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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Raghu Vamsi

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  • 11 Reviews
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"A Destination of Heritage" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
A holy place & heritage cum tourist destination with lot many attractions and places around, nearest place is Tirupati, etc. South Indian food is available in mini hotels, like puri, idly, dosa etc. We visited the main Shiva temple along with other temples like Sahasra linga temple, Bharadwaja theertham, Durgambika temple, Bhakta kannappa temple, Subramanya swamy temple. A perfect place to visit with friends, couple, family.
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Prabhu r

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"Best of religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Kalahasti temple is very Old Temple, It is one of the most important God shiva Temples in south Asia, Everyday hundreds of devotees visit Sri Kalahasti for Kaal sarp dosh puja or Rahu – Ketu Puja. The Rahu ketu Pooja completes in 40-45 minutes, and it is always better to perform this pooja during Rahukal, if possible on Saturdays
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Rs gururaj

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"Srikalahasti-An awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very satisfying blissful experience, belief and faith will strengthen your path to salvation. A must visit temple of miracles. Our prayers were answered try with devotion. A small piece of advice for those pilgrims:Do not visit any other temple or anybody's house after the Darshan of Sri Kalahasti temple to get the benefits of your poojapala.
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Akshay Joshi

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"Wonderful Temple-Srikalahasti!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is one of the best temple in architecture and heritage which is famous for Gaali Gopuram (air monument) which is beautiful and mesmerizing to watch. Its very much connect with busses from tirupati and nearby places. Inside of the temple there are very beautiful sculptures carved on the walls of temple. It has local lake for bath but it was not that good. For Food there are two hotels which give best food and in that meals is tasty with 7-10 different varieties of dishes are served.
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Narasimha

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Best visited ever"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
Srikalahasti is best time I ever seen before, it was good experience. Nice people, we can feel different type of vibration in Kalahasthi. Boarding and lodging also very good, you can get AC and non AC rooms in best price.
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Lavanya

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"Famous for temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
A must visit temple. An excellent place and very well connected to Tirupati and Tirumala. It has nice hotels to stay and also has easy mode of transportation with high frequency. The temple is very famous and everyone should visit the temple at least once in their lifetime.
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Mula Vinodkumargoud

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"Great devotional pilgrimage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
It was a one of great devotional pilgrimage, it is very much developed from my last visit. The temple is very clean and good, even Lord Sri Kalahastiswara is great. One of the 5 lingas is at Srikalahasti. I love this place very much, even temple is near to the railway station and bus stop.
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Durei ..

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"A very good experience!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2015
Nice place to stay. We enjoyed very much because lot of good temple's and historical places are there. We visited all the temple's and some important places because all the temple's are nearby hotel that's why we're visited easily. Totally very good trip.
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Kolla Madhavarao

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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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"A beautiful temple complex in hill"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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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