Visakhapatnam abbreviated as “Vizag” is popularly referred to as "The Jewel of the East Coast". This coastal city of Andhra Pradesh is about 625km from the capital city, Hyderabad. One of the biggest seaports of the country, Visakhapatnam houses a number of heavy industries and steel plants. This is the only Indian city that has the presence of a natural harbor.
Budget Hotels in Visakapatnam
Prince Hotel (Tariff-Rs. Rs.700) Iskon Ashram Guest House (Rs.900), Fortune Inn Sree Kanya( Rs.1000) and Hotel Supreme Vizag(Rs.1000) are some of the popular hotels of Vizag.
Telugu is the predominant language of Visakhapatnam.
Events in Visakapatnam
Chandanotsavam (March and April), I. S. K. O. N. Utsav, Lumbini Festival(2nd Friday in the month of December ), Navy Day, Visakha Utsav (December) are some of the popular festivals of the city that attracts myriads of domestic and international tourists.
Places to See in Visakapatnam
Rushikonda Beach is about 6 kilometre from the main city and is a popular evening spot. Bhimili-Visakhapatnam Beach Road, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami devasthanam at Simhachalam and Kailasagiri are some of the other well-known tourist destinations of Vizag.
How to Get There
Visakhapatnam Airport has daily flights to national and international destinations like Mumbai, Bangalore, Dubai, Singapore to name a few.
The Visakhapatnam Junction Railway Station is the main railway junction of the city. Duvvada railway station is another station that is located at the vicinity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
Some of the popular bus operators that offer good experience for passengers travelling to Kesineni Tours and Travels, Sri Gayatri Travels, Ushodaya Tours and Travels to name a few.
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.