The town Kazipet derives its name from a Sufi saint named Syed Shah Afzal Biabani who was a Kazi during the British regime. It is one of the tri-cities of Warangal-Hanamakonda-Kazipet in Andhra Pradesh. Kazipet also happens to be an important railway junction, a connecting link to North India. The region is known for its religious diversity. Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Khammam are the cities nearby Kazipet.
Places to Stay
Kazipet doesn’t have good accommodation options. So it is recommended that tourists opt for hotels in Warangal instead. Some of the hotels in Warangal are Supreme Hotel (Tariff –Rs 700), Shankar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Shilpa Lodge (Tariff –Rs. 600) among others.
The official language of Kazipet is Telugu. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Holi in March and Diwali in November are celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some tourist spots in and around Kazipet are Mahankalli Temple, Sri Mettu Ramalingashvara Swamy temple, Our Lady of Fathima Church among numerous others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kazipet is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, which is 159 km away.
Kazipet has a railway station of its own which serves as an important connecting link to North India.
Kazipet has a bus stand of its own with buses plying to nearby places such as Hyderabad, Warangal among others. It is mostly state run buses which ply on this route. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites.
A city and a Municipal Corporation in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, Ongole is famous for the Ongole breed of oxen, which is one of the major Zebu cattle breeds in the world. The Ongole breed is sent across the globe and even an island in Malaysia is named after the oxen. The city houses many temples that date back to the 17th century. Agriculture is the primary industry and Ongole is one of the major tobacco trading centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Budget Hotels in Ongole
There are many hotels in Ongole. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sarovar, Ramya Residency, Hotel Central Park and Apsara Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Telugu is the Local Language.
Events in Ongole
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Ongole bull rock-pulling competitions are conducted as a part of traditional festival celebrations at some villages near the city.
Places to See in Ongole
The Sri Raja Rajeswara Swami Temple , Kaasi Visweswara Swami temple, Chenna Keswva Swami Temple, Veeranjaneya Swami temple, J.M.B.Church and Jamia Masjid are located within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada.
Ongole has its own Railway Station.
Ongole APSRTC Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Meghana Travels, Kaveri Kamakshi Travels, Sai Varma Travels and Rukmini Travels that run regular buses to and from the city. Bus booking offers at Ticketgoose.com can be availed of when you book your tickets.