Things to do around here
Pay a visit to the temple and the site within where the jaggery is poured on the top of the hill. The Undavalli caves that were built on the top of the hill are also quite popular for the history and the architecture associated with them. While you are here, you can pay a visit to the caves as well.
The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple and the Undavalli cave temple which are also really ancient are worth a visit. The Hinkar Thirtha Jain temple of this town is also popular and draws in a lot of piligrims each year. This is however a more recently constructed marble temple. Mangalgiri is also known for the hand-woven dyed textiles which have been made here from years.
Cuisine on offer:
Apart from all the jaggery (just kidding!), there’s a good amount of local cuisine that you can get to sample in this tiny town and around here such as the idlis, dosas and especially the pesarattu. Along with that, most of the cuisine we get here is Indian.
When to go:
The summers can be quite hot around this town, so the best time to visit here is during the winter months, which happen to be from November through to the early March.
The town of Mangalgiri is well-connected to all the big cities and towns that lie around it by bus, rail and road. Guntur and Vijayawada are the closest cities.
The nearest airport is the Gannavaram airport which lies next to Vijayawada. It takes you about half an hour to reach the town from here. The town has also got a railway station and bus-station with well connected transport.
Getting around :
From walking around to hiring auto rickshaws, there are plenty of ways you can get around in this small town and it’s quite easy too. The local public transport in the form of buses can also be used as a means to get around.
Where to stay:
While Mangalagiri does not have too many stay options, staying in Vijayawada or Guntur which are both just half an hour away can be a good option. The Gateway is a hotel in Vijayawada that you can stay in where as Hotel Vijaya Sri is a budget friendly option in Guntur . For more places to stay in and around Mangalagiri, look up here.
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