Penchalakona and Malakonda Narasimha Swamy Temples

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I'm planning to visit Penchalakona and Malakonda from Chennai possibly next weekend. (Saturday - Early morning)

I read these two are part of nava narasimha temples in AP.

Chennai to penchalakona is about 200kms.
I see a dam - somasila near that place and waterfalls apart from the temple.
Any other places of interest nearby?
Is the temple reachable by car or need to climb hills / staircase?

Penchalakona to Malakonda is about 160kms.
Also I read Narasimha swamy temple at malakonda is open only on saturday.
Is the temple reachable by car or need to climb hills / staircase?

Also, planning for night halt at Nellore on saturday night.
Any hotel - medium budget ? suggestions ?

Back to chn on Sunday.

Thank you.
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Chennai to Malakonda Narasimha Swamy Temple

I had been to malakonda narasimha swamy temple and penchalakona narasimha swamy temple yesterday. (17/10/2015)
As it was Saturday and the day on which malakonda narasimhaswamy temple is open, myself and parents started from Chennai by car. Started from Chennai around 7AM, got late as we planned to start around 6AM. Stopped for breakfast after crossing red hills on the outskirts of Chennai immediately around 7.45AM.
There are 6 tolls until singarayakonda on NH5. The frustrating part was that we had to spend 20mins in 4 tolls due to heavy truck traffic.

After singarayakonda, we took a left turn towards kandukur. After crossing kandukur, suddenly we saw a huge convoy of police cars and village people.
They stopped our car and asked us to park the car aside saying there was accident ahead and minister had come to visit.

I got down from the car and started talking with village people, and heard shocking news that 17 people died on the spot of accident. It was horrific for me to hear as in my 10 years of driving I had seen accidents where fatality was 1 or 2 only. I was thinking to come back to Chennai but unfortunately there was no way to get out of the convoy of cars in reverse direction as well. Stuck for nearly more than 1 hour felt the gloomy atmosphere. The people who died were going to attend a marriage at the same temple - Malakonda Narasimha swamy temple. It was an accident between lorry and kind of mini bus. Some village locals and police posted told me that one of the driver was drunk. Finally after about hour, I managed to cross the place and saw a vehicle turn turtle and burnt charred. It looks like the vehicle caught fire. Today in national daily "The Hindu" there is a report of the accident. Very sad to the family that lost lives.

Praying for those victim families, I started driving to the temple. There is a well laid road and we can drive directly to the hill top of the temple. It was noon 2PM. There were people who were camping there, doing prayers, tonsuring head, saw atleast 3 couples who were getting married and their marriage was being performed.
It is a cave temple and not many people were there. They closed the temple for 15 mins for special pooja and we had to wait. It was manageable crowd of people only.
Purchased 100 INR ticket for entry and had a very beautiful darshan of Lord Vishnu in the form of Narasimhaswamy. It is temple inside a small cave.

After coming out, we climbed up the hill steps - around 50nos to reach Lakshmi narasimhaswamy temple on hill top. It was superb view of sight from hill stop with cool breeze. It was very pleasant. Spent few minutes there and I took some pictures. This place is considered to be one of the Nine Narasimha swamy temples in Andhra Pradesh. I saw a lot of APSRTC buses plying to this temple on Saturday. The temple closes at 6PM and is open only on Saturday.

Around 4PM, I started driving back and thought that I could try visiting Penchalakona Narasimha swamy temple.
Stopping and enquiring routes in many villages on the way I took the following route

Malakonda - pamuru - duttalur - vinjamur- atmakur - revuru - somasila - venkatreddipally jn - penchalakona

It was all village roads, but I should say 80% of them are in good condition to drive around 60/70kms/hr. Credit should be given to Andhra govt. as many roads are under construction and widening. I think in another 1 year all these roads would be wide as well.

Reached penchalakona Narasimha swamy temple around 07.45PM and it was closed. The local toll collector told me that temple closes at 6PM.
I expected it as it became too late because of enquiring for driving directions in many places.
I will visit this temple in coming weekends.

From penchalakona, I came back to gudur via rapur. Again road is under construction and widening. It took about 1.5 hours to reach gudur NH5.
Back on NH5, driving back to Chennai was breezy and less traffic on the way back. Reached Chennai at 11.45PM and ended my one day trip clocking 680kms.

Will upload few pictures soon.
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What a lovely, authentic-looking temple. I have been to Tirupati which just seemed awfully touristy and crowded. Yadagiri gutta as a hill temple is better but seems to be getting over-developed. This Malakonda seems like a very nice gentle place to visit. Thanks for sharing this. I've just looked up Penchalakona on web, seems definitely worth a visit.
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It is a very nice place ideal for weekend trip from chennai by car.

I'm planning to visit penchalakona temple and somasila dam sometime in the coming weeks.
I was unlucky as the temple closes by 6pm.
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Chennai – Srikalahasti – Pechalakona – somasila - Chennai
I could not visit the Penchalakona Narasimha swamy temple in my previous trip. The temple was closed as I reached the place around 07.45pm on sunday. So, yesterday 27/12 I planned for a one day trip from Chennai.
Also, I wanted to test my car on a long drive cranking to 100kmph. Myself along with my parents started from Chennai at 07.15AM. I reached redhills and fuelled the car as petrol is expensive in Andhra as compared to Chennai. All roads within Chennai city limits are in horrible condition. Many places they have scrapped the old layer and left it. Hope they complete the work quickly.
Later we stopped for breakfast break at Saravana Hotel near siruvapuri detour on NH45 grand trunk road. The food at this place is good and decent. After having breakfast – pongal + dosa around 08.45AM I started driving to Srikalahasti temple. I have been there as a part of my trip to pancha boota temples (5 elements – Shiva temples). It was my second visit. Reached Kalahasti temple around 10.15AM and parked the car near a river bed. Since it was Sunday and a holiday there were 150 plus cars near the temple. With a sign of worry about standing in the queue we went inside the temple. Weather was very kind – 27C only. Photography inside temple is not allowed and one has to keep mobiles and cams in locker. We opted to buy INR 50 ticket for a quick darshan entry. Surprisingly the security allowed my parents for free as they were senior citizens and I purchased a 50INR ticket for myself. The Kalahasti temple was full of devotees waiting to perform special prayers to Rahu / Ketu. There are so many rates for this pooja – I could see - INR 250/300, 500, 750, 1500...2000+etc...Options. We did not do any special pooja and hence not many people were there in INR50 queue as we could reach the sanctum in 30mins. Priests were performing abhisek and had beautiful darshan of Lord Shiva. This place signifies ‘vayu’ wind out of the 5 basic elements. Standing another 30mins in queue we reached the sanctum of Goddess Parvati Devi – known as Prasunamba. Overall we came out of the temple in 1 hour after praying. I would advise to avoid Sunday as the crowd was swelling as time passed.
When I came back to car parking, there was such a horrible traffic jam with so many tourist vehicles entering. Negotiated and managed to take my vehicle out in 30mins from the parking station.
Srikalahasti – yerpadu – rapur - penchalakona was the route I took to reach Peninsula Narasimha swamy temple. Distance is about 100kms. The roads inside Andhra are good and at many places patch repair work is going on at good speed unlike Chennai. I reached the place around 02.30PM and the temple was closed for lunch break. It is one of the nava (nine) Lord Narasimha swamy temples – called Chatravata Narahsimhar. The place is very scenic and hills all around the temple. It seems there is a waterfalls as well which I did not go as one had to walk 1.5kms. I spend around 30mins looking around the temple premises as temple was about to open at 3PM. The place is located inside forest designated area. Penchalakona is a picturesque place. There are few shops outside the temple but as such no big options for food. So we skipped lunch. Temple opened at 3PM sharp and there were about 25 people waiting at door steps along with us. Lord Narasimhar is very beautiful here and we had the blessings. Goddess Lakshmi temple is located a little 100mts far away and they have a nice paved pathway to reach. There was a small temple of Hanuman outside the temple complex in front of Narasimhar temple. We had darshan and blessings and spent an hour around all these places.
Penchalakona – venkata reddi palli – somasila dam was my next route taken to reach the somasila dam.
At 04.00pm we started driving towards somasila dam which was not far away. It was only 1 hour drive. Roads are good but narrow in this stretch. My car plastic under cover plate protecting engine bay came off and started dragging on the road. It looks like the flooding effect. I managed to shove it back into the front bumper to hold it temporarily. Started driving little slow and was careful at speed breaker mounds. I have to take it to workshop to fix it. We reached somasila dam around 5PM and it was very foggy. Lots of water was flowing in Pennar River. One sluice gate was opened and water was flowing down in full speed. It was a spectacular sight to see the dam so close to the gate. We climbed around 150 stairs to reach the top of the gates and dam and had an aerial view. There was a lot of water stored on the other side of the dam. Rice paddy agriculture was taking place along the river side in full swing. We spent around 45mins enjoying natural beauty of the place. Definitely one can visit this place if you visit penchalakona.
Somasila – kaluvaya – podalakur – manubolu – Gudur- NH45 grand trunk road – Chennai
Around 6PM, started the return journey back to Chennai via podalakur – Gudur and then to Chennai. Stopped for dinner break at A2B Anna Nagar at 09.15pm and then back to home. Overall it around 470km drive and returned at 10.00PM.
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