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.
Vasudevanallur is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban hub, which also happens to be the district headquarters, is Tirunelveli at a distance of 80 km south. Vasudevanallore is very close to the Ranni Forest Division (which lies to its west), which acts as a boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Places to Stay
One is forced to put up in Tirunelveli for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Janakiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Sri Bharani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750), Nainar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) among others.
The official language the area is Tamil. English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have great places of interest unlike the neighbouring Kerala. Some of the places worth visiting in the neighbouring city of Tirunelveli are Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple, Agasthiyar Falls, Vettuvan Koil Temple, Suyambulingaswamy Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 146 km.
The Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators active in this region. Buses for the area are available from Tirunelveli. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.