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The main attraction is the temple of Sri Ram  built by Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas in 1630 AD. Ramdas was then tax revenue collector (also called as Tahsildar). He collected money from people to build this temple and when the collections were not sufficient, used tax collections and consequently was jailed for 12 years by the king Tani Shah of Golconda (now Hyderabad). Moved by the plight of his devotee Sri Ram and his brother Laxmana repaid the money owed to the king and got Ramadas released.
Two festivals are most important at Bhadrachalam: - Annual Kalyanotsavam on the eve of Sri Rama navami, during Sri Rama Navami(march-april) there is a huge influx of pilgrims not only from Andhra districts, but also from other distant places to attend the wedding of Lord Rama with Sita. - Vaikunta Ekadasi (Mukkoti). Sree Seetaramachandra swamy wil give darshan through the Vaikuntha dwaram on the eve of Mukkoti(December-January
Bhadrachalam is connected by road and rail network. The nearest railway station is Bhadrachalam Road (station code: BDCR), 40 km from the town. Locally, Bhadrachalam Road Railway Station is more commonly referred to as Kothagudem Railway Station. It takes approximately 50 minutes to travel from Kothagudem Railway Station to Bhadrachalam by bus and the fare is about Rs 70. Bhadrachalam is: 120 km from district head quarters, Khammam 325 km from the state head quarters, Hyderabad, where the nearest airport is (Shamshabad) By road from Hyderabad follow this route: Hyderabad – Suryapet – Khammam – Kothagudem– Palvancha (This Is Beautiful Town In Khammam District, Kothagudem Thermal Power Station-KTPS Located in Palvancha Town.) - Bhadrachalam. Buses ply from Vijayawada and other major towns in Andhra Pradesh.
If you want to go to Bhadrachalam from Hyderabad by train, you have Machilipatnam/Manuguru express (Train No:17050/12752) at Secunderabad Station every day at 10:45 PM. You should buy a ticket upto Kothagudem (Bhadrachalam Road). The train reaches Kothagudem at 04:45AM. From there you can take a bus to Bhadrachalam. There are lots of buses from just outside Kothagudem station. Bus fare is around Rs 20. You can reach Bhadrachalam Town in 50 minutes. While returning you can take Train No:0340(Link Secunderabad Express) from Kothagudem. It departs from there at 10:15 PM.
If you wish to travel by Road, there are a number of APSRTC busses which ply to the place. It will be around 315 kms from the capital city Hyderabad. The tourism department buses also ply to Bhadrachalam. It will take you non-stop with a break at the Guest House on the Highway near Narketpally. It will be a 7 hours journey from Hyderabad to Bhadrachalam. Suppose if you start from Hyderabad at 10 PM, you will reach by 5 AM the next day.
The courtesy and the behaviour of the temple administration, locals are excellent. You can feel that everyone there are ready to extend cooperation and they talk to you politely. Perhaps it is the manners of Sri Rama embedded into atmosphere.
Three wheeler taxis (called 'auto rickshaws') can be found everywhere, clogging the streets of Bhadrachalam. They don’t carry meters hence fares are to be bargained based on distance (or your perception of it). At the time of writing (June, 2009) fares to and from most places in the bus stand and temple areas were between 10 and 15 rupees.
Prasadam (food offered to the main deity of the temple) sold outside the main entrance can be a good breakfast as well – especially Laddu, Chakrapongali, Pulihora and Patikabellam (misri) are sold at nominal price right in the temple complex.
For breakfast go to Veeranna Hotel near Amba satram to have delicious idly with spicy Ginger chutney..hmmm very tasty..
For lunch there is mess at Tata gudi centre to have delicious Telugu vegetarian food.
Most restaurants are near bus station and offer the same food fare. Cuisine is South Indian ‘thali' and normal south indian snacks like: Idli, Vada, Poori and Dosa.
Tea and Coffee (always with milk) are served in small stainless steel tumblers – tend to be cloyingly sweet unless otherwise specified.
Branded bottled water (also referred to as Mineral Water, which it isn't) of well known brands are available all over the town.
Drinking may not be suggested activity here as it is considered to be a holy place.
Hotel "Sudarshan Residency" just opposite to the temple is also a good choice. A/c Double Occupancy costs at Rs.1100/- and this hotel is well maintained. The advantage of this hotel is, it is just opposite to the temple and walkable to both temple and river Godavari.
Bus station is on the main road where most hotels and restaurants are. Do check the room you are offered before you pay up.