July 25th, 2009 by admin

Tour from Rajamundry

Rajamundry-Dindi one day package tour (On Demand):

FARE : Adult Rs. 300/- Child : Rs. 240/-
Includes transport by non-AC Hitech, Lunch-Veg.Buffet at Dindi

Day-1
08.00 AM Dep: from Rajahmundry

09.00 AM Arr: Ryali – Visit to Mohini temple

11.45 AM Arr: Antervedi Visit to Shiva temple & Sea confluence

12.30 PM Dep: from Antervedi to Dindi

01.00 PM Arr: Dindi
Lunch at Harita Coconut Country Resorts

02.30 PM Dep: from Dindi to Rajahmundry
Enroute visit to Shiva temples at Palakollu & Martur

07.00 PM Arrival: Rajahmundry

Tour from Vijaywada:

Vijaywada-Dwaraka-Tirumala-Rajamundry Maredumulli-Vijaywada:

Dep. 6.00 am (Sat) Arr. 8.30 pm. (Sun)
2 days / 1 night Weekend Getaway

FARE : Adult Rs. 1800/- Child : Rs. 1450/-
Including Food & Tented Accommodation

July 25th, 2009 by admin

Below are the available tours run by APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) from Hyderabad:

1. City Sight Seeing Tours:

Daily: Dep.7.45 am Arr.6.30 pm
Birla Mandir, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort, Salarjung Museum, Nizam Jubilee Pavilion, Chowmohalla Palace, Zoo Park, Charminar & Mecca Masjid (Drive around) Lumbini Park (Terminating Point).

FARE: Adult Rs.270/- Child Rs.220/-

(Fare includes entry Fees of Museum, Palace, Zoo Park, and Nizam Jubilee Pavilion) Entry fee extra for Foreign tourists at Museum, Fort and Nizam Jubilee Pavilion Salarjung Museum closed on Friday. Zoo Park closed on Monday.

2. Ramoji Film City Tour:

Daily: Dep. 7.00 am Arr. 6.00 pm

FARE: Adult Rs.500/- Child Rs.400/-

(3 to 12 years) fare includes entry fee for Ramoji Film City.

3. Sound & Light (Golconda fort)

Dep. 2.00 pm Arr. 9.00 pm
1st SHOW (GOLCONDA FORT) Daily Evening Tour Durgam Cheruvu, Hi-Tech city (drive around), Botanical Garden

FARE : Adult Rs. 200/- Child : Rs. 160/-

Fare Includes Sound & Light Show & Entry Fee Botanical Garden

4. Basar Tour:

Dep. 12.00 pm Arr. 6.00 pm on 2nd day
Every Saturday (Tour Starts from CRO, Hyderabad) 2 Days Tour covers Dichpally Ramalayam, Alisagar at Thanakalan, Laxminarasimha Swamy Temple, Basara (Night Halt), Raghunathalayam Quila (Nizamabad), Kalabairava Swamy Temple near Kamareddy (Twin sharing accommodation).

FARE : Adult Rs. 720/- Child : Rs. 580/-

5. Tirupati – Tirumala Tour:

Dep. 8.00 pm Arr. 6.00 am on 3rd day.
Sunday to Thursday by A/c Volvo Coach, 3 Days Tour covers Tirupati, Tirumala (with Cellar Darshan), Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs.1750/- Child:Rs.1400/-

6. Tirupati – Tirumala Tour:

Dep. 6.00 pm Arr. 6.00 am on 4th day.
Every Friday by A/c Volvo Coach, 4 Days Tour covers Tirupati, Tirumala, Tiruchanur, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam, Srinivasa Mangapuram & Kapila Teertham (Local Tours by Non-A/c Coach)

FARE : Adult Rs.2150/- Child:Rs.1720/-
Includes one day accommodation at Tirupati with Sudharshan Token darshan

7. Srisailam Tour:

Dep. 9.30 am Arr. 8.00 pm on 2nd day
Daily 2 Days Tour covers Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Patalaganga, Paladara, Panchadara, Shikaram, Sakshiganapathi, Dam.

FARE : Adult Rs.750/- Child:Rs.600/-

Includes accommodation for one day, Night halt at Srisailam.

8. Mantralayam Tour:

Dep. 8.30 am Arr. 8.00 pm on 2nd day
Every Saturday, 2 Days Tour Covers Alampur, Mantralayam, Pillalamarri

FARE : Adult Rs. 730/- Child : Rs. 590/-
Includes accommodation for one day, Night halt at Mantralayam

9. Nagaarjunasagar Tour:

Dep. 7.00 am Arr. 9.30 pm
Every Saturday & Sunday (Museum closed on Friday) Dam, Nagarjuna konda Museum Right Canal, Ethipothala WaterFalls.

FARE : Adult Rs.450/- Child : Rs.360/-

Fare excludes Launch & Museum entry charges at Nagarjuna Sagar

10. Bhadrachalam – Papikondalu Tour:

Daily A/c Hi – tech coach
4 days tour includes – Bhadrachalam, Pamasala, Papikondalau, complementery breakfast, lunch and evening snack on boat.
Dep: 9 pm – Arr: 6 am on 4th day
Fare: Rs 1400/adult, Rs 1120/child

11. Karimnagar – Hyderabad – Tirupati Tour:

A/c Hi tech coach on every Tuesday and Friday
4 days tour includes – Tirupati, Tirumala. Tiruchanur, Sri Kalahasti, Kanipakam, Srinivasa Mangapuram, and kapila Teertham (local tour by non a/c coach)
Dep: 7.30 pm Arr: 5 am on 4th day

Fare: Rs 2300/adult, Rs 1840/child includes one day accomodation at Tirupati with AAD darshan

There are a few tours which can be availed on demand as follows:

1. Hyderabad – Pochampally Tour (On Demand):

Dep. 9.00 am   Arr. 11.30 am (Pochampally)   Arr. 5.30 pm (Hyderabad)
9.00 am – Yatri-Nivas   9.30 am – Tank Bund   11.30 am – Arrival: Pochampally
11.30 am to 1.30 pm – Visit to Weaving Places   2.00 pm – Boating
3.30 pm – Departure at Pochampally   5.30 pm – Arrival: Hyderabad

Transport Tariff (non-AC Hitech): Adult Rs. 250/- Child : Rs. 200/-

2. Ramoji Flim City – Pochampally  Tour (On Demand):

Dep. 7.30 am   Arr. 2.30 pm (Pochampally)   Arr. 7.30 pm (Hyderabad)
7.30 am – Yatri-Nivas   8.00 am – Tank Bund   9.00 am – Arrival: Ramoji Film City
9.00 am to 1.30 pm – Visit to Ramoji Film City   1.30 pm – Departure from Ramoji Film City
2.30 pm – Arrival: Pochampally   2.30 pm – Visit to Weaving Places   4.00 pm – Boating   6.00 pm – Departure from Pochampally   7.30 pm – Arrival: Hyderabad

Transport Tariff (non-AC Hitech): Adult Rs. 550/- Child : Rs. 440/-
Fare includes transport cost and entry fee of Ramoji Film City.

3. Hyderabad-Warangal  One-day Week-end Package tour (On Demand):

FARE : Adult Rs. 500/- Child : Rs. 400/-
Includes only transport by non-AC Hitech bus

Day-1
07.00 AM Dep: Hyderabad

08.00 AM to 08.30 AM Bhongir Fort (Drive around)

09.00 AM Arr: Yadagirigutta – Darshan & Breakfast

11.00 AM Dep: to Kolanpaka

11.45 AM Arr: Kolanpaka – Visit to Jain temple
Enroute brief halt at Pembarthy

02.00 PM Arr: Hanamkonda – Lunch at private Hotel

03.00 PM Local site seeing viz., Thousand Pillar temple, Warangal Fort,
Bhadrakali temple etc.

07.00 PM Dep: from Warangal to Hyderabad

10.00 PM Arrival: Hyderabad

4 . Hyderabad – Temples OF Mahaboobnagar AND Kurnool
Hyderabad-Beechpalli-Alampur-Kurnool-Belum Caves – Ahobilam-Mahanandi-Hyderabad Package Tour (On Demand):

FARE : Adult Rs. 1500/- Child : Rs. 1200/-
Inclusive of transport cost, Food, entry fee of Belum Caves, non-AC accommodation at Ahobilam

Day-1
07.00 AM Dep: Hyderabad

10.00 AM Arr: Beechpalli
Visit to Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple (Mahaboobnagar district)

12.00 Noon Arr: Alampur (Mahaboobnagar district)
Visit to temples in Alampur

01.00 PM Arr: Kurnool
Lunch at Haritha Hotel, Kurnool

04.00 PM Arr: Belum Caves and Visit

06.00 PM Departure to Ahobilam & Night-halt

Day-2
08.00 AM to 02.00 PM Breakfast – Visit to Upper and Lower Ahobilam
Darshan & Lunch

02.00 PM Proceed to Mahanandi

04.00 PM Arr: Mahanandi – Darshan

05.00 PM Dep: from Mahanandi to Kurnool
Visit to Orvakallu enroute (Tea & Snacks)

08.00 PM Arr: Kurnool – Dinner at Haritha Hotel

10.00 PM Departure to Hyderabad

Day-3

04.00 AM Arrival: Hyderabad

Interstate APTDC tour from Hyderabad

1. Shirdi Tour:

Dep. 5.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 3rd day
Daily by Volvo A/c Coach (Tour Starts from CRO, Basheerbagh,Yatri Nivas, Ameerpet, KPHB) 3 Days Tour Shirdi & Back.

FARE : Adult Rs. 1500/- Child Rs. 1230/-
One Day Accommodation

2. Shirdi Tour:

Dep. 3.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 3rd day.
Daily by A/c Coach Tour Starts from VanasthaliPuram, Via Dilsukhnagar, Tarnaka, Tank Bund, Yatrinivas

FARE : Adult Rs.1300/- Child Rs.1070/-
One Day Accommodation

3. Shirdi Tour:

Dep. 4.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 3rd day.
Daily Non A/c Hitech Coach (Tour Starts from Yatri Nivas, Tank Bund, Dr. A.S Rao Nagar, Kanchanbagh (DRDL) Malkajgiri) 3 Days Tour covers Shirdi.

FARE : Adult Rs. 1140/- Child Rs. 950/-
One Day Accommodation

4. Shirdi – Ajantha – Ellora Tour:

Dep. 4.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 4th day.
Non A/c Coach Every Wednesday & Friday (From CRO Basheerbagh, S.R Nagar, Dr. A.S Rao Nagar, Kanchanbagh) 4 DaysTour covers Shirdi, Sani Shingnapur, Ajantha, Ellora, Grushneshwar, Aurangabad.

FARE : Adult Rs. 1550/- Child Rs. 1270/-
Includes Accommodation

5. Shirdi – Nasik – Triambakeswar Tour:

Dep. 4.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 4th day.
Every Wednesday & Saturday by Non A/c Coach 4 Days Tour (Tour Starts from A.S. Rao Nagar, Yatrinivas, Dilsukhnagar, S.R Nagar)

FARE : Adult Rs.1750/- Child Rs.1430/-
Includes Accommodation

6. Shirdi – Pandharpur Tour:

Dep. 4.00 pm Arr. 6.30 am on 4th day.
Non A/c Coach Every Saturday 4 days tour covers Shirdi, Sani Shingnapur, Pandharpur & Tuljapur. Tour Starts from Dilsukhnagar

FARE : Adult Rs.1680/- Child Rs.1380/-
Includes Accommodation

7. Ooty Tour on Demand Non A/C Hitech coach:

Dep. 3-30 p.m. Arr. 8.00 a.m. on 6th day.
5 Days Tour covers Bangalore*, Ooty*, Mysore*

FARE : Adult 4700/- Child 3760/-
*night halts

8. Goa Tour:

Dep. 1.30 pm Arr. 8.00 am on 5th Day.
on Demand 5 Days Tour Covers South Goa, North Goa, Santha Monica

FARE Non-A/c Hitech Coach : Adult Rs. 3200/- Child Rs. 2560/-
Non-A/c Accommodation

FARE AC Coach : Adult Rs.5000/- Child Rs. 4000/-
A/c Accommodation

9. South India Tour By Volvo Climatizer Coach:

Dep. 3.30 pm Arr. 7.30 am on 14th day
Every month 1st & 16th as per demand, 14 Days Tour covers Bangalore*, Srirangapatanam, Mysore*, Sravanabelagole, Halebid Belur, Dharmasthala, Mangalore*, Guruvayoor*, Kochi, (Cochin) Thiruvananthapuram*, Suchindram, Kanyakumari*, Madurai, Rameswaram*, Thiruchi/Srirangam, Thanjavur*, Kumbakonam, Pondichery*, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Sree Perumbudur, Kanchi*, Thiruthani and Tirupati*.

FARE : Adult Rs. 16,500/- & Rs.20,500/- (Single occupancy) Child Rs.13,200/-
Includes Accommodation and Transport *Night halts

Eco – Tourism from Hyderabad:

Hyderabad-Dwaraka- Tirumala- Rajamundry-Maredumilli-Hyderabad:

Dep. 8 pm (Fri) Arr. 6 am (Mon)
2 days / 1 night Weekend Getaway

FARE : Adult Rs. 2700/- Child : Rs. 2200/-
Including Food & Tented Accommodation

July 24th, 2009 by admin

Below are the available tours run by APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) from Vishakapatanam or Vizag:

1. Vishakapatanam or Vizag city tour:

Dep.9 a.m. Arr.5 p.m.
Daily Places covered Kailashgiri, Simhachalam Temple, Thotla Konda, Boating at Fishing Harbour, Rishi Konda Beach, Visaka Museum, Sub Marine Museum & Lepakshi Emporium (Visaka & Sub Marine Museum Closed on Monday)

FARE : Adult Rs.300/- Child : Rs. 240/-
Boating Charges Extra. Includes Lunch & Entry Fees

2. Araku rail cum road tour:

Dep. 6.00 am Arr. 9.00 pm
Daily (one day tour) Araku Via Borra Caves, Rail cum road

FARE : Adult Rs. 600/- Child : Rs. 510/-
Including Transport by Train & Bus, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Snacks

3. Araku rail cum road tour:

Dep. 6.00 am Arr. 9.00 pm (Next day)
Daily (Two days tour) Araku Via Borra Caves, Rail cum road

FARE : With A/c suite Adult Rs. 2100/- Child : Rs. 1680/-
FARE : With Non A/c Room Adult Rs. 1750/- Child : Rs. 1400/-
FARE : With Deluxe Room Adult Rs. 1500/- Child : Rs. 1200/-
Including One day accommodation at Araku, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Snacks & Train Fare

4. Vishakapatnam-Papikondalu-Dindi (Week-end Tour)
road cum river cruise package (On Demand):

FARE : Adult Rs. 3100/- Child : Rs. 2500/-
Includes transport by non-AC Hitech, Papikondalu boating, accommodation and food

Day-1 Friday
10.00 PM Dep: from Visakhapatnam and proceed to Pattiseema

DAY-2 Saturday
04.00 AM Arrival at Pattiseema (Fresh-up at Dormitory)

08.00 AM On-board Haritha Boat with country breakfast and proceed to Papikondalu package

01.00 PM Lunch (Vegetarian Thali)

07.00 PM Return to Pattiseema. Dep: to Dindi by Bus

09.30 PM Arrival at Coconut Country Resorts
Accommodation on twin sharing basis

10.00 PM Dinner (Veg.Buffet) Night halt

DAY-3 Sunday
08.00 AM River Cruise on House Boat and breakfast

10.00 AM Check-out and proceed to Antharvedi Darshan
Visit to Light House & Sea Confluence

01.00 PM Return to Dindi – Veg.Buffet Lunch

02.00 PM Proceed to Pasarlapudi Lanka/Ambajipeta
Visit to Coconut Research Centre, Agri-farms etc.
Proceed to Adurru Buddhist site

04.30 PM Dep. to Visakhapatnam

10.00 PM Arrival: Visakhapatnam

6. Vizag-Araku-Tyda-Borra Caves Tour:

Dep. 7.00 am Arr. 9.00 pm
Tour by road daily

Fare : Adult Rs.500/- Child : Rs.400/-
Transportation only

7. Vizag-Bhadrachalam Tour: (daily)

Dep. 9.00 pm Arr. 6.00 am

FARE One way : Adult Rs. 300/- Child Rs.240/-
Transportation only

8. Bhubaneshwar Tour:

Dep.6.30 p.m. Arr.6.00 a.m. (on Monday)
(Every Friday) Non A/C Hi-Tech 3 Days tour, Covers Nandankaanan, Zoo, Siddeshwar Temple, Muktheshwar, Lingaraj Temple Konark, Puri, Pipli, Chilika Lake

FARE : Adult Rs. 1650/- Child : Rs. 1320/-
Inclusive of Accommodation

9. Vizag-Araku-Jagadhalpur:

Dep.7.00 a.m. Arr.7.00 a.m.(on Monday)
(Every Friday) 3 Days Tour covers Mutchkhand Project, Duduma water falls, Jeypur, Kutub Shah Caves, Balaji Temple etc.

Fare : By Non A/c Coach – Adult Rs.3200/- Child : Rs. 2600/-
Fare : By Qualis – Adult Rs.3700/- Child : Rs. 3000/-
Includes Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

10. Arasavalli Tour (on demand):

Non A/C Hi-Tech Tour Covers Srikakulam, Srimukhalingam, Salihundam

FARE : Adult Rs.400/- Child : Rs.320/-
Inclusive of Accommodation

11. Road Cum River Cruise Tour (on demand):

3 Days Tour, Dep. (Saturday) Arr. 5.00 am (Monday)

FARE : Adult Rs. 1300/- Child : Rs.1040/-
Inclusive of Accommodation

Eco – Tourism from Vizag:

Vishakapatnam-Rajamundry-Maredumilli-Vishakapatnam:

Dep.6.00 a.m. (Sat) Arr. 8.30 p.m. (Sun)
2 days / 1 night Weekend Getaway

FARE : Adult Rs. 2000/- Child : Rs. 1600/-

Including Food & Tented Accommodation

Address of APTDC in Vizag:

Railway Station
Ph: +91 891-2788821

July 23rd, 2009 by admin

tirupati

I am living in Bangalore for many years now but I never visited Titupati untill my recent visit on 12/07/2009. I had the wish to visit Tirupati but I recognize now that wish was not strong enough to led me to Tirupati. Recently I made up my mind to visit Tirupati. There are various ways one can visit Tirupati like government ran Package tour like the ones run by KSTDC, APTDC and ITDC. One should book seat in advance to avoid hassles. I booked a seat in APTDC‘s Tirupati – Tirumala tour package for Rs 1400 which includes accomodation for bath and cellar darshan.

APTDC central booking couter is at Race Course road and from here the bus departs. My bus was scheduled to leave a 9 pm. It was a Volvo A/C bus but KSTDC Volvo A/C buses are better in comparison. Also, the drivers are slow and takes more time as one of my friend mentioned. It takes 5 – 6 hours to reach Tirupati. Around 10.30 pm the bus gave a dinner stop. I was fast asleep. Little later slowly unboarded the bus and splashed water on the face at the restaurant. Ordered for Nan and Alu Gobi – that made a stomachful. Back in the bus I was fast aslep again listenning to my iPod.

Around 3.15 am I woke up and found the bus in front of a big complex. Well, we had reached Tirupati and that was Srinivasa complex where all tourists stay. Here, all the passengers of the bus was provided accomodation. Since, I was a single I had to share the room with another guy. We were supposed to take bath and be ready by 4.30 am. I took bath early and took a quick nap. The first spot we were taken were to Padmavati Temple in Tiruchanoor village little away from Tirupati. The guide told visit to Tirumala Lord Venkateshwara temple is not complete without a visit to padmavati temple. Padmavati or Godded lakshmi is the wife of Lord Venkateswara.  It is a nice temple with very detailed working system.

Note: No electronic items are allowed  like camera, mobile phone etc

Then we were back to Sriniva complex and had breakfast. The restaurant is on the first floor. You can expect good juice, ice cream. Average Idly, vada, dosa, meals etc. Dont have high expectations. From we were taken in a local bus which make regular trips to Tirumala. Actually, it is from here buses for Tirumala leaves. Tirumla is 25 km from Srinivasa complex. Roads are good and looks like they are improving it. One has to pass a toll gate to get on the ghat road. It was scenic drive to climb up the hill. Unfortunately, I was not able to shot pictures.

Lord Venkateshwara temple is located on the 7th hill of the 7 Tirumla hills or Sapthagiri. There are multiple entrance to the temple complex. The bus stopped on the main road opposite Lord Venkateswara temple. Little later we all walked inside first walk past Anjenaya temple., then towards queue complex of Lord Venkateswara temple. We were for cellar darshan or in another words VIP darshan or paid darshan which takes less time. While in the queue people were chanting Govinda – Govinda. It this queue too it took us around 2 hours to get the darshan on a Monday. Think what it will be on a weekend or festival time and on a general queue. However, all the queue mingle at a particular point before reaching the gajastambha. From there pilgrims are let in, in batches for darshan (view lord Venkateswara). The main scantum sanatorium is completely gold plated and so is the gopura. One can hard stand in from of Lord venkateswara as 4 – 5 gaurd will be nearby to make sure people keep moving. There is no electric light inside the scantum sanatorium. Only oiled diyas (lamp) are lighted. The sight of Lord Venkateshwara is very powerful. I felt overhelmed and attracted to him.

After the darshan one can donate money or offerings in the Hundi or donation box. The Hundi here is a specially made one hanging from the top. Ouside of the scantum sanatorium one can see various achitectures. then on the way pilgrims are offeres prasad. Also, one is offered 2 laddus free. If you would like you can buy more at the cost of Rs 50/laddu. Tirupati laddu is very tasty and world famous.  From there were back to Srinivasa Complex in Tirupati for lunch in another local bus. The ghat section is one way and on the way back saw many gardens and a deer park too. Hardly anything was left to eat. Sipped juce and ready for return journey to Bangalore. We left Tirupati around 2 – 3 pm and reached Bangalore around 8.30 pm.

Visit to check more pictures of Tirupati.

July 19th, 2009 by admin

aptdc

Andhra Pradesh Tourism department Corporation (APTDC) is the Andhra Pradesh state tourism unit which runs various hotels, package tours in the state and outside the state.  Here lets check the APTDC package tours available from
Bangalore.

1. Bangalore – Tirumala tour:

Dep. 7.30 pm Arrival: 5.00 pm next day
Daily Volvo A/c Coach with AAD Darshan,
2 Days Tour Covers Tirumala Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs. 1500/- Child : Rs. 1200/-
Includes Accommodation

2. Bangalore – Tirumala tour:

Dep.9.30 pm Bangalore Arr.7.30 pm next day
Daily Volvo A/c Coach with Cellar Darshan.
2 Days Tour Covers Tirumala, Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs.1400/- Child: Rs.1120/-
Includes Accommodation

3. Bangalore – Tirumala tour:

Dep.8.30 pm Arr.7.30 pm on Sunday.
Volvo A/c Coach with Sudarshan Token (Every Friday),
3 Days Tour Covers Tirumala, Tiruchanur, and Kalahasthi

FARE: Adult Rs.1540/- Child : Rs.1240/-
Includes Accommodation

4. Mangalore – Tirumala tour:

Daily by Non A/c coach with Sudarshan Token
2 days Tour covers Tirupati, Tirumala, Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs. 1470/- Child : Rs. 1180/-
Includes Accommodation

5. Bangalore Hogenakal Nanniyal – Bangalore (Jungle Joy):

Dep. 7.00 am (Sat.) Arr.7.30 pm (Sun)
2 days tour / 1 night Weekend Getaway

FARE : Adult Rs. 2150/- Child : Rs. 1720/-
Including Food & Accommodation

6. Bangalore Horseley Hills – Talakona- Bangalore (Cool Comfort):

Dep.7.00 a.m. (Sat) Arr.7.30 p.m. (Sun)
2 days tour / 1 night Weekend Getaway

FARE : Adult Rs. 2150/- Child: Rs. 1720/-
Including Food & Accommodation

Address:
APTDC Reservation Center
24/1, Venkateswara Complex,
(next to Hotel Race View or above Mahesh Motor)
Race Course Road, Bangalore
Ph: +91 80-41136373
Fax: +91 80-22385513

March 1st, 2009 by admin

Location: Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh

Distance: 595 Km from Chennai, 690 km from Mumbai, 406 km from Bangalore and around 360 Km from Hyderabad.

How to reach there: Buses are available from chennai, mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. By train one has to unboard at Mantralayam road located around 12 km from Mantralaya. From Mumbai one can take Udyan Express, from Bangalore you can take the Bangalore – Delhi route trains and from Chennai one can take the Chennai – Mumbai route trains. One can also try KSTDC package tour from Bangalore.

Route: 1. Bangalore -> tumkur -> Hiriyur -> Bellary -> Mantralaya

2. Bangalore.. Yelahanka ( Byepass ).. Chickballapur.. Penukonda.. Anantpur ( Byepass ).. Gooty.. take left at junction after passing thru town…rly level crossing…Jonnagiri.. Pattikonka ( Byepass ).. Aspari ( cross road – go straight ) …Adoni… Madhavaram.. right turn.. Mantralayam ( Manchala ).

For more info visit – http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-travel-queries/34286-bangalore-mantralaya.html

Journey time: Around 8 hrs by private vehicle, 9 – 9.5 hrs by bus and 10 – 10.5 hrs by train including 1 hr by road from Mantralayam road.

Where to stay: There are several guest house offered by the temple for a nominial free. Private guest houses are available. Hotel Guru International for high end accomodation, Holiday Home and Lodge Prasuna.

Where to eat: Temple offers free prasadam or food. You can also try Hotel Pannaga.

raghavendra swamy
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple

Mantralaya is the final resting place of the popular vaishnava saint Raghavendra swamy. The local name of this place is Maanchale and it was sankritized to Mantralaya. He lived in the 16th century and propagated the Vaishnava sect of Hindu religion and the Dvaita philosophy of Madhavacharya. Raghavendra swamy was born as Venkanna around 1595 at Bhuvanagiri, a
small town near Kanchipuram in South India (now Tamil Nadu). His fore-fathers were all renowned musicians and he too became a good player of the veena. The samadhi of Raghavendra swami is in the Sri Raghavendra swami mutt also known as Sri Raghavendra Theertha, Guru Rajaru or Rayaru. For more info visit:

http://www.dvaita.org/scholars/raghavendra/
http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/mar99/0118.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raghavendra_Swami

raghavendra swamy temple

What to see:

1. Samadhi temple: Samadhi temple or Brindavan is the final resting place of Sri Raghavendra Swamy. It is a religious place and attracts thousands of devotees every year.

2. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy: Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy temple is located on the bank of Tungabhadra river. It is said the Sri Raghavendra swamy did penace here for 12 years in a cave and lord Hanuman gave him darshan in the form of various avatars. Thats why the idol of Hanuman is five faced.

2. Venkateswara Swamy Temple: This temple is located inside the village. It is said Raghavendra swamy worshiped this idol during his time.

3. Bichali: It is a beautiful and peaceful place on the banks of river Tungabhandra, around 20 km from mantralaya. At this place Apnacharya, the closet diciple of Raghavendra Swamy used to meditate.

4. Narasimha Swamy Temple: The 200 year old Narasimha Swamy temple is located around 25 kilometers from Mantralayam off the Adoni Road in Chinna Tumbalam.

raghavendra swamy
Sri Raghavendra Swamy statue

Around Mantralaya:

1. Alampur: It is a famous temple town. Navabhramma temple which is a cluster of 9 temples dedicated to lord shiva. This temples were built by the Badami Chalukya in 7th century.

2. Belum Caves: It is the second largest cave network in India and is located in Kolimigundla Mandal around 106 km from Kornool, Andhra Pradesh. It has very interesting history.

Contact:

Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt,
Mantralayam, Kurnool District,
Andhra Pradesh – 518345, INDIA.
Phone- (91)-(8512)-279429, 279459
Email-info@srsmutt.org

Useful websites:

http://www.gururaghavendra1.org/

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