7 Day Itinerary in BhadrachalamEdit This
Bhadrachalam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, is a beautiful city on the banks of the river Godavari. It is well known as the home of the Rama Temple, a key site for Hindu pilgrims. Here is a sample 7 day itinerary to take advantage of the natural sights of Bhadrachalam and the surrounding areas.
Fly into Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderbad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderbad is a large, multicultural city that lies on the Deccan Plateau, a large plateau that covers most of southern India. Hyderbad is a melting pot of old and new India. You can find the older parts of the city on the south bank of the Musi river, where you can find historical attractions such as the Charminar mosque.
After soaking up some of the sights of Hyderbad, hop on to the train to Bhadrachalam Road. From there you will have to take a bus the rest of the way. There are plenty of options when it comes to places to stay in Bhadrachalam, including Devastanam, or the temple administration accommodation. You can also rent out local cottages or stay at the state run hotel Punnami Bhadrachalam. On your first day in Bhadrachalam relax, get used to your room and grab a bite to eat; most of the restaurants are located close to the bus station.
The main attraction of Bhadrachalam is the temple. One of the most sacred temples in India, the Bhadrachalam temple is the abode of Lord Rama, or the seventh incarnation of SriMahavishnu. Even if you're not visiting for religious puposes, the temple deserves a full day of exploration, as you soak in the history of this 17th century temple.
Perantalapalli is a remote little village that is a must see during your Bhadrachalam vacation. Surrounded by the beautiful Papikondalu hills and waterfalls and the home of a temple to the Idol of Shiva. The village is about 50 KM down the road and across the Godavari River, so it is recommended that you take a guided tour.
Just 35 KM from Bhadrachalam you will find Parnasala, another village rich in historic Hindu culture. Supposedly the place where the Lord Rama first found and spent time in exile with his consort Sita, before she was abducted by the wicked Ravana. A small temple in Parnasala tells the story in statues and murals.
Your last day in Bhadrachalam, take time to revisit your favorite spots, making sure you've fully explored the temple and soaked up the riverside charm of Bhadrachalam.
Take the train back to Hyderbad, and depending on your timing you can either catch your flight right away or spend some more time shopping and relaxing in the capital city.