Kalahasthi, originally known as Srikalahasthi, is considered a holy town, situated in Chittor district near Tirupathi, in Andhra Pradesh. The river Swarnamukhi flows through the town. The name of the town is derived from three different animals - ‘Sri’ meaning spider, ‘Kala’ meaning snake and ‘Hasthi’ meaning elephant. Legend has it that these animals worshipped Lord Shiva and found salvation here. The Srikalahasthi temple is the only Hindu temple in the world, which opens its during the Solar and Lunar eclipse. The famous textile painting pattern, Kalamkari, also originated here.
Places to Stay
The most popular hotels here are Hotel MGM Grand (Tariff- Rs. 2394), Hotel Jayaam (Tariff - Rs. 675), Hotel KSR Grand (Tariff - Rs. 1228) and Hotel Sri Sai Teja Residency (Tariff - Rs. 921).
The officially approved language of Kalahasthi is Telugu.
Festivals like Pongal (January), Ugadi, the Telugu New Year (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August – September) are celebrated with overwhelming sentiments.
Places of Interest
There are several temples near the Srikalahasthi temple. Sri Durga Temple, Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Sri Varadaraja Swamy Temple (0.5 km from the prime temple) and Sri Dharmaraju Temple (2 km from the main temple) are considered the places of interest in Kalahasthi. The Temple of Lord Venkateshwara, the famous hill temple in Tirupathi is also a short distance away.
How to Get There
Tirupathi Airport is just 20 km away from Kalahasthi.
The trains of Vijaywada-Tirupathi section halt in Kalahasthi.
APSRTC has comfortable bus services at a regular frequency from the central bus station in Tirupathi. Shuttle buses and taxis are also available. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.