Ubalanka, a village in Ravulapalem Mandal, is in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. It is 2.3 km from its main town Ravulapalem Mandal, 67 Km Kakinada, and 470 Km from Hyderabad. Located on the banks of river Godavari, it is dotted with coconut trees along the roads and lush green pastures.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Ubalanka, but there are reasonably good hotels in Tanuku, about 15 km from here. Some of them are Hotel Ratnam (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Savera (Tariff – Rs.1,000) and Falcon’s Nest Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
The official language in Ubalanka is Telugu. The educated speak in Telugu and English.
There are lots of festivals celebrated here in a traditional way. The festivals are Diwali held during the month of October which is a festival of lights, Ugadi which is the Telugu New Year, and Sankranthi also known as Pongal.
Places of Interest
Mahalakshmi Temple in Ubalanka, Lord Shiva Temple located 2.2 Km from Ubalanka, and Jaganmohini Kesavaswamy Temple located 2.5 Km from Ubalanka are some places of interest.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ubalanka is at Rajahmundry which is 40 km from the village.
The nearest railway station is at Tanuku which is 32.1 km away from the village. A major railway head connecting this village to other cities is at Rajahmundry, which is 35 km away.
Ubalanka is strategically linked to all parts of the state with NH-5 being only 2 Km from the village. The bus station at Rajahmundry is the nearest at 30 km. If you are travelling long distance by a Volvo bus you will have a comfortable journey with ample leg space.
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is famous for its rich history and tradition. Its culture and historical tradition dates back to 400 years Known as the Pearl City that retains its ancient culture, today Hyderabad has grown in leaps and bounds in the field of technology. Hyderabad offers a variety of attractions for tourists, such as the minars, khao galis and bangle markets. The city has various influences of the Nizam culture.
Budget Hotels in Hyderabad
There are great many hotels in Hyderabad that are suitable for budget travelers which include the Ashoka Klaasic (Tariff – Rs 1,025) Taj Mahal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 2,016) and The City Park (Tariff – Rs.1,844)
Telugu is the local language spoken in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has a large population of Muslims since the region was earlier ruled by Moguls and Nizams, hence people here are also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Events in Hyderabad
Batkamma Panduga held in July and Bonalu in September are some of the important local festivals of Hyderabad. Other common festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Ramzan (July) and Bakri-id (October) are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city.
Places to See in Hyderabad
There is a gamut of interesting places to visit in Hyderabad like Charminar (16kms from bus stand), Nizam's Museum ( 2kms from Charminar), Golconda Fort (18 kms), Salar Jung Museum (19kms), Laad Bazaar 13 kms), Birla Mandir (4.63) and Hussein Sagar Lake (4kms).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is an international airport near Shamshabad. It is located about 22 kms away from the city. This international airport also undertakes domestic operations.
Hyderabad’s Deccan Railway Station situated at Nampally is the busiest railway station that has connecting trains to all major destinations in India. This major railway station serve the two cities – Secunderabad and Hyderabad; while Kachiguda is a small station located at Begumpet.
Hyderabad has a number of government and private buses. Currently there are two bus stations —Afzal Gunj Stand and Jubilee Bus Stand. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSRTC) provides standard buses, deluxe coaches and air conditioned coaches. The best bus operators that offer quality service include Kesineni Travels, Sindu Travels and VRL Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.