Bhadrachalam is one of the major pilgrim centre in Andhra Pradesh for Hindus. This city is famous for the temple of Sri Rama built by Bhakta Ramadasa during 1630 AD. Ramadasu was a devotee of Lord Rama. The temple has been constructed beside the banks of river Godavari and has been renovated recently. Situated in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, the place is also surrounded by Chattisghad and Orissa states. There will be a festival in each year during the month of April (Rama Navami day) in Bhadrachalam.
Bhadrachalam is situated 120Kms from Khammam and 320kms from the Andhrapradesh state capital Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the nearest town for airport. Nearest railway station is Kothagudem located just 40Kms away. This railway station is mainly meant for Singareni coal mines and hence passenger trains from Khammam are limited. This is the end station. The convenient train traffic is more for Khammam head quarters itself. Many tourists prefer visiting Bhadrachalam via Rajahmundry by launch journey in the river Godavari. This one is a twelve (12) hours journey in the river between Rajahmundry and Shri Ramagiri. And two hours bus journey between Sri Ramagiri and Bhadrachalam via Konavaram.
Visiting places in Bhadrachalam
The main attraction of Bhadrachalam is Sri Rama temple. The temple timings are from morning 4.30am to 5.00am. Temple reopens at 7.00am and will be opened till night 9.00pm. It is believed that Sri Rama, Laxmana and Sita stayed nearer to Bhadrachalam in a place called Parnashala, 35kms from Bhadrachalam. It is from this place Ravana kidnapped Sita. On the way to Parnashala to the left, crossing the river Godavari, a small water falls can be seen which is quite a pleasant place. One more water falls called Kinnerasani is located approximately 40Kms from Bhadrachalam. A well known paper mill (Bhadrachalam Paper Boards Limited) is situated nearer to Bhadrachalam (7-8 kms away).
Accomodation and food at Bhadrachalam
Temple accomodation nearer to the temple are available at a very reasonable rate. People who want a better kind of lodge can opt for private hotels. Budget hotels starting from INR 300 are available. It is possible to have booking the hotels for both temple and private in advance. Good south Indian food is available