A city and a Municipal Corporation in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, Ongole is famous for the Ongole breed of oxen, which is one of the major Zebu cattle breeds in the world. The Ongole breed is sent across the globe and even an island in Malaysia is named after the oxen. The city houses many temples that date back to the 17th century. Agriculture is the primary industry and Ongole is one of the major tobacco trading centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Budget Hotels in Ongole
There are many hotels in Ongole. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sarovar, Ramya Residency, Hotel Central Park and Apsara Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Telugu is the Local Language.
Events in Ongole
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Ongole bull rock-pulling competitions are conducted as a part of traditional festival celebrations at some villages near the city.
Places to See in Ongole
The Sri Raja Rajeswara Swami Temple , Kaasi Visweswara Swami temple, Chenna Keswva Swami Temple, Veeranjaneya Swami temple, J.M.B.Church and Jamia Masjid are located within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada.
Ongole has its own Railway Station.
Ongole APSRTC Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Meghana Travels, Kaveri Kamakshi Travels, Sai Varma Travels and Rukmini Travels that run regular buses to and from the city. Bus booking offers at Ticketgoose.com can be availed of when you book your tickets.
Anakapalli town is part of the Greater Visakhapatnam in the coastal district of Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. The town is famous for its jaggery and ranks second in the country in terms of imports and exports. Other than being an important business centre, the town is also home to many Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian places of worship.
Places to Stay
For options, one will have to consider Visakhapatnam. Some of the budget hotels which are worth a try are Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 950), Dwaraka Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) Morya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and Sonar Bangla Bengali Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Telugu. English is also understood.
The major events of the city are Holi, Ganesh Chathurthi and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Some of the places of interest in the area are Sri Sri Nookambika Temple, the Andhra Baptist Church and the ruins of a Buddhist temple known as Bojjannakonda. Many other old Buddhist temples can be found in the area too.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Visakhapatnam Airport at a meager distance of 26 km.
The closest railway stations are the Anakapalle Railway Station, Kasimkota Railway Station and the Thadi Railway Station. Vishakapatnam Railway Junction is the major railway station at a distance of 33 km from Anakapalle.
Both state-run as well as private bus operators operate in the area. Private operators include HKB Tours and Travels and Kesineni Travels. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons