Srikalahasti Tourism
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Srikalahasti Tourism

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Srikalahasti, a town on the banks of River Swarnamukhi, is one of the holy centres in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The township is close to Tirupati and is a part of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA). Srikalahasti is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Lord Shiva, the other being Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram, Thiruvanaikaval and Kanchipuram.

The name of the town is a combination of three words, 'Sri' meaning a spider, 'Kala' meaning a serpent and ‘Hasti’ meaning an elephant. As per mythology, these three creatures are believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva at the site to attain salvation. The religious centre known as Kalahasti or Dakshina Kailasam is referred to as a spiritual abode of Lord Shiva.

There are several testimonies in the form of religious shrines that date back to the pre-Christian era. Most of the Hindu shrines in and around the town have been constructed during the reign of Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara kings.

The temple town is a combination of traditions, customs, myths and folklore, which is famous for the Srikalahasti shrine. The religious centres are a fine example of South Indian architecture, featuring well carved gopuram and delicately carved Dravidian structural designs. The religious centres are situated on high altitudes, providing a beautiful sight of the surroundings. 

Srikalahasti has an ancient Shiva temple that has several mentions in Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana and Linga Purana. Several Tamil Shaivite saints had visited the shrine for seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. The famous shrine of Srikalahasti was built by Kulothunga Cholan I, II and III during the 11th century. A huge mandapam was later added in the 16th century by Krishnadevaraya.

The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great zeal in the Tamil month of Maasi, between February 15 and March 15. There are several processions of the deities during the festival, which are considered to be of high religious significance.

Travellers can reach Srikalahasti through air, rail and road from various parts of the country. The airport closest to the destination is located in Tirupati at a distance of 60 km from Srikalahasti. It is connected with Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Chennai International Airport is nearest international airport to Srikalahasti.

The railhead of the town is situated on Tirupati-Vijayawada broad gauge rail, which is connected with all the major cities of India. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Naidupet, Nellore, Tirupati and Vijayawada for Srikalahasti.

October to March is the ideal time to explore Srikalahasti and pay homage at the shrines due to several festivals being celebrated during these months.
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Kolla Madhavarao

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  • Kolla Madhavarao
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  • 9 Reviews
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"Good destination to relax"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2015
Good experience during our vacation. Our tour by car and staying in fantastic hotels gives very happy remembering. The kalahasti temple is very fantastic and there anybody can get peaceful atmosphere and spiritual so those who needs good spirituals and peace in their minds definitely they should visit this temple.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary

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"A beautiful temple complex in hill"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2015
Srikalahasthi in Andhra pradesh is a visiting spot for tourists. It is 40 km away from tirupati in a silent remote area. Enough buses are availing from tirupati main bus stand. The srikalahasthi is very famous for the siva temple. The main temple is in the bottom of the hill. In the top of the hill also there is temple. The darshan to the top temple is restricted.

The entire temple complex area is well planned & well arranged. The temple is a very old temple & the complex area is wide. Lot of tourists are visiting this temple daily. In front of the temple shopping centres and business centres are available. Those who are visiting tirupati must also visit this temple.
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Raveeendra reddy

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  • Raveeendra reddy
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"Best place to visit in any season"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2015
There is a very good shiva temple. There you can perform naga dosha puja. Nearby places to visit are tirumala, kanipakam. You can hire taxi to visit tirumala & kanipakam. Taxis are available near temple. Inside the temple you can see shakti mata. You can see siva lingas of different kind. You can have meals at temple served in the annadhana building. We can donate amount for nitya annadanam purpose, which is exempted under section 80g of the income tax act.
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Badarinarayan Tr

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"Great Pilgrimage, best suited in the month of october"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 14, 2014
It is nice to visit Lord Venkateswara temple, popularly known as Balaji Temple. It is located on the foot hill. Along with coupled with other temples like Chittoor Kanipakam, Vinayaka temple, Mangapuram Srinivasa and Alamelu Padmavathi. These temples are in a great belief of Indians and most of the people make it a point to visit atleast once in their life time. But there are people who make it point to visit every year.

The good time to visit these places are normally around end Oct or early Nov but avoiding public and festive holidays to avoid over crowded rush during these time.

Food in these areas are normally hot and compare to Old Mysore side but manageable for a change.

When you visit these places most of our time goes in standing in long queue to enter the main temples and therefore not much time left for any other activities.
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  • Venkateswara rao Ponukumati
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"The place and the journey was good"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Place with all comforts and fearless journey even with family members and nearest to Tirupathi to visit Lord Balaji. Guidance available at every spot for right way journey. I wanted to visit this place for the Pooja. Architecture of the temple is to be observed keenly and it's sculptures are marvellous. Bath in the river Suvarnamukhi is possible in the rainy season only. Bhakta Kannappa temple is on the top of the hill, having 200 to 250 steps to reach the temple. Cameras and cell phones are not allowed into the temple. There is no dress code restriction.
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Maonoj samantra

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  • Maonoj samantra
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"Liked the atmosphere inside the temple"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
I liked the atmosphere inside the temple and I specially visit this temple every time to see the golden coloured idol of Lord Ganesha placed inside the temple. There is nothing much to shop around the temple.
I had some other official work there so there was not so much time for me to roam around and watch places nearby. Any how u can visit Tirupati from here..
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Pashern

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"Good Spiritual Place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2013
The temple complex is vast and beautiful. Despite being centuries old, it is well maintained. Expect long queues for darshan (sometimes even with special passes). Can be a day visit from Tirupati as long as you are not visiting to perform rituals. Has many accommodation options available.
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Somesh

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"Srikalahasti for pooja"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2013
Srikalahasti is famous for Sri Kalahasti temple. It is the place for Rahu Ketu nivarana pooja. The temple complex is huge and for first time travellers guides are available (Unofficial though). Rahu Ketu pooja is performed here and tickets are available from the counter inside the temple which is governed by the AP Govt. They will provide the pooja material when you buy the ticket.
The architecture of the temple is also very nice. You can also observe the natural color painting on the ceilings.
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Malla reddy Alimineti

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"Wonderful trip!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 3, 2013
Srikalahasti temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and reputed as the Rahu Kethu Kshetra. The overall trip was good and architecture was amazing, feeling to visit soon the temple again. The priests have done puja very professionally. Accommodation was good as we have planned before going only. Thanks to HolidayIQ.com you have helped us for looking of hotels over there.
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Abishek jaiswal

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"Pooja only!"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2013
The experience was good, since it was a religious trip we did not go anywhere else other than Srikalahasti Temple for Puja purpose..
It was a short but a very decent trip all together
The stay was made even better by the MGM grand hotel as it was a luxurious and comfortable stay there
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