Annavaram

East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh

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Annavaram is a village on the banks of the Pampa River. It is located in East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village has the temple of Veera Venkata Satyanarayana, a form of Vishnu on the Ratnagiri Hill.

At a distance of 84 km from Rajahmundry, 123 km from Vizag, 234 km from Vijayawada and 483 km from Hyderabad, Annavaram is a village situated on the banks of river Pampa in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Annavaram is famous for Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple and is one of the famous Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that all the wishes of devotees will be fulfilled when Satyanarayana Vratam is performed here.

It is believed that the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with anina varam (pronounced or wanted boon), the place is called Annavaram. According to history, Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar used the secret underground passages in the hills to attack the enemy from both sides during his invasion of Kalinga. The Andhra revolutionary late Alluri Seetharama Raju used the secret quarters in these hill ranges, when he rebelled against the British Rule.

The shrine of Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy is situated on Ratnagiri hill top. The name of the Goddess is Ananta Lakshmi Satyavathi Devi. Meruvu the Lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance and got two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotion and penance, became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate his brother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remaining as Ratnagiri hill. 

Most of the people in Andhra Pradesh perform Satyanarayana Vratam during housewarming ceremony and during marriages. There are also temples of Sri Rama and the shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The festivals celebrated here include the Kalyanam festival in April-May, Devi Navaratri festival, Srirama Kalyanam, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jwalatoranam.

Visitors can avail different kinds of accommodation ranging from Normal rooms to AC Suites in various choultries and guest houses maintained by temple authorities on the hill. Advanced reservation facility is also available for accommodation.

Vizag airport is the nearest airport, which is about 116 km from Annavaram. It is well connected with Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Andaman Islands. Annavaram Railway Station is connected to the cities like Vizag, Machilipatnam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur, Puri, Tirupati, Kakinada, Rayagad, Howrah, New Delhi, Dhanbad, Alleppey, Tatanagar and Vijayawada. Annavaram is well connected by bus with Vizag, Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Chennai, Bangalore, Tirupati and Machilipatnam.

The best time to visit Annavaram is from October to February while the Peak Season is September to November & April to May. Usually it takes 1-2 day to visit Annavaram & near by places.

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