The holy abode of the legendary figure, Saythya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a stunning edifice of contemporary Indian Religion. A tiny locale in the Indian Sate of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi has gained global acclamation as a centre of religious excellence. This remote village on the banks of the Chitravathi River is bounded by the scorched and wobbly hills. Though this tiny village does not offer any of the splendorous vistas of nature, it has acclaimed as a much desired tourist place of religious significance after the establishment of Prasanthi Nilayam, in 1950. In fact, the most remarkable attraction in this sleepy village is the Ashram complex that houses a multitude of alluring attractions. It makes every visitor astonished that in this isolated village there is everything that a metro can provide.
Puttaparthi was formerly known as Gollapalli, which means the home of cowherds. The history of Puttaparthi revolves round Sai Baba. In fact for the outside world Puttaparthi means Sai Baba himself. It is the presence of this saintly man makes this small hamlet to a thriving and vibrant city with most modern amenities. This village now houses all the infrastructure of a sophisticated town such as Airport, Railway Station, Super Specialty Hospital and an array of educational institutions.
Summer: 23 to 41 C
Winter: 14 to 31 C
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Getting to Puttaparthi
Puttaparthi has a local domestic airport known as Sri Satya Sai Airport, which is at a distance of 4 km from the Satya Sai Ashram. The airport is connected to Mumbai and Chennai by bi-weekly flights. Major nearest International airport is Bangalore which is at a distance of nearly 250 km.
Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station, which is nearly 8 km away from Ashram, links Puttapathi with the major cities of India, including Mumbai (Udyan Exp), Bangalore (Vijaywada-Yeswanthpur Exp), Visakhapatnam (Prasanthi Exp), Hyderabad (Kacheguda Exp), Bubhaneshwar (Howrah Exp) and New Delhi (Rajdhani Exp). Dharmavaram is the nearest major railhead, which is about 45 km away.
APSRTC buses connect Puttaparthi with other cities in Andhra Pradesh. Super deluxe buses regularly have trips from Bangalore (250 km), Hyderabad (400 km) and Chennai (450 km) to Puttaparthi.