Gajuwaka is a town in the state of Andhra Pradesh. With a population of 300000 plus, Gajuwaka has managed to keep its literacy rate higher than the national average. It is situated 15km south of capital city, Visakhapatnam. The city life of Visakhapatnam has mirrored itself on to Gajuwaka thus making it an industrial economy. This economy has recently given rise to large number of educational institutions, shopping malls and cinemas within the city.
Places to Stay
Visitors are recommended to make stay arrangements in Visakhapatnam city. Lying at proximity of 15km, one can find numerous budget hotels such as Sudha Hotel, Kanya Lodge, Prince Hotel and Sri Rama Lodge well within Rs.1500-Rs.1800.
The festival of Pongal is one of the main events of the year in Gujuwaka. Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the other major events across the year.
Telugu and Hindi are the local languages spoken in Gujuwaka.
Places to Visit
The major attraction around Gujuwaka is 15km away in Visakhapatnam city like Kailasagiri hilltop Park, Rushikonda beach, Simhachalam hill shrine and Aruka Valley among many others.
How to Get There
Visakhapatnam Airport is located 10km away; domestic flights to major cities and international flights to a few cities can be accessed from here.
Duvvada Railway station and Visakhapatnam Junction are linked to Gujuwaka. It provides connections to all major cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh, South of India and the rest.
Gujuwaka is an important point of transit on NH5. There are daily buses to Visakhapatnam. The best bus operators that offer quality service include state owned buses, APSRTC, Reddy Express Tours and Travels and Diwakar Travels. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.
Palvancha, also called Paloncha, is a city in the newly formed Telangana’s Khamman district. This industrial town has a dam called Kinnerasani Dam, which is worth visiting. Blessed with lush green forests and beautiful lakes, Palvancha makes a good weekend getaway. Some of its nearby cities include Kothagudem (13 km), Bhadrachalam (28 km) and Manuguru (47 km).
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Palvancha. Tourists can opt to stay in Siddipet, which is 57 km away. Some of the budget hotels include Sri Sudharsana Residency (Tariff – Rs.900), Padmashali Satram (Tariff – Rs.900) and Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Telugu is mostly spoken in Palvancha.
Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April and Diwali in October-November are some of the major festivals celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Kinnerasani Dam (11 km), there is the Old Paloncha Lake, which is worth a visit. Other places of interest lie in Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam.
How to Get There
The airport in Vijayawada, which is 177 km away, is the closest to the town.
Kothagudem Railway Station, which is located 13 km away, is the major railhead connecting this place to other cities.
Buses are available from Kothagudem and Vijayawada. State-run bases cater to passengers travelling on this route. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.