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Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Bhadrachalam

Nearest City to Bhadrachalam: Vijayawada (182 Kms), Hyderabad (312 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Bhadrachalam: October to March

Peak Season: March to April

State: Telangana | District: Khammam

Bhadrachalam Weather: Summer: Maximum - 47°C & Minimum - 30°C
Winter: Maximum - 33°C & Minimum - 15°C

At a distance of 39 km from Kothagudem, 115 km from Khammam, 178 km from Rajahmundry, 182 km from Vijayawada, 352 km from Vizag and 312 km from Hyderabad, Bhadrachalam is a pilgrimage town in Khammam district of Telangana State, situated on the banks of the River Godavari. Bhadrachalam is renowned for the famous Sri Rama Temple built in 17th century.

The temple for Lord Rama was built by a devotee called Kancherla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu in the 17th century. Gopanna was the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam and constructed the temple using public donations. But the Golconda Sultans were misled and felt that Gopanna had misused the government funds to build the temple. He was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda Fort. Lord Rama is said to have miraculously appeared before the Sultan and paid the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasu and went on composing several songs in Telugu in praise of Rama. Kabirdas, the famous Muslim saint and poet, was also closely associated with this temple.

This holy town with beautiful landscapes provided by River Godavari attracts several devotees throughout the year from different parts of Telangana and AP states. This holy river houses most of the sacred shrines of the town in and around its banks. The Ushnagundam (Hot Pool) or Gundala is located at a short distance from the Temple. Parnasala, 35 km north of Bhadrachalam, is believed to mark the hermitage where the demon Ravana abducted Sita. Tourists can engage in activities such as boating, trekking and a trip to Papi Kondalu.

The temple's main festivals are 10-day Vaikunta Ekadashi (Dec/Jan), Sri Rama Navami (Mar/Apr) and Kartika Poornima. During these days, the town attracts lakhs of devotees. On Vaikunta Ekadashi day, the colorful Teppotsavam (boat festival) is a special attraction. In the evening, Lord Rama and Sita idols kept on a decorated swan boat and sailed through river Godavari. Spectacular fireworks are the main attraction during this festival. Bhadrachalam has good accommodation facilities provided by several hotels spread across the town.

The Rajahmundry Airport (185 km from Bhadrachalam) has limited domestic services from Chennai, Madurai, Vijayawada, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The nearest Railway station, Bhadrachalam Road (Kothagudem) is 39 km from Bhadrachalam. It has trains from Hyderabad, Sirpur, Manuguru, Kazipet and Dornakal. Bhadrachalam is connected to various places like Kothagudem, Hyderabad, Khammam, Warangal, Kakinada, Vizianagaram, Karimnagar, Rajahmundry and Nalgonda. From Burgampad, boats can ply to Bhadrachalam through the River Godavari. Boats are operated between Bhadrachalam and Rajahmundry during post monsoon season.

The best season to visit Bhadrachalam is from October to March while the Peak Season is from March to April. It usually takes one full day to visit all the places in Bhadrachalam.

Temple Timings: 4:30 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 9 PM.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 08743
Languages Spoken: Telugu, English, Hindi
Major Festivals: Sri rama Navami (Mar/Apr),
Vaikunta Ekadasi (Dec/Jan)
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HOW TO REACH BHADRACHALAM


By Air

Nearest Airport: Rajahmundry - Rajahmundry Airport (185 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Bhadrachalam Road Railway Station (39 Kms)
Khammam Railway Station (115 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Bhadrachalam Bus Station (0 Kms)

6 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN BHADRACHALAM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Bhadrachalam Bus Station, Sri Sita Rama Temple is a magnificent temple situated close to the banks of River Godavari. Bhadrachalam is a major pilgrim town in Telangana. Parnasala, near Bhadrachalam is believed to be the place where Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana stayed during their 14-year exile in forests. Ravana abducted Sita at this place in the absence of Rama and Lakshmana.

This temple was built by Kancherla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu in the year of 1630 AD. Gopanna was the Tahsildar of Bhadrachalam and constructed the temple.....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 Kms from Bhadrachalam Bus Station, Sri Abhaya Anjaneya temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is situated in Seethammadhara.

This temple was constructed in the year 1998 by a devotee of Lord Hanuman who manages the temple. The temple has excellent carvings of several deities in its premises. The beautiful sculptures of gods and goddesses carved along the border of the temple complex are very attractive. This temple attracts thousands of devotees on Tuesdays.

Timings: 5:30 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 9.....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 35 Kms from Bhadrachalam, Parnasala is a popular tourist spot with historical reference to Ramayana. This is said to be the place where Ravan abducted Sita.

A small hut with gaudily painted sculptures of Sri Ram, Sita, Laxman and Ravan depicting key events from Ramayan is what Parnasala is about. This is an extraordinarily unkempt and dilapidated place. Monkeys, beggars and insistent vendors hogging tourists, weathered sculptures, a botched attempt to replicate the sculptures with fiber glass, lack of maintenance make it a sad and frustrating experience. However,.....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 11 km from Palvoncha, 40 km from Bhadrachalam, 102 km from Khammam and 297 km from Hyderabad, Kinnerasani Dam is located at Yanambile in Khammam district of Telangana. The dam is situated inside Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Kinnerasani Dam was constructed in 1966 on the Kinnerasani River, one of the important tributaries of Godavari River. The dam provides water to Kothagudem Thermal Power Station at Palvoncha for power generation. It also provides irrigation facilities to the nearby farmers through lift Irrigation.

Kinnerasani Dam is situated in a.....

Distance (From Bhadrachalam): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhadrachalam - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Wildlife

At a distance of 11.5 km from Palvoncha, 40 km from Bhadrachalam, 102 km from Khammam and 297 km from Hyderabad, Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around Kinnerasani Dam in Khammam district of Telangana.

Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the right bank of Godavari River and also it is part of Dandakaranya Forest. The sanctuary is named after the River Kinnerasani. This river divides the sanctuary and meets Godavari.

The wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 635.4 sq km with the picturesque Kinnerasani Lake and densely forested islands in the middle of.....

Distance (From Bhadrachalam): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kinnerasani Dam - Including Travel): 1 Hour
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Waterfall

At a distance of 30 km from Eturnagaram, 120 km from Bhadrachalam, 140 km from Warangal and 200 km from Khammam, Bogatha waterfalls is a nice waterfall situated near Chikupally village in Wajedu mandal in Khammam district of Telangana. It is also known as Chikupally Falls.

Situated in forest region between Kaleswaram and Bhadrachalam, Bogatha falls is formed on Chikupally Vagu that merges with River Godavari. Situated amidst thick vegetation, Bogatha Falls is a favorite picnic spot for the residents of nearby villages. Dropping from a height of over 30 feet in several parallel streams,.....

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