Weekend Tours from NellorePeople of Nellore as well as the tourists coming to visit Nellore can go for small trips to several destinations, and they have options ranging from historical places to religious spots. Three of the most popular places near Nellore are Hampi, Tirumala and Puttaparthi.
Hampi is a historically significant village situated in northern Karnataka situated within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of Vijayanagara Empire and this makes Hampi one of the most historically significant tourist attractions all over the World. Located about 390kms from Nellore, the ruins in Hampi have been declared as one of the Heritage Sites by UNESCO. It is listed as “The Group of Monuments at Hampi”. The religious significance of Hampi lies in the fact that houses the famous Virupaksha Temple. In early historical literature, the place had also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura.
How to Reach HampiTourists can go to Bellary from Nellore by the State Transport buses. These buses run frequently from Nellore bus stand and the fare of a person is 690 rupees. From Bellary, one can hire private cabs and taxis to reach Hampi.
Hosapete or Hospet is the nearest railway head and it is 13 km away from Hampi. There are no direct trains between Nellore and Hampi.Tirumala Express(17488) and Krishna Express(17406) are the two trains that can take the tourists to Hospet from Nellore Railway Junction.
Hotels in Hampi
Royal Orchid Central Kireeti, Hampi
Address: Railway Station Road, Hospet , Hampi , Karnataka-583201
Rate: 2000 rupees/ day.
Hotel Hampi International, Hampi
Address: Station Road, Hospet , Hampi , Karnataka-583201
Rate: 1500 rupees/day
KSTDC - HM Bhuvaneshwari
Address: Kamalapur,Hampi, Karnataka-583201
Rate: 1000 to 1500 rupees/day
Hotel Malligi, Hampi
Address: 6/143, J. N. Road, Hospet , Hampi , Karnataka,583201
Rate: 2000 to 2500 rupees/ day
Laxmi Golden Beach Resort, Hampi
Address: Virupapur Gaddi (Hampi Island ) , Sanapur ,R.S Munirabad road , Gangavathi, Koppal, Hampi , Karnataka,5833234
Rate: 5700 rupees/day
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is a famous Vedic temple in the hill town of Tirupati and it is the richest pilgrimage center of the Hindus. Located about 160kms from Nellore, it is also the most-visited place of worship in the world and receives more than 100,000 pilgrims daily while it increases to 500,000 on special occasions like Brahmotsavam. The temple celebrates all types of Vaishnava festivals, including Rama Navami, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, and Janmashtami with great splendor, while Brahmotsavam is the most important festival in Tirumala celebrated in September.
Transport to TirupatiA number of private tour operators in Nellore operate private cars and A/C buses in the route. Bus fare from Nellore to Tirumala is about 100 rupees. Tirumala Express (17487) is the most popular train from Nellore Railway Junction that takes the tourists to Tirupati. The train arrives in Nellore Junction at 10:55 pm and departs from Nellore at 11:16 pm.
Hotels in TirumalaR R Guest House
Address: No. 1 - 5 - 560, Balaji Colony, Opp; S.V. Music College, Tirupati ,517501
Rate: 1500 to 2500 rupees/day
Fortune Select Grand Ridge
Address: Door No. 8-84 Urban Hut ,Tirupati ,517501
Rate: 4000 to 7000 rupees/day
Hotel Grand Ridge
Address: Shiparamam, Tiruchanoor Road ,Tirupati ,517501
Rate: 2500 rupees/day
Puttaparthi is a small town in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh known world-wide as the home of the spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba. The main attraction of the town is the Prasanthi Nilayam ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. The other places of interest in Puttaparthi include a Hanuman temple, a village mosque and Sathyabhama temple. Puttaparthi is 330 km away from Nellore.
Puttaparthi is famous for the Sri Sathya Sai University and Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospital designed by the famous English architect Dr. Keith Critchlow. Both the educational institute and hospital provides services to the people in very moderate rates or in many cases, in free. This is one of the reasons many poor people from different parts of India go to the place for treatment.
Transport in PuttaparthiThere are no direct trains between Nellore and Puttaparthi. The best option for the tourists is to take Kakinada Town - Kollam Sabarimalai Special Train (07211) from Nellore to Renigunta junction and then change to private cabs in the Renigunta junction, which can directly take them to Puttaparthi in around 1 hour time. Also there is a regular bus service operated by the State Transport from Nellore which goes straight to the Puttaparthi bus stand.
Private cab service to Puttaparthi is also frequent from Nellore, which can take the tourists to Tirumala. The standard fare of a four seater Non-A/C car is around 2000 rupees.
Hotels in PuttaparthiHotel Sri Sai Sadan
Address: Gopuram Road, Gopuram Road , Puttaparthi , Andhra Pradesh-515134
Rate: 2000 rupees/ day
Hotel Sai Paradise
Address: Main Road , Prashanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi , Andhra Pradesh-515134
Rate: 1100 rupees/day
Address: Main Road, Puttaparthi , Andhra Pradesh-515134
Rate: 1000-1650 rupees/day
Hotel Sai Ganga Puthra, Puttaparthi
Address: Near Venugopal Swamy Temple, Gopuram Road , Puttaparthi , Andhra Pradesh-515134
Rate: 1000-1650 rupees/day
Sai Ranga Residency, Puttaparthi
Address: 13-47 A, Near Ganesh Circle, Puttaparthi , Andhra pradesh,515134
Rate: 2000 rupees/day