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.
Known to be the commercial city of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is surrounded by two rivers t Krishna river on the east and west and the Budameru River on the north. The city which means victory is known to have the largest junction of South India. The place is important state since it is situated on stretch of the Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Delhi rail routes. It is also has a highway 5 and 9 connecting the city. One of the most popular temples in Vijayawada is the Kanaka Durga temple. It is located on the Indrakeeladri hill that overlooks the river Krishna.
Budget Hotels in Vijayawada
There are good budget hotels in Vijayawada,Some of them are Hotel Sai Siddartha (Tariff – Rs.550), Quality Hotel D V Manor (Tariff – Rs.990) and Lotus Green Park (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Vijayawada is Telugu. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Vijayawada
Deccan festival is one of the famous festivals in Vijayawada. It is celebrated for five days in the month of February.
Places to See in Vijayawada
There are several places of tourist attraction in Vijayawada. Some of the places include Kondapalli Fort, Vijayawada, Vijayawada (8kms from Vijayawada), Mogalarajapuram Caves (5 kms from Vijayawada), Undavalli Caves (7kms from Vijayawada) and Victoria Museum (20 kms from airport).
How to Get There
Vijayawada Airport is located about 20 kms away from the heart of city.
Vijaywada railway junction is the most important railway station of Southern railway network.
Vijayawada bus terminus is the biggest in Asia. It stands next Chennai . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sidhi Vinayak Tours N Travels, Barathi Travels amd Abi Tours & Travel. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.