Anakapalli town is part of the Greater Visakhapatnam in the coastal district of Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. The town is famous for its jaggery and ranks second in the country in terms of imports and exports. Other than being an important business centre, the town is also home to many Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian places of worship.
Places to Stay
For options, one will have to consider Visakhapatnam. Some of the budget hotels which are worth a try are Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 950), Dwaraka Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) Morya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and Sonar Bangla Bengali Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Telugu. English is also understood.
The major events of the city are Holi, Ganesh Chathurthi and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Some of the places of interest in the area are Sri Sri Nookambika Temple, the Andhra Baptist Church and the ruins of a Buddhist temple known as Bojjannakonda. Many other old Buddhist temples can be found in the area too.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Visakhapatnam Airport at a meager distance of 26 km.
The closest railway stations are the Anakapalle Railway Station, Kasimkota Railway Station and the Thadi Railway Station. Vishakapatnam Railway Junction is the major railway station at a distance of 33 km from Anakapalle.
Both state-run as well as private bus operators operate in the area. Private operators include HKB Tours and Travels and Kesineni Travels. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons
Also called Rajamahendravaram, the city of Rajahmundry is located on the banks of the river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. Its average literacy rate is 84.28% according to the 2011 census. It is a major pilgrimage site for the Hindu community and has many temples. It also hosts auspicious congregations every 12 years where millions of people gather to offer prayers. Pen-making shops here offer vintage fountain pens. Numerous shopping and jewellery malls, hotels, restaurants, educational institutions and art galleries are found here. The place is well connected by rail, road and air.
Budget Hotels in Rajahmundry
There are good budget hotels in Rajahmundry. Some of them are Challa Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Surya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Akshay Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Sangam Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Rajahmundry is Telugu. The other language spoken here is English.
Events in Rajahmundry
The important festive occasions celebrated in Rajahmundry are Ganesha Utsav and Hanuman Jayanti.
Places to See in Rajahmundry
There are several tourist attractions in Rajahmundry. Some of the places include the Godavari Arch Bridge (6.3 km), Alcot Gardens (6.4 km), Kadiyapulanka (8 km) and Sir Arthur Cotton Museum (8.5 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to the town is Rajahmundry Airport which is approximately 18 km away.
Rajahmundry railway station is well connected to most parts of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
There are bus services to Rajahmundry from Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kaveri Kamakshi Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sree Kaleswari Travels Hyderabad. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.