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General Information about Nellore

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.

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.

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.

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 Chennai. Hyderabad is around 450km away from Nellore.

Distance : Approximately 180 kms from Chnnai and takes about 2 hours 51 minutes.

Few Places of Interest :

Addala Mantapam :
The Addala Mandapam is located inside the Ranganathaswamy temple in Nellore. It is famous for its detailed inlay work in stone and is indeed a sight to behold. Addala Mandapam, or “minor hall” is famous for the various mirrors that are installed inside it. They still cast an impeccable reflection centuries after being installed here in the hall. The Addala Mandapam is also famous for one other reason. It is the seat of the lord Sri Ranganathswamy. It is here that the presiding deity of the temple is worshipped. The house of mirrors that the Addala Mandapam has become is of special interest to the devotees.

Barah Shaheed Dargah :
Barah Shaheed Dargah is a famous mausoleum which is located in Sulurpet, Nellore District. It was erected in memory of 12 great martyrs or Shaheeds. It is believed that every wish of the devotee who comes to pay his respects here will be fulfilled. Moharram is a very important time of the year in this Dargah. Every year, during the time of Moharram, a three day festival known as the Rottela Panduga is observed here at the Dargah. The Barah Shaheed Dargah is located very close to the sea. It is only five kilometres away from the seashore. It is advisable to visit and stay overnight at the Dargah during the period of Amavasya.

Mypadu Beach :
Mypadu Beach is located some 22 kilometres away from Nellore. The road that leads to Mypadu is well maintained. It is easily approachable from Nellore. The beach front is lengthy, and not many resorts or hotels are found here. The beach is calm and is open only till 6 in the evening every day. The sunrise at the beach is something that should not be missed. There are buses that ply from Nellore to Mypadu at all times of day. The beach almost imparts a surreal vibe to the visitor, with its slow waves and wind. The beach does not have heavy activity as far as visitors, or the sea is concerned. This is a place that has to be visited to feel the full experience of being in Nellore.

The Narasimhaswamy temple :
The Narasimhaswamy temple in Nellore is located about 13 kilometres away from the heart of the city of Nellore. Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity in this temple. Narasimha, His fourth incarnation or “avatar” is worshipped in this temple.The temple is also known as Sri Vedagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple. The temple is a famous spot of pilgrimage. Many myths surround the temple. Inside the temple there is the Santhana Vriksha, a tree believed to bless the childless with children. As a reason couples who do not have children come to the temple to offer their prayers. The Kondi Kasuli Hundi, where people come to offer their prayers, is believed to rid the diseased of the venomous bites of snakes and scorpions. There is a smaller, separate shrine located above the main temple that is dedicated to the worship of Adi Lakshmi. It is highly recommended to visit the temple once you are at Nellore.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary :
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located some 20 kilometres away from Pulicat Lake along the East Coast in the Nellore District. It is easily approachable from the city of Nellore and also from Chennai, which lies only 50 kilometres away from the bird sanctuary. This sanctuary is famous as the breeding ground for several rare species of birds. Some endangered bird species that thrive inside this bird sanctuary are the Little Cormorant, Painted Stork, White-Ibis, and Spotted Billed Pelican. The best season to visit Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is between the months of October and March which is one of the best seasons for bird watching. The foreshore areas are the best spots to check out rare species of birds as it is here that most of them come to nest.

Patu ru :
Patu ru is a village which is famous for its handloom sarees and other handicraft industries. The village is situated at the middle of a triangle formed by Kovuru, Damarmadugu and Kovuru. Paturu has its place in history as the village where the great Telugu poet, Tikkanna Somayaji was born. He lived most of his life in this village and died here. Paturu is 4 kilometres away from Kovuru and lies at a distance of 10 kilometres away from the city of Nellore. It is 354 kilometres away from the state’s capital of Hyderabad. It is a recommended visit for those who visit Nellore as it is relatively close by.

The Ramalingeswara Temple :
The Ramalingeswara Temple is located 30 kilometres away from the city of Nellore. It is also known as Ramathirdham. The temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Kamakshamma. While Lord Shiva and Goddess Kamakshamma are the presiding deities in the temple, Lord Vigneswara and Lord Subhramanya are also worshipped in this very temple. The temple predates the rule of the British and is a marvel of ancient architecture. It is a must visit once at Nellore. It is easily approachable from Nellore and can be approached through the state highway.

Pulicat Lake :
Pulicat Lake is spread over an expanse of 350 square kilometres which is famous for attracting several rare species of migratory birds. It is the second largest saltwater lagoon after the Chilka Lake in Orissa. It is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a stretch of land known as Sriharikota Island. Pulicat Lake is a good option as a picnic spot for tourists, as the area is generally calm and serene, surrounded by the ambience of the lake and the large numbers of migratory birds. The lake is also a destination of choice for birdwatchers as several rare species of migratory birds come to the lake during most times of the year. It is possible to go on a boat trip in the lake. The best bet is to rent a boat from one of the fishermen for as little as 500 rupees for a boat and go on a boat trip in the lake. Some of the notable species of birds that can be found here are waterfowl, pelicans, herons and flamingos.

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