Istio Loadbalancing Virtual Ring and Application Pod notification

Hi-I am a new Istio user. Since Istio appears to be capable of directing traffic to particular pods based on attributes of a http request(by way of the DestinationRule loadbalancing config), creating a “soft affinity” for that pod, is there any way I can notify the pods what part of the Istio-managed ring they are assigned?

The app pods receiving the traffic are clustered using Akka, and if I can inform them I can eliminate traffic hops between the clustered nodes.