Machilipatnam was also known ‘Masulipatnam’ during the British Raj in India. Machilipatnam is famous for its sweetmeat called ‘Bandar Ladoo’, hence earning the moniker ‘Bandar city’. Machilipatnam is located near the Bay of Bengal and is vulnerable to the storm surges caused by frequent cyclones in this area. Machilipatnam is a beautiful town and is situated in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Machilipatnam. Some of them are Vijaya Raghava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Prasanth Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Apsara Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Eswar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Machilipatnam is Telugu. Other languages spoken here are English and Tamil in some parts of this area.
The important festivals celebrated in Machilipatnam are Kartika Poornima celebrated in the month of February and Kartika Suddha Dasami in the month of October.
Places of Interest
Some places of tourist attractions here are the Palletummalapalem Beach (11 km), Agastheeswara Temple (36 km), Sree Ramalam temple (2 km), and Dattashram (7 km).
How to Get There
There is no airport at Machilipatnam. Vijayawada Airport (58 km) is the closest major airport.
There are direct trains to Machilipatnam and make a stop at Machilipatnam Railway Station. Vijayawada Junction Railway Station (74 km) is the closest major railway junction.
Machilipatnam APSRTC Bus Station is the major bus deport here. All local buses which commute from Machilipatnam to all the major city of Pedana (10 km) or Gudiwada (34 km) start from here. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is famous for its rich history and tradition. Its culture and historical tradition dates back to 400 years Known as the Pearl City that retains its ancient culture, today Hyderabad has grown in leaps and bounds in the field of technology. Hyderabad offers a variety of attractions for tourists, such as the minars, khao galis and bangle markets. The city has various influences of the Nizam culture.
Budget Hotels in Hyderabad
There are great many hotels in Hyderabad that are suitable for budget travelers which include the Ashoka Klaasic (Tariff – Rs 1,025) Taj Mahal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 2,016) and The City Park (Tariff – Rs.1,844)
Telugu is the local language spoken in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has a large population of Muslims since the region was earlier ruled by Moguls and Nizams, hence people here are also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Events in Hyderabad
Batkamma Panduga held in July and Bonalu in September are some of the important local festivals of Hyderabad. Other common festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Ramzan (July) and Bakri-id (October) are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city.
Places to See in Hyderabad
There is a gamut of interesting places to visit in Hyderabad like Charminar (16kms from bus stand), Nizam's Museum ( 2kms from Charminar), Golconda Fort (18 kms), Salar Jung Museum (19kms), Laad Bazaar 13 kms), Birla Mandir (4.63) and Hussein Sagar Lake (4kms).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is an international airport near Shamshabad. It is located about 22 kms away from the city. This international airport also undertakes domestic operations.
Hyderabad’s Deccan Railway Station situated at Nampally is the busiest railway station that has connecting trains to all major destinations in India. This major railway station serve the two cities – Secunderabad and Hyderabad; while Kachiguda is a small station located at Begumpet.
Hyderabad has a number of government and private buses. Currently there are two bus stations —Afzal Gunj Stand and Jubilee Bus Stand. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSRTC) provides standard buses, deluxe coaches and air conditioned coaches. The best bus operators that offer quality service include Kesineni Travels, Sindu Travels and VRL Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.