INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TOURISM AND TRAVEL MANAGEMENT, also known as IITTM is an autonomous organization of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. IITTM is one of the premier Institutes in the country offering education, training, research and consultancy in the field of tourism, travel and allied sectors.

IITTM was established in 1983 and presently IITTM campuses are located at Gwalior, Bhubaneswar, Goa ,New Delhi and Nellore. IITTM is a founder member of UN-ESCAP promoted Network of Asia-Pacific Educational and Training Institute in Tourism (APETIT). It offers two-year Post Graduate programmes approved by AICTE.

IITTM Nellore

IITTM Nellore center is the gateway to tourism education and research and training in south India. With the proven track record of supporting and guiding the tourism industry IITTM is poised to play the role of nerve centre of Tourism education in southern region. IITTM offers BBA and MBA programs in Travel & Tourism Management. Their MBA Programme offers a specialization in Tourism & Cargo Management. The programmes help the students to explore the opportunities in the areas of Tour Operations, Tourism Marketing, and Air & Shipping Cargo Management.


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Sports village coming up at Mogallapalem in Nellore

A sports village is being developed at Mogallapalem village near Nellore city. The state government has allocated 150 acres of land to Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP). SAAP is proposing to setup a model sports village. The sports village is expected to host the 37th National Games in 2019. But there has been some news that Chattisgarh is going to host the 2017 edition of the games in 2019, which means Nellore may have to wait for some more time.

SAAP is confident that SAI would also establish their Regional Sports Centre at the sports village, the second one in the South after Bengaluru. SAI has such centres across the country with good infrastructure to provide training in some disciplines which are popular to a region.

A cycling track is also likely to come up here as there is no such facility in the state despite large number of medals bagged by AP. SAAP proposes to build an ultramodern large outdoor stadium and indoor stadium of international standards at the sports village. The advantage of the sports village site is that it is next to a reservoir which can be used to develop water sports, he added.

On 1st April 2017, Mr Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the indoor stadium to be constructed at Mogallapalem, in 8 acres at a cost of Rs 150 crore.

Vikrama Simhapuri University, VSU, Nellore

Vikrama Simhapuri University, Nellore, came into being in 2008, fulfilling the long-cherished dream of the people of Nellore district. It started offering six Postgraduate courses of contemporary relevance from August 2008. Research programmes leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree were launched in August 2010.

Government of Andhra Pradesh has authorized the University to exercise its powers of affiliation under the A.P. Universities Act, 1991, to bring UG/PG/ MBA & MCA (Professional)/Oriental, B.Ed, Law, colleges and one Engineering college, in Sri Potti Sreeramulu Nellore district under its jurisdiction from the academic year 2010 – 11. Thus 127 colleges, hitherto affiliated to Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, have been brought under the fold of Vikrama Simhapuri University, Nellore. Meanwhile the University Grants Commission conferred recognition on the degrees awarded by Vikrama Simhapuri University in Jan 2010. The Association of Indian Universities has brought the University under its fold in June, 2010.

VSU logo and its significance:


The emblem of Vikrama Simhapuri University carries on its top the Sudarsana Chakra indicating the immortality of the pursuit of dispelling the forces of darkness leading to the dawning of the light of truth and wisdom, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya. The Sudarsana Chakra also shows how Vikrama Simhapuri University carves itself out of the territorial jurisdiction of Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. At the bottom of the emblem is the Purna Kumbha, the edifice on which the emblem is poised, signifying a sense of fulfillment, a totality of being that follows true education. In the middle is the Asoka Chakra, symbolizing the quest for dharma that is inclusive. It obliterates distinctions and lays the foundations of equality, and thus access, both of which form the bedrock of the spread of education in tune with the lofty idealism of a democratic society.

Nellore, once “Dhanyapuri” or “Nel-ur”, is known for its agriculture and hence the vistas of the paddy field in the emblem. Then there is the “V” sign standing for Vikrama Simhapuri University, set against the backdrop of the refulgent glow of the rising sun signifying the new order sought to be ushered in by the establishment of a University in Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore district. Against this horizon of change betokened by the emblem, there is the image of Chandrayan launched by SHAR circling the “V” sign and zooming into the skies, into the infinite space of the universe and into the exploration and discovery of knowledge. The circling of Chandrayan reveals the intertwining of objectives and quests between the University and the world of rapid technological advance. It points in the direction of the spirit of collaborations and common pursuits in search of true unravelling. Chandrayan also represents the transition from an agricultural phase to the technological realm, which Nellore has witnessed in the recent decades on account of the thrust on industrialization and the rapid concourse of trade and commerce consequent on the development of the Krishnapatnam Port.

The Sanskrit epithet for the motto “Satyam Gnanamanantham” is taken from the “Anandavalli” of Taittiriya Upanishad (2.1.1). This sruti vachana proclaims that truth, knowledge and wisdom are infinite and eternal.

Courses Offered by VSU:

The University is currently offering ten courses:

  • MCA
  • MBA
  • MBA Tourism Management (TM)
  • M.Sc Organic Chemistry
  • M.Sc Marine Biology
  • M.Sc Biotechnology
  • M.Sc Microbiology
  • M.A English
  • M.A Telugu
  • Master of Social Work

Two Regular courses and two PG Diploma Courses are being offered from the year 2012.

Regular Courses:

  • M.Com Banking and Finance
  • M.Sc Food Technolody

PG Diploma courses:

  • PG Diploma in Fire and Safety
  • PG Diploma in Environment and Health

* These PG Diploma Courses are offered through an MoU with Krishnapatnam Sercurity Services (Pvt) Limited, Krishnapatnam, Muthukur Mandal.

PhD Programmes were started in 2010 in Six Departments:

  • Computer Science
  • Business Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Social Work

The University has launched Ph.D. programmes in Eleven disciplines, namely, Computer Science, Business Management, Biotechnology, Chemistry, English, Commerce, Economics, Physics, Zoology, Marine Biology, and Social Work, with effect from the academic year 2010 -11. 

Contact Details

Prof. G. Rajarami Reddy (Vice-Chancellor)


Prof. K. Nagendra Prasad (Registrar)

Prof. M. Chandraiah (Dean, College Development Council)
+91 9397670214


Prof. M. Srinivasulu Reddy (Principal, VS University College)


Prof. P.R. Siva Sankar (Special Officer, Kavali)


Sri S. Murali Mohan (Controller of Examinations)
+91-861-2352356, 2352357



Nellore City Railway Station

Nellore City Railway station (Code: NLR) falls under South Central Railway (SCR) Zone and Vijayawada Junction Division of Indian Railways. It is on the Vijayawada-Chennai section of Howrah-Chennail main line. It is at an elevation of 69 feet from sea level.


Nellore railway station was opened in 1899 and electrified in 1981. It has 4 platforms now. Nellore is one of the fourteen ‘A’ category stations and one of the ten model stations in the Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway.

Nellore railway station is among the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways. Nellore Railway Station handles over 120 passenger trains daily (Up and Down) serving about 180,000 passengers everyday on an average.

Click here for Nellore Railway Station Trains Time Table

Railway Station Phone Number: (0861) 2336263

Enquiry Phone Number: 139


150 year old church in Vakadu, Nellore district

luthern church vakadu nellore

South Andhra Lutheran Church in the Vakadu church compound was built 150 years ago in 1872 by a German gentleman Ands Jacob Bucher. Their family stayed here while the church was being built and all of them expired here. Their graves can be found in the near by christian burial ground.

Another 100 year old monument in Nellore, the CAM High School too needs attention and much needed restoration efforts to bring back its past glory.

Town Hall – Nellore

Officially ‘The  Rebala Lakshminarasa Reddy Puramandiram’, but more popularly known as Town Hall was constructed by Rao Bahaddoor Rebala Lakshminarasa Reddy in about two-and-a-half acres at Trunk Road, Nellore in 1915.

The 96-old-town hall complex houses Sri Rebala Pattabhi Ramireddy Reading Room, Jr. Rebala Lakshminarasa Reddy Dining Hall, an auditorium, a mandapam and an  open ground, not to forget is the small Vinayaka temple right in the town hall compound.

Town Hall used to be the defacto place in Nellore for arts and cultural programs for years. Town Hall would have hosted thousands of theatre performances, felicitations, poetry recitals, public meetings, muscial nights, school anniversaries. Thousands of couples in Nellore district would fondly remember Town Hall as it was the venue of their marriage.

I remember attending many marriages and theater performances here. Most unforgettable was my own school’s anniversary function.

Town hall was given a face lift in 2003 and now looks like a new bride, thanks to the efforts of the The Town Hall Trust. Padmasri Dr. S.P.Balasubhramanyam,  noted playback singer, who came for the inaugural function after renovation recalled the number of programmes he staged from the same auditorium right from his childhood and said ‘This is the stage from which I gave my first performance at the age of five as Raghurama in Bhaktha Ramadasu where my father and noted Harikatha exponent S.P.Sambamurthy was Ramadasu,”  while addressing the packed town hall on Sep-14-2003, Sunday night.

I am also grateful for the  Rs.40 lakh donation given by J.S.Reddy towards the renovation of the Town Hall.

Nellore Lover 


Gandhi Ashram in Nellore

While writing on Ponaka Kanakamma, a freedom fighter, I came to know about the Gandhi Ashram in Nellore. The Pinakini Satyagraha Ashramam is a living memory of Mahatma Gandhi’s association with Nellore. It was established on the bank of river Penna.  It has made a significant contribution to the National Freedom Struggle lead by Gandhiji.

This Ashramam is known as Pallipadu Gandhi Ashramam. It is the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and stands second only to Gandhiji’s Ashramam at Sabarmathi at the National Level.  The Ashramam was inaugurated on 7-feb-1921 by Gandhiji himself.


Initially it started in thatched huts on the bank of river Penna.  On the suggestion of Gandhiji an amount of Rs. 10,000/- was extended as financial help by the All India Congress Committee and 22 acres of land was secured.  The living and teaching in the Ashramam started on the principles of truth, non-violence. Many programmes were taken up such as Production of Khadhi, Eradication of untouchability, propagation of Hindi as the national language, Naturopathy, Equality of all religions, and Adult Education.

The Ashramam is now under the Indian Red Cross Society Nellore  branch. Indian Red Cross Society Nellore District branch intends to renovate the old building and make it a Tourist Centre for the new generation.

The story behind Coles-Ackerman Memorial, CAM School, Nellore

After reading a touching story on CAM School here, I decided to do some digging into the history of this memorial and stumbled upon some interesting facts.

CAM High School was started in 1840 by the Free Church Mission of Scotland. The 16 acre campus was later taken over by the Telugu Baptist Mission in 1904.

The present school building was built in 2011 by Dr Jonathan Coles Ackerman in memory of his father Dr Abraham Coles and maternal uncle Warren Ackerman.

Dr Abraham Coles:

Abraham Coles was born 1813 in Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey, USA. He received his M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia in 1835 and began his practice in Newark, NJ. He married Caroline Elizabeth Ackerman in 1842. The marriage resulted in the birth of two children: Jonathan Ackerman Coles (1843-1926) and Emilie Smith Coles (1845-1919). His wife died just a few months after the birth of their daughter in 1845. He never remarried.

Dr. Coles traveled the world, often with his children. His son, J. Ackerman Coles, later joined him in medical profession and also became the editor of new editions of his father’s literary works. Dr. Coles died while traveling near Monterey, California in 1891.

Both his children lived long lives, though neither married, and so the line of Abraham Coles died with the passing of his son on December 26, 1926.


Warren Ackerman:

Warren Ackerman was born in 1827 at New Brunswick, Middlesex County, North Carolina, USA. He was the brother of Caroline Elizabeth Ackerman, wife of Dr Abraham Coles. Warren became involved in all types of profitable business ventures in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and those who knew him recalled him as a wise counselor and reliable friend.

Warren married Lydia Platt, wife of his deceased brother George Ackerman, while in his 40’s. He died at his home in Scotch Plains, NJ in 1893, after a short illness at the age of 66. Lydia Platt Ackerman, widow of both George and Warren Ackerman, died in 1907 in Scotch Plains, NJ at the age of 73.

Dr Jonathan Coles Ackerman

Jonathan Ackerman Coles was born in 1843 to prominent physician/surgeon and poet author, Dr. Abraham Coles and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Ackerman. Jonathan was only 2 years old when his mother died just about 7 months after the birth of his sister, Emilie Smith Coles. The young man grew up traveling the world with his father. He chose medical profession in the footsteps of his father Abraham Coles.

Jonathan never married, and following the death of his father in 1891, continued his father’s philanthropy, contributing many classical works in bronze and marble to the educational and public buildings in Newark, New York, and elsewhere around the world. After his retirement, he devoted himself to travel and the collecting of interesting historical and artistic objects.

Dr. Jonathan Ackerman Coles died in 1926 at age 82. He was the last surviving member of this family. His sister Emilie died seven years earlier in 1919.