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.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.