Mathala is a small village in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Visakhapatnam at a distance of 183 km south-west. Mathala is precisely located on the state’s northern border with Odisha, sandwiched between the Palkonda and South Odisha Eastern Ghats Forest Ranges. Those with a keen interest for wildlife and trekking can visit this place.
Places to Stay
As far as lodging options are concerned, 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 located in the Visakhapatnam region. Sites worth a visit 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 distance of 174 km.
Vishakapatnam Junction Railway Station is the major railway station at a distance of 168 km.
Both state-run as well as private bus operators operate in the area. Private operators include HKB Tours and Travels and Kesineni Travels. Buses to the area are available from Visakhapatnam. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.