The sixth most populous city of Andhra Pradesh, Nellore happens to be one of the fastest developing cities too. It is here that one will find a rich landscape of temples, handmade gold jewellery, mica and agro products such as rice and lemon. The word Nellore finds its roots in a combination of words, ‘Nelli’ meaning Paddy and ‘Ooru’ meaning Village. Nellore is very popular for snacks, beaches and movies. It has schools, colleges and a full-fledged University, Vikrama Simhapuri University.
Budget Hotels in Nellore
There are good budget hotels in Nellore. Some of them are Hotel Kamakshi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), Hotel Anurag (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), and Hotel Swathi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000).
The official language of Nellore is Telugu. The other languages spoken here are Urdu and Tamil.
Events in Nellore
The important events of Nellore are Pongal held in mid-January and Ganesh Chaturthi held in August/September every year.
Places to See in Nellore
There are several places of tourist attraction in Nellore. Some of the places include Barashahid Dargah (5 km), Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakshi Tai Temple (12 km), Narasimha Konda (15 km), Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary (20 km) and Lord Siva.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Nellore is in Tirupati which is approximately 130 km away.
Nellore Railway Station is approximately 4 km away from the city.
Travellers can reach Nellore from cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Rajahamundry amongst others. Kesineni Travels and Meghana Travels are good examples of bus operators providing links to Nellore. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.
Guduru is a city and a mandal in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 12 km away from Machilipatnam and 560 km from Hyderabad, the state capital.
Places to Stay
There are medium to budget accommodation options close to Guduru. Hotel Moti Mahal (Tariff – Rs. 350 onwards), Eswar Residency, Machilipatnam (Tariff – Rs. 1000-2000), Hotel Apsara (Tariff – Rs. 500-1000) are a few.
The language spoken in Guduru is Telugu. Other languages include Tamil and Hindi.
The festivals celebrated are Shivagangamma Utsavam, Sri Pandurangaswamy Utsavam and Ugadi.
Places of Interest
The tourist destinations close to Guduru are a combination of temples, churches, caves and landscapes. Vijaywada (60 km away) has Submarine Museum, Bhavani Island, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Kondapalli Fort, Kanaka Durga Temple, Hazrat Bal Mosque, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves and Undavalli Caves.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Vijaywada Airport which is 47 km away from Guduru. It is well-connected with a few cities like New Delhi, Tirupati, Agra and Goa through Jet Airways, Air India and Spice Jet.
Vadlamannadu, Kavutaram and Machilipatnam are the railway stations closest to Guduru. However, Vijaywada Railway Station is a major station (62 km away). Some trains that pass through the station are Vijaywada Express (07214), Jan Shatabdi (12078), Hyderabad Express (07110) and Navjeevan Express (12655).
Pedana, Machilipatnam, Gudlavalleru are the APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation) bus stations near Guduru running a number of buses from major cities to here. There are many private bus services to get to Guduru. One is Rajesh Travels from Bangalore to Guduru which costs Rs. 425 per seat. Online bus ticket booking facility of Ticketgoose is safe and reliable. So, log on to book your tickets.