Kakinada is a municipal town and the headquarters of the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The district headquarters of Rajahmundry is located at a distance of 65 km to the west. The city is known for its proximity to the scenic Bay of Bengal coast as well as the adjoining Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Those with a desire to explore beaches, South Indian temples as well as cuisine can try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of places of accommodation that also provide good food at affordable prices in the city. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Udupi Venus (Tariff – Rs. 450), Udupi Radhakrishna (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sri Udipi Durga Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500), Chaitanya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area is Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The best place to see in the city is the Kakinada Beach. Other sites which will interest tourists are the Vakalapudi Light House; Adurru village; Pithapuram, a town of religious importance, located 20 km away; and the Coringa Wildilfe Sanctuary (17 km to the south) among others.
How to Get There
Rajahmundry Airport, which is about 63 km away, is the nearest airport.
Kakinada Railway Station through its network of railways connects this city to major cities across the region.
Buses to the area are available from Rajahmundry, Guntur, Eluru as well as Vijayawada. When you opt for Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility ensure that you check out for discount coupons.
A city and a Municipal Corporation in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, Ongole is famous for the Ongole breed of oxen, which is one of the major Zebu cattle breeds in the world. The Ongole breed is sent across the globe and even an island in Malaysia is named after the oxen. The city houses many temples that date back to the 17th century. Agriculture is the primary industry and Ongole is one of the major tobacco trading centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Budget Hotels in Ongole
There are many hotels in Ongole. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sarovar, Ramya Residency, Hotel Central Park and Apsara Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Telugu is the Local Language.
Events in Ongole
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Ongole bull rock-pulling competitions are conducted as a part of traditional festival celebrations at some villages near the city.
Places to See in Ongole
The Sri Raja Rajeswara Swami Temple , Kaasi Visweswara Swami temple, Chenna Keswva Swami Temple, Veeranjaneya Swami temple, J.M.B.Church and Jamia Masjid are located within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada.
Ongole has its own Railway Station.
Ongole APSRTC Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Meghana Travels, Kaveri Kamakshi Travels, Sai Varma Travels and Rukmini Travels that run regular buses to and from the city. Bus booking offers at Ticketgoose.com can be availed of when you book your tickets.