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nellore

INTRODUCTION

Nellore is a city located on the banks of Penna River, in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh . It is the fourth most populous city in the state.

ATTRACTIONS

Nellore has many interesting places to see and spend time at, such as:

  • Penchalakona – A sacred temple situated on top of Vedagiri Hills.
  • Nellapattu Sanctuary – A bird sanctuary in the city; also known to be an important breeding site for spot-billed pelicans. 
  • Mypadu Beach – A lovely beach lined with pristine sands and greenery (palm trees); a popular beach in Nellore.
  • Pulicat lake – A scenic and popular lake with lots of birds around the area (many local ones and migratory ones as well); a lovely spot for birdwatchers; while a major part of this lake is within Nellore, a part of it is inside Tamil Nadu state’s area.

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES

Some of the city’s best tourist attractions include:

  • Udayagiri Fort – A 14th century fort located on the hill ranges, at an altitude of 3079 feet above sea level.
  • Venkatagiri Fort – A fort constructed by Recherla rulers in mid-1770s; surrounded by dense forests.
  • Jonnawada – A place frequented by pilgrims; it has 2 temples dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, who is worshipped by a majority of south Indians.
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – A 7th century (Hindu) temple; built by rulers of the Pallava dynasty.

MUSEUMS

Best museum to visit in the city is:

  • District Archaeological Museum Nellore – An Archaeology Museum established in the year 2004; has a display of various archaeological artefacts related to the region.

FESTIVALS

The major festivals celebrated by people in Nellore include the following:

  • Maha Shivaratri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva)
  • Navratri – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped)
  • Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival
  • Rottela Pandaga – Also called Rotiyan ki Eid; this is an annual three-day Muslim festival held at Bara Shaheed Dargah in Nellore each year in the month of Muharram
  • Ugadi – A harvest festival that also marks the beginning of a new year according to the Telugu calendar; this is celebrated all over the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka
  • Christmas – A Christian festival commemorating birth of Jesus; most Christians and Hindus also celebrate this famous festival here

SHOPPING

Nellore, being a developing metropolitan city and also a commercial center, has a fascinating shopping scene, with many markets, large shopping complexes and malls. People can shop for clothes, accessories, furniture (wooden), fancy jewellery, Fruits and vegetables, cosmetics and a lot more in the following markets and shopping spots in Nellore:

  • Chinna Bazaar (meaning “small market”)
  • Peddha Bazaar (meaning “big market”)
  • Trunk Road Sunday Market
  • Rebela Street
  • Pappula Veedhi
  • Nartaki Center
  • RR Street
  • Subedarpet

MALLS

  • MGB Felicity Mall
  • CMR Shopping Mall
  • KLM Fashion Mall
  • South India Shopping Mall Nellore
  • MVR Mall

FOOD

Andhra cuisine is predominant in Nellore; and this cuisine consists of many spicy dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The staple grain is rice, and steamed rice is the main item in every major meal; served along with spicy curries, stews and fryums or fritters. Some popular dishes to try in Nellore include:

  • Chepala Pulusu – A local fish curry.
  • Andhra Prawn Curry.
  • Pulibongaralu – A fritter made with fermented Dosa batter (mix of soaked rice and white lentils) with an addition of curry leaves, onion, chillies, and ginger.
  • Kodigudla Miriyam – Boiled eggs sliced into halves, coated with a mixture garlic paste and red chilli powder and deep-fried.
  • Punugulu – Deep fried balls of rice and white lentil batter, served with coconut and ginger chutneys (a breakfast/snack item).
  • Pesarattu – Green Moong lentil batter crepes, topped with chopped onions and served with ginger chutney.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Some of the best restaurants and bars in Nellore are the following:

  • Sree Venkataramana Vilas
  • Celebrations Tiffins
  • Komala Vilas
  • Murali Krishna Restaurants
  • Amaravathi Family Restaurant
  • Chandoos
  • Sindhura Bar & Restaurant
  • Mahadev Bhojanalaya
  • Simhapuri Bar & Restaurant

HOTELS

Here are some of the best hotels to stay at in Nellore:

  • Minerva Grand Nellore
  • Nandas Grand Hotel
  • Hotel Yesh Park
  • Hotel Shivam International
  • Bergamont Hotels
  • Hotel Athidhi Grand
  • Hotel Pavani Residency
  • SR Grand
  • RK Residency

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Nellore STD Code – 0861 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
  • Police Control Room – 100
  • Police Control Room – 100
  • Fire Emergency – 101
  • Child Helpline – 1098
  • Women Helpline – 181
  • Ambulance/Medical help – 102, 108

LANGUAGE

Telugu is the official languages of Nellore.

Telugu:

  • Welcome - Susvaagatam
  • How are you? - Meeru aelaa unnaaru?
  • What's your name? - Mee paeraemandi?
  • Where are you from? - Meeday vooru?
  • Good morning - Shubhodayam
  • Good afternoon - Shubha dhinaṅ