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Traveller Tales from Andhra Pradesh

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Chinmayananda Iyengar

27 March 2019

It is worth every penny. enjoyed alot

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Deeptimay Patel

18 December 2018

We came to Nagallapuram once before but didn’t actually trek there as we thought we would get lost. Now it was nice to actually go on a guided trek and spend a night there too in such a beautiful place...

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Dhana Guha

16 December 2018

I was tempted to take this package offered by Thrillophilia and it was totally worth the money I paid. The first day was made eventful by different activities planned by them. The most enjoyable was ca...

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Devdan Mukhopadhyay

10 December 2018

the travel arrangements and tents were done by Thrillophilia and we had a great time on this trip. the water fall surrounded by the forest is beautiful and treat for your eyes. totally worth all your m

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Ekalavya Dhawan

10 December 2018

The forest was quite dense which made the overall experience all the more enthralling. Our guide, Suresh is such a sweet person. He even told us a few folktales about the waterfall.

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Leela Gill

10 December 2018

Less explored place. too many surprises to discover. Wonderful nature and weather. The waterfall trek was amazing. A walk through the natural trail was really nice. Had a great time with friends. Rate

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Yash Gupta

06 September 2018

Great share! It was such an informational blog, pleasure reading your content, Thanks. Keep sharing! Tirupati is famous for its Sri Venkateswara Temple dedicated to Vishnu, also known as Balaji. Once ...

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Asin

21 December 2017

We started early morning around 6. It was awesome drive on ORR (Outer Ring Road) up to Ghatkesar (~ 80 kms) and then yummy breakfast before conquering the rappelling FEAR and the technique .. The tre...

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Zain Azam

06 September 2016

Fantastic Experience!

Most Popular Places Around Andhra Pradesh

What You Should Know More About Andhra Pradesh

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Do not indulge in any fights – physical or verbal fights with anyone.

    • Do not do any form of drugs. In case you see anyone who seems like a drug peddler or a drug dealer, you must get away from the situation then and there.

    • Always be polite to the locals here.

    • Never hamper the public property. Do not liter anywhere.

    • Keep the touts at bay.

    • Do not entertain the beggars.

    • Never flash your valuables or cash in public.

    • If you book a hotel or room, make sure it is not in a secluded place.

    • Enquire about the room safe in the hotel.

    • Never leave your cash or valuables in the hotel room.

    • Do not carry with you cash more than you’ll need. There are ATMs everywhere, so carrying cards is a rather safe option.

    • If you suspect any miss happening, you must immediately contact the police.

    • When eating from a street stall, double check the quality before eating.

    • Carry with you medications that you may need during the trip.

    • Keep a first aid kit with you.

    Drink only bottled drinking water. If you find the seal of the bottle broken, return it right away. Buy water only from a known brand.   

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Andhra Pradesh is 21 years.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Vishakhapatnam

    Vishakhapatnam is indeed one of the beautiful coastal cities here. It is one of the most important places to see in Andhra Pradesh. Every nature lover and photographer will appreciate the pristine beauty of this city. Also known as Vizag, it is not just a beach city of Andhra but is equally popular for its expansive landscape. Right from the valleys to the lakes, beaches, hills and the caves, everything about the city is alluring. Besides the natural splendors, Vizag is also endowed with temples, architectural marvels and spiritual centers, that only amplify its beauty.


    Key Tourist Attractions


    • Kailasa Giri

    • R K Beach

    • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

    • Visakha Museum

    • imhachalam Temple

    • Borra Caves

    • Submarine Museum

    • Buddhist Shrines

    • VUDA Park

    • Temple of Arasavalli Sun God

    • Bheemunipatnam Beach

    • Araku Valley



    Tirupati

    Acclaimed for its temple, Tirupati is indeed the spiritual hub of Andhra Pradesh. In the Chitoor district of Andhra, there are several temples that are devoted to Sri Venkateswara. These temples are swamped by millions of devotees (majorly Hindus) each year. Besides the temples, the city is also popular for its red wooden toys.


    Key Tourist Attractions

    • Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple

    • Horsley Hills

    • Chandragiri Fort

    • Goddess Alamelumanga Temple

    • TTDC Garden

    • Kanipakam, Srikalahasti Temple

    • Silathoranam


    Vijayawada

    Vijayawada lies on the banks of the River Krishna and is popular for its luscious juicy mangoes, spring season and the sweets. It also boasts of having the largest railway junction in South India. During the Vijayanagra Kingdom, Vijayawada used to be an important town. A number of hills and caves can be found here. These make it a must see attraction in Andhra Pradesh.


    Key Tourist Attractions


    • Mangalagiri

    • Kondapalli Fort

    • Gandhi Hill

    • Mogalarajapuram Caves

    • Kanaka Durga Temple

    • Mary’s Church

    • Rajiv Gandhi Park

    • Prakasam Barrage

    • Undavalli Caves

    • Kuchipudi

    • Manginapudi Beach

    • Mogalarajapuram Caves

    • Bhavani Island

    • Hazratbal Mosque


    Nellore

    Nellore is incredibly popular for its religious and spiritual legacy in the state. Holding a primary significance as a historic center, the city is definitely going to lure many history buffs. Nelore is often referred to as the city majorly known for its production of rice and the mica and lime. Do try sweets like Bobbatlu and Malai Kajaa when here. A number of tourist attractions can be found here.


    Key Tourist Attractions

    • Rangatha Temple

    • Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary

    • Pulicat Lake

    • Narasimhaswamy Temple

    • Mypad Beach

    • Barah Shaheed Dargah

    • Krishna Mandir

    • Ranganayaka Temple

    • Penchalakona

    • Patu ru

    • Jonnawada

    • Somasila

    • Ramalingeswara Temple

    • Udayagiri Fort

    • Venkatagiri Fort

    • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • Q. What will like you like there?

    Sightseeing

    There are not too many tourists who actually shell out some time to discover the different sightseeing treasures of the state. It is deterred by its size and the very fact that most of the attractions here lie across the squares of miles of the rocky terrain. However, if you make an informed choice, Andhra Pradesh can definitely prove to be a very rewarding destination just as much as its neighbors -  Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


    Shopping

    When it comes to shopping in Andhra Pradesh, the state will definitely spoil you for choice, given that the craft pieces here are in abundance. For all shopaholics, shopping in Andhra Pradesh can indeed be a fruitful experience. Right from its Buddhist Nirmal paintings to the delicate silver filigree of Karimnagar, buffalo hide puppets, Kalamkari and Bidri work and the ikat garments, Andhra is in fact a treasure pile of magnificent crafts designed by the skilled artisans and craftsmen.  Kalamkari gets its name from the usage of the modest ‘kalam’ or pen. On the hand, Ikat is a type of weave where the dyed threads are collectively patterned into the fascinating fabrics. Andhra’s repertoire of fabrics is indeed not limited to ikat. A distinct practice of weaving the silk into cotton fabric known as himroo was a popular choice of cloth that went in the making of the luxurious garments for the royal men. Small towns of Narayanpet, Pochampalli, Venkatagiri and Dharamavaram also lend their names to some special categories of weaves each one different from the other. Saree in any of these forms is bound to allure any lady.


    Activities

    For adventure seekers, activities like para sailing may be fascinating. This adventure activity is carried out with great enthusiasm in the Hyderabad city. Hussain Sagar Lake is the ideal spot for you to carry out this activity. Angling is another popular thing to do in Hyderabad. It is also enjoyed in Secret Lake. Other outdoor sport common in Andhra Pradesh is Golfing. In Hyderabad, there is an 18-hole golf course which is managed by Indian army and is extremely well maintained. Tourists can practice their swing and polish their chipping and putting skills here.


    Festivals and Events

    Andhra Pradesh is widely known and appreciated for its varied traditions and multi ethnic culture. Some of the most popular festivals celebrated here include Sankranti celebrated during the month of January and Ugadi that is celebrated in March. Sankranti is a festival which is celebrated to welcome the winter crop and Ugadi is the Telugu New Year. In both the festivals, a lot of gifts are exchanged. If you visit Andhra Pradesh during this time do partake in these festivals.  

    Foodies Paradise

    Irani, Chai, Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleen are just few of the many things that can entice your taste buds in Andhra Pradesh. You can find just about every type of cuisine right from fine dining to fast dining here.  


  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Forum: Trip Advisor Travel Forum

    Website: http://www.ap.gov.in/