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.
Illayangudi is a town located in Shivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It was once a hub of Arab traders. The buildings and structure of Illayangudi has been highly influenced by the Indo-Saracenic architectural design. It is quite near some popular tourist places like Karaikudi (60 km), Madurai (74 km) and Rameshwaram (112 km). It is 485 km away from the state capital, Chennai.
Budget Hotels in Illayangudi
For relaxation, one has to travel to Karaikudi. Some of the budget hotels here are Golden Singar Hotel & Resorts (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Subalakshmi Palace (Tariff-Rs.600) and Malar Hotel (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this town.
Events in Illayangudi
Some important festivals of this region are Ugadi (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August).
Places to See in Illayangudi
Ilayangudi is mainly a trading hub and doesn’t have any places for tourist. However, some of the major attractions in Karaikudi are Kamban Mani Mandapam, Athangudi, Devakottai and Honey River.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport (90 km) is the nearest airport from this town.
The nearest railway station is the Karaikudi Railway Station based at a distance of 39 km.
Mainly state buses ply to and fro Illayangudi. Private operators like City Travels and Essaar Travels catering to Karaikudi, connects this region with other major cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.