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.
Also called Rajamahendravaram, the city of Rajahmundry is located on the banks of the river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. Its average literacy rate is 84.28% according to the 2011 census. It is a major pilgrimage site for the Hindu community and has many temples. It also hosts auspicious congregations every 12 years where millions of people gather to offer prayers. Pen-making shops here offer vintage fountain pens. Numerous shopping and jewellery malls, hotels, restaurants, educational institutions and art galleries are found here. The place is well connected by rail, road and air.
Budget Hotels in Rajahmundry
There are good budget hotels in Rajahmundry. Some of them are Challa Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Surya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Akshay Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Sangam Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Rajahmundry is Telugu. The other language spoken here is English.
Events in Rajahmundry
The important festive occasions celebrated in Rajahmundry are Ganesha Utsav and Hanuman Jayanti.
Places to See in Rajahmundry
There are several tourist attractions in Rajahmundry. Some of the places include the Godavari Arch Bridge (6.3 km), Alcot Gardens (6.4 km), Kadiyapulanka (8 km) and Sir Arthur Cotton Museum (8.5 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to the town is Rajahmundry Airport which is approximately 18 km away.
Rajahmundry railway station is well connected to most parts of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
There are bus services to Rajahmundry from Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kaveri Kamakshi Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sree Kaleswari Travels Hyderabad. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.