Andhra Pradesh Tourism to Host Punnami Orvakal, the First Ever Full Moon Festival

Industry Watch | June 5, 2017 | News

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Violet Worldwide

The Andhra Pradesh state is all set to host Punnami Orvakal, the first ever Full Moon Festival at Orvakal, 350kms away from Bengaluru in Orvakal Rock Garden at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. Organised under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, the festival will be managed by Violet Worldwide. The three-day festival will commence on June 9 on a grand scale amidst the rock formations, and will conclude on June 11.

500 registered guests are expected. Besides them, the tourism officials are expecting a local crowd of over 5000 people.

Announcing the event, Himanshu Shukla, I.A.S, CEO A.P Tourism Authority, Government of Andhra Pradesh said, “The first ever Full Moon Festival to be celebrated at one of the Best Kept Secrets of The State of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Tourism has explored many venues across the State. These 3 Billion-year-old rock formations are the ideal weekend getaway for Hyderabad, Bengaluru tourists.”

The picturesque location is 20kms away from Kurnool. "The Full Moon Festival is celebrated across the world. We wanted a weekend to coincide with the full moon. Fortunately, the timing of the local festival Eruvaka Poornima also adds significance to the event. We are confident that the importance of this place will grab public attention," said A. Balram Babu, Director, Violet Worldwide.

A vast stretch of 200 acres of government land will be used for the event. Accommodation will be given in categories of Platinum, Gold and Silver arenas and tickets are priced accordingly.

The organisers have lined up live performances by Shobana, one of the most sought after actresses and dancers; Revanth, Indian Idol Winner, and several other singers. Akshar The Band and Black Sheep will enthral guests with their live band performances. Besides these performances, Venetian Carnival, Mind Reader Mohit Rao and Illusion Artists shows will be held. The other attractions include a Tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride, Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Indoor Bungee Trampoline, Rappeling, Zipline/Flying, Water Walking, Rope Courses, Rock Trek, Paramotoring, Mash Machine and many more.

The festival promises to be an exciting extravaganza with many live shows, Video Installations, Adventure engagements/activities, Multi-event venues & Grand Carnival Parade, air-conditioned Breakout Tents, and mesmerising arenas. Fast food stalls by Subway, Dominos & more will be made available. The venue also has a restaurant, cave museum, and picnic area.

"Orvakal is one of the best-kept secrets of Andhra Pradesh. We want people in and around Bengaluru and Karnataka to know and explore this place which has many things to offer. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism welcomes Bangaloreans and people from Karnataka to be a part of this great and spectacular Festival to be held in a place that stood testimony for 3 Billion Years. It will be a never before experience for the select few participants,” added Shukla.

 An air-conditioned well-furnished tented accommodation with all modern comforts will be provided to visitors. The tickets are priced at Rs. 15,000 (Platinum), Rs. 10,000 (Gold) and Rs. 5,000 (Silver). It includes food and accommodation for two days for four persons.

The timing of the festival is significant. The date June 9th also coincides with ERUVAKA PURNIMA a Local Festival of many zones in South India, celebrated by Farmers and household to welcome the Monsoons.

Nearby attractions include Ketavaram, Belum Caves, Gandikota, Ahobilam, Mantrayalam, and Mahanandi.

Bookings for the festival can be made online through Book My Show and Mera Events.

 

Organised under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, the festival will be managed by Violet Worldwide.

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