Ulavapadu is a town in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated 44 km from Ongole and about 345 from the state capital, Hyderabad. There are 50 villages that fall under the jurisdiction of Ulavapadu. Ulavapadu is also famous its mango orchards; during the mango season you can spot many mango stalls on the highway.
Places to Stay
There are budget hotels in Nellore, which is 86 km away from Ulavapadu. Some of them are Hotel Shivam International (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Vintage Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Abhiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1200).
The official language ofUlavapadu is Telugu. The other language spoken is Tamil.
There are no particular events celebrated in Ulavapadu, although locals enjoy all festivals with much fervour.
Places of Interest
Ulavapadu is connected to many nearby tourist destinations like Nellore, Guntur, Kadapa (Cuddapah), Srisailam and Amaravathi. The best time to visit Ulavapadu is during the mango harvest season.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ulavapadu is the Vijayawada airport. It is located about 165 km away from the town.
Trains like Tirupati Passenger and Kakinada Passenger pass through the Ulavapadu railway station.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad, Nellore, Guntur and Srisailam. Some of the best bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Vinayak Travels and Kamakshi Travels. You can opt for online bus booking and travel with ease.
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.