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 Places of Worship  
 AMARAVATI  

Amaravati is one of the important Buddhist sites near the ancient Satavahana capital Dhyanyakataka. Located 350 kilometres from Hyderabad, Amaravati was one of the four major places of Buddhist worship in India. Several Buddhist stupas and viharas were built here during the reign of the Satavahanas.

Over two thousand years ago, on the south bank of River Krishna stood Mahastupa, the largest stupa in the country.

To get there:

Air: From Vijayawada, which is 65 kilometres away. (Service to start soon)

Rail: Most convenient rail heads are: Guntur (36 kms) and Vijaywada (82 kms)

Road: Taxis are available at Guntur and Vijaywada. Bus services are also available. Top

 BHADRACHALAM 

Here is a shrine, which is dedicated to Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy. The forty-eight forms of Vishnu are depicted here. Situated on the left bank of the River Godavari, it is a little over 300 k.m. from Hyderabad. This holy place throngs with about three lakh pilgrims during the Sri Rama Navami.

To get there:

Air: The nearest airport is Vijaywada which is 20 kilometres away

Rail: Kothagudem which is 40 kilometres away is the nearest rail head.

Road: Bus services are available from Hyderabad to Kothagudem, from where buses are available every hour to Bhadrachalam Top

 KOLANUPAKA 

Situated about 80 kilometre away from Hyderabad, this place was the second capital town of the Kalyani Chalukyas during the eleventh century A.D.

It is well known for its 2000 year old Jain Mahavira Temple which is famous for its 1.5 metre high image carved in Jade. Other interesting sites include the Sri Veeranarayana temple, Someswara temple and the Kolanupaka site museum.

To get there:

State buses and taxis are available from Warangal and Hyderabad. Top

 LEPAKSHI 

480 kilometres from Hyderabad, this place has the finest temple architecture and paintings. Legend has it that Lord Shiva and Parvati were married on the spot where the Kalyana Mandapam stands.

To the south of the main shrine is a huge Nagalingam, standing on a granite block shrouded by a seven headed cobra, magnificently carved out of the rock. The monolithic Nandi near the Veerabhadra temple is another remarkable figure carved out of a single 4.5 metre high and 8.23 metre long rock. Details of its carvings are also fascinating.

To get there:

Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore which is 100 km away.

Rail: Nearest rail head is Hindupur which is 16 km away, on the Hyderabad-Bangalore railway line.

Road: Regular bus services are available from Hindupur and Anantapur

  MEDAK CHURCH 

Built on an immense scale in solid white granite, this Goethic structure is one of the largest and the best in the country. It is situated about 100 kilometres from Hyderabad.

It is chiefly known for its large stained glass window paintings that depict scenes from the Bible. Just 16 kilometres from the Medak Church is Pocharam,a beautiful lake and wildlife sanctuary.

To get there:

Air: Nearest airport Hyderabad is 100 km away.

Rail: Nearest rail head at Kamareddy is 60 km away

Road: Well connected by state buses to Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Siddipet and Sangareddy.

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  RAMAPPA LAKE AND TEMPLE 

At Palampet, 74 kilometres from Warangal is the famous Ramappa Temple built by the Kakatiya rulers around 1213 A.D.

The fabulous Nandi bull, sculpted in black basalt is also located here. The sculptures of this temple have helped rediscover a near extinct dance form called Andhra Natyam. The Ramappa Lake, which lies one kilometre away, is ideal for picnics.

To get there:

State buses and taxis are available from Hyderabad and Warangal.

  SRI KALAHASTI 

This holy place is 36 kilometres from Tirupati, between two steep hills on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Vayu Linga.

Legend has it that the Linga was worshipped by a spider who built its web over it, by a snake which offered it a gem and by an elephant who washed it with water. The name of this place has been derived from this legend.

To get there:

State buses are available from Tirupati.

  TIRUPATI 

The temple town of Tirupati is 740 kilometres away from Hyderabad. It is renowned the world over for its ancient temple of Lord Venkateshwara on Tirumala Hills. The black idol of Balaji is covered in gold jewellery and precious ornaments and is two metres high. It is believed to be the richest temple in the country and is made in the Dravidian style. Tirupati is a famous centre for woodcarving. Typical items are sculpted icons of various Gods and Goddesses.

To get there:

Air: Tirupati is connected with Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

Rail: It is connected by rail with all the cities in India.

Road: Regular bus services are available from Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Chitoor, Vijayawada and other cities. Top

  SRISAILAM 

Located 232 km south of Hyderabad, Srisailam is situated on the bank of river Krishna. With one of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas installed, Srisailam is an important pilgrim centre of India. The Brahmaramba Mallikarjunaswamy temple is perched on a 457 metre high hill that is covered with thick vegetation. An extension of the Nallamalai forest on the southern bank of river Krishna, Srisailam has also become a popular holiday resort.

Across the river Krishna, there is the 512 metre long Srisailam dam with the Srisailam Hydro Electric Power Station that produces hydel power. AndhraTourism's Saila Vihar Rest House and Devasthanam's guest houses and cottages provide good lodging and boarding facilities.

To get there:

Air: Nearest airport Hyderabad is 237 km away

Rail: Nearest rail head, Nandyal on Guntur-Hubli broad gauge line, is 158 km away

Road: State buses and Devasthanam buses connect Srisailam to all important towns of Andhra Pradesh.


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