Appanapalli, a remote village in Mamidikuduru Mandal of East Godavari District, situated on the holy banks of river Vynateya has attained reputation as second Tirupathi of Konaseema being the abode of Lord Bala Balaji. The village Appanapalli derived its name after a Rushi called "Appana" who did THAPASSU for the good of the world. This place in olden days was famous for well-read Brahmins in Vedas who used to spend their time in reciting hymns and performing sacrifices as ordained in the scriptures.
Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and river Godavari on three sides and on 4th side, flanked by wide spread paddy fields, coconut gardens, plain Mango and Jack trees konaseema appears as a part of heaven came down to earth.
Sri Molleti Ramaswamy an ardent devotee of the Lord of the Seven hills is the founder of the present Bala Balaji Devasthanam. One night he saw in his dream the Lord ordering him to go ahead with his SAMKALPA of building a temple for the Lord at Appanapalli without coming to Tirupathi with the share of profit in his business for the Lord annually. Accordingly Sri Ramaswamy at once installed the photos of Sri Sri Sri Venkateswaraswamy varu and his consort Padmavathi Ammavaru in his coconut shop in 1966. In course of time pilgrims in thousands started pouring in and Appanapalli occupied a place of devotional importance in the pilgrim map of our state. It is indeed a point of great surprise and beyond any body's comprehension to explain how the devotee Ramaswamy could serve free meal to one and all including Milk to infants besides Medical aid. "It is all His will". Who am i to claim the credit?. Ramaswamy used to say to the enquiries of the devotees.
Even though Appanapalli is a village, every care is being taken by temple authorities to provide maximum facilities to the devotees visiting the the Lord every day. Food and shelter is being provided freely, safety and security of the pilgrims stands upper most on the job chart. Well-built bathing ghats, separate rooms for ladies for changing their dresses after the holy dip, adequate toilet facilities etc have been provided.
Appanapalli has become a second Tirupathi attracting pilgrims. Devotees in lakhs are being expected during the ensuing pushkarams and the devasthanam has been gearing up to welcome the devotees.
Kalyanamahotsavams from Jyestha Suddha Dasami to Jystha Chaturdasi (June), Mukkoti Ekadasi, Uttaradwara Dharshanam,It is Located at a distance of 70 Km from Kakinada (Via Yanam & Bodasakurru), 110 Km (Via Ravulapalem from Kakinada), 85 Km from Rajahmundry and 35 Km from Amalapuram (Via Ambajipeta) 13 Km (Via Bodasakurru Ferry) from Amalapuram.
Famous temple of Bala Balaji is located in Appanapalli. There are busses from Appanapalli to Palakollu town which is around 35 KMs from there. Palakolllu is also connected with railway line. There is also proposed railway station at village Pasarlapudi on proposed Kotipalli Narasapuram railway line around 2 KMs from Appanapalli.