Trip to Srisailam

This weekend was again a North-bound trip like the planned September first weekend. It was for Sri Sailam. I had booked the train Allepey Bokoro express. Incidentally what I observed with these trains is lot of passengers often waitlisted and general creep in general compartments and give a major problem for reserved passengers. Hope Indian Railways notices this.

The trip was little tricky to start. This weekend the train did not reach Chennai Central but took a detour from Perambur. So I had to travel to Perambur from Central to catch the train. I reached Ongole station quite early and then managed to get an auto to reach the bus stand by 4 AM. From there the five hour long bus to Srisailam started. When I reached Srisailam booked a room to take bath and finished darshan of the Lord. Then after lunch hired an auto for the darshan of small temples around. Then I halted the night at Srisailam. Next day morning after another darshan of the Lord, started from there to Ongole. From Ongole I caught the Howrah Chennai express at 10.45 to reach Chennai Central next day morning.

Significant Observations

  1. Ongole bus stand has to improve a lot. The buses need to have boards in trilingual/bilingual instead of just Telugu. I had submitted a petition for the same to Government of Andhra Pradesh. Also this bus stand does not have water amenities and the shop keepers force you to buy water bottles.
  2. More number of services between Ongole and Srisailam are desirable.

 

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