Macherla is a major town in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The name Macherla comes from ‘Mahadevi Cherla’. The cities nearest to Macherla are Guntur (129 km) and Hyderabad (135 km). Macherla has an august history that goes back nearly a thousand years. Macherla is a prosperous town with Nagarjuna Sagar Township and KCP cements- which is one of the largest manufacturers of cement in India, being situated here.
Places to Stay
There are a number of good budget hotels in Macherla. Two of them are: the Greenland Tourist Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Nagarjuna Resort (Tariff Rs. 1000).
The official language of Macherla is Telugu. No other languages are spoken here.
The important festivals celebrated in Macherla are Vinayaka Chaviti, Sri Rama Navami, Deepwali, Dussehra, and the Macherla Chennakesava Tirunalla in April.
Places of Interest
Nearby Ethipothala Falls is a stream that forms a lagoon and eventually ends up joining with the river Krishna. The Nagarjuna Sagar dam (24 km) is the third largest man-made lake in the world and is a prominent Buddhist site here. The Nilampati Sri Lakshmi Ammavau Temple and Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple are some famous religious attraction here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Macherla is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (135 km).
Macherla is a major railway station with frequent trains to Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and other places in Andhra Pradesh.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad and other places in Andhra Pradesh. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Morning Star Travels and Diamond Travels. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.