Andhra Pradesh Tourism
The state of Andhra Pradesh is stretched along the eastern coast of southern India, sharing its boundary with Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana in North, Tamil Nadu in South, the Bay of Bengal to the east periphery and Karnataka in the west and South west. The eighth largest state of India has the longest coastline in India after Gujarat.
Andhra Pradesh brings many hidden and beautiful places to visit. Thus, Andhra Pradesh has come to be known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Andhra Pradesh tourism receives nearly a million of tourist from all over the world. That shows how attractive is Andhra Pradesh and well known across the globe. In this state, one can enjoy hills at the same time beautiful beaches await him, as the city of Visakhapatnam is an excellent beach destination with beautiful lakes, valleys, caves and hill ranges.
Andhra Pradesh has always offered a versatile experience to the eyes of the visitors that is why people head to this beautiful place again and again. Araku is a famous hill station that is rich in biodiversity, but only steep hills will not bore your spirit as there are coffee plantations and waterfalls- those are worth paying a visit. To name another hill station in Andhra Pradesh, we should mention Horsley. Again this is one beautiful place to visit if you are in Andhra Pradesh. Other very famous places to visit are Gangotri Lake, Environmental Park, a beautiful museum in Horsley and Gali Banda.
Andhra Pradesh is a place where you can witness some of the greatest lakes of India, such as Kolleru lake -one of the largest freshwater lakes in India. We see it situated between the Krishna and Godavari Delta. There are some pilgrimage sites as well, such as Tirupati, that is one of the most famous religious sites that is visited by millions of devotees every year. Vijayawada is another beautiful heritage site with caves and hills. Chittoor is again an agricultural site famous for its forts and rivers.
Millions of people visit Andhra Pradesh in the different times of the year. All the seasons have something in store for the visitors. Andhra Pradesh tourism developed to give the esteemed tourist the best experience in Andhra. They have proper plans for the tour that will encompass most of the popular places that the tourists want to see. The accommodation offered by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism is excellent too.
The Belum Caves are a very well known tourist attraction of Kurnool. It is the largest as well as longest cave system that is kept open for the visitors. The caves are a must watch place if you are going to Andhra Pradesh. The unusual water patterns on the wall and surface of the limestone cave are worth for a visit. The unique structural formation in the shape of stalactite and stalagmite will render you speechless. Moreover, there are some pathways to the cave. The Belum caves have taken hundreds of years to form the structure that it has now attained. It’s believed that at a languid pace the structure of the cave is still continuously changing.
Andhra Pradesh Tourism has a 32-bed dormitory for the tourists who want to explore Belum from the vicinity. Other than this, many hotels are also available in the neighboring towns like Tadipatri as well as Banganpalli. As it’s a hot city winter is the best time to plan a trip to this beautiful place far from the chaos of the city in the lap of nature; though any time of the year, the area is open for the tourist.
Hyderabad is one of India’s many old cities that has lots of history associated with it. Hyderabad has many things for the tourist to offer. In India, the biggest film city Ramoji Film City located in Hyderabad. The entire place beautifully designed that will give you a breathtaking experience whether you are 8 or 80. The entire collection spread across 2000 acres of land. The second silicon valley of India, Hyderabad is the IT hub. Hyderabad is the place where you can experience history in every next corner of the road, lane, and bylanes. Each of the monuments tells a different story.
Hyderabad is the heaven for any food lover as the city is famous for its Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem, some specialties of kababs and Irani Chai. Also, some great hotels and restaurants here serve you varieties of another cuisine from all corners of the world. The street food here is fantastic as well. The most interesting fact is that the diet and cost of staying here are affordable.
You may visit the place during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, in this time the Necklace road beautifully decorated, probably much better than the Diwali festival in some corners of India.
The second largest port city in India Vishakhapatnam has some unusual places to visit. Thousands of people come and visit Vizag each year. It has the oldest shipyard in India and the natural harbor that is one of its kind. Vizag possesses a rich cultural past along with a diverse yet beautiful panorama of landscapes. Vizag is the right place for anyone who loves religion, beaches, trekking, nature as well as history.
Visiting Borra Caves will be an amazing experience to the eyes. People who love to trek can fulfill their passion for trekking adventure here. The unique and surprising structure of the Borra caves will render you dumb with astonishment. The cave will transport you to another world where you will find yourself in the realm of an ancient city where the Shivalingam and Kamadhenu idol (naturally formed) seen here.
The Yarada beach has a picturesque landscape; surrounded by magnificent hills, Yarada is the best beach in the Vizag. In Vizag, you will find beautiful hotels whereas small budget and affordable hotels are also there. The transportation in the city is very cheap and convenient too. So, Vizag is a smart choice for a holiday tour.
Tirumala Tirupati is probably the visited by millions of people all the year round. There is scarcely any other religious place on earth that has more devotees for darshan. Tirumala Tirupati temple spread over a vast area. Darshan of the god may take hours as there is enormous crowd every single day. Still, people have believed in their Lord and wanted to pay a visit – Lord Tirupati never returns his devotee empty handed. Visitors pay their tribute and visits to Padmavati and Govindarajaswami Temple in your way back from Tirupati. That would also be an amazing experience. In Tirupati, you can have Anna Prasad as well as Laddu Prasad, but for these, you have to buy tickets from the allotted counters. Senior citizens have special entrance procedure as they cannot wait in queues for hours. Anna Prasad in both Tirumala and Padmavati is free of charge. Devotees from all over the world come here to taste the wholesome Prasad. The timing to visit Tirupati is from 10 to 3 pm. KSRTC provides with its fleet of brand new Volvos/Mercedes vehicles and services; they have high-frequency services.TTD has two complexes for the pilgrims to come. Other than this, there are some high-end hotels where you can book your stay.
Araku is a hill station famous for its beautiful green nature. Located near a forest; so if a person loves the beach, forest and hills Araku are the only place in India that can offer all of them. Trekking and adventures are also an added advantage of this awesome tourist spot. The climate is pleasing all round the year, and it can be visited during the winters as well. You can be the witness of the age-old folk dance called the Dheema dance of the aborigines which performed in the region at the time of Itika Pongal which is conducted every year in April. You can find numbers of different budget hotels in Araku, or you can stay in Vizag and visit Araku Valley from there.
Away from the hustle bustle of the city life, Araku offers a mind blowing landscape of natural beauty. Many people prefer visiting Araku after August, just after the monsoons. There is a charm about driving through its rich green fields, with the unforgettable smell of wet soil and the surface layer of the washed harvest till the horizon.
Srisailam is growing as a favorite tourist spot among the people. Located in the state of Kurnool Srisailam is a place known for its architectural marvels and cultural heritage. Srisailam has a deluxe and a lot for medium to budget accommodation options. Pongal is one of the most awaited festivals in Srisailam. It is the festival to offer Lord Surya the famous delicacy Pongal, a sweet dish. Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and Dussehra also celebrated with much love and vigor. That is why Srisailam is known as Srisailam Devasthanam. Sakshi Ganapati temple, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple are all places where devotees gather to seek blessings from the Lords. Srisailam Sanctuary enclosed by dry deciduous forests that comprise of shrubs and bamboo trees. It is one of the largest Tiger Reserves in the country and is a home to different varieties of animals like palm civet, jungle cat, leopard, deer, sloth bear, tiger, bonnet macaque, hyena, and pangolin.So, one who loves wildlife can make a trip to Srisailam.
Lepakshi has a brilliant historical heritage starting in the age of Ramayana according to the legends. It is a culturally and archaeologically significant place that exhibits excellent paragon of art and architecture. The famous frescos and murals are a timeless piece of art. Following this, it is a home to the miraculous hanging pillars and a cave chamber where Sage Agastya is said to have lived for many years. Here you can visit Mata Sita’s footprint, largest monolithic Nagalinga, etc. Nearest airport to Lepakshi is the Bangalore airport which is 100 km away from it. Cab’s of KSRTC bus easily available to reach Lepakshi. Or you can avail Railways to reach Lepakshi, the nearest train station is Hindpur, only in 14 km distance from here. In Hindpur there are lots of buses and cabs to take you to the destination. Lepakshi is a beautiful place that every religious person would love to visit.
Mantralayam is a holy town situated at a distance of only 100 km from Kurnool. The main attraction of the city is the Temple and Mutt complex. The Tungabhadra River is worth a visit. You can complete your Darshan within a few hours. Choose an offering room closest to the temple. The offering room rents are very cheap. You can also book hotels near the temple. The temple offers lunch and dinner to the devotees. There are some restaurants also just outside the temple that offers veg food. Most devotees go for a bath in the river next morning. The site is famous for the Raghavendra Swami Temple. The best time to visit the temple is during evening aarti. Other attractions of the place are Panchmukhi Anjaneya Temple, Lakshmi Venkateshwara Temple & Vedic Pathshala. The shrine of Manchalamma is next to it, both lying near the Tungabhadra river.The place around the temple is strictly vegetarian no non-vegetarian food not available here. Few restaurants have south Indian food delicacies on their menu. Men have to wear dhoti and women are expected to wear India ethnic dresses like saree or salwar kameez to get an entry in the temple.
Papi Kondalu or Papi hills situated at 124 km from Khammam district. The area around the hills is beautiful with the nice view of nature. The mountain ranges of Papi hills named in Telegu that means the partition women make in their hair. The aerial view of the field looks like the partition of women hair. One unique attraction of Papi Kondalu is the Kolluru bamboo huts in Kolluru tribal village adjacent to the area. You can enjoy your night stay in the huts- an entirely different experience altogether. It is ideal for people who want to take rest in nature’s lap for a few days. The Food joints are not so good in Papi Kondalu but compensated with the stay in the bamboo huts as a pleasant experience for tourists. The next day you can also explore the forest area with a guide. As summers are scorching there, make sure you plan your trip just after monsoon to the end of February. The food may be carried from the nearest city like Rajahmundry as the place do not offer good food service options.
Rajahmundry is a beautiful place in Andhra Pradesh. It is the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. The major language of South India Telegu originated here. It is the birth place of poet Nannayya, who is called the first poet in Telegu language. The city of Rajahmundry is 400 km away from the capital city, Hyderabad. Tourists who want to visit Rajahmundry have lots of good options for accommodation here. All the renowned hotels in the city include Anand Regency Hotel, Vaishnavi Hotel, Royal Fort Hotel, Hotel Jetty Grand, Ashraya Residency Hotel, New Monica Lodge, Jaya Durga Lodge and Uma Lodge.
The biggest statue of Swami Vivekananda is a major tourist attraction in this place. Rajahmundry is a beach city, so the weather here is pleasant all around the year. Summer time is the best season to visit the place, though it remains a bit hot and humid. In winter the tour can also be planned as the temperature continues to be very pleasantly cool. People who do not prefer hot and humid weather can come in the winter. Hotels are also available at different price range.
Srikalahasti an ancient holy place of India. The area is famous for being the witness of many sages attaining Mukti or Moksha. Therefore, the area is considered to be the Punyakshetra. It’s believed that when you visit the area, all your sins purified for getting in touch with the Holy place. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place is only 49 km away from Tirupati, so, when you are going to Tirumala Tirupati, a visit to the Srikalahasti becomes unavoidable. APSRTC has buses plying very frequently every half an hour from Tirupati. Srikalahasti is connected to the railways as well. The place is famous for wooden panel curving of Madhava Mala Artists. Also, beautiful Kalamkari designs and pattern are done with vegetable colors. The place has some excellent lodging facilities. Though there is a dress code in puja, the temple authority does not maintain it too strictly. Do not buy puja materials from the stalls outside because with the 1000 rupee tickets you will be given all the things needed for puja.
Talakona Waterfalls has located at only 64 km away from the holy pilgrimage of Tirumala Tirupati. Talakona Falls is an excellent attraction situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park near Nerabailu Village of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The place is just not beautiful but serene. People searching for a different experience altogether can plan their trip to Talakona Waterfalls. The waterfalls situated in the middle of the dense forest of lush green. If you visit Talakona Waterfalls just after the monsoon season, a bright, vibrant green forest will welcome you, and the falls will also be flamboyant. It is believed that the water of the Talakona Waterfalls enriched with herb with healing power. In 1990 the Talakona Waterfalls was declared Bio Sphere Reserve for its enormous variety of plants and herbs. It is an ideal getaway from Chennai for a one day tour. In this forest, one can find a variety of endangered species like sambar, porcupine, cheetah, golden gecko, Indian giant squirrel, slender Loris, panther and mouse deer, etc. Accommodation is also available in this dense forest for a very cheap rate. The forest department has Guest House where suits and dormitories can be booked. You can make the booking with the forest department. The best time to visits the place is from September to January.
The third largest and future capital Vijayawada is a well-known city in Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of river Krishna surrounded by the Indrakeeladri hills on the west. It is about 275 km away from the state capital Hyderabad. Vijayawada has a great importance in the trade, and thus it is called as the “business capital” of Andhra Pradesh. That is why the population in this 61 sq. Km city area is quite dense. Vijayawada is the largest junction of the south central railways. All leading Airlines connect the city with Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. There are lots of places to visit – the first and foremost will be Kanaka Durga Temple, located on the Indrakeeladri hills. Inscription of different dynasties can be found here. The next destination must be the Gunadal Matha Shrine; the Prakasam barrage is also a place to visit, built across the river Krishna connecting Guntur district; Prakasam Barrage has created a panoramic lake. Undavalli caves that are said to have been curved in 7 Th century A.D. The Buddhist monks used this two-storeyed cave for resting. There is also a monolith statue of Anatha Padmanava Swami in a reclining posture is a thing worth a visit. The Rajiv Gandhi Park, Gandhi Hill, and Victoria Museum are must see places. In Addison to this, some places are also important that cannot be missed out – Hazarat Bal Mosque, Mangalagiri, Kondapalli Fort, Amaravati to name a few. There is no lack of different budget hotels at Vijayawada. Food options are also very cheap and available.
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