Situated atop the Ratnagiri Hills, enroute to Visakhapatnam, Annavaram is one of the most revered pilgrim centres in Andhra Pradesh. Annavaram is quite a picturesque destination with the Pampa River flowing languidly next to the hills. The multi-storeyed temple complex has several entrances. The riveting temple structure, painted in white is home to Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy, a form of Lord Vishnu. Satya Narayana is offered prayers on occasions such as weddings, house warmings, etc. The main shrine is two-storeyed and houses a unique yantra (geometrical diagram used in the Tantric tradition to aid in meditation) based on Tripad Vibhuti Narayana Upanishad.
Opposite the main shrine is the kalyana mandapam. Other shrines in the temple premises are dedicated to Vana Durga and Lord Rama. Initially, the temple was a mere shed built over the idol of Satya Narayana, which was found here in 1891. Over time it was constructed into the structure you see today. The main temple is in the shape of a chariot with four wheels.
Unfortunately, the beauty and sanctity of the temple have been overshadowed by increasing commercialisation. There is already an option for a paid special darshana, but even in the sanctum of the main shrine, you are asked if you would like to pay to have a closer look at the deity.
1. Devasthanam is running buses Uphill to Railway Station, Railway Station to Uphill frequently for every train.
2. Devasthanam Bus is running from Annavaram to Simhachalam every day from Uphill @ 7.30 A.M.
3. Devasthanam Bus is running from Annavaram to Kotipalli every day from Uphill @ 6.00 A.M. and 12.00 P.M
Devastanam administration has taken all measures for the piligram's comfortable stay on the Ratnagiri. Visitors will be offered diffrent kinds of accomodation ranging from Normal rooms to A.C Suits in various choultries and guest houses on the hill.
For the convenience of the casual visitors devastanam provided lockers to keep their luggage .
Advance reservation fecility is available for all accomodations except Prakash Sadan. Reservation will be done by paying one day rent + 50% of additional amount for the guest house of their choice.
Rajahmundry is the nearest airport.
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Annavaram.
Annavaram is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
1. Sarva Darsanam: Free (6.00AM to 12.30PM 1.00PM to 9.00PM)
2. Seegra Darsanam: Rs.50/- (6.00AM to 12.30PM 1.00PM to 9.00PM)
3. Antaralaya Darsanam: Rs.100/- (6.00AM to 12.30PM 1.00PM to 9.00PM)
Coringa wildlife sanctuary: The Fishing cat, jackal, estuarine crocodile (found in the creeks) and sea turtle can also be found here.
Draksharamam: Constructed by king Bhima of the Eastern Chalukyan Dynasty between 802 CE and 902 CE, the temple is one of the pancharama kshetras.
Biccavolu: Lord Shiva's temple, which is a temple complex built in the Dravidian style by the Eastern Chalukyas between the 9th and 10th centuries CE.
Rajahmundry: Grammar and script of the Telugu language evolved in Rajahmundry, and so the city is colloquially referred to as the birthplace of Telugu.
Papikondalu Boat Cruise: When you're visiting Andhra Pradesh, taking a day-long boat cruise on the Godavari River should definitely be on your itinerary.
Rayali: A picturesque village filled within coconut trees and banana plantations, situated in the middle of the Vashista and Gautami tributaries of the Godavari River.
Uppada Beach: Kakinada Beach is also known as Uppada Beach. The beach has an inclined continental shelf and is one of the longest on the Coromandel coast.
Pithapuram Temple: The famous 10th-century temple complex at Pithapuram is considered a tripuranthakam (abode of three gods), for it houses the shrines of Puruhoothika Devi, Kukkuteswara Swamy and Sripada Vallabha Dattatreya Swamy.