Chennai is named as the Detroit of India with more than one-third of India’s automobile industry being based in the city. Tourists from various parts of India and the world visit the city to explore the amazing list of sightseeing spots that includes beaches, historical monuments and religious sites.
Chennai is prominent for the rich tradition and distinct culture. The great city is also home to remarkable weekend getaway destinations in the nearby locations that are thronged with outdoor enthusiasts. Tourists take a vacation break to the renowned town of Srikalahasti located at a distance of 112 km from Chennai. Book our one day Chennai to Srikalahasti tour by cab and discover the significant religious sites of the town.
A celebrated pilgrimage town located on the banks of Swarnamukhi River in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh offers a myriad of sacred shrines. Make the most of Kalahasti with the visit to the majestic temple of the old town.
Kalahasteeswara is Kalahasti most famous landmark. The name Srikalahasti is believed to be the amalgamation of three words that includes sri which refers to spider, kala which means serpent and hasti refers to elephant.
These three are considered to be ardent devotees of Lord Shiva who died in a quarrel amongst themselves. Lord Shiva is believed to have granted them salvation for their fervent devotion towards him.
Srikalahasti is a preferred weekend destination from Chennai. Take our full day packed Chennai to Srikalahasti tour.
Package Glimpse of One Day Chennai to Sri Kalahasti tour
One day Srikalahasti trip showcases the iconic religious landmarks of this travel getaway. It takes you to some of Srikalahasti most intriguing landmarks that include well known Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple.
Begin your cultural trip with the visit to the most significant Hindu pilgrimage site, Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple. Head off to visit the Bharadwaja Theertham before witnessing the Subramanya Swamy Temple and move ahead to see the Durgambika temple.
Head out to the Prasanna Varadaraja Perumal Temple and then drive to the Chatru Mukteshwar Temple. Learn about the town’s history with the visit to the Kannappa Temple and the Pathala Vinayaka Temple. Enjoy nature’s grandeur at the Kona waterfalls. Your final stop is the Sahasra Lingam.
Discover the aura and the divinity of the sacred Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple with our one day Chennai to Srikalahasti tour. Sacred complex is noted for its magnificent and historical architectural attractions.
A marvellous sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Sri Kalahasteeswara and his consort Goddess Parvati appears as Gnana Prasunambika Devi.
A wondrous architectural site houses a Shiva Linga which is known as Vayu Linga representing the natural element air or vayu.
Srikalahasteeswara is also renowned as Dakshina Kailasam as it is one of the most significant Shiva Kshetras that was constructed in the 5th century. Chola and the Vijayanagara kings made significant additions in the 12th century.
A key attraction is the hundred pillared hall with its exquisite carvings built by Krishnadevaraya in 1512 AD. Well decorated Rajagopuram or the tower at the entrance rising to a height of 127 feet is another highlight of this sacred complex.
A holy site well known as Rahu Kethu Kshetra as people suffering from Rahu or Ketu dosham or marriage and childbirth related issues flock the temple to pay their obeisance to the Lord and offering him their prayers to get relieved of their miseries.
Marvel at the stunning idol of Shiva Linga made of white stone and representing the shape of an elephant’s trunk. Major attractions of the temple include the Sadyogi Mandapa and Jalkoti Mandapa.
Subramanya, Sadyoganapathi, Suryanarayana, Annapurna and Kasi Viswanatha are the other deities enshrined in the temple.
- Must see \ Things to do: Admire the elegant architecture of the sacred temple
One day Chennai to Srikalahasti trip takes you to a small shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha and located about 30 feet below the ground level at the northern entrance of the Sri Kalahasteeswara temple.
Devotees can reach the shrine by moving down around 20 steps to see a small but inspiring idol of Lord Ganesha. To avoid any rush only ten pilgrims are allowed at a time. This spiritual place is located in between the Swarnamukhi River and the foothills.
A mythological story associated with the temple states that when sage Agastya went to Dakshina Kailash, he did not worship Lord Ganesha as such the Swarnamukhi River dried up. To overcome his mistake he offered his prayers to Lord Ganapathi and later a temple was built enshrining Lord Vinayaka.
- Must see \ Things to do: Worship Lord Vinayaka
With the one day exciting Chennai to Srikalahasti tour we take a short detour to the famous tank called the Bharadwaja Theertham. According to legends Bharadwaja Maharshi performed meditation at this serene place. It has a wonderful small idol of Lord Ganapathy who is more popular here as Thapo Vinayaka.
Visitors would be delighted with the picturesque location and the peaceful ambiance. Bharadwaja was a great sage and the father of the well known guru, Dronacharya. He is known for his quest for learning and is believed to have attained the power of meditation.
- Must see \ Things to do: Soak in the tranquillity of the place
Continuing your spiritual journey with the captivating one day Chennai to Srikalahasti trip we move to the Subramanya Swamy Temple. This temple is a glorious sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga. Devotees climb a set of 150 steps to reach the main shrine.
Set amidst the breathtaking views of the surroundings the temple is an important religious site to be visited in the holy town. Skanda Purana states that Lord Kumaravelu had given advice to Lord Rama at this place when he was not happy being away from his wife Sita.
- Must see \ Things to do: Pay your obeisance to Lord Kartikeya
Stop by another treasure of the holy town with our one day Chennai to Srikalahasti tour, the famous Durgambika Temple. An old temple set amidst the amazing scenery is worth a visit to experience the tranquillity of the place that lies 800 meters above the sea level.
As it is set above the Durgambika hill north to the famous Kalahasteeswara Temple, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the countryside from this spot.
- Must see \ Things to do: Capture the amazing panoramic views in your camera
Proceed to the significant Prasanna Varadaraja Perumal Temple enshrining Lord Venkateswara. An intriguing temple is considered to be a sub shrine of the prominent Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple. Devotees visit the holy place seeking the blessings of Lord Prasanna Varadaraja Perumal, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.
- Must see \ Things to do: Admire the solitude of the wonderful temple
The revered Kalahasteeswara Temple has the sacred shrine of Bhakta Kannappa located over a hill called the Kannappa Tippa. It is an important religious place where Lord Shiva’s devotee Thinna used to worship a Shiva Linga that he found in the woods.
As a test to his devotion Lord Shiva made one of the eyes in the Shiva Linga flowing with blood. On this Thinna took out his eye and placed it on the Shiva Linga which then stopped bleeding.
However the other eye started bleeding and Thinna then put his leg on the injured eye and started removing his other eye. Pleased with his devotion Lord Shiva stopped him from removing his eye and granted him salvation.
He is considered to be one of the most important among the 63 Nayanmars. He was later known as Kannappa as Kannu means eye in Tamil and Telugu.
- Must see \ Things to do: Watch at the small but important idol of Kannappa
A preferred Shiva temple visited by pilgrims on their visit to Srikalahasti is the Chaturmukeshwar Temple which is situated on the way to Veyilingala Kona Waterfalls. Appreciate the marvellous Shiva Linga featuring four faces of Lord Shiva.
Legends state that Brahma the creator had performed penance at this place offering his prayers to Lord Shiva seeking for forgiveness for his sins and retain his power of creation. Devotees can reach the main shrine climbing around 75-80 stairs.
- Must see \ Things to do: Wonderful images of other deities’ on the rocks near the shrine
One day Chennai to Srikalahasti tour takes you on a drive to Veyilingala Kona Waterfalls located at a distance of 8km from Srikalahasti. Veyilingala in Telugu means a valley with thousand Lingas.
Incredible waterfalls falling down from the high boulders are believed to possess medicinal values that cure several diseases. Get mesmerized with the natural landmark situated amidst lush green woods and a wonderful hill at its backdrop.
- Must see \ Things to do: Take a dip in the wonderful waterfalls
10. Sahasra Linga
Wrap up your one day Chennai to Srikalahasti trip with the visit to Sahasralinga. In Telugu Sahasra means thousand as such the name Sahasra Linga denotes thousand Shiva Lingas that are carved out of the same rock.
Experience the tranquillity and solace proffered by the renowned place located at a distance of 0.5 km from the Veyilingala Kona waterfalls. People throng in the place with the belief that all their sins will be washed away if they visit this sacred place.
A spiritual and cultural voyage driven with our one day Chennai to Kalahasti tour is going to be cherished by the tourists forever in their minds. An intriguing set of temples visited during this trip would introduce you to the rich heritage and culture of the town.
Srikalahasteeswara Temple is a significant pilgrimage site covered during the trip. Its importance lies in the fact that it is one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, where this religious site represents air. A visit to this celebrated shrine will take you to the bygone era.
- Must see \ Things to do: Enjoy the peaceful ambiance
There is plenty to see and explore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Go through our variety of amazing tour packages from Chennai and discover the key destinations.