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Best time: Jul-Mar (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Tirupati (Check Flights)

Upcoming: Aadi Krithigai Festival, Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple (Read More)

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Srikalahasti Tourism

Located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the holy city of Srikalahasti is a popular tourist destination due to its famous Srikalahasti Temple, one of the most important Shiva temples of South India built during the ancient Pallava period. Overflowing with rich and vivacious yesteryears, this place has showcased its potential to allure the visitors with its extravagant shrines and pristine beauty.

Kalahasti is a fine example of south Indian architecture where highly adorned gopurams and extensively carved interiors unfold the magnificent charms of Dravidian structural designs. Srikalahastisvara Temple, Bharadwaja Tirtham, Durgambika Temple and Veyilingala Kona Waterfalls draw victors for their marvellous location, serenity and awe-striking history.

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  • Shubhanga Residency

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Srikalahasti has the Veyilingala Kona Waterfalls, which means the "Valley of Thousand Lingas". There are many Linga forms of the rocks around the region. The waterfall is said to have some medicinal values that can cure skin diseases. Along with that, the area surrounding the waterfall is stunning and attracts locals and tourists equally. There is another waterfall called Ubbalamadugu Falls, also known as Tada falls situated 37 km from Srikalahasti. You have to trek up to see the waterfall. The trek can be exhausting, but the view from the top is worth it.

The history of this holy town is intertwined with that of its most famous temple - the Srikalahasti temple. Originally built during the Pallava period, the temple was later improved by the Chola kings. Sri Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara kingdom, built the majestic gopuram, over 120 feet high, at the entrance to the temple in around the 16th century. According to legend, the temple town derived its name from - Sri meaning spider, Kala meaning serpent and hasti meaning elephant, all of whom worshipped Lord Shiva and attained moksha or nirvana here.

The city offers you some mouth-watering South-Indian delicacies spiced up with lots of red chilies. One can try popular items like Dosa, Vada, Idli, Appam, Sambhar, Rasam, Payassam and more. Other than these the options aren't exactly elaborate and your choices can get a little limited. Being a temple town, only vegetarian food is at offer.

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Srikalahasti is a quaint temple town which can be explored in one day. The main reason why people visit this place is for the temples. You can start your day by visiting the famous Sri Kalahasti temple which is a strong example of the architectural brilliance of the past. You can then visit the Veyilingala Kona waterfalls.

While you are there don't forget to visit Gudimallam village housing the famous Parasurameshwara Temple, which is said to be at least 2300 years old. If you get time in the evening, you can shop in the local markets and also don't forget to try the local food.

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Srikalahasti Reviews

9 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- Avoid drinking in this holy town as it is not looked down by many.



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  What's Great?

Quaint temple town. Perfect weekend getaway. Picturesque.

  What's not so Great?

Not a very well-developed tourist town. Language problems might be faced by people from Northern part of India.

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Srikalahasti is an ideal place to be visited by people who have an interest in religious beliefs. Along with that, it is also an ideal destination for families to spend some lovely time together on the weekend. It is a perfect place to sit back and relax.

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How to Reach Srikalahasti

The nearest domestic airport is Tirupati Airport, Chittoor, roughly half an hour drive from Srikalahasti. Srikalahasti also has a railway station of its own, with trains incoming from all the nearb... (Read More)

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