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Nellore - Story of a Fast Growing City

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Nellore is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also the capital of the Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore District. The district was formerly known as Nellore itself. It is home to various prominent temples and is a significant agricultural centre. Nellore city is located on the banks of the River Penna, and a wide variety of crops are grown in the region. It is of critical importance as far as trade and commerce is concerned, as it is situated on the main road that connects Vijayawada and the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.

Hotspots In and Around - Tourist Places in and around Nellore

The Sri Ranganthaswamy temple is one of the principal attractions of the city. It is located within the city limits and is almost 600 years old. One of the most famous and easily notable features of the temple is the Gaaligopuram which stands almost 70 feet tall. It literally translates to “wind tower”. On top of the Gaaligopuram, there are seven gold plated Kalasams that augment the splendor and gaiety of the temple.

Nellore is also close by to several natural retreats including the Mypadu Beach and the Pulicat Lake. It is also close to the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary which is a haven for several rare species of birds. Nellore is also close to several temples that date back to Ancient times. These include temples like Narasimhaswamy temple which is located almost 13 kilometres away from the heart of the city and many more. Somasila, which is close to Nellore, is a preferred spot for going on a picnic. It is also calm and serene, and a sight to behold.

The city also has some of the best infrastructure in the state and is the site of one of the most rapidly developing cityscapes in Seemandhra. Nellore has been under the rule of several dynasties. The earliest records date the city back to the days of Mauryan Empire. It was part of Ashoka’s Empire during the 3rd century BC. It has been under the rule of several dynasties along the course of the ages, including the Pallavas, Telugu Cholas, Satavahanas and many other dynasties. The influences of all these dynasties can be seen in the architecture of the ancient temples and structures that can still be found here. In addition to being a centre of commerce and agriculture, the city is also the site of many ancient temples that predate the days of the British Raj.

Origin of its Name

Nellore during the days of the British Raj was a peaceful place which was far from the political chaos of the freedom struggle. After India gained independence, the area was the centre of major political changes. The district was under the Madras state till October 1st 1953, but was added to the state of Andhra Pradesh on the 1st of November 1956. The city of Nellore played a very significant part in the formation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. It was the base of operations of the famous patriot Potti Sriramulu, a Telugu, who was principally concerned with the setting up of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The district is known by his name.

Nellore Weather

The weather is mostly hot and humid throughout the year due to rapid deforestation of the land surrounding Nellore. Temperatures can get as high as 41 degrees Celsius during the month of May. The months of April and May are usually accompanied by heat waves that cause casualties. Winter is the best season to visit the city of Nellore.

How to Reach Nellore

It is quite close to Chennai, the capital of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu which is, less than 200 kilometres away from Nellore. This makes it easily accessible from ChennaiHyderabad is around 450km away from Nellore.

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Nellore Weather

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How to Reach Nellore

  • By Road
    The city of Nellore is connected by a four lane highway to Chennai, capital of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is an enjoyable drive, the one from Chennai to Nellore, which takes all of 2 and half hours. One can get to Nellore from Chennai by car or by bus. The city has buses coming in from various important cities in Seemandhra and has regular services to the cities of Hyderabad and Chennai.
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  • By Train
    Nellore has its own railway station which is quite busy at all times of the day, with trains coming in from various places in the country. It takes only 3 hours to get to Nellore from Chennai by train. It takes 10 hours to get to Nellore from the state’s capital of Hyderabad.
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  • By Air
    The closest international airport to Nellore is the one at Chennai which is located about 177 kilometres away from the city of Nellore. The airport has routine domestic and international services and is easily approachable from Nellore via road. The airport at Tirupati is located some 130 kilometres south-west of Nellore. The airport has a limited range of services and is connected to Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam and other cities in Andhra Pradesh.
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