Ranastalam is a village in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal coast. The place is not very far from the neighbouring state of Odisha. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Visakhapatnam at a distance of 94 km south-west along the coast. Beach and temple-lovers ought to try this place out.
Places to Stay
As a traveler, one will have to consider Visakhapatnam for lodging while in this region. 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 important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Apart from the virgin beaches nearby, the village has nothing significant to offer in terms of tourism. Some of the places of interest in the area near Visakhapatnam 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 85 km.
Vizianagaram Railway Station is the major railway station at a distance of 43 km from the village.
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 and Vizianagaram. Get discount coupons for bus tickets by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.