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.
Tanaku is an agricultural town situated in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is located at a distance 59 km from the nearest city of Rajahmundry. The presence of a number of temples and mosques situated here has made this place a famous religious centre that draws many devotees from far and near.
Places to Stay
One can find a good number of budget-friendly hotels for lodging purposes in the nearest accessible city of Rajahmundry. Some of them worth to try are Hotel Jagadeeshwari (Tariff – Rs. 570), Hotel Surya (Tariff – Rs. 664), Hotel Ratna Palace (Tariff – Rs. 713), Akansha Inn (Tariff – Rs. 759), Hotel Ashraya Residency (Tariff – Rs.876) and others.
Telegu is the official language of the region.
The important events celebrated in the region are Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Dussehra in October and many more.
Places of Interest
The nearest tourist destination is Rajahmundry. Some of the important places of tourist interest are the picturesque landscape of Papi Hills, the floriculture and horticulture site of Kadiyapulanka, the Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum, the Markandeya Temple, the magnificient Dowleswaram Barrage.
How to Get There
Rajahumundry Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 75 km from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Rajahumundry Railway Station at a distance of 42 km.
Andhra State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is the major bus transport service that operates between the places. Private bus operators such as Kesineni Travels and others also provide bus services across many destinations. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.