Bhadarchalam is one of the temple towns in the state of Telangana. The town is located on the banks of the river Godavari. The temple town has a connection with Ramayana, and it is believed that Rama crossed the river Godavri here whilst he was searching for Sita.
Apart from the religious reasons, the scenic beauty of the place also equally attracts tourists from across the globe. The calm and peaceful ambiance of the place adds on to the experience and leaves the visitors completely excited and wanting for more.
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Starting Point: Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit Bhadrachalam: September To May is the best time to visit Bhadrachalam.
How To Reach Bhadrachalam
By Air: The nearest airport is the Visakhapatnam Airport, which is located at a distance of 127 km from here. The airport is well connected to all the major cities across the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, etc.
By Train: The major railway station is the Bhadrachalam Station which is well connected to all the major towns and cities across the country. One can alight at this station and hire a taxi or a rickshaw to reach the temple.
By Road: One of the best ways to reach Bhadrachalam is by road. The town is well connected by roads and there are regular buses which operate from major cities to Bhadrachalam from major cities.
The total driving distance from Bengaluru to Bhadrachalam is around 876 km.
Route 1: Bengaluru - Chikkabalapura - Bageppali - Penukoda - Anantapur - Kurnool - Hyderabad - Khammam - Bhadrachalam
Route 2: Bengaluru - Chikkabalapura - Bageppali - Penukoda - Anantapur - Kurnool - Hyderabad -Yellanadu - Bhadrachalam
Route 3: Bengaluru - Chikkabalapura - Bageppali - Penukoda - Anantapur - Kurnool - Mahbubnagar - Khammam - Bhadrachalam
For those who are opting to travel using Route 1, it would take you approximately around 13 hours to reach Bhadrachalam, via Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway. The route takes you through the well-known towns of Hyderabad, Khammam and Kurnool.
The roads are well maintained, which helps cover the distance at a good pace and the destination is about 876 km through this route.
If you opt for Route 2, it would take you approximately 14 hours to cover a total distance of 887 km from Bengaluru to Bhadrachalam, via Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway and Srinagar-Kanyakumari Highway.
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On Route 3, it would take you around 14.5 hours to cover the distance of 858 km, via the Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway and NH 44, to reach Bhadrachalam.
The journey can be planned as a long weekend drive. So, one can opt to leave on a Friday morning and after spending about a day and half, they can start to Bengaluru either on a Sunday morning or afternoon and reach the city by evening or night.
Short Stops At Chikkabalapura, Anantapur and Night Halt At Hyderabad
An early start calls for early hunger pangs and to satisfy them, one can make a quick stop for a filling breakfast at one of the eateries on the highway side, either at the Nandi Hills junction or after that and proceed further ahead towards Anantapur for a lunch break and after which one can opt to halt for the night at Hyderabad city.
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The city offers you plenty of options to stay and also is home to many famous monuments such as the Charminar and the palaces in its vicinity. Do try out the biriyanis at Paradise and the Quabani Ka Meetha.
Bhadarchalam is at a distance of 310 km from here, which would take you about 6 hours to reach from Hyderabad.
As Bhadrachalam is well known for its temples, head straight to the temples of the town, which are dedicated to Rama and Hanuman. The main temple here is the Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple.
The temple is dedicated to Rama who is the main deity here along with his consort Sita and his brother Lakshamana. The idol of the temple is a self-manifested one, unlike other idols of Rama. Here the idol has four arms and Sita Devi is seated on his lap, which is unique to this temple and not found anywhere else.
The Sitaramachandra Swamy temple is said to have been constructed in the 17th century. Another notable temple here is the Abhaya Anjaneya Temple dedicated to Hanuman, which is relatively a new structure that attracts a huge number of visitors, for its beautiful sculptures, which are well maintained.
A little away from the town is a place called Parnasala, which is believed to be the place where Rama stayed during his exile period along with Sita Devi and Lakshmana. The place is also known as Shoka Rama, as it depicts the sorrow period of Rama.