Presented on the eastern coastline of India, kissing the shore of the mighty Bay of Bengal – Andhra Pradesh has served the taste buds of explorers as well as tourists since time immemorial. Be it the exotic view of beaches, the jaw-dropping architecture and engravings on temples, the knowledge centers i.e. museums. The history imbibed caves and forts, abundance in wildlife in the Sanctuary, the gaping beauty of the lush green hills – name it and you have all of it in this state. Termed as the Koh-I-Noor of India and located at the height of approximately 1265 meters, it receives a considerably large number of tourists every year. It attracted alone almost 8.2% of the entire tourists in India in the year 2015.
Here is a list of the ten best places to explore during your stay in Andhra Pradesh. Make sure not to miss any to have the fullest of experiences.
This district of Andhra Pradesh is rich in beauty in both the forms – nature as well as man – made. You can witness the clouds floating by in a slow pace above the Horsley Hills, also commonly referred to as “Andhra Ooty.” Situated near Madanapalli town, with a certain greenness that has lazily covered the valleys and hills along with varied chirpings of the mountain birds. Next, is the magnificent Venkateshwara Temple located on the Tirupati Hill is another of the amazing sights. Other than these there are also places like Kailasakonda Falls, the very popular Kalahasti Temple, and several others. And do not forget to taste the mangoes grown on Chittoor’s orchards.
Probably one of the most scenic sea costs in India and a favorite of many who have been here. This beach destination in specific is listed on top more because of its vivid detailing of the landscape. There are caves, valleys (the very famous Araku Valley is located here), hills, beaches and lakes – making this place an entire package for any wanderlust. You can also go and visit the oldest shipyard in India. Borra caves Besides being breathtakingly stunning are amongst the biggest caves in India. Once you are inside it, you will feel being sent to some other world. Commonly known as Vizag, the city also has many temples both inside and on the outskirts of the main town. For wildlife lovers, there is Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.
This name must sound familiar to you as being the biggest railway junction in South India. However, besides that the sweet taste of the mangoes on this land, and the molding of nature with the arrival of the blossoming spring is something that you would at least want to experience once in your lifetime. This place has history carved in each corner due to the reason that it had been one of the ancient kingdoms in India – Vijayanagar Kingdom. There are many ancient relics, edifices and ruins with leftover engraved art on them that attracts many historians as well as people thirsty for knowledge. Remember to visit the beautiful Kondapalli fort, and for a change in taste of temple, there is Mary’s Church and Hazratbal Mosque where you can pay a visit.
A visit to Andhra Pradesh remains incomplete without a must trip to Secunderabad. And the most prominent spot there is the Golconda Fort which has the lingering essence of the rich culture, tradition, and history of India. This is one of the twin cities in Andhra Pradesh. Secunderabad is an out of the way mélange for both histories as well as nature admirers. One of the very famous lakes in India – the Hussain Sagar Lake is situated there. The Birla Mandir present there is one of the most peaceful places of spirituality and devotion.
One of the most amazing features about this place is how the rural and urban culture blends into one another, yet maintaining an individual authenticity. This place had always existed in the annals of history but recently been on the trend as if it has revived its position. There are acres of chilly yards in Guntur and is famous for Hope Diamonds. Away from all the din and bustle of city life, the serenity and calmness of this place will make you an addict; you would always want to come back here in search of finding that inner peace while peeking into the vastness of the blue sky and the old Kondaveedu Fort. Life has its flow of rhythm, very different from the other places you visit in Andhra.
The major attractions of this place are the Kolleru Lake and the Guntupalli caves. Besides this, there are several other places that you might be keen on visiting, which are Dwarka Tirumala, Buddha Park, and Holy Land Replica. Located off the coast of two of the most important places in Andhra – Vishakhapatnam, and Vijayawada, this small place has its attractiveness that will render you speechless. Several migratory birds visit the lake during winter. Do not forget to taste the sweet water of the coconut grown on its fields in numbers and the various seafood cuisines due to the fishing of sweet water fish.
The Veeravadra Temple and the monolithic Nandi statue of Lepakshi bring innumerable devotees from all through India every year to Andhra. The shrines of Shiva, Vishnu, and Veeravadra crafted during the reign of the old Vijayanagar Empire is still very famous for a lot of Hindu devotees as well as tourists from other religion for its cultural significance and historical value.
Amalapuram provides you with the pleasure of an exotic destination with plenty of palm trees, coconut plantations, and picturesque canals running throughout the city. This town is as if god’s abode with so many temples – Mukhteshwara Swami Temple, Vireswara Temple, Appanapalli Temple, Ganesh Temple, Ramalingeshwara and several others.
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The beach at Ongole is a perfect destination for water adventures and other beach activities. The natural beauty here is a rejuvenating treatment for both eyes and soul. Rather than being a popular tourist place, this is what travelers or wanderlusts seek for – for the beauty here is still core and undisturbed by the general mass. You can spend hours looking at the sky changing its color and the waves roaring at Voderevu beach or Kothapatnam beach. As against the other beaches in Andhra Pradesh, these will give you the tranquility of mind and cleanses your soul.
Not many people are aware of the existence of such a splendid place like Kadapa, which has Nallamala and Palakonda hills surrounded on all three sides. Over the years of history, many empires have ruled this place and have left behind their cultural significance to make this place more enriched. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be one of the seven Kandas of Ramayana. Note down to make a must visit at Gandikota fort and Sidhout fort. Again for flora and fauna lovers there is Sri Venkateshwara Sanctuary.
None of the places you visit in Andhra will disappoint you. It will make a string of memories that you cherish later and wish to relieve again. Each of these locations has a uniqueness of its own and promises to render you speechless.
Written by Sankha Subhra Dutta
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