The moment we say Venkatagiri, many of you might identify this place with Venkatagiri saris. Yes, the beautiful Venkatagiri saris with golden zari borders are made at the several handlooms of this historical place. Earlier known as Kali Mili, because of the Kalivelamma temple with the same name during the rule of Gobburu Polygars, Venkatagiri is now a city in Tamil Nadu’s Nellore district. The city has numerous waterfalls and temples. Also, its proximity to pilgrim towns like Kalahasti and Tirupati makes it an important destination in your travel itinerary.
Places to Stay
Venkatagiri has several budget hotels for tourists like Sri Sai Teja Residency (Tariff –Rs.600), Rajshri Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,000) and Hotel Abhiram (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Telugu and Urdu are the widely spoken languages in the city.
Poleramma Jatara celebrated in September-October attracts a huge number of pilgrims from the state as well as from outside. The festival is held in honour of the village goddess, Poleramma.
Places of Interest
Shiva temple in Kolithota (8 km), Venkatagiri Durgam, a rock fort (8 km) and Srikalahasti (29 km) are some of the places worth visiting when you are in the city.
How to Get There
Tirupati airport, which is 40 km from here, is the closest to the city.
Venkatagiri has its own railway station located 3 km away from the city centre. However, Tirupati junction (45 km) is the major rail head connecting this city to other major cities.
A number of buses ply from this city to other major cities like Nellore, Tirupati, Chittor and Hyderabad. State-run buses along with Pavit Travels, Orange Tours and SLV Bus are the top operators on this route. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.