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.
Singarayakonda is a small Indian town located in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. This town lies at a height of 49 above sea-level. It is on National Highway 5. Singarayakonda is well-connected with Chennai and Vijayawada by a railway line and is the most important contributor in terms of revenue to the South Central Railway in this district. Singarayakonda also serves as one of the main centres for transportation for nearby villages.
Places to Stay
There are budget hotels as well as luxury hotels in Singarayakonda. A few of them include Hotel MGM Grand (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Marg Krishnayya (Tariff – Rs. 3000) and the Gateway Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 3000).
The official language spoken in Singarayakonda is Telugu. The other languages spoken in the area include Tamil, Kannada and English.
Singarakonda Tirunalla is a local festival which is celebrated annually in March. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people from nearby towns participate in it as well.
Places of Interest
There are many places in Singarayakonda that tourists can visit. These include, the Lord Vraha Narsimha temple, the Yoga Narsimha temple, the Prasannajaneya temple and the Aiyappa Swami Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Singarayakonda is the Cuddapah airport which is about 158 km away from the town.
Singarayakonda has its own railway station and the town is well-connected to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Bangalore and other major cities of India via rail.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupati from Singarayakonda. A few bus operators that provide excellent services include Kaveri Kamakshi Travels and VV Vinayaka Travels. Travelling by bus has become easier these days as you can easily book a bus ticket online.