The fertile town of Nellore situated on the banks of the river Penner in the state of Andhra Pradesh holds much significance, both commercial and tourism related. The town has its origins dating back to the Mauryan empire. It changed hands between various rulers of the south and has played an important role in the emergence of both Andhra Pradesh as a state and the Telugu language.
Nellore, an important centre for agriculture has lush fields, temples, monuments and other tourist attractions to offer. Here are some of the top places to visit in Nellore.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
An important place to visit in Nellore is the lovely Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Situated on the banks of river Penner, the temple is said to have been constructed in the 12th century. Dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Vishnu, the temple has its main shrine of Sri Ranganatha, the resting form of Vishnu. A noteworthy feature of the temple is the Rajagopuram or Gaaligopuram that stands tall at a height of 70 ft.
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Located at a distance of 70 km from Nellore city is the little village of Penchalakona. An interesting place to visit in Nellore, the village has a few key attractions that include the Narasimhaswamy Temple, forest and waterfalls. You can also travel to the Penchalakona waterfalls and enjoy the cool waters. Also located nearby are the Kandaleru lake and dam.
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At a distance of 58 km from Penchalakona is another place in Nellore that you can visit to explore temples, forts and saree weaving. Attractions include the Venkatagiri Durgam Rock Fort, which is a seldom explored trekking trail leading through mountains and waterfalls. It is recommended for adventure enthusiasts. Another fort called the Venkatagiri Fort in the vicinity can also be explored.
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A popular tourist place near Nellore is the beautiful Koduru Beach, located at a distance of 20 km from Nellore city. The beautiful beach on the shores of Bay of Bengal is free from the maddening crowds of the city and is a great spot for picnics and relaxing. The areas surrounding the beach also have scenic water canals.
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Along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal is another sightseeing place near Nellore, the Mypadu Beach. Set in a scenic setting amidst greenery, the beach is gaining popularity as a tourist spot with activities such as cruise, water sports and other amusements. Located 25 km from Nellore city the beach is also seeing the development of various resorts in the vicinity
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Among the sightseeing places in Nellore is the scenic surroundings of the Maldevi river. The river eventually joins the Pennar river. It is popular for history buffs as the Vijayanagara empire built Anantraj Sagar, a storage dam on this river.
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Food Options in Nellore
The spicy and delicious Nellore cuisine is a must try while visiting the city. Don't miss out on the famous dishes such as pulusu (a variety of tamarind based curry) and kodi kura (a style of spicy chicken curry). The Nellore thali meals are also popular in the city.
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How to Reach Nellore
By Road: Nellore is well-connected by a network of national and state highways to all major destinations in the region. Chennai is located at a distance of 180 km from Nellore.
By Rail: Nellore railway station is well-connected by direct and regular trains to major destinations in the region such as Chennai and Hyderabad. It has trains to other major cities as well.
By Air: The nearest airport with good connectivity is Chennai (180 km), it has both domestic and international flights to all major destinations.
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