Markapur is a town, a mandal and a revenue headquarter in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Gundlakamma (amma amma) river, this bustling town caters to 80% of the country's demand for slates and slate pencils. The place has abundant resources of slate mines. The slates manufactured here are exported to many other states and throughout the world.
Places to stay
There are some good budget hotels in Markapur. Some of them are New Swapna Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sri Bagahavan (Tariff - Rs. 600), Swagath Hotel ((Tariff – Rs. 400) and Kasinayana Swamy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800).
Language The official language is Telugu. Hindi is also spoken.
Every year during the month of March and April, a mela is held for more than 10 days at Lakshmi Chennakesava Swami temple. The statue of the God is taken out of the temple in a big Teru (car).
Places to visit
The Lakshmi Chennakesava Swami temple (1kms from the bus stand) is the main attraction for tourists. The unique feature of the temple is that every year, from 23 December to 3 January, the sun's rays at dawn enter the sanctum sanctorum, through specially placed windows, and fall at the feet of the deity making them glow for 20 minutes in a day.Other close by tourism destinations include Srisailam (82 kms from bus stand), Medarametla (100 kms from bus stand) and Ongole (95 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
Nearest airport is Vijayawada Airport (172 kms).
Markapur Road railway station and Tarlupadu railway station are the nearby railway stations to the Markapur Mandal. The Guntur Junction railway station (157 kms) is the closest major railway station to Markapur.
The town has a well connected APSRTC bus station. Meghana Travels, Rukmini Travels, Kamakshi Travels are the major operators of Hyderabad to Markapuram route. TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service that provides low price, high quality options for bus travelers - choosing from multiple top operators, bus types, convenient schedules and price.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.