Top Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh
|View of CharMinar in Hyderabad|
Common capital of the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the city of Hyderabad is situated along the banks of Musi river. Being ruled by the Nizams and Mughals, Hyderabad offers some of the greatest monuments to the world. This includes the grand Golconda fort and CharMinar. Besides, the city boasts of its other monuments like the Qutub Shahi tomb, Paigah tomb and Mecca Masjid.
|Rushikonda beach in Visakhapatnam|
|Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple in Tirupati|
Most renowned for its Sri Venkateshwara temple, Tirupati is a major pilgrimage city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the foothills of the Eastern ghats, Tirupati is a cultural hub of the south of India. Besides, Sri Venkateshawra, the city is highly popular for Alamelu Mangapuram temple, Padmavathi Ammavari temple, Kapila Theertham temple and Govindaraja Swamy temple.
The tour to Tirupati is not only confided to visiting the temples, but also other attractions like Chandragiri fort, Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park and archaeological museum.
|Prakasam Barrage on the River Krishna at Vijayawada|
Located on the banks of Krishna river, Vijaywada is a major trading center of Andhara Pradesh. It is for this reason that the city is called as ‘The business capital of the Andhra Pradesh’ Not just the business ventures, the city of Vijaywada also highlights its tourist attractions like the notable Prakasham Barrage, Krishnaveni Mandapam, Lord Narsimha temple and Kanaka Durga Temple. The place of Vijaywada is also gifted by historical landmarks like the Undavalli Caves and Kondapalli Fort.
|View of Talakona Waterfalls in chittoor, Andhra Pradesh|
Located in the Ponni river valley of southern Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor is a place for the divine. Being in proximity to the city of Tirupati, the district of Chittoor is acknowledged for its temples. This includes the very famous Shree Veeranjaneya Swamy temple, Shiva temple, Swayambu Vinayaka temple and Sri Kodandarama Swamy old temple. Besides, in Chittoor one can even enjoy the game of shooting, surrounded by majestic waterfalls at Talakona.
|Sunset View at Kurnool (Image Credits – lovelldsouza)|
Gateway to the Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool has been the state capital in the past. There is so much in the city to explore around like the most important dam of Srisailam, the underground Belum caves, the rock garden of Oravakallu. Other notable things in the Kurnool region are the temple houses of Ahobilam and the Yaganti Lord Shiva temple.
|View of Lepakshi Temple in Anantapur|
Situated in the Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh, Anantpur is the birthplace of Shri Satya Sai Baba. The major tourist attraction of Anantapur is the Lepakshi temple, which is highly popular for its mural paintings of the Vijaynagara rulers. Another notable aspect of the Lepakshi temple is the housing of three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virbhadra.
|Nallamala Hills in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh|
Besides, the historical attractions of the city are filled by Gandikota fort, Sidhout fort and Tallapaka. Being covered by hills on the sides, the city of Kadapa serves as an excellent place for adventurous sport activities.
|Pelicans at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh|
Tourists on a visit to Nellore can involve themselves in the sightseeing of these temples. Other tourist attractions in the city of Nellore include Udayagiri Fort, Somasila dam, Kandaleru dam, Pulicat lake, Nelapattu bird sanctuary and many more.
|Meditation Tree in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh|
A small town in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is renowned for its association with Sri Satya Sai Baba. The town has an ashram in the name of the self proclaimed reincarnation of Sai Baba, Sri Satya Sai Baba, which is a major tourist attraction.
|Srikalahasti Temple – One of the most spectacular Hindu deity temples in India|
A holy town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Srikalahasti is renowned for its ancient temples. The very famous is the Srikalahasti temple, which is one of the most ancient Shiva temples of South India. Highly unique is the design of Shiva Linga, kept in the Srikalahasti temple.
|Golconda Fort – One of the most spectacular monuments of India|
Located near the Hyderabad city of Andhra Pradesh, the Golkonda Fort is basically a ruined fort built during the 12th century. Although left in ruins, Golkonda has still managed to maintain its glory. Thereby, making it one of the most magnificent fortresses in India. This architectural splendor consists of four distinct forts with several semi-circular bastions, gateways, drawbridges, temples and mosques.
|Araku Valley – A pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens with lush green nature|
Nestled in the hills of Anantagiri in Andhra Pradesh, Araku valley is an enchanting hill station. Inhabited by different tribes, the valley is famous for its coffee plantations. The gurgling streams, waterfalls and lush green surroundings make Araku a must visit for the urban population.
|Lambasingi – A Plentiful Greenery|
Commonly referred as ‘Kashmir of Southern India’, is a small village in the Vishakapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The place records some of the lowest temperatures with a thick blanket of fog appearing around the evening. Lambasingi is a perfect summer retreat and boasts of coffee and pepper plantations.
|Nagarjuna Sagar – The world’s largest masonry dam|
One of the largest dams in Asia, the Nagarajuna Sagar dam built on the Krishna river. Besides its irrigation value and water supply, the dam has a different side to it as well. The Nagarjuna Sagar dam offers a beautiful landscape in front of it. This striking scenic beauty attracts a lot of tourists towards the dam.
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