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.
Durgapur is a ‘steel’ city in West Bengal. Founded by former chief minister of West Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, it is a well planned industrial township with several large industrial units such as the famous Durgapur Steel Plant. Durgapur has also been the hub of power plants, engineering and technical education. A high speed rail track connecting Kolkata to Delhi passes through Durgapur. The place is known for its cultural lifestyle, media, art and literature.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Durgapur. Some of them are Sankar Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), New Hotel Samrat (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards), Ananya Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards), Reliance Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Durgapur is Bengali. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important event of Durgapur is Durga Puja held in September.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Durgapur. Some of the places include Kumaramangalam Park (6.8 km), Benachity (7 km), Deul Park (25 km), Jaydev Kenduli (30 km), Rahreswar Shib Mandir (42 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum which is approximately 169 km away.
The nearest Railway Station is at Durgapur which is about 9 km away.
There are bus services to Durgapur from Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Prithvi Travels, Jai Dada Travels. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.