Located on the eastern bank of Godavari, Draksharama is one of the five most powerful and prominent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the country. 40kms away from Rajahmundry, the temple is said to be dating back to the 11th century. Draksharama is perfect for a religious getaway, the scenery around the temple is pleasant and the road journey to the temple is nothing short of beautiful.
December- February is considered the best period to pay a visit to Draksharama as the weather is the most pleasant during this time.
Air: You can board a flight to Hyderabad, it is 458 kms away from Draksharama, this distance can be covered by road. You can also take a connecting flight from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry which is 48kms away from the temple. Local cabs and buses are available to cover this distance.
Rail: Nearest stations are Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samalkot. While Samalkot is directly connected to the metros of the country, to reach Kakinada, Rajahmundry, you will have to change once within the city.
Road: Located merely 6kms away from Ramachandran Puram in the East Godavari District, Only buses are considered suitable to reach the temple. There are buses running from various part of the country. If coming from Kolkata or North India, you will need to take NH5. People undertake a break journey and travel by train first and then take a local bus which frequently runs between Kakinada and Draksharama.
The buses run by the state tourism department and their private counterparts run frequently in the area.
There are a range of accommodation facilities in Rajahmundry with price starting from 200-300 per day/ room to luxury rooms starting from Rs. 1000 and thereafter.
There are no proper restaurants nearby, it is suggested that travellers carry light snacks and water with them.
If you have got yourself an entire day, you could also cover Kotilingeswara, Iskon Temple, Rajahmundry or Syamalamba, along with the temple. Otherwise a trip to the temple and the Chilkur Balaji is a good trail for a couple of hours.
Carry light snacks with you as the journey is long. When in the temple, try to get someone to tell you the mythical stories which are associated with Draksharama.
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