A silent district in Andhra Pradesh, Guntur is perhaps the most under-rated places to visit near Hyderabad in two days. On a quick weekend getaway to Guntur tourists can experience elements of nature such as the sea, waterfalls, and caves, alongside experiencing a slice of history through ruins, and museums.
Suryalanka Beach (50km) overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Bay of Bengal is known for its natural beauty with a wide and spacious stretch of sand. Guthikonda Caves (38km) set amidst thick forest are magnificent natural beauties believed to be homes of prehistoric humans. The charm of these ancient caves also lies in the fact that maharishis and saints meditated in the caves.
Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary (5km) is home to around 40 species of migratory birds like the Siberian pelicans and white ibis, Australian painted storks, spotted pelicans and other birds.
Kondaveedu Fort (25km) spread across 30 hillocks, built by prominent rulers of the Reddy Dynasty was considered as impregnable with 24 bastions. The fort offers around 21 stupas, many temples, residential structures, pillared halls, and a beautiful entrance gateway. The hilltop offers mind-blowing panoramic views and is ideal for trekking.
Activities: Visit to the beach, trekking, bird-watching and sightseeing.
Distance from Hyderabad: 267km
Best time to visit: October - March
Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, beach and trekking.