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.
A holy town near Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, Sri Kalahasthi lies on the banks of Swarnamukhi river. This is a picturesque town surrounded by hillocks and is known for its temple. According to mythology, lord Shiva masqueraded as vayu (air) and watched the spider (Sri), cobra (Kala) and the elephant (Hasti) worship him wholeheartedly in this place. Therefore, he granted them salvation and thus, this town came to be known as Sri Kalahasthi.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels for pilgrims and tourists coming to Sri Kalahasthi. Some of them include Hotel Jayaam (Tariff –Rs. 750), Hotel KSR Grand (Tariff –Rs. 843) and Ramas Residency (Tariff –Rs. 900).
Telugu is the local language of Sri Kalahasthi.
Mahashivaratri celebrated in February-March is one of the major events held in Sri Kalahasthi. The car procession during the festival attracts a huge number of devotees to the town.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Sri Kalahasthi Temple in the town, the other places nearby worth visiting are Thottambedu (6 km), Tirupati (35 km) and Venkatgiri (38 km).
How to Get There
Tirupati Airport, which is 26.4 km away, is the nearest from this town.
The major railway station connecting this town to other places is the Tirupati Railway Station (37 km).
Buses are available from Tirupati, Chennai and Gudur. State-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route. Browse through several bus booking portals and avail of cheapest bus tickets.