Situated on the banks of the river Gautami, a tributary of the river Godavari, is the town of Penugonda in Andhra Pradesh. A mandal headquarter, Penugonda is classified under the West Godavari Anantpur district. With more than 100 temples, it wouldn't be wrong to call Penugonda a pilgrimage town. In fact, it is considered highly sacred by the Arya Vysyas community since the town happens to be the birth place of Goddess Sri Vasavi Kannika Parameshwari. A visit to his temple here is considered auspicious by every Vysya.
Places to Stay
Penugonda has limited options as far as accommodation is concerned. One can find good hotels in nearby Tanuku. Some of the good hotels here are Hotel Ratnam (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Savera (Tariff – Rs.500), Hotel Sriram (Tariff – Rs.500), and Hotel Sridevi (Tariff – Rs.500).
The official language of Penugonda is Telugu. English and Hindi are also widely spoken here.
Vasavi Jayanthi is celebrated with great fervour here during the month of May.
Places of Interest
Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple, Sri Nagareshwara Swamy Temple, and Konaseema (16 km) are few noteworthy attractions here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Penugonda is in Vijayawada (130 km).
Penugonda doesn't have a railway station of its own. Velpuru railway station (14 km) is the nearest railway station to Penugonda.
Penugonda has a bus stand of its own. Other than the APSRTC buses, private operators such as Diwakar Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels also ply their services on this route to major cities like Hyderabad, and Vijaywada among others. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.