Andhra Pradesh is best known for the most powerful dynasties and the world-renowned Kuchipudi dance. Andhra Pradesh is home to diverse tourist destinations to choose from the beautiful hill stations, sacred shrines, historic monuments, popular museums. The temples in Andhra Pradesh deserve a special mention here for their splendid architecture and the ancient beliefs and faiths behind them. Most of the temples in Andhra Pradesh have Lord Shiva as their presiding deity and temples for other Gods and Goddesses and worshipping centers for other religions are also dotted across the state.
This blog is an effort to bring forth a few of the trending tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh, which you can plan to visit this year, where you will find solace after a year dominated by Corona.
The world-renowned pilgrim center, visited by millions of devotees around the year is Tirupati Tirumala Temple housing Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity. The nine feet tall statue in the sanctum, the world’s one of the very few largest kitchens feeding more than one lakh devotees daily, GI indexed laddu offered to devotees as Prasad, pleasant climate and a scenic ambience are the salient features of Tirupati Tirumala temple and are the compelling reasons for everyone to visit the destination. Tirupati is also acclaimed as one of the richest temples in the world.
Places to visit in and around Tirupati:
Tirumala, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Kapila Theertham, Chandragiri, Tiruchanur, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Talakona Waterfalls, Sri Kalahasthi, Kalyani Dam and Tiruttani.
Located at an altitude of 900 metres, Araku Valley is one of the prominent destinations to experience Andhra Pradesh Tourism. Acclaimed as Ooty of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is a scenic destination with lush greenery, waterfalls, pleasant climate and most importantly, is where you find a number of tribal communities residing in sync with nature’s unspoiled beauty. The entire region is like a canvas with wonderful paintings of nature, which will be an experience of lifetime for every visitor.
Places to visit around Araku Valley:
Borra caves, Katika Waterfalls, Padmapuram Gardens, Tribal museum, Mastyagundam, Tatipudi Reservoir and Tyda Nature camp are some of the popular tourist attractions you can include in your list while planning a trip to Araku Valley.
One of the five Pancha Bootha Sthala temples representing the cosmic element Air is Kalahastheeswara temple located at Sri Kalahasthi, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. An ideal weekend getaway from Chennai to spend two days on a spiritual sojourn is this temple housing Sri Kalahastheeswarar, a form of Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. The destination’s name gets derived from the three creatures Sri(Spider), Kala(serpent) and Hasti(Elephant) who worshipped Lord Shiva with an ardent faith in this location. While planning a short trip to Tirupati and the spiritual destinations around, Sri Kalahasthi tops the list of almost all devotees and tourists.
Places of attractions near Sri Kalahasthi:
Pathala Vinayakar Temple, Tada Falls, Pulicat Lake and Sanctuary, Swarnamukhi River, Kona waterfalls, Tirumala Tirupati temple are the other spiritual and entertainment centers to visit.
Andhra Pradesh has a rich cultural heritage inherited from Buddhism which had strong hold for many decades. Amaravati is one such destination where you can find the influence of Buddhism wherever you go. The Buddhist stupa is one such monument receiving universal admirations. Amaravati, derived its name from Amareshwara Temple, was once the capital of Satavahana Kingdom. Amaravati has received the attention of tourists across worldwide for its giant Buddhist stupa which is one of the few largest structures ever built.
Places to visit around Amaravati:
Amaravati Museum, Dhyana Buddha Statue, Kondaveedu Fort, Vijayawada, Mahachaitya are the places compelling you to plan a trip to visit Amaravati.
Famous for Beaches, Caves and Forts, Vizag is the major sea port of Indian National Army. Also the deepest port of India, Vizag is a tropical region with high humidity round the year. The beaches are relatively clean attracting large number of tourists round the year. An ideal sand shore to relax your nerves and scenic hill stations for trekking options are the highlights of your tour to Vizag this time. Don’t forget to include Vizag in your list while planning a vacation to Andhra Pradesh tourist destination.
Places to visit around Vizag:
Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Katiki Waterfalls, Rishikonda Beach, Kailasagiri Hill Park and Indira Gandhi Zoological Park are the other popular attractions in and around Vizag.
The third largest city of Andhra Pradesh, Bezawada , whose name now known as Vijayawada is a prominent tourist destination to experience Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The destination is referred in the history as the place where the Chinese Traveler Hieun Tsang stayed during his visit to South India. Vijayawada is also popular for Kondapalli Reserve Forests which is rich in flora and fauna, which is a delightful sight to behold.
Popular places to visit around Vijayawada:
Bhavani Island, Undavalli Caves, Kolleru Lake, Gandhi Hill, Victoria Museum and Mogalarajapuram caves are the other prominent destinations where you can explore the rich history and tradition of Andhra Pradesh.
One of the primary agricultural hotspots in Andhra Pradesh is Nellore, aptly named referring to Nellu(paddy). Pennar river runs through the town Nellur splitting it into two equal regions. Maurya, Chola, Pallava and Vijayanagara dynasties have ruled this region who have built stunning temples which are timeless beauties and must visit locations while touring across Nellore. Lakes, temples, forts and wildlife sanctuaries make Nellore a strategic and unique location to visit.
Places of attractions around Nellore:
Venkatagiri Fort, Udayagiri Fort, Mypad Beach, Pulicat Lake, Nellapattu Birdlife sanctuary and Sri Ranganthaswamy temple are the other popular attractions in and around Nellore to be included in your list to be visited while touring to Andhra.