Sri Kalahasti, famous for having one of the Shiva Kshetras abode of Lord Shiva located on the banks of river Swanamukhi, a beautiful tributary of majestic river Penna, near Tirupati with a magnificent background of hills. Most beautiful village entirely filled natural beauty and still far from turmoil of hectic city life. This small village is dotted with many small and big temples and surrounded by religious spectacles. Many sanctum girdled on the fringes of the famous temple Sri Kalahasteeswara temple.
Must See Places
Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple
An important Shiva Kshetra in Andra Pradesh, located 40 km from Tirupati in Chittoor district. The proud temple is gigantically welcomes devotees with its four major entrances. Each entrance is beautified with tall towers called gopurams measuring 120 feet. The lamp in sanctum sanctorum is miraculous feature of this temple. The lamp flickers even in the absence of air! The skillful engineering of Yadava architecture is a awe-inspiring, they designed the sanctum in such a way that shaft of air will always present near the deity lamp and that is how the lamp continues to flick. It is renovated during 12th century, original age is unknown. Must visit temple.
Gudimallam is a historical temple, dedicated to Lord shiva situated near to Renigunda railway station. The Shiva linga in this temple is the oldest Linga in India. During 1st century the lingam was discovered and installed. People believe that the lingam is manifestation of Trimurthi consist of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Holy Hindu shrine, attracts devotees by its serene nature.
It is the highest waterfall in Andra Pradesh, measuring 82 m, surrounded by thick forest and declared as biosphere reserve by Indian government. It is rich in fauna and flora. Beautiful place for bird watching. Best picnic spot to hang on. The fresh air is unique filled with medicinal properties as this forest houses several sandal wood trees and medicinal herbs.
Baktha kannapa temple, Dhurgambiga temple, Bharadwaja temple, Sri Subramaniya swamy temple, Chantramukeshwara temple, Prasanna Varadaraja swamy temple, Sri durga temple, Sri Pancha mukheswara temple, Sri Veyi Lingala temple and Sahashara linga temple are other known temples visited by devotees.
How to reach Sri Kalahasti
Tirupati domestic airport is the nearest one, located 21 km from Kalahasti. Chennai international airport is 99 km from Kalahasti. Other Airports Bangalore and Vijayawada are quite far.
Sri Kalahsti railway station is located on Tirupati-Vijayawada line.
Srikalahasti is well connected by road, various state and private owned buses are available.
In Summer 30° c to 42 ° c. In Winter 18° c to 25 ° c. October to March is the best time to plan a visit.