Welcome to Sri Kalahasti
The holy town of Sri Kalahasti, 37km east of Tirupati, is known for its important Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple and for being, along with Machilipatnam near Vijayawada, a centre for the ancient textile-painting art of kalamkari. Cotton cloth is primed with myrabalam (resin) and cow’s milk; figures are drawn with a pointed bamboo stick dipped in fermented jaggery and water; and the dyes are made from cow dung, ground seeds, plants and flowers. You can see artists at work, and buy some of their products, in the Agraharam neighbourhood, 2.5km from the bus stand. Sri Vijayalakshmi Fine Kalamkari Arts is a 40-year-old family business employing over 60 artists. Dupatta scarves start at around ₹1500.