One of the 29 states of India, Andhra Pradesh lies on the southern coast of the country, the compelling capital of the state, Hyderabad gives you enough reasons to plan a visit to Andhra Pradesh. Andhra’s Old Quarter is embellished with the palaces and the monuments of the bygone era and the streets here are lined with tea houses, narrow lanes, multi hued markets and a plethora of biryani restaurants. On the outskirts of the city, one can find a myriad of forts and tombs that speak volumes of the departed royalty that once was legitimate here. Meanwhile the new districts on the other side are lit up by the IT-fuelled youth, hotels, resorts, classy restaurants, bars and boutiques. Perhaps, it is this side of the state that attracts the tourists more.
Other attractions of the the two states – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which were one prior to the split in 2014 are perhaps a little less brazen however if you go around digging you are certain to the locate few gems like the magnificent medieval sculptures of Palampet, cherry coastal holiday vibe of Vishakhapatnam, Buddhist sites like the Guntupalli and Sankaran that are tucked away deep in the countryside as well as the positive vibe exuding from the colossal pilgrim crowd of the Temple.
The Bhavani Island is one of the largest islands of its kind to occupy a river, which makes it an iconic attraction in the city. Due to its geographical location and structure, it has proved itself to be the perfect place for visitors to come and relax. For those who find interest in having adventure and enjoy activities like water slides, this will be the perfect place to spend a weekend. You will need to take a boat to get to the island, which is an exhilarating ride in itself, taking you through scenic views of the lush green surroundings and the beautiful Krishna River. A number of other activities, such as water skiing, parasailing, kayaking and fishing can also be enjoyed while you relax at the island or simply take a nap at a hammock. Location: Bhavanipuram Bhavani Island, Vijayawada IndiaPrice: No entry feeTiming: Any time of the dayBest Time to Visit: October to March
Kanaka Durga Ammavari Temple
The temple houses a beautiful shrine of Goddess Durga, surrounded by astonishing architecture which takes inspiration from Dravidian style. The idol located in the temple premises is regarded as one of the shakti peethas, which are located all over the country. Located atop the Indrakeeladri hills, the temple lies along the banks of the Krishna River. The temple is highly revered among its followers, and gains even more prominence given that it finds a mention among various sacred texts and ancient literature. If you are an avid devotee, coming to this temple for the worship of the supreme, it is suggested that you take note of the temple timings, seva schedule and the rules of darshan, to make the most of your visit. Location: Indrakeeladri, Durga Temple Ghat Road, Mallikarjunapeta, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520001, IndiaPrice: No entry feeTiming: 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Closed on ThursdayBest Time to Visit: October to March
The Undavalli Caves are undeniably a marvel of historical creations, which speak a story with every cut of the rock. These caves exhibit a monolithic style of architecture that typically belongs to the Indian rock cut style. It is believed that these caves were carved out of a single sandstone on a hillside and date back to as early as the 4th century. Today, the structure has gained national importance and it is believed that these caves are the first example of Gupta architecture that prevailed in the country in the times to come. The cave is divided into three different layers, with each of them depicting something that history buffs are bound to relish knowing about. The lush green surroundings around the caves compliment the historical significance of this landmark, making it one of the top Vijayawada places to see.Location- Penumaka - Vijayawada Rd, Near Prakasam, Undavalli, Barrage, Andhra Pradesh 522501Price: No Entry feeTiming: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PMBest Time to Visit: October to March
Home to three temples, the Moghalrajpuram caves are one of the popular Places to visit in Vijayawada. At present, the caves have attained a position of prominence, putting them in the category of protected monuments in the nation. The striking features of these caves are the five sanctuaries, which seem to be rock cut and date back to the 5th century. This is why these caves are highly popular among the tourists. While most images of the deities on the walls of the cave have worn out, two of them, belonging to Lord Nataraja and Lord Ganesh have remained well preserved through the years. In order to take a complete round of these caves, you will need up to 2 hours. It is a good place to visit for those with an interest in history and adventure seekers. Location: Siddhartha College Rd, Moghalrajpuram, Christurajapuram, Vijayawada, Andhra Prades:h 520010Price: Rs 10 per personTiming: Thursday to Tuesday – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Wednesday – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PMBest Time to Visit: October to March
Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple
This temple is dedicated to the Serpent lord, Kartikeya, located at the foothills of Indrakiladri hills. This is the only temple in the vicinity that offers the image of three different forms of Lord Subramanya. The idols are carved out of a striking white stone and decorated with intricate embellishing. Located in the temple precincts is a Garuda pillar, covered entirely in silver, which holds immense significance for devotees. Another striking feature of this temple is an anthill that is located close to the temple and is believed to be a habitat of snakes, regularly worshipped by the people who come here. The surrounding landscape offers stunning views of the mountains, rivers and forests around the temple. Location: Kothapeta, Indrakeeladri, Behind Komala Vilas Hotel Hill Top, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520001Price: No entry feeTiming: 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 8:00 PMBest Time to Visit: October to March
About 15 kilometres from the city of Visakhapatnam lies the Yarada Village, the coast of which formulates the stunning Yarada Beach. The Bay of Bengal borders the beach and gives it a serene outlook. On the other three sides, towering hills border the beach, making it a calm and peaceful sanctuary for tourists and locals alike.
Soft greenery covering the side of the rocks and tall palms make a relaxing site. It is one of the best places to visit in Vizag and can be enjoyed both solo and with the company. While here, take a swim in the azure waters, build sandcastles, organize picnics or taste the delicious seafood on the beach.
Location: Yarada, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Price: No Entry Fees for the Beach, Rs. 30 for access to the Arigold property and Shops
Timings: Open 24 hours
Pakhal Lake happens to be a man-made lake in the city of Warangal which is located at a distance of 50 km from the city centre. The lake is estimated to spread over an area of 30 sq. km in the middle of lush greenery and hills.The lake forms a picturesque surreal environment with a wildlife sanctuary close to its shore. The cheeping of birds mixed with revitalizing breeze and serenity makes it a preferred spot for excursion tours and one of the most loved tourist places at Warangal to visit.Location: Pakhal Lake is located in the Warangal district of Telangana.Price: There is no official entry fee for visiting this place of tourist attraction in the district of Warangal.Timing: The lake is open to the public from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Pakhal Lake is in the winter season. This is the time when the lake looks mesmerizing with lush greenery all around.
Siva Mallikarjuna Temple
Lord Shiva’s Mallikarjuna temple is one of the 12 auspicious jyotirlingas found in India. As per the legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati came down to Srisailam to pester their elder son Kartike who left the Kailash mountain disheartened that he lost a contest to his brother Ganesh. Aware of his parents following him he decided to flee from Srisailam and move ahead of town. However, to stay closer to him Shiva and Parvati stayed at Srisailam with the names Arjun and Mallika and hence, the name of the temple falls to be Mallikarjuna. The garbhagriha has the Jyotirlinga where the devotees perform their prayers and believe that they are the closest to the Lord at that moment. This temple is a very important and precious place for every pious Hindu according to the Hindu mythology. Location: Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaTiming: 5.30 am - 1 pm, 3 pm - 7 pm (everyday)Best time to visit: October to February
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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.
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.
The legal age for drinking in Andhra Pradesh is 21 years.
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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.
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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.
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Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple
Goddess Alamelumanga Temple
Kanipakam, Srikalahasti Temple
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.
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Kanaka Durga Temple
Rajiv Gandhi Park
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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