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.
Madduru is a village in the Krishna district, in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of 56 km from the district headquarters at Machilipatnam. The local economy is largely dependent on fishing, cloth dyeing and painting.
Places to Stay
There are some good, budget-friendly options in Machilipatnam. Some of them are Apsara Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Eswar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Ganpathi Vilas (Tariff – Rs. 1000.)
The official language of Madduru is Telugu. Hindi is also spoken in this area.
The Makara Sankrathi is celebrated in January with much enthusiasm. The Agastheeswara temple also has an annual festival to honour the local deities.
Places of Interest
Machilipatnam has many beautiful attractions. Some of them are the Machilipatnam Fort and the old lighthouse, the Dattashram Shiva temple and the Datta Temple are also popular in this area.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Madduru is the Vijayawada airport. It is located 17 km away.
The Vijayawada Junction is the nearest major station that connects Madduru to most major cities in the region. It is located 20 km away from the village.
Private operators like Ramnath Travels, Amaleswari Travels and Vamuri Travels are some of the reliable private bus operators that operate from Machilipatnam (which is nearby). Volvo bus booking through online bus ticket booking website like Ticketgoose.com is the most preferred choice of travellers.