Andhra Pradesh

Enthroned with two legendary rivers- Krishna & Godavari, India’s most-lengthened coastline of 927 km and Bay of Bengal on its west, Andhra Pradesh seizes the laurel of “the Kohinoor of India” when we talk about Tours and Travels. 

 

History

 

The history of Andhra hails from the Vedic period. It is the first Indian state that was initially shaped on lingual-basis & chiseled from the Madras Presidency in the year 1953.

After three years, Andhra unified with the Telugu-speaking area of Hyderabad to form Andhra Pradesh.

 

Places to visit

Visakhapatnam

The oldest port city and industrial hub, Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is situated on the Bay of Bengal in the bosom of Andhra Pradesh. Bordered by splendid beaches, Visakhapatnam is famous for its ancient temples, picturesque landscape, serene valleys, and the oldest shipyards. Apart from industries, this holiday destination holds a history of the rich culture that can still be sniffed.

 

Tourist Attractions: Borra Caves, INS Kurusura Submarine Museum, Kailasagiri, Rishikonda Beach, Yarada Beach, Katiki Waterfalls, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Simhachalam Temple.

Best time to visit: Sept.-March

 

Araku Valley

At a distance of around 120 km from Visakhapatnam, Araku Valley is a beautiful hill station in the hinterlands of Eastern Ghats. Blessed with endearing temples & beaches and ringed by large mountains, lush forests & fuzzy sky, Araku Valley is an ideal breakout from frantic rosters.

 

Tourist Attractions: Chaparai Waterfalls, Tribal Museum, Padmapuram Gardens, Tadimada Waterfalls, Coffee Museum, Galikonda View Point, Kollaput Jala Tarangini.

Best time to visit: Sept.-March

 

Tirupati

Famous for Lord Venkateshwara Temple and many other temples & shrines, Tirupati is an age-old city and divine abode for pilgrims at the southern terminus of Andhra Pradesh. A ceaseless chant of ‘Om Namo Venkatesaya’ steers the explorers to revere the 8-feet tall idol of Lord Venkateshwara and to get embraced by the untouched beauty of nature.

Tourist Attractions: Sri Venkateswara Temple, Akasaganga Teertham, Silathoranam, Swami Pushkarini Lake, Tirumala Temple, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Srivari Mettu, Kapila Theertham, ISKCON.

Best time to visit: Sept.-Feb

Amaravathi 

The new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amravathi is a designed city with more than 50% of Greenland. Nestled on the southern coast of River Krishna in Guntur district, Amravathi is a preeminent pilgrimage and tourist spot. 

Tourist Attractions: Amareswara Temple, Dhyana Buddha Statue, Amaravathi Mahachaitya, Amaravati Museum, Talakona Waterfalls, TTD Garden, Sri Vari Museum, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

Best time to visit: Nov.-March

 

Vijayawada

State’s second-largest crowded city and Political, commercial & media capital, Vijayawada city is settled on the River Krishna’s bank in Andhra Pradesh. This light-footed developing cosmopolitan city is the fusion of contemporary and elderly world that showcases rich history with the hills, rock-cut temples & ancient canals among the present-day architecture and the urbane fashion of living.

Tourist Attractions: Bhavani Island, Kanaka Durga Temple, Undavalli Caves, Kondapalli Fort, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Subramanya Swamy Temple, Prakasam Barrage.

Best time to visit: Sept.-March

 

Ananthagiri Hills

Trekking paradise along the curlicue and best trekking course that is 90km away from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills is a mesmerizing retreat center praised for historical caves, antique fort palaces, and temples that portrays the history of the place. The beautiful hill town emanates the aroma of coffee while showcasing the delicacy of bizarre greenness.

Tourist Attractions: The Borra Hills and Caves, Tyda Park, Araku Tribal Museum, Bhavanasi Lake, Padmapuram Gardens, Musi River, Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple, Dolphin’s Nose.

Best time to visit: Oct.-March

 

Kurnool

Lauded as “The Gateway of Rayalaseema”, Kurnool is a small town with great historical paramountcy and etches. The place has witnessed countless caravans and has continued carrying the remains of the summer palace, palace of Gopal Raju (the last Hindu king), and medieval fort that has Persian and Arabic engravings.

Tourist Attractions: Yaganti, Belum Caves, Ahobilam Temple, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahanandi, Konda Reddy Fort/Kondareddy Buruju, Tomb of Abdul Wahab, Venugopalaswamy Temple, Mantralayam

Best time to visit: Dec-Feb

 

Anantapur

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HQ of Anantapur District, Anantapur is a town making progress from suburb to polis. Anantapuram reflects the typical traditions & heritage and retracts the wayfarers to the glorious history of India. The town’s name has been derived from ‘Anaatasagaram’ which means a big tank & indicates an ‘Endless Ocean’. Notably, the area hosts the second-lowest rainfall in the country.

Tourist Attractions: Ahobilam Temple, Ravadurg Gooty Fort, VeeraBhadra Temple, ISKCON Temple, Anantapur Clock Tower, Rayadurg, Penukonda Fort, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple.

Best time to visit: Nov-Feb

 

Delectable dishes of Andhra Pradesh

dishes recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

  • Kandhi Podi
  • Gongura Pachadi
  • Pesarattu
  • Gongura Mamsam
  • Akura Pappu

 

Must-visit restaurants

restaurant recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

  • Ming Garden
  • Flying Spaghetti Monster
  • Infinity
  • Sweet Magic
  • Highway Food Court 7

 

Hotels

hotels recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

Budget

  • Vani Lodge
  • Grand Vijayawada
  • Jayaram Residency
  • DK Residency

 

Average

  • Hotel Serene
  • Shreeparthy Hotel
  • The Pioneer
  • DBR Suites

 

Luxury

  • Jai Mahal Palace
  • Hotel Royal Orchid
  • Welcomheritage Traditional Haveli
  • Marasa Sarovar Premiere
  • Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach

 

 

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