Simhachalam Travel Guide
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- Srinivas Thummalapa
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Simhachalam is one of the main vaishnavite attractions for the devout. Its nestled in the hills near Visakhapatnam. It would take about 30min-45min to reach this place from Vizag.More »
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight Seeing: the only and the best darshan one can have is that of presiding deity : Lord Varaha Narasimha atop the hills.
Shopping: nothing much in particular at Vizag or at Simhachalam
Food: you get cost effective andhra veg delicacies at Vizag. There are only few restaurants at Simhachalam. Right at the bottom of the hills, devasthanams have its own canteen or other near by Veg restaurants: but everything opens at about 9am or so....
Activities & things to do: - Take Rs.100 ticket for darshan cum archana: which is the best bet to avoid the crowds or if not the crowds are not, one can perform the archana within the precincts of Temple in sanctum santorum
- Have a peaceful serene darshan of Lord: which in itself is a really blissful experience given the natural surroundings and well maintained ( cleanliness, tidiness and vedic chants)
- Have early morning darshan( which starts at 7am) and then proceed to Vizag for breakfast: at Venkatadri Vantillu, on VIP Road, along CBM compound: heavenly food where you get andhra veg delicacies at its best
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: - Try Venkatadri Vantillu for cost effective food in general
- Try Tulip restaurant at Green Park for really excellent veg thali for lunch or dinner
- Visit Kali temple, RK Beach; reach Bhimli for really ancient and quaint Lord Shiva temple called Bheemeswara temple
- Try Araku Valley if you have another a day or two from Viza
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- State: Andhra Pradesh
- Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
- Altitude: 190 m
According to the chronicles of history, Vishakapatnam in 260 BC, was under the reign of Ashoka and was the part of Kalinga dynasty. However, later the destination went under the control of Andhra Kings of Vengi.
Following Andhra Kings, the destination was ruled by several dynasties, which include Pallava, Chola and Ganga dynasties. In the 15th century, Vishakapatnam, which is also known as ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’, became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Simhachalam has derived its name from two words, Simham meaning ‘lion’ and Aachalam meaning ‘hill’, which is a town situated in Vishakapatnam. The most prominent attraction of the destination is Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple, popularly known as Simhachalam temple.
Dedicated to the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, known as Narasimha and Varaham, this temple is one of the eighteen temples in India that are dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Situated atop a hill, Simhachalam has got its name from this temple.
The major attraction is the deity of Varaha Lakshminarasimha presiding in the temple, which is always covered with sandal paste all the year round, except for one day. This day is known as Chandana Visarjana, when the sandal paste is removed and the idol is open to devotees in its original form, which is nijaroopa darshan.
Gaining recognition similar to that of Tirupati, Simhachalam houses several temples that allure devotees from all across the world. Govindraja Swamy Temple, Lakshmi Devi Temple, Simhavalli Tayaru Temple and Lakshminarayana Swamy Temple are some of the other prominent attractions of the destination.
For reaching Simhachalam, there are flights, buses and trains. Vishakapatnam Airport, located at a distance of 17.6 kilometres, is the nearest airport serving Simhachalam. State Road Transport Corporation buses are also available to Simhachalam from other cities in the state.
Those travelling by railways can board trains to Simhachalam Railway Station, located at a distance of 7.2 kilometres. However, the major railhead serving the destination is Vishakapatnam Railway Station, located at a distance of 17.6 kilometres from Simhachalam.
The best time to explore this beautiful pilgrimage centre is between October and March.
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- Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
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- Offbeat Attraction
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- Lakshmi Devi Temple
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- Lakshminarayana Swamy Temple
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