centre “Sriharikota” is located at a distance of 20 km from here.
Places to Stay
There are many budget and mid-tier priced hotel accommodation here. Some of them are Athidhi Grand Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Hotel Maansi (Tariff- Rs. 850), Komala Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 400), and Simhapuri Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 350).
The official language of Sullurupeta is Telugu and Tamil. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, and Urdu.
Flamingo festival is the core event in Sullurupeta held in January every year. Other local festivals include Ugadi and Venadu Darga.
Places of Interest
Some of the places nearby are Srikalahasti (39 km) includes Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple of 12th century, Talakona Waterfalls, and Gudimallam Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sullurupeta is the Tirupati Airport (58 km).
Sullurupeta and Akkampet railway stations are the closest to Sullurupeta.
Sullurupeta is well connected to Hyderabad with three private bus service operators offering Volvo AC semi and sleeper buses at average ticket price of Rs 890 per passenger. APSRTC also has frequent non-AC buses from Nellore and Hyderabad. Three daily private buses from Vishakhapatnam operated by Sree Kaleswari Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.