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Annavaram is a village situated on the banks of river Pampa in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 72 kms from Rajahmundry, 124 Kms from Visakhapatnam and 498 kms from Hyderabad, Annavaram is famous for Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple. It is believed that all the wishes of devotees will be fulfilled when Satyanarayana Vrata is performed here.The most distinctive feature of Annavaram is the shrine to Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy settled on Ratnagiri hill top. The name of the Goddess is Ananta Lakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. Meruvu the Lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance and got two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotion and penance, became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate his brother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remaining as Ratnagiri hill.Annavaram is considered very holy & popular and next only to Tirupati in AP state. Most of the people in Andhra Pradesh perform Satyanarayana Vrata during housewarming ceremony and during marriages. The festivals celebrated are the Kalyanam festival, Devi Navaratri festival, the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam.
At a distance of 2 Kms from Annavaram Railway Station, Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple is situated on Ratnagiri hill on the banks of Pampa River. About 460 stone steps lead to the temple from bottom of the hill. This temple was constructed in the year of 1891by Raja Ramanarayana, the then zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates. It is said that the Lord came into his dream and ordered the temple construction. He traced the idol on the hill, worshipped it and installed it at the present spot. The main temple was constructed in the form of a chariot with four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyana mantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. The Vishwakarma Brahmin stapathis Architectural cognizance is at its best in sculpting this temple. The Ratnagiri hill is about 300 feet above sea level with green fields around and the Pampa River encircling the hill.Timings: 6 AM to 12:30 PM & 1 PM to 9 PM
At a distance of 2 Kms from Annavaram Railway Station, Pampa River is located at bottom of the Ratnagiri hill on which Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple is situated. There is a barrage built on Pampa River at bottom of the hill with boating facility. It is called Pampa Sarovara and boat ride here gives a memorable experience.
At a distance of 15 kms from Annavaram, the Thalupulamma Talli Temple is situated between Annavaram and Tuni in Visakhaptanam district. Talupulamma Talli Temple is the most famous and well known place in AP and people visit for offering pooja to the Goddess after purchasing a new vehicle. People offer goats, chicken/hen in this place to the goddess. The temple is situated in between a hill and surroundings are very scenic. People have very strong belief on this Goddess and believe that their wishes will definitely get fulfilled after visiting this temple. Timings: Nor Available
At a distance of 40 kms from Annavaram & 12 kms from Kakinada, Samalkota is very famous for Pancharama Sri Kumararama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple. Situated just beside the Railway Station, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.This place was known as Purva Chalukya Bhimavaram as the Eastern Chalukyans ruled this place. The temple was built by Chalukya Kumara Rama during the end of 9th century as a celebration of his victories in more than 300 wars. A mantapam supported with one hundred pillars is built here along with Eka Shila Nandi (Single Stone Bull) at the temple entrance opposite to Shiva Lingam. Goddess Shri Bala Thripura Sundari is also worshipped in this temple. Pushkarni Lake is situated to the east of temple. The main entrance to the temple is called Surya Dwaram. Kalyana Mahotsam & Mahashivratri are most celebrated festivals here. Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM
At a distance of 65 Kms from Annavaram, 17 Kms from Kakinada & 466 Kms from Hyderabad, Draksharamam is famous for one of the pancharama temples called Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple. This temple is situated in a green belt of river Godavari.This temple was constructed by the East Chalukyan king during 9th century. The temple also consists one of the Shakti Peethas called Sri Manikyamba. The speciality of this Shiva Lingam in this temple is that, the early morning tender Sun light falls on the Linga. There are nearly 800 ancient scripts on the walls of the temple. The celebrations in this temple were started during 14th century in the period of Reddy Kings. Shiva Lingam is nearly 9 ft height and the top part is seen at the first floor. There are other small temples inside the main temple premises. Once upon a time Draksharama was considered as a Buddhist complex.It is easily accessible by Bus from Kakinada & Rajahmundry (40 Kms).Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM & 3 to 8 PM
Visakhapatnam (also called Vizag) is a coastal & port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of Visakhapatnam District and is also base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.At a distance of 572 Kms from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam is the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh with around 2 million population and spread over 550 sq kms. It is an industrial city and one of the major tourist destinations in the state of AP.The city is home to several state owned heavy industries; one of the most advanced steel plants and one of the country's largest ports & shipyard are located here. It has the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of India.The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism.The Chalukyas, Pallavas, the Reddy Kings ruled this area. The Mughals ruled this area under the Hyderabad Nizam in the late 15th and early 16th century. The merchants from Europe, the French, the Dutch and the East India Company used this natural port to export tobacco, ivory, muslin and other textile products.
At a distance of 15 Kms from Vizag Railway Station & 597 Kms from Hyderabad, Simhachalam is an 11th century temple dedicated to Sri Varaha Narasimha, situated on top of the Simhachalam Hills. The original temple was built by Gajapatis of Orissa, but several additions were done to the existing structure by Krishina Devaraya of Vijayanagara in 15th century. It is a square shrine surmounted by a high tower, a portico in front with a small tower, a carved 16 pillared Natya mantapa. The shrine has inscriptions dating back to 1098 AD on its walls. The deity is always kept covered with sandal paste giving the appearance of a sandal wood Shiva Linga. The actual form of the deity is in the tribhanga posture with two hands & head of a lion, which can be viewed only during the 'Chandanotsavam' in April/May. This is the second richest temple in India after Tirumala.Several buses are available to top of the hill from different parts of the city. Photography is not allowed inside the temple.
Papi Kondalu is a breathtakingly beautiful hill range bounded by River Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 410 kms from Hyderabad and 60 Kms from Rajahmundry, Papi Kondalu is spread across East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam districts. Entire area of Papi Kondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and it was recently declared as a protected National Park.Papi Kondalu has to be reached by boat ride from Rajahmundry, Pattisam (35 Kms from Rajahmundry), Polavaram (40 Kms from Rajahmundry), Kunavaram (50 Kms from Bhadrachalam) or Sriram Giri (60 Kms from Bhadrachalam). Earlier there used to be boat services from Rajahmundry to Bhadracham, but currently they are restricted for different reasons.The boat rides usually include full-day trips starting from Rajahmundry/Pattisam/Polavaram/Kunavaram/Sreeram Giri with break at Perantallapalli and back. Both AP Tourism and Private operators offer these tours from Rajahmundry. There are also one-way trips between Rajahmundry/ Pattisam/Polavaram and Kunavaram/Sreeram Giri. There are few private operators who offer 2 day trips from Rajahmundry with overnight stay at Perantallapalli. Trips usually start early morning between 6 to 9 AM.From distance you would feel that the hills are merging together, however the boat cruises through the narrow width of Godavari and this is the best of the entire trip. The beauty of Godavari and Papi Kondalu is exposed to the maximum in the Telugu movie - Godavari.
At a distance of 160 Kms from Annavaram, 15 Kms from Narasapur & 430 Kms from Hyderabad, Antharvedi is the place where Godavari confluences with Bay of Bengal. This place is also famous for Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple situated on the banks of River Godavari. In this temple, the deity is faced towards West instead of East as in other temples. Vashishta Sevashram is situated on a small island near River Godavari and can be reached by a boat from the bank near temple. There is a small Shiva Temple near the main temple. Bramhotsavams celebrated here are very famous and attract lakhs of devotees from the whole state. Other festivals celebrated here include Sri Swamy Vari Kalyanam, Rathayatra ,Sri Venkateswara Swamy kalyanam, Sri Narasimha Jayanthi.There is a small light house near the temple, from where the whole surroundings of the temple, the confluence of River Godavari can be seen clearly. It is accessible by frequent buses from Narasapur town (150 Kms from Annavaram)