Introduction: Hello Friends!! Today’s post gives you detailed information about the top places to visit in Andhra Pradesh, which is also described as ‘Kohinoor of India‘ by the tourism department of the state (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation). With its glorious past, rich cultural heritage, distinct breath-taking and alluring natural beauty, Andhra Pradesh is attracting a great number of inland and foreign tourists. What are we waiting for? Let’s get into places to visit in Andhra Pradesh
A guide of places to visit in Andhra Pradesh
The state is well known for its ancient temples, magnificent historical monuments, natural caves, beautiful hill stations, valleys, dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, beaches and also many sacred pilgrimage shrines such as Tirumala and Puttaparthi are visited by millions of devotees from all over the world. After the bifurcation, the state is now called Seemandhra (‘the 29th state of India’) with Amaravathi as the capital. Nevertheless, the state retains the better part of the culture and cuisine of Andhra Pradesh and has a good share of popular tourist places like Belum caves, NagarjunaKonda, Borra caves, Pulicat Lake and Kolleru Lake which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India.
Best time to visit Andhra Pradesh
For any trip to be successful, one should be aware of the best season to travel to a particular place and plan accordingly. The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is the winter season, i.e. between October and February as the temperature ranges between 16 °C to 25 °C which is comfortable and pleasant for the tourists to explore all the famous destinations of the state. The temperature in summer (March to May) ranges between 28°C to 45 °C, thus making it the least recommended option for the tourists to visit as the weather will be very hot and humid. Besides, April is the right month for summer vacation and people often visit hill stations like Araku to escape the scorching summer heat. Monsoon season is not so suitable for visiting certain cities due to the heavy rainfall and high humidity. But monsoon is the best time to visit some famous cities like Nellore and Kurnool.
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How to travel to Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is easily accessible through a well-connected network of airways, railways, and roadways and is visited by tourists all over the world for various reasons. The state is connected to other countries not only by airways but also by using seaports.
By Air: Before the separation of the states, the international airport in Hyderabad used to be the main airport of the state, but in the current scenario Visakhapatnam Airport is the only airport operating international flights. Recently, Vijayawada Airport has operated an international flight to Singapore. The other domestic airports of the state are located in Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Guntur, Warangal, etc. these airports are well connected to major cities and towns of India like Mumbai, Delhi, etc.
By Rail: Trains are always the best, convenient and cheaper option to reach Andhra Pradesh. The state has an efficient railway network connecting the major cities of the country. Vijayawada railway junction is the largest railway junction in the state connecting to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur, etc. Other important railway stations are located in Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Dharmavaram, etc.
By Road: Andhra Pradesh has well-laid, well maintained and finest roadways. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is the governing body that operates thousands of buses. Several private bus services are also available in the state. Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) located in Vijayawada is one of Asia’s largest bus terminals. Andhra is connected to Odisha by National Highway 16 (NH16), NH 326 and NH326A; to Chattisgarh by NH 26 and NH 30, to Karnataka by NH 42, NH 69, NH 75, and NH 167; to Tamil Nadu by NH 40, NH 205, NH 219, NH 716 and NH 234; to Telangana by NH 44, NH 65, NH 565 and NH 765.
By Sea: Andhra Pradesh has one of the largest seaports at Visakhapatnam. Other important commercial ports along the coastline of the state are at Kakinada, Machilipattnam, Bheemunipattnam, Krishnapattnam, Vadarevu, and Kalingapatnam.
To move in and around the state, tourists can hire auto-rickshaws, book private cabs, rent cars or board local buses.
Things to do in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is well promoted by the tourism department of the state. The state is rich in temples, mosques, shrines, heritage sites, historical monuments, ancient architecture, beaches, rivers hills, ports, wildlife sanctuaries, and etc. attracting people of different tourism specifications from all over the world. Apart from these, people also visit the state for attending the most popular and important festivals of the state like Sankranti, VisakaUtsav, Rayalaseema Food festival, etc.
Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh offers perfect travel destinations allowing the tourists to choose the places they wish to explore. Also with its famous kondapalli toys, Pearls Kalamkari, sculpture, delicious cuisine, friendly locals Andhra Pradesh is certainly one of the top tourist destinations in India. The famous places to visit in Andhra Pradesh are listed below:
Visakhapatnam, or Vizag, is one of the most beautiful and oldest port cities in the country blessed with pristine beaches like RK beach, Yarada, Rushikonda, Bheemili and Gangavaram that are ideal for sea bathing and surfing. Araku Valley, a popular hill station with beautiful waterfalls, streams, gardens and some challenging trekking trails is located nearby. Other major tourist attractions include the famous Borra Caves, Katiki waterfalls, Kailasagiri Hilltop Park, VUDA Park, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kondakarla Ava Bird Sanctuary, Dr. Ramanaidu Film Studios, Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse, Visakha Museum, Matsyadarshini Aquarium, INS Kursura Submarine Museum, some Buddhist shrines and also temples such as Simhachalam, Arasavalli. The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is from October to March.
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Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu cities in the world and is well known as the ‘Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh. India’s Ministry of Tourism has named it ‘Best Heritage City’. This Hindu temple town is situated in the Chittoor district of the state and visited by millions of devotees every year. The temple also called as Temple of Seven Hills is perched on top of the Tirumala Hills, with the Tirupati town lying at its foothills. This holy city also has several other tourist temples and monuments such as Sri Kalahasti temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, the Kondandarama Temple, the Parashurameshwara Temple, Sri Varahaswami Temple, Sri KapileswaraSwamy Temple, Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple. Other major attractions of the city are Gurramkonda Fort, Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, Silathoranam, Sri Venkateswara Museum Chandragiri Fort, Horsley Hills, etc. Tirupati is known for red wooden toys and popular events like Teppotsavam, Brahmotsavam. The best time to visit Tirupati is between September to March.
Vijayawada is located on the banks of Krishna River and is well known for its caves, canals, hills, history, mangoes, and beautiful spring season. Vijayawada is considered as the ‘Commercial, political and media capital of Andhra Pradesh’. Vijayawada has two major attractions -Kanaka Durga temple and Mangalagiri temple. Other famous tourist attractions include Kondapalli Fort, Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Undavalli caves, Manginapudi beach, Victoria Museum, HazaratBal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park and Bhavani Island. The Krishna Pushkaram is a popular festival that is held once in every twelve years. The ideal time to visit Vijayawada is from September to March.
Rajahmundry or Rajamahendravaram city is located on the banks of River Godavari in Andhra Pradesh and is well known as ‘ Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh’. It is blessed with various places of historical, agricultural, economic and cultural importance. River Godavari is considered as a sacred river and an important spot of tourism offering boat rides and touring to places like Papi hills. Pushkar Ghats is very famous where the Godavari Pushkar festivals are held once in every 12 years. Rajahmundry is famous for the presence of Draksharama, Kotilingeswara temple, Annavaram, DvarakaTirumala, Markandeya Temple, etc. Other major tourist attractions include Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum RallabandiSubbaRao Museum, Maredumilli, Chitrangi Palace, kadiyapulanka, River Bay Resort, GoutamiGhat, Dowleswaram Barrage, and the beautiful Pattiseema. The ideal time to visit Rajahmundry is from October to March.
Nellore is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Pennariver and is well known for agriculture. The city is also admired for its cultural history, stunning architecture, aquaculture and delicious sweets like MalaiKajaa and the Bobbatlu. Nellore has several significant ancient temples like Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Narasimhaswamy Temple, Ramalingeswara Temple, Krishna Mandir and the other major tourist destinations such as Penchalakona, Pulicat Lake, Jonnawada, Udayagiri Fort, Venkatagiri Fort, Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary, Mypad Beach, BarahShaheedDargah, Paturu, etc. The best time to visit Nellore is from October to February.
Anantapur is a town, also called “The Heritage Haven of Andhra” and is located close to the border state of Karnataka. The town is famous for its temples, history, and heritage. Puttaparthi is a popular pilgrimage site and is visited by millions every year. Other major tourist attractions in Ananthapur are Penugonda, RavadurgGooty Fort, ThimmammaMarrimanu, Dharmavaram, Hemavathi, Aluru Kona, Lepakshi, Raidurga Fort, Kadiri, PennaAhobilam, etc. The best time to visit Anantapur is from September to March.
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Kurnool is a small town situated on the southern bank of River Handri and Tungabhadra and also is known as ‘Gateway of Rayalaseema’. The town has great historical value and is known for its archaeological findings such as Ketavaram rocks paintings, Belum Caves, etc. Rollapadu Bird sanctuary is one of the popular destinations for nature lovers, The popular Konda Reddy Fort or the Konda Reddy Buruju, is located at the heart of the city. Other important attractions of the state are Srisailam temple, Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Nallamala forest, Mantralayam, Mahanadi, Yaganti, Alampur, Kalva-Bugga, Jagannatha Hill, etc. The best time to visit is between October to March.
Kadapa is also known as ‘Gateway’ city to Tirumala and is well-known for the rich cultural heritage and history. Ameen Peer Dargah, DevuniKadapa, the BhagwanMahavir Government Museum, Gandikota fort and Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri, Ontimitta, Sidhout fort, etc. are the major tourist spots and the best visiting months are between October to March.
Srikalahasthi is a holy city located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This place is considered as one of the sacred places for Hindu pilgrims due to the famous temple with VayuLinga which is one of the ‘PanchabootaSthalams of Lord Shiva’. This is one of the most popular religious cities in the state with various temples such as Gudimallam Temple, Thondamanadu Sri VenkateshwaraSwamy Temple, BhaktaKannappa Temple, and SahasraLinga Temple. Other tourist attractions are, Talakona Waterfall, BhardwajaTirtham, Veyilingalakona waterfalls, Ubbalamadugu falls, etc. The ideal time to visit is considered from July to March.
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Guntur is a district of Andhra Pradesh and is famous for its historical buildings, alluring architecture, spicy and tasty cuisine, and the Kollur Mine, where the famous kohinoor diamond was mined, is one of the important diamond mines in the world. The ancient Undavalli Caves are famous for its finest Indian rock-cut architecture. Major attractions for the history buffs are Bhattiprolu, Kondaveedu, and Kotappakonda. The scenic Ethipothala Falls, NagarjunaSagar Dam, and the Uppalapadu Nature Conservation are the major attractions for adventure and wildlife enthusiasts. In Guntur district, Amaravati, the capital of Seemandhra, is probably the most famous destination as it has the Buddhist Stupa. The town also has the famous Amareswara temple and hence is a pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The best time to visit is Guntur is from October to March.
Famous food in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is famous for its extremely delicious, hot, spicy and tangy cuisine. Due to the extensive rice cultivation, Andhra Pradesh is also known as the ‘Rice Bowl of India’. Rice is the staple food of the state and the traditional meal usually served on a banana leaf includes dal, curry, pickle, sambar, and curd along with rice. Some of the important vegetarian delicacies of Andhra Pradesh are Pulihara, Avakkya, Guttivakayakura, GonguraPacchadi, Pesarattu, Idly, Upma, Dosa, etc. and non-vegetarian delicacies like KodiIguru, KodiPulusu, ChepaPulusu, etc. Pickles and chutney are important parts of a meal in Andhra Pradesh. Popular snacks of the state are Murku, Appadams, Onion pakodas, vadas, etc. The most popular sweets of the state are Putharekulu, Kakinada Kaja, Bobbatlu, Booralu, Payasam, and BandharLadoo.
Where to stay in Andhra Pradesh
In major cities of Andhra Pradesh, there is a wide range of accommodation options for tourists based on their requirements and budget, such as Business hotels, five-star hotels, Guesthouses, Budget houses, resorts, small lodges, youth hostels, well-maintained railway retiring rooms, etc. In Visakhapatnam, there are some of the best hotels near the beach and some luxury hotels like Hotel Taj Residency, The Park, Budget Hotels like Hotel Meghalaya and also Business Hotels like Green Park, etc. In Puttaparthi, tourists can stay in Ashrams or other luxury hotels whereas, in Tirumala, you can find everything from dormitories to rented private cottages. Most of the hotels and resorts are at convenient locations and they provide visitors with a comfortable and contented stay. That’s all folks about Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh. Don’t for get to look into Credit Cards for Travel Offers, Benefits when you plan your next trip.