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.
Gollapalem is a small island in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. It is further sub-divided into Chinna Gollapalem and Pedda Gollapalem villages. Machilipatnam is the district headquarters of Gollapalem. A major hub of the fisherman community, Gollapalem shares border with villages in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Road and rail are the best ways to reach Gollapalem. Since it is near the Bay of Bengal, chances of humidity are high in Gollapalem.
Places to Stay
Gollapalem is a small village island so it does not have many hotels. Local home stays are available. Few budget hotels are located in and around the Machilipatnam district such as Eswar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500), Apsara Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Gollapalem is Telugu. The other languages spoken are Tamil and English.
Some of the major local festivals of Gollapalem include Kartika Poornima (February), Kartika Suddha Dasami (October).
Places of Interest
Palletummalapalem Beach (11 km away), Agastheeswara Temple (36 km away) are some popular tourist spots situated near Gollapalem
How to Get There
Gannavaram Airport near Vijayawada (76 km away) is the nearest airport to Gollapalem district.
Machilipatnam Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Gollapalem. Apart from that Vijayawada Junction Railway Station is 74 km away.
Gollapalem enjoys road connectivity to nearby Machilipatnam district. A couple of bus operators connect Gollapalem to nearby cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Thiruvarur etc. Sri Dasari Travels, Shambhavi Travels, Sri Durga Malleswari Travels are few good bus operators connecting to Gollapalem at affordable bus tariffs. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.