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Annavaram

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"Temple Village of Ratnagiri Hills"

Annavaram Tourism

Located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram is a small hamlet on the banks of river Pampa. It is on the hilltop of Ratnagiri, at a distance of 142 kilometres from Hyderabad. The temple village is famous for its shrine of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a form of the Hindu deity- Lord Vishnu, and is flocked by tourists throughout the year. Annavaram Devasthanam is a sacred pilgrim centre that's thronged by lakhs of devotees every month, most of them who come to perform the special prayer (vrata), to please the lord they have come to worship.

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Etymology

Considered second to only Tirupati, the temple village of Annavaram rests on the belief that its name is derived from 'Anna', meaning whatever you desire and 'Varam', which means God sent. 'The deity will bestow you with whatever you desire' goes common tongue.

History of Annavaram Devasthanam

Annavaram is famous for its shrine of Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a form of the Hindu deity- Lord Vishnu, that's flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year. The devotees come here to perform the special ritual of Satyanarayana Vratam to please Lord Vishnu. The prayer is mostly performed before housewarming ceremonies and wedding functions.

The temple situated on the top of the Ratnagiri hills is almost an entire kilometre away from its base. It can either be reached by the steps on the Ghat Road or trekked vis stone path. Well connected by rail and road, Annavaram is a spiritual site you should visit if you want to be at peace.

The presiding deity of Annavaram is a variation of the well known Hindu deity Vishnu, who, as the Puranas said, blessed the lord of the mountains, Meruvu and his consort Menaka with two sons following which the sons became sacred places for Lord Vishnu.
Ratnagiri Hill is the son Ratnakara while the hill Bhadrachalam is the son named Bhadra.

Restaurants and Local Food in Annavaram

Udupi restaurants are the specialty here. Mostly vegetarian food will be available here, because it is a pilgrimage spot. Even then, you can be guest to lip smackingly delicious soft and round idlis, crisp dosas and the famous Udipi sambar.
Watch how much food you order for yourself because South Indians never compromise on quantity!
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One Day Itinerary

A day is more than enough for to visit the tiny town of Annavaram. You can trek to the hill-top, beginning early in the morning. You can also choose to take the steps via Ghat Road or take a cab upwards.

After paying your homage in the temple, have a sumptuous lunch in the canteen facility available next to the temple complex while enjoying the panoramic scenic beauty of the surrounding green fields and villages. End your trip by taking a boat ride in the Pampa river.

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What's Great?

A beautiful confluence of nature and spiritualism.

What's Not So Great?

Can be crowded as it is visited by lakhs of devotees. Only vegetarian food is available and allowed. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

For Whom?

This place should be visited by people for the Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple. Also worth visiting for weekend based tourists from places like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam etc.

How To Reach Annavaram

Being a tranquil pilgrim hotspot in Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram is connected well to the rest of India by both railways and roadways. The only drawback to Annavaram is the absence of an airport. The nearest one is in Vishakhapatnam, around 100 km away from Annavaram.

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Ammanna Satish V 1 year ago
Lord satya narayana swaamy and shiva combined temple Beautiful place to visit.2 things r special 1is sun-dail nd pamba river
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