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 as Jammu -Tawi, Jammu happens to be the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is famous for its temples and Hindu shrines which makes it a respected pilgrimage center. Gardens, parks, museums, forts, caves, lakes, food specialties, festivals and natural landscape make Jammu the favored city for adventure tourism. Jammu also has many educational institutes and a dedicated University.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Jammu. Some of them are Plaza Hotel (Tariff – upto Rs. 800), Gulmohar Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 600 onwards), Sangam Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 600 onwards), and City View Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 600 onwards).
The official language of Jammu is Dogri. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important event of Jammu is Bahu Mela held twice a year in March/April and September/October.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Jammu. Some of the places include Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary (4 km), Amar Mahal Palace (4 km), Bahu Fort (5 km), Mubarak Mandi Palace (11 km), Purmandal (35 km), and the Vaishno Devi shrine (48 km).
How to Get There
Jammu Airport is just 10 km away from the city.
Jammu Tawi railway station sits in the city itself and provides good rail connectivity to various Indian cities.
There are bus services to Jammu from Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Ambala and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Moon Light Travels, Zimindara Travel, Jamna Travels. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.