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.
A coastal village, Penduru, is a favourite getaway for the tourists. This village, situated in Bantumilli of Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, is 82.4 km away from Krishna and 368 km from its capital, Hyderabad. Some of the cities that surround Penduru are Machilipatnam, Pedana, Bhimavaram, and Gudivada. As it shares a close proximity with these cities it has several beaches to explore.
Places to Stay
As Penduru is a small village, there are no hotels in this area. However, there are some good budget hotels in Machilipatnam which is located 30 km away from Penduru. The hotels found here are Eswar Residency (Tariff – Rs.900), Vijaya Raghava Residency (Tariff – Rs.420), Peacock Lodge and Residency (Tariff – Rs.350), and Indrabhavan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.200).
The people of Penduru speak in Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated in Penduru are Pongal and Makar Sankranti held in January, Maha Shivratri in February-March, Holi in March, Ugadi during March-April and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many beaches around Penduru, which are worth exploring. Several places of interest are in Machilipatnam, China Pandraka which is 3.3 km away from Penduru, and Bantumilli within 3 km from this village.
How to Get There
Penduru is 84 km away from the nearest airport, located in Vijayawada.
Penduru does not have a railway station of its own. Vadlamannadu Railway Station is the nearest railway station located 29 km away from Penduru.
Regular state-run and private buses ply from Machilipatnam and Pedana, its two nearby cities. There are daily private Volvo buses from Hyderabad to this village. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites.