Markapur is a town, a mandal and a revenue headquarter in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Gundlakamma (amma amma) river, this bustling town caters to 80% of the country's demand for slates and slate pencils. The place has abundant resources of slate mines. The slates manufactured here are exported to many other states and throughout the world.
Places to stay
There are some good budget hotels in Markapur. Some of them are New Swapna Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sri Bagahavan (Tariff - Rs. 600), Swagath Hotel ((Tariff – Rs. 400) and Kasinayana Swamy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800).
Language The official language is Telugu. Hindi is also spoken.
Every year during the month of March and April, a mela is held for more than 10 days at Lakshmi Chennakesava Swami temple. The statue of the God is taken out of the temple in a big Teru (car).
Places to visit
The Lakshmi Chennakesava Swami temple (1kms from the bus stand) is the main attraction for tourists. The unique feature of the temple is that every year, from 23 December to 3 January, the sun's rays at dawn enter the sanctum sanctorum, through specially placed windows, and fall at the feet of the deity making them glow for 20 minutes in a day.Other close by tourism destinations include Srisailam (82 kms from bus stand), Medarametla (100 kms from bus stand) and Ongole (95 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
Nearest airport is Vijayawada Airport (172 kms).
Markapur Road railway station and Tarlupadu railway station are the nearby railway stations to the Markapur Mandal. The Guntur Junction railway station (157 kms) is the closest major railway station to Markapur.
The town has a well connected APSRTC bus station. Meghana Travels, Rukmini Travels, Kamakshi Travels are the major operators of Hyderabad to Markapuram route. TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service that provides low price, high quality options for bus travelers - choosing from multiple top operators, bus types, convenient schedules and price.
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.