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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- MGB Felicity Mall
- CMR Shopping Mall
- KLM Fashion Mall
- South India Shopping Mall Nellore
- MVR Mall
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.
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
- Sindhura Bar & Restaurant
- Mahadev Bhojanalaya
- Simhapuri Bar & Restaurant
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
- 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
Telugu is the official languages of Nellore.
- 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