Here we would give you information on how to reach Puttaparthi.
Putaparthi can be reached by rail, road and air. Railway is the most preferred means of transport followed by roadways.
Travelling from Goa to Puttaparthi:
Sadly, there is no direct train to puttaparthi. So one has to change atleast two trains to cover the distance of around 1100 k.m. Some prefer a combitnation of Bus and train. Following are the recommended options:-
The key stations we find on the way to parthi:
Vasco – Castle Rock- Hubli – Londa – Yeshwantpur- Guntakal – Dharmavaram – Sai Prashanti Nilayam.
The total one way travelling approximately takes 15-16 Hours.
Option Number 1:
Timings: 3:00 pm ********* : From Vasco-da-gama to Yeshwantpur
Boarding station: Vasco, Margao. Alighting: Yeshwantpur
Timings: 8:00 am KCC-YPR Express 7603: From Yeshwantpur to S. Prashanti Nilayam
Boarding station: Yeshwantpur Alighting: Sai Prashanti Nilayam
You get regular Buses from Sai Prashanti Nilayam Station to Puttaparthi. The Buses are scheduled as per the timings of the train arrivals. If you walk to the main road (100m), you will get Buses in every 20 minutes.
Option Number 2:
Board a Bus to Hubli and get down to Londa. Hire a taxi or catch a bus to reach Londa Station. See that you reach there before 4:00 pm
Timings: 4:55 pm Haripriya Express 7416: From Londa to Guntakal
Boarding station: Londa Alighting: Guntakal
Timings: 3:45 am KCC-YPR Express 7603: From Guntakal to S. Prashanti Nilayam
Boarding station: Guntakal Alighting: Sai Prashanti Nilayam
You get regular Buses from Sai Prashanti Nilayam Station to Puttaparthi. The Buses are scheduled as per the timings of the station. While if you walk to the main road, you will get (100m) Buses in every 20 minutes.
Returning to Goa:
Option No 1:
As the train is scheduled at night, it is better to make arrangement for a taxi by evening. Board the Taxi from Puttaparthi to S. Prashanti Nilayam. The journey is around 20 minutes. Reach the station before 11:00 pm.
Timings: 11:17 pm Udyan Express 6530: From S. Prashanti Nilayam to Guntakal
Boarding station: S. Prashanti Nilayam, Dharmavaram Alighting: Guntakal
Timings: 04:10 am Amaravati Express 8047: From Guntakal to Vasco-da-gama
Boarding station: Guntakal Alighting: Vasco, Margao,Sanvordem.
Option No. 2:
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Travel by Bus from Goa to Puttaparthi seems to be easier, but expensive and time-consuming.
The key is Bangalore. If you are looking for hassle-free travel to the lord’s abode then this could be your choice.
Buses to Bangalore are scheduled in Panjim Bus stand. A luxury sets off at Morning 9:00 am while another semi-luxury is scheduled at 4:00 pm. However, there are other regular buses that go to/through Bangalore.
Once you reach bangalore Bus stand, getting a luxury/ ordinary Bus to puttaparthi is not a big deal (provided you reach before 8:00pm). Puttaparthi is just a five hour journey from there. So hiring a taxi can be another option (Hire: >Rs.2000/-) The total Time for travelling is 18-20 hours.
Travel by Air:
Aircraft is option not many would prefer. But if you have so much urge to see the beloved Lord and do not matter about the cost, then Airway is the right choice. It does surprise many who hear that such a remote village has its own Airport.
Well, Firstly you will have to book a ticket to Mumbai and then to Puttaparthi (Charted Flights). Dabolim Airport in Vasco hosts regularly scheduled Airlines to Mumbai throughout the week. However, flights to puttaparthi may lack continuity. It is better to book a ticket before getting down at Mumbai.
After you reach Puttaparthi, you can hire a taxi to Puttaparthi (approx. 5 kms). The total time taken is 1 hour.
* Dear Sai Friend. The information above may change by time. It is better to confirm the timings of the transportation.
* The full name of S. Prashanti Nilayam station is Sri Sathya Sai Prashanti Nilayam
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Sai Yuva Team.