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 major town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Tuni is well known for the export of mangoes. Nearly 250 varieties of mangoes are grown here. Also famous for betel leaves cultivation, cashew nuts and jute bags, Tuni is located close to Kummari Lova, a village that is known the ‘Panchasheela Buddhist Centre’ as five Buddhist ‘stupas’ were found here during recent archaeological excavations. The famous and one of the oldest sugar factories in the state, Tandava sugars is located in Tuni.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Tuni that offer affordable accommodation. Places like Geeta Lodge, Amrutha Lodge, Vijaya Lodge and Ravi Teja Lodge located within a 1km of the bus stand offer rooms form Rs.500 onwards.
All the annual religious festivals and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here.
Places to visit
Lord Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram (18kms), Sri Talupulamma Lova (4kms) and Pentakota lighthouse (11.5kms) are places to visit in the neighbouring towns.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam (100kms).
Tuni has its own railway station.
Tuni bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are many bus operators Kesineni Travels, Sree Kaleswari Travels, Navin Travels, Reddy Express, Sree Kaleswari Travels and Meghana Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.