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.
- 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.
- More number of services between Ongole and Srisailam are desirable.