A village in the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, Kallur is known for its proximity to some of the religious centres in the south. The village derives its name from the two Tamil words namely, Kal and Ur which together mean the city of stones. It is no surprise as it is known for its granite. Kallur has more than 400 years of history making it a heritage site as well.
Places to Stay
The surrounding cities such as Khamman, Bhadrachalam and Papi Kondalu have lodging facilities. Some of the hotels that one could look at are Harsha residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs600 onwards) in Khamman. Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000 onwards) in Bhadrachalam and Vishnavi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 onwards) in Papi Kondalu.
Telugu is primary language that is spoken here though Tamil is also spoken in parts of Chittoor.
Since it is close to religious places, there are events that go on throughout the year. The best time to visit Kallur is December and February.
Places of Interest
There are numerous places that you can visit from Kallur. One of the famous place being Kanipakam (45km away) known for its swayambhu Vinayaka idol is a must visit here. Another famous religious place here is the Ayyappa swami temple (10 km away) and lastly Lord Shiva temple (6 km away) are few of the places that people add to their itineraries when visiting Kallur.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located at Hyderabad and is around 225 km from Kallur.
The closest major railway station is KMT and is at a distance of 22 km from Kallur.
There are buses to Kallur from Hyderabad. Jai Bharat Travels provides good bus service. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India
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.