Kalahasthi, originally known as Srikalahasthi, is considered a holy town, situated in Chittor district near Tirupathi, in Andhra Pradesh. The river Swarnamukhi flows through the town. The name of the town is derived from three different animals - ‘Sri’ meaning spider, ‘Kala’ meaning snake and ‘Hasthi’ meaning elephant. Legend has it that these animals worshipped Lord Shiva and found salvation here. The Srikalahasthi temple is the only Hindu temple in the world, which opens its during the Solar and Lunar eclipse. The famous textile painting pattern, Kalamkari, also originated here.
Places to Stay
The most popular hotels here are Hotel MGM Grand (Tariff- Rs. 2394), Hotel Jayaam (Tariff - Rs. 675), Hotel KSR Grand (Tariff - Rs. 1228) and Hotel Sri Sai Teja Residency (Tariff - Rs. 921).
The officially approved language of Kalahasthi is Telugu.
Festivals like Pongal (January), Ugadi, the Telugu New Year (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August – September) are celebrated with overwhelming sentiments.
Places of Interest
There are several temples near the Srikalahasthi temple. Sri Durga Temple, Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Sri Varadaraja Swamy Temple (0.5 km from the prime temple) and Sri Dharmaraju Temple (2 km from the main temple) are considered the places of interest in Kalahasthi. The Temple of Lord Venkateshwara, the famous hill temple in Tirupathi is also a short distance away.
How to Get There
Tirupathi Airport is just 20 km away from Kalahasthi.
The trains of Vijaywada-Tirupathi section halt in Kalahasthi.
APSRTC has comfortable bus services at a regular frequency from the central bus station in Tirupathi. Shuttle buses and taxis are also available. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.