Dwarakatirumala (also known as Dwaraka Tirumala)is a village that is 40 km away from the western Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. It is about 42 km away from Eluru. Dwarakatirumala is a holy pilgrimage center in south India and is famous for the Lord Venkateswara temple. There are many shrines and holy bathing ghats situated on both sides of the Godavari and Krishna rivers. The main temple stands out as a masterpiece in south Indian architecture. It is well-connected to the rest of India by road and rail.
Places to Stay
As it is a small city, Dwarakatirumala does not have many hotels but there are several local homestays that are available. There are few budget hotels such as Haritha Hotel Dwaraka Tirumala, Hotel Tirupati (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards) and Hotel PLR Grand (Tariff – Rs. 1337) that are available near Dwarakatirumala.
The official language of Dwarakatirumala is Telugu. Urdu is also spoken in this region.
Some of the festivals that are celebrated in Dwarakatirumala are Giripradakshina (January), Pavithrotsavams (September), Swamy Vari Vysakha Kalyanam (April-May) and Teppotsavam (November.)
Places of Interest
Most of the popular tourist attractions around Dwarakatirumala are temples and many of them are situated within a 35 km radius of it. These include the Sri Konda Malleswara Swamy temple, the Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamyvarla temple and the Sri Kunkullamma (Renuka Devi) Vari Temple.
How to Get There
The Rajahmundry airport (87 km away) is the airport nearest to Dwarakatirumala.
Dwarakatirumala is 17 km away from the Bhimadole railway station which is the main railway line between Vizag and Vijaywada.
Dwarakatirumala is connected via road to cities such as Hyderabad. Some of the bus operators that run their buses on these routes are SVR Tours & Travels and Sai Krishna Travels. You can resort to online bus ticket reservation through TicketGoose.com to get to more than 4,000 destinations across India.
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is famous for its rich history and tradition. Its culture and historical tradition dates back to 400 years Known as the Pearl City that retains its ancient culture, today Hyderabad has grown in leaps and bounds in the field of technology. Hyderabad offers a variety of attractions for tourists, such as the minars, khao galis and bangle markets. The city has various influences of the Nizam culture.
Budget Hotels in Hyderabad
There are great many hotels in Hyderabad that are suitable for budget travelers which include the Ashoka Klaasic (Tariff – Rs 1,025) Taj Mahal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 2,016) and The City Park (Tariff – Rs.1,844)
Telugu is the local language spoken in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has a large population of Muslims since the region was earlier ruled by Moguls and Nizams, hence people here are also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Events in Hyderabad
Batkamma Panduga held in July and Bonalu in September are some of the important local festivals of Hyderabad. Other common festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Ramzan (July) and Bakri-id (October) are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city.
Places to See in Hyderabad
There is a gamut of interesting places to visit in Hyderabad like Charminar (16kms from bus stand), Nizam's Museum ( 2kms from Charminar), Golconda Fort (18 kms), Salar Jung Museum (19kms), Laad Bazaar 13 kms), Birla Mandir (4.63) and Hussein Sagar Lake (4kms).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is an international airport near Shamshabad. It is located about 22 kms away from the city. This international airport also undertakes domestic operations.
Hyderabad’s Deccan Railway Station situated at Nampally is the busiest railway station that has connecting trains to all major destinations in India. This major railway station serve the two cities – Secunderabad and Hyderabad; while Kachiguda is a small station located at Begumpet.
Hyderabad has a number of government and private buses. Currently there are two bus stations —Afzal Gunj Stand and Jubilee Bus Stand. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSRTC) provides standard buses, deluxe coaches and air conditioned coaches. The best bus operators that offer quality service include Kesineni Travels, Sindu Travels and VRL Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.