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Nellore Tourism

Nellore is a beautiful city lying on the banks of River Penna, a Municipal Corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Anciently known as Vikrama Simhapuri, it derived its name from "Nelluru", a combination of Tamil words "Nel" and "Ooru" where Nel stands for Paddy and Ooru means Place.

This city, situated on the banks of the Penne River is known for its rich agriculture and has been an exporter of Rice, Sugar cane and cane based products, prawns, shrimps and a varied set of crops. It is the 6th most populous city in Andhra Pradesh, also, holding its position as the administrative headquarter of Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore District. Even though a large percent of its population is rural and dependent on agriculture, it is witnessing an increase in the number of Educational institutions and businesses, helping it gain a new found stature as a city. The city is also home to several significant temples that witness a large number of devotees throughout the year.

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Etymology of Nellore

Once known as Vikrama Simhapuri, the town was named Nellore in around the 13th century. According to the Sthala Purana scriptures, which are mythological texts containing the origins of some Shiva temples and shrines, a lingam (or stone representing Lord Shiva) was found here under a Nelli tree. This led to the place derives its name from Nelli-ooru, where Nelli is the name of the tree, and ooru means place. The Andhra Pradesh government officially renamed Nellore to Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore district, in honour of the freedom fighter Potti Sri Ramulu, who laid down his life fasting, for creating a separate state for the Telugu people.

History of Nellore

Nellore's history includes the names of several major dynasties - Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas, Mauryas, Vijayanagaras, Kalingas and the Arcot Nawabs - all of whom ruled the town over the centuries. Emperor Ashoka ruled Nellore in the 3rd century BC, and later the Pallavas ruled the place till around the 6th century AD. Nellore’s golden period was under the Chola dynasty, till their decline in the 13th century AD. Following rules by the Vijayanagara Kingdom, the Arcot Nawabs and the Mughal Empire, Nellore passed into British hands in the 18th century and remained a part of the British Madras presidency till India’s independence. Nellore played a pivotal role in the creation of the state of Andhra Pradesh, and the revolutionary fighter Potti Sri Ramalu who laid down his life for this cause hailed from the district.

The Culturally Rich City

Nellore is a culturally rich city situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of river Pennar, this city is famous for being a distinct part of famous empires, such as Cholas, Kakatiyas, Golconda, Vijayanagara as the list goes on. However, there's more to Nellore than what meets the eye. Nellore is also an emerging commercial hub, home to one of the few private ports of India, Krishnapatnam Port. Interestingly, Nellore is also the birth city of Potti Sreeramulu, who had fasted unto death to enable the implementation of the creation of states in India on a linguistic basis. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Nellore

Nellore is famous for its Nellore Reddy cuisine which is quite popular across Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The food is hot, spicy and replete with "pulusu" and "kodikura". The Nellore Thali meals are a big hit all across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Nellore is very famous for its authentic Chepala Pulsu and Nellore Style Dosa.The restaurants at Nellore are reasonably priced offering delicious food. The chutneys are a highlight of these meals.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Nellore, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, especially where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, especially the local sarees, that you can take home for your families.  
Day 2 - You can start with blessings from Ranganathswamy temple. Thereon, you can proceed for a tour of the Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary, a bit far from Ranganath Temple, some 84 km in distance.
 Day 3 - This day can be reserved for a visit to Jonnawada, a popular pilgrimage for Hindu devotees, or if you prefer, have a refreshing retreat at the Pulicat Lake or Mypad Beach. 

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

An abode of history in lower Andhra Pradesh. Culturally and spiritually rich.

What's Not So Great?

Can be congested in peak seasons. Beware of getting cheated by swindlers.

For Whom?

Ideal for both history lovers and commercial enthusiasts. Suitable for people touring nearby sites like Tirupati, Chennai etc.

How To Reach Nellore

Nellore is well connected to the rest of India by both railways and roadways. Regular rail and bus services of all ranges and types ply to and fro the city of Nellore; buses being operated both by private and government owners. There is no direct flight connectivity, however, as of now, to Nellore. The nearest airport that connects Nellore to the rest of India is the famous Tirupati Airport.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Telugu is the local language in the region but people also manage to converse well in English as well. But do not expect them to speak Hindi.
- If you plan to during the summers then you must make sure to carry clothes that are light and comfortable. Carry lots of liquids with you.
- If your trip is around the winters, make sure you carry some winter wear with you, along with umbrellas and raincoats.
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