The rich cultural heritage, ancient architecture and historical importance have made Andhra Pradesh one of the top tourist destinations in India. Be it the coastal beauty of Visakhapatnam or the divine Glory of Tirupati. Andhra is a rich amalgamation of time, religion, architecture and culture. An authentic Deccan experience for anyone who sets foot here.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Although a year round destination, the best time to visit would be between October and February.
Visakhapatnam was the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh and a major sea port of India. However, with the recently announced Telangana State, Visakhapatnam will now be the largest city of Andhra Pradesh and a probable Capital of the future state of Andhra Pradesh. It is home to one of the deepest ports of India belonging to the Indian National Army. Lakes, valleys, rocky terrains and hill ranges make It the ideal spot for all nature lovers.
World famous pilgrimage spot for probably every Hindu in the world, Tirupati is the divine home of the Shri Tirumala Venkatachalapathy shrine, the largest of its kind and positively the most visited temple in the world. Millions of people flock to the Devastana each year. Every devotee’s spiritual Journey Is considered complete here. Tirupati is also famous for excellent educational institutions, red wood toys, Tirupati notably belongs to one of the most scenic districts of Andhra – Chittoor district which houses various tourist spots like Talakona fails, and Tirumala Deer park reserves as well.
Located on the bank of Krishna River, Vijayawada is known for its luscious mangoes, tasty sweets and beautiful spring season. The city is also famed for having the largest railway junction in South India. Once an important town during the Vijayanagar Kingdom, Vijayawada is replete with heritage edifices like the Kondapalli fort, Undavalli caves, Kanaka Durga temple and The Hazratbal mosque.
A place that holds Immense historic significance Is sure to intrigue every history buff with its old forts and temples like Jonawada fort, the Udayagiri fort, Somasila and Ranganatha temple. The place is also famous for beaches and aquaculture industry, Another huge renowned spot at Nellore is Sriharikota – one of the two satellite launch centers in India, the Satish Dhawan Space Center is housed in Sriharikota.
Once the royal seat of the Vijayanagara empire, Anantapur is filled with historic relics and temples. The western most district of Andhra, where one shouldn’t miss out on heritage gems like Puttaparthi, Lepakshi, Tadipatri and Hindupur.
Bounded on the three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills, Kadapa is also known as ‘Gateway’ city to Tirumala. Kadapa was ruled by different kingdoms over the years and thus It has left this place with a rich cultural influence.
Considered an important pilgrimage destination in Andhra, the temple of Lord Shiva here Is one of the most famous in the south, The Srikalahasti temple, Talakona waterfall and Sahasara Linga temple are important places to visit and revere.
Also known as the cultural capital of the state, it is yet another pilgrimage spot where devotees flock to pay respects at pushakarama.
Probably the most famous destination of the Guntur district of Andhra, this place is a famous pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. Amareshwara temple, the famous statue of Buddha and the stupa are the major attractions here.
Filled with natural splendor and grace, it is a most preferred destination for all nature lovers. Picturesque landscapes, plenty of palm trees and dense coconut grooves with canals running through at various places, the vistas offered at Amalapuram are sure to set one at a bliss. The town has some of the most famous temples in Andhra Pradesh like Amaleswara, Sidheswar and Chandramouleeswara.
The Stunning Belum caves, which is the largest and longest cave system open to the public – known for its speleothems, such as stalactite and stalagmite formations is located here, This city is often referred to as the “Gateway of Rayalaseema” and is the fifth most populous city in Andhra.