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Kalavagunta is situated in the north-east direction of Chittoor at a distance of 8 km. It is a small town located on the merging point of the rivers Aragonda and Ponnai. The temples present in this town have beautiful architecture and constructed by the rulers of Chola dynasty. This place is famous for two temples, Mukkantisvara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lakshminarayana, devoted to Lord Vishnu and goddesses Lakshmi. The rich cultural heritage and ancient structure attract tourist to visit the small village of Kalavagunta. According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Kalavagunta village is 595820. Kalavagunta village is located in Srikalahasti Tehsil of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated 33km away from sub-district headquarter Srikalahasti and 116km away from district headquarter Chittoor. As per 2009 stats, Mannavaram is the gram panchayat of Kalavagunta village. The total geographical area of village is 3315 hectares. Kalavagunta has a total population of 1,525 peoples. There are about 399 houses in Kalavagunta village. Srikalahasti is nearest town to Kalavagunta which is approximately 19km away.Kalavagunta is a Village in Srikalahasti Mandal in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh State, India. It belongs to Rayalaseema region . It is located 104 KM towards North from District head quarters Chittoor. 28 KM from Srikalahasti. 473 KM from State capital Hyderabad Kalavagunta Pin code is 517127 and postal head office is Murukambattu . Velampadu ( 3 KM ) , Mannavaram ( 3 KM ) , Pathagunta ( 5 KM ) , Mangalagunta ( 5 KM ) , Yarlapudi ( 5 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Kalavagunta. Kalavagunta is surrounded by Kodur Mandal towards west , Yerpedu Mandal towards South , Srikalahasti Mandal towards East , Dakkili Mandal towards North . Venkatagiri , Srikalahasti , Renigunta , Tirupati are the nearby Cities to Kalavagunta. This Place is in the border of the Chittoor District and Spsr Nellore District. Spsr Nellore District Pellakur is East towards this place .      Book Now



Kalavagunta

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has had a very busy year, and we were blessed enough to make a real difference in the lives of some of the rhino orphan babies, the victims of poaching. Rhinos are poached currently at a rate of more than three a day, and a rhino mommy with a small baby makes an easier target to murder, because the baby is not as fast and strong. Fewer than 10% of babies left alone after their mothers had been poached, ever make it to safety. And then - there is a huge risk that they might die due to the trauma, as happened recently with two of the babies we supported. Tragically, the poaching situation is not getting any better, and ongoing support and funding is needed for the ethical sanctuaries who put the welfare of these babies first. Christmas is a trying time for most people confronted with loneliness; and the poaching rates also spike during this time, which means more orphaned rhino baby poaching victims will need our help! One sure way to make a difference in your own life, would be to support someone who makes a practical difference to the lives of the animals most in need. It truly takes a village to save their lives, and make sure they grow up healthy and strong. From the careers who stay awake for days on end when a new orphan arrives, to the anti-poaching rangers who are out there, in extreme weather, protecting them. It takes medical and veterinary supplies like huge quantities of disinfectant, special milk and medicine formulas to prevent stomach ulcers (which can be fatal). Oxygen tanks, IV drips, Generators, Food and Supplies for the Human Angels who do this job because it is a calling. Water troughs, hosepipes, soap, consumables, even mattresses for new orphan babies - these are some of the things that we have supplied over the past year and need to continue doing!       Book Now



Koundinya-Wildlife-Sanctuary

Nagari is a semi-agrarian and semi-industrialized city, situated on the bank of river Kusasthali. This place is popular for Nagari hills and has many well established textile industries and numerous temples. Tourists visit this place for picnic, expedition and mountaineering activities that has gradually become popular traveler.      Book Now



Nagari-Hills

Almost neighboring the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, is Swami Pushkarini Lake. According to the legends, the lake belonged to Lord Vishnu and was located in Vaikuntham. It was brought to the earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateshwara. Extremely holy, the pilgrims usually take a dip in the waters of this lake before proceeding to the main temple. Set within the boundaries of the Thirumala Temple, Pushkarini Lake is a well-known sacred lake. According to the history, Lord Vishnu took a long bath with his wife Lakshmi Devi. Since then, the lake is believed to have holy water. Devotees from all over visit here to take a dip in this lake. It is believed that taking a dip in the lake cleanses all the sins. Also, people believe that those who take a dip in this river are showered with blessings of prosperity and growth. One of the popular lake to visit in Chittoor district is swami Pushkarini Lake. This lake is well known for its natural beauty. It was said that lord Vishnu took a long bath with his wife Lakshmi Devi. The water of this lake is considered holy. You can find devotees from all over Andhra visit here to take a dip in this lake. It is believed that taking a dip in the lake cleanses all the sins. The lush greenery all-around of this lake increases the beauty of this lake many times. Swami Pushkarini was originally in Vaikuntam and belonged to Sri Maha Vishnu. It was set on Earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateswara. It is adjacent to the Sri Venkateswara temple. This is the perfect place for attaining spiritual peace. The major attraction of this lake is wooden-float of lord shri Venkateshwara in the month of feb-march. When you are in Chittoor district then you should visit this lake.      Book Now



SwamiPushkariniLake

Sri Venkateswara Temple which is the most ancient Prligrim Center in India is on Tirumala Hill. This Temple is in the geographical limits of Tirupathi in Chittoor District. The Tirumala Hill forms the southern end of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh. It rises to a maximum height of 1104 metres above the sea level and consists of seven peaks or ridges, hence the name Sapthagiri or Seven Hills. It covers an area of about 250 Sq Km and resembles a massive Serpent, giving it the name Seshadri or the Hill of Snake. The head of the Serpent is Tirumala, the body is Ahobilam to the North & the tail is Srisailam, even further North. Lord Venkateswara Temple is on Venkatadri which is one of the Seven hills. Tiru means Holy or Sacred and mala means hills or mountain in Dravidian languages. Therefore it translates as Holy mountains.He is also called Srinivasa, Tirumalesa, Tirumalappa, Timmappa. This temple has acquired a special sanctity in the Hindu religion. The benefits that accrue by a pilgrimage to this holy town is mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas. Hindus all over the world believe that in Kali Yuga its possible to attain mukti by worshiping Lord Venkateswara. There are footsteps leading to the hill with two separate serpentine roads to reach the shrine. According to legend, God Vishnu revealed himself earlier in the previous incarnations as Varahaswamy on the banks of the present temple tank.. This manifestation of the white boar (Sveta Varaham) is enshrined in the Adi Varahaswany temple situated on the northeastern banks of the tank. Ven means sin and Kata means destroyed Therefore Venkata means, a person who worships there will get cleansed of all sins. Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple every day. Tirumala is known to have a history that goes back to the age of the Sangam Literature that lasted from 500 B.C. to 300 A.D. The reference of the famous shrine in Tirupati can be found in the literature of IIango Vadigals Silapadikarm and Satanars Manimeghalai Bear. The Tirumala hills are known to be worlds second oldest rock mountain. Thondaiman, ruler of ancient Tondai Nadu is believed to have first built the temple after visualizing Lord Vishnu in a dream. He built the Gopuram and the Prakhara, and arranged for regular prayers to be conducted in the temple.      Book Now



Tirumal-Balaji-temple

The Tirumala Hills are part of Seshachalam Hills range. The hills are 853 metres (2,799 ft) above sea level. The Hills comprises seven peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The temple lies on the seventh peak -Venkatadri, on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini, a holy water tank. Hence the temple is also referred to as "Temple of Seven Hills". Tirumala town covers about 10.33 sq mi (26.75 km2) in area.The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD. The Garbagriha (Sanctum Sanctorum) is called AnandaNilayam. The presiding deity, Venkateswara, is in standing posture and faces east in Garbha griha. The temple follows Vaikhanasa Agama tradition of worship. The temple is one of the eight Vishnu Swayambhu Kshetras and is listed as 106th and the last earthly Divya Desam.      Book Now


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