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Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is known for the famous Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirupati, Charminar, Salar Jung Museum, Golconda Fort in Hyderabad and Buddhist viharas at Nagarjunasagar. Also visit the wildlife and bird sanctuaries of Kolleru, Manjira, Kawal and Papikonda. Andhra has a nearly 1000 km-coastline with eight of its 23 districts having direct access to the sea. Famous beaches are Visakhapatnam Bheemunipatnam, Kakinada, Chirala, Kalingapatnam and Mypad.

Cities of Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with several prominent places in and around it. The city is cosmopolitan, and is richly endowed with a variety of cultures. Kurnool was the capital of Andhra Pradesh from 1953 until 1956. As the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is 275-km from Hyderabad, and is a business cum pilgrim cum tourist centre. Warangal was the ancient capital of the Kakatiya rulers. Lapped by the Bay of Bengal, on the eastern part of Andhrapradesh lies the beach city, Vishakapatnam. Tirupati is one of the important pilgrim centres in India. Anantapur lies in the westernmost part of the state, representing true blend of history and modernity on one side and pilgrimage and forts on the other. Eluru the head quarters of East Godavari district is famous for its thriving woollen pile carpet industry.

GUNTUR

Located in the northeastern part of the Andhra Pradesh State, in the Krishna River delta, Guntur lies on the Vijayawada-Madras trunk road, about 9-km to the east of the picturesque Kondaveedu range of hills. It is the headquarters of the district of its name, Revenue division and Taluk. It is one of the oldest municipalities having been constituted in AD 1866. The French founded the city in the mid-eighth century, but in 1788 it was ceded permanently to the British. The village of ‘Ramachandrapuram Agraharam’, which is now part of Guntur city, is considered much older than Guntur as it is testified by an inscription dated AD 1296 .

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HYDERABAD

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with an urban population of 4.2 million people approximately. Hyderabad is located on the Deccan Plateau and the Musi River, 650m above sea level. The physiography of Hyderabad is dominated by hills, tanks, forests, and rock formations. The city of Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and its pearl bazaar. Pearls from all over the world are said to come to Hyderabad because the artisans here are skilled in piercing and stringing pearls without damaging them. The city’s gypsy tribes called ‘Lambadas’ and ‘Banjaras’ are known throughout the country.

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KURNOOL

Kurnool lies in the west-central part of Andhra Pradesh State, southern banks of the Tungabhadra and Handri rivers. It was the capital of Andhra Pradesh from 1953 until 1956. It is the headquarters of the district . In 12th century AD, the Odders, who carted stones for the construction of the temple Alampur, used the site on which the town now stands as a halting place before crossing the Tungabhadra and greased their cart wheels with oil locally supplied by some of the oil mongers, and called the place ‘Kandanavolu’ which in course of time came to be known as Kurnool.

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NELLORE

Nellore City is picturesquely situated on the north bank of Pennar River. It lies in the southern part of the Andhra Pradesh State. It is believed that it derived its name, as paddy is extensively cultivated in and around the other neighbouring areas of Nellore, where ‘Nellu’ means paddy and ‘Ur’ means a town. Nellore was also known as Vikramasimhapuri. Historically, the place is very important. Culturally, Nellore town stands unique among the other towns of Andhra Pradesh as it is supposed to be the place where the greatest of the Telugu poets, Tikkana Somayaji, who translated the Mahabharata into Telugu, lived.

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TIRUPATI

Tirupati City is located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh State. It lies about 152-km northwest of Chennai in the Palkonda Hills. Tirupati is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara (also spelt as ‘Venkatesvara’), “Lord of Seven Hills”. About 10-km northwest of Tirupati, at an elevation of 750m, is the sacred hill of Tirumala, which was considered so holy that before 1870 non-Hindus were not permitted to ascend it.

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VIJAYAWADA

Vijayawada, also called as “Bezawada”, is 257-km from Hyderabad and is located on the banks of the Krishna River, and is bounded by the Indrakiladri hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North. Situated along the Chennai- Howrah and Chennai-Delhi rail route, this is the largest railway junction of the South Central Railway. The city forms a part of the Krishna district, spread over an area of 58-sq- kms (urban area). Vijayawada or the “City of Victory” if literally translated gets its name from the legend, which says it was here on the Indrakiladri Hill, that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince, won the blessings of Lord Shiva for his penance.

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VISAKHAPATNAM

According to the history, the city was named after the god of ‘Valor-Vishakha’. It was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom, under Ashoka’s rule in 260 B.C. It passed on later to the Andhra Kings of ‘Vengi’. After this Pallava, Chola and Ganga dynasties ruled the city. In the 15th century, Vishakhapatnam became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire. The Europeans, the Dutch, the French and the English established themselves from the 17th century onwards and used this as a major trading center to export textiles, ivory, tobacco, indigo etc. This port is well documented in the histories of these colonial powers as well as in Indian historical records. This coast played a major role during the reign of the Asaf Jahis and the Golcondas.

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WARANGAL

Warangal is located on northern Andhra Pradesh State lies along the Chennai-Kazipet-Delhi rail route. Warangal was the ancient capital of the Kakatiyas, an Andhra dynasty that flourished in the 12th century AD. The city stands out for its beautiful lakes, temples and wildlife. It is very rich in antiques and relics. Warangal’s fort, lying southeast of the present-day city, was once surrounded by two walls, traces of the outer wall remain, as do the four stone gateways (‘sanchar’) of the inner wall. A thousand-pillared temple, built in 1162, is located within the city itself. Warangal is now a commercial and industrial center.

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Pilgrimages in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is known for its pilgrimage centers especially for the famous Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirupati, the world’s richest temple. Ahobilam is a reputed Hindu pilgrim centre, especially for Vishnavites. Amaravati situated in Sattenapalli Taluk of Guntur District is famous as the seat of a temple to Lord Shiva worshipped here as Lord Amareswara and also for the Buddhist sculptures, which are world famous.

Arasavalli has a temple dedicated to Lord Surya; temples dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya are rare in our country. Bhadrachalam situated on the banks of Godavari River is considered to be one of the greatest holy shrines in South India as Lord Rama lived here for some time. Simhachalam, referred to, as the “Hill of the Lion” is famous for its 11th century hilltop temple of Lord Narasimha. Srisailam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country. Puttaparthi is the abode of Sri Satya Sai Baba and devotees from all over the world flock to this small town every year to have a glimpse of the Baba, and be touched by him

The oldest temples in the State, Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and the Kalahasteeswara Temple date back to the pre Christian times. The Chalukyas of Badami ( Karnataka ) of about the 6th century built the Alampur Bhrama temples. These are excellent examples of Chalukyan art and sculpture. The Vengi Chalukyas ruled coastal Andhra Pradesh from the 7th to the 11th centuries. The Badami Chalukyas of Deccan were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas and the later Chalukyas. The Kakatiyas who succeeded the later Chalukyas and ruled from Warangal ( 11th – 14th century CE ) constructed several beautiful temples that show a profuse display of sculptural work..

AMARAVATI

Amaravati is situated in Sattenapalli Taluk of Guntur District and it is famous as the seat of a temple to Lord Shiva worshipped here as Lord ‘Amareswara’ and also for the Buddhist sculptures, which are world famous. ‘Amareswaram’ is considered sacred because of three things, the Krishna River, an important Kshetra with a ‘Sthalamahatyam’ and the Sri Mahalinga Murthy, which are three sacred principles embodied in one. This ancient temple dedicated to Shiva enshrines a 15ft high white marble Shiva Lingam, and is surrounded on all the four sides by towering gopuras of the usual Dravidian type of temple Architecture.

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TIRUPATI

Tirupati town is 67-km from Chittoor in Chittoor district, the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The most important place of interest at the place is the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, who is famous all over the country. The Tirupati Balaji shrine is located on a hill at Tirumala, a cluster of seven hills known as Seshachalam or Venkatachalam with an elevation of 853m (2,800ft.) above the sea level. Said to be the richest temple in the world, this temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history spanning several centuries.

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Beaches in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has some of the most enchanting beaches in India. Andhra Pradesh takes pride in natural coastline that extends for about 1000 kilometers. Andhra Pradesh has twenty three states and out of these eight states have a direct access to the sea with sparkling blue waters. If you are looking forward to a memorable beach holiday, the beaches in Andhra Pradesh can prove to the perfect beach destination

BHEEMUNIPATNAM BEACH

Beach Tour To Andhra Pradesh – The other name of the Bheemunipatnam Beach is Bhimli. This beach is renowned for its unparallel beauty and is counted among the safest beach in Andhra Pradesh because the water here is not too deep. Therefore the beach is ideal for the swimmers and the surfers.

bheemunipatnam-beach

RAMAKRISHNA BEACH

Located in Vishakhapatnam, the Ramakrishna Beach features among the most alluring beaches on the eastern coast. It offers myriad picturesque views and is a favorite tourist spot for those visiting Vishakhapatnam. The tranquility of the beach poses a sharp contrast to the bustle that characterizes the road and the apartments on the other side

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MANGINAPUDI (MACHILIPATNAM) BEACH

The importance and popularity of this beach can be ascribed to its picturesque beauty and to its historic port city. It was once a thriving trading center and also served as a gateway to India. The Manginapudi beach is a safe beach and a beautiful park and its well-lit environs are a huge crowd puller. It is renowned for its health resort and is a preferred picnic spot for the families.

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MYPAD BEACH

Located in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh, the Mypad Beach is an appealing beach where the azure waters of the sea meets in perfect union with the glittering fine sand with the verdant greens forming the backdrop

Mypad-Beach

Monuments in Andhra Pradesh

Surviving architectural monuments of Andhra Pradesh are the souvenirs of her glorious past. Successive dynasties from the Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagaram Kings, Qutub Shahis, Mughals and the Asaf Jahis, have contributed significantly to the State’s rich cultural tapestry and have left behind a heritage studded with spectacular monuments.

CHAR MINAR

A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as “The Arc de triomphe of the East”. It is considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub Shahi’s. This beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved minarets, The four graceful minarets literally meaning ‘Four Minars’, soar to a height of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the colourful shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the old city.

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GOLCONDA FORT

Golconda fort is a majestic monument, which lies on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting. Built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1525, it stands as the epitome of Nawabi culture and grandeur. Outside the Golconda Fort are two separate pavilions built on a rocky eminence – the ‘Taramathi Gana Mandir’ and the ‘Premathi Nritya Mandir’ from where the legendary sisters ‘Taramathi’ and ‘Premamathi’ resided. They gave their performance on a circular dais atop a two-storied structure, the ‘Kala Mandir’, which was visible from the king’s durbar on top of the Golconda Fort.

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THOUSAND PILLAR TEMPLE

4-km from Hanumakonda crossroad in Warangal district is the Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of ‘Kakatiya’ architecture and sculpture. It is the main attraction of Hanamkonda. The temple was built by ‘Rudra Devi’ in 1163 AD. The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish.

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HUSSAIN SAGAR LAKE

A one of the largest man-made lakes in Asia, located in the heart of the Hyderabad City, contributing to its immense beauty. It is a sprawling artificial lake that holds water perennially. It was built during the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah in 1562, on a tributary of river Musi. The unique feature of this lake it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The place is popularly called the “Tank Bund”. A 16m high, 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue on the Rock of Gibraltar is a major attraction at the Hussain Sagar. It is made of white granite, finely sculptured and stands majestically amidst the shimmering waters of the lake.

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Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh

Surviving architectural monuments of Andhra Pradesh are the souvenirs of her glorious past. Successive dynasties from the Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagaram Kings, Qutub Shahis, Mughals and the Asaf Jahis, have contributed significantly to the State’s rich cultural tapestry and have left behind a heritage studded with spectacular monuments.

CORINGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is most famous for the reptiles it houses, the renowned ones being the salt-water crocodiles. The sanctuary is a part of the Godavari Mangroves and what makes it more unique is the fact that it is located on the back waters of the sea. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary features thirty five species of Mangrove plant that belong to 24 families. Mangroves are extremely tolerant to saline water and occur in the tropical and sub tropical estuary regions. In this sanctuary the mangrove plants display curious adaptations such as stilt roots as in Rhizophora.

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ETURNAGARAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Eturnagaram Sanctuary is located near the place where the borders of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh meet. In the Eturnagaram Sanctuary, the land is an undulating one. Andhra Pradesh’s Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary – The primary vegetation is of tropical dry deciduous type. The sanctuary abounds in many trees like teak that shoots to a height of 60 feet and above. Other trees include bamboo, madhuca, terminalia and pterocarpus. Andhra Pradesh’s Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary has a perennial water source called “Dayyam Vagu”, which separates the sanctuary into almost two halves.

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INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is presently one of the largest zoo located in the natural settings of a reserve forest which covers an area of 625 acres. It is situated in the scenic Eastern Ghats. The Zoo is flanked by hills on either side and the Bay of Bengal on the East and attracts many visitors from all over the country. It was declared open to the public on 19 th May, 1977. Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about eight hundred are present in the zoo. Andhra Pradesh’s Indira Gandhi Zoological Park – The Zoo Park has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates, and birds.

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KAUNDINYA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh. It is 50 Km away from Chittoor and 120 Km from Bangalore by road. It covers an area of 358-sq-kms. Flora: The area is covered with southern tropical thorn type of forests, consisting of flora Albiziaamara, Ficusreligiosa, Ficustomentosa, Ficus Bengalensis, Bamboo, and a species which is a regeneration of `santalum’ album. Fauna: A wide variety of animals like elephant, cheetal, four horned antelope, sambhar, mouse deer, hare, porcupine, wild boar, jungle cat, jackal, sloth bear, panther, jungle fowl, starred tortoise, slender Loris are found here.

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Hill Stations in Andhra Pradesh

India is renowned for its hill stations that not only offer the tourists a welcome respite from the hot and sultry summer weather but also allow them the opportunity to be witness to some of the most picturesque sights that makes one feel that even the Elysium can’t be more beautiful.

Andhra Pradesh hill stations are counted among some of the most popular hill stations in South India. We are your indispensable guide that furnishes comprehensive info on the hill stations in Andhra Pradesh.

ANANTHAGIRI HILLS

Ananthagiri Hills is a favored summer retreat whose spectacular natural beauty leaves you wide mouthed.Which is a Famous Hill Station in Andhra Pradesh. The nature lovers and the tourists alike are tempted by the unmatched beauty of the place. It requires a journey of about 60 kms to reach Ananthagiri Hills from Vizag. Tours To Andhra Pradesh Hill Station – The drive to the hills itself is an exhilarating experience as you have to drive through coffee plantations and pass innumerable mango groves and waterfalls en route. You will be a witness to some of the most gorgeous sights in Ananthagiri Hills.

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HORSELEY HILLS

Located about 144 kms from Tirupathi it is situated at a height of 1,365 meter above the sea level. It goes without saying that its delightfully cool and bracing climate is the result of its altitude. One of the major highlights of this place is its slopes that are shrouded with lush vegetation. The airports in Tirupati and Bangalore are located at a distance of 160 kms and 165 kms respectively from Horseley Hills.

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ARAKU VALLEYS

Pleasant weather, hills and valleys are the claim to fame of this place. It is situated at an altitude of 600 to 900 meter above the sea level and the tourists find it good place to spend some time away from the stifling and polluted clime of the bust city life. we are international travel site and a repository of useful information on Andhra Pradesh Hill Stations and to other exotic places in South India and around the globe. This is served in typical Nawabi style, where authentic Hyderabadi food is served course by course. Along with the exotic dinner, the majestic Deccan ambiance accompanied by traditional entertainment like Ghazals, add to the taste and enjoyment.

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