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Puttaparthi

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"The abode of Saythya Sai Baba"

Puttaparthi Tourism

The holy abode of the apocryphal figure, Saythya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a town which takes you back to the days of ashrams and the ways of living in those times with an equal influence of the present.

A tiny town in Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi has gained global fame as a centre of religious brilliance. It is a town which offers modern approaches of religion, settlements and even urbanization, being a unique village with urban facilities. Though Puttaparthi does not have too many natural marvels, or traditional tourist attractions its richness and substance lies in its spiritual significance and a fresh breath of ideologies that it houses. Some of the places one must visit include the Sathya Sai Ashram, Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre, Anjaneya Swamy Temple and a few more.

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Authentic Handicrafts in Puttaparthi

This small town is renowned for a large number of authentic handicrafts that are easily available here. Compared to other large cities in Andhra, the crafts of this town are cheaper and much more authentic since they are locally made. Among the most famous items available in this town are Banjara needle work fabrics, brass and wooden home decor items, stone and birdi crafts, toys and lacquer ware.

Banjara needlework is famous for its bright colours, mirrors and bold patterns and should be a part of everyone's wardrobe. The brass and wood work is of a very high quality and is also exported. The most common patterns include themes from Indian Mythology, animals, human figurines and Hindu gods. Birdi crafts are a local speciality and are made with silver inlay on metal which gives it a very alluring sheen. In the markets of this town, you can find many retailers selling these and many more items for a very reasonable price.

Restaurants and Local Food in Puttaparthi

Being a religious town, only vegetarian food is available here. However cuisines of different countries are also available giving the town an almost surprising and rich variety in food. Local dishes include Laskora Undalu (coconut laddu) Sunnundallu, Pachadi-typically made of vegetables/greens and roasted green/red chilies, Pappu Koora(Lentil based dish), Vepudu(Fry)- crispy fried vegetables, Garelu (A type of Vada), Dosa, Chutney, Sambhar.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Puttaparthi by road, rail or air. Settle into your hotel and explore the markets and small temples of the city like Lord Dattatreya Temple and Gopalaswami Temple. There are also many gardens, small restaurants serving home-cooked food and street stalls selling a variety of items that you can visit.

Day 2: Visit the Chaitanya Ashram and the number of buildings, museums and gardens within its premises. The meditation tree, planetarium, Sathya Sai babe Museum, wish-fulfilling tree and sports stadium. Exploring the large Ashram complex will take up the full day.

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What's Great?

Very important Hindu religious site. Pleasant weather for most of the year. Well connected to other cities in South India.

What's Not So Great?

There are no major attractions apart from the temples and natural scenery. Limited accommodation options.

For Whom?

Good place for religious tourism, for a family vacation or to explore the culture of Andhra Pradesh.

How To Reach Puttaparthi

This town is connected to all cities in South India as well as the main cities in the rest of the country by air, rail and road. Since this is a significant pilgrimage centre, the roads and tourist facilities are very well developed.

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Sashmi Biswal 9 months ago
It's very beautiful area. Peace u'll get there..
Kovid Kapoor 11 months ago
We have visited this town every 2-3 years for over a decade. It’s always been quaint and homely. The main attraction is Prashanti Nilayam, the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. It boasts of large gardens and a calming atmosphere, with a large darshan hall, temples, accommodation, cafes, and even a shopping mall inside. Although the primary spoken languages are Telegu and Hindi, the large population of foreign nationals living near and around the ashram has made English quite common, and multiple cuisines such as German, Korean, and Mexican food can be found in specific restaurants. Puttaparthi is easily accessible by car or bus. We typically drive from Bangalore to Puttaparthi in around three hours, and the roads are quite wide and well-maintained.
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