Pearls Across Penna- Day 2 (part 2) Chitvel Bhadrakali Veerabhadraswamy temple & Varadarajaswamy Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

After the wonderful darshan at Penchalakona and a delicious breakfast at the 'chatram'/ guest-rooms, we drove to Chitvel- a drive that took us over an hour. Chitvel is a small town in Annamayya district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village sits between the Sheshachalam Hills and the Velikondas, the southern part of the Kadapa … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna- Day 2 (part 2) Chitvel Bhadrakali Veerabhadraswamy temple & Varadarajaswamy Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Pearls Across Penna- Day 2 (part 1) – Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Penchalakona ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

1 hour 10 minute drive from Venkatagiri to Penchalakona After a long day starting from Srikalahasti and then to Venkatgiri, we made our way to stay overnight at the village of Penchalakona This village is part of the Rapur Mandal in the Nellore District. The area is also a wildlife sanctuary which is about 1030 … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna- Day 2 (part 1) – Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Penchalakona ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 2) Venkatgiri Weaves and Venkatgiri Fort ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Satiated after a Andhra thali lunch at the Hotel MGM Grand, Srikalahasti, our next stop was the town of Venkatgiri. This is a town in the Tirupati District of Andhra Pradesh. History of Venkatgiri: Venkatagiri was originally known as Kalimilli till the 17th century and was ruled by Gobburi Palaiyakkarars (or Polygars as the British called … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 2) Venkatgiri Weaves and Venkatgiri Fort ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 1) SriKalahasti Temple & Kalamkari Artists ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The 'Pearls Across Penna' travellers in the corridor of the SriKalahasteeshwara Temple, Srikalahasti Two groups converged from Chennai and Bangalore at SriKalahasti to what was the beginning of the 'Pearls across Penna' trail. The trail was named after the 'Pennar' River, which is a unique river in itself. It originates at the Nandi Hills, which … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 1) SriKalahasti Temple & Kalamkari Artists ©Sangeeta Venkatesh