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ANNAVARAM (PILGRIMAGE) - TRAVEL GUIDE

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.

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Base Station: Annavaram, Rajahmundry (72 Kms)
Nearest City: Vizag (124 Kms)
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Peak Season: September to November & April to May
State: Andhra Pradesh
District: East Godavari
Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 08868
Languages Spoken: Telugu, English, Hindi
Temperature: Summer:Maximum - 48C & Minimum - 26C
Winter: Maximum - 32C & Minimum - 10C
Major Festivals: Satyanarayana Swamy Kalyana Mahotsavam (Apr/May),
Sarannavarathrulu (Sep/Oct),
Teppotsavam, Giripradakshinam, Jwalatoranam, (Nov)
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By Air
Nearest Airport: Rajahmundry - Rajahmundry Airport (72 Kms)
Direct Flights to Rajahmundry
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From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
By Train
Nearest Train Station: Annavaram Railway Station (0 Kms)
Direct Trains to Annavaram
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Hyderabad5026/Day9 Hrs
Vijayawada26716/Day4 Hrs
Tirupati6552/Day15 Hrs
Vizag12419/Day2 Hrs
Chennai6792/Day13 Hrs
By Bus
Nearest Bus Station: Annavaram Bus Station (2 Kms)
Direct Buses to Annavaram
From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
Hyderabad502NANA
Vijayawada267NANA
Tirupati655NANA
Vizag124NANA
Chennai679NANA
Distance Chart
From Distance (Kms)
Hyderabad502
Vijayawada267
Tirupati655
Vizag124
Bangalore908
Chennai679
Kochi1279
9 ACTIVITIES & PLACES OF INTEREST IN & AROUND ANNAVARAM

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.....

Pampa River (Lake / Backwaters)

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.....

Samarlakota (Pilgrimage)

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.....

Draksharamam (Pilgrimage)

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.....

Vizag (Beach & City)

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.....

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.....

Distance (From Annavaram): 125 Kms
Trip Duration (From Annavaram - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
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Papikondalu (Lake / Backwaters & Nature)

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.....

Antharvedi (Pilgrimage)

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.....

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