They say the journey is far more enjoyable than the destination. Our trip to the Chintarevula village in Mahabubnagar certainly reinforced that feeling in my mind. Situated on the southern banks of Krishna river about 10 kms from the Priyadarshini Jurala Project dam (PJP), Chintarevula is famous for its Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple.
After a quick visit to Gadwal fort and Jogalumba temple, we decided to leave for the village. Located about 16 kms away from Gadwal,we were soon surrounded by fields on both sides. But travelling in the peak summer heat left us quite thirsty, and we stopped at a tube well for some water. Women and children from the nearby village had gathered around the well to collect water for their homes. Sights like these always get me thinking about the hard life those in rural India lead, for many getting access to proper drinking water means walking several kilometres.
Late afternoon rays peeked through the clouds as we made our way towards the temple and soon came across a big temple gateway on the right. The roads became narrower from here as we passed through several small villages. We also drew lot of stares from the villagers since bikers travelling together are an unusual sight in the area. Dusk soon settled in and the sound of tinkling cow bells carried through the air as farmers made their way home. Attracted by the sight, we stopped to take some shots and made our way to the temple.
The Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple looked quite old. The evening prayers were being performed by two priests as we entered the temple. After the aarti and a circumambulation, we came out and the temple was closed for the day. According to locals, devotees flock here during festivals to get their prayers answered by the god. Though we asked around about the history, there wasn’t much to go on. One can visit it while going to the PJP dam. The town of Gadwal also has a few places to see and you can club it with Gadwal fort and the Chennakeshava Swamy Temple.
How to reach
It’s best to drive there as the highway is excellent. Gadwal is about 180 kms from Hyderabad. We went on bikes and it took us about 4 hours to reach there. Buses also ply to the area.
It’s better to go during morning or evening. If you plan to visit Gadwal and surrounding areas, you can stay at the Venkateshwara Lodge which has clean AC rooms. There is a Haritha Hotel near Jogalumba temple, before approaching Gadwal as well. Carry your own food as there are no places along the way.