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Andhra Pradesh Travel Guide

Place to Visit

Major Destinations

Hyderabad

The name itself brings up vision of a vibrant city of minarets and modern high - rise buildings. A natural and sophisticated blend of old and new - an old 'Nawabi' culture with a new pro-active approach and hospitality.

The Teeming bazaars of the old city, in the midst of which stands the 400-year-old Charminar, the modern shopping complexes and ultra-modern malls in the newer areas of the city add to the charm of Hyderabad.

The Golconda fort, capital of the kingdom by that name, is today very much part of the city, as is Cyberabd, a new local area created to keep pace with the zooming Information Technology sector.

Pearls, bangles, silks, computer software, handicrafts and above all a delectgable cuisine add to the splendour of this great city.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Type
1 A.P.State Museum Museums
2 Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway Leisure Spots
3 Asman Garh Palace Monuments
4 Bidri Craft Handicrafts
5 Birla Mandir Pilgrim Centres
6 Botanical Gardens Leisure Spots
7 Charminar Monuments
8 Dhola-ri-Dhani Leisure Spots
9 Dream Valley Resorts Leisure Spots
10 Durgam Cheruvu(Secret Lake) Lakes & Rivers
11 Falaknuma Palace Monuments
12 Gandipet Lake Lakes & Rivers
13 Golconda Fort Monuments
14 Hitec City Leisure Spots
15 Hussain Sagar Lake Lakes & Rivers
16 Legislative Assembly Monuments
17 Lumbini Park Leisure Spots
18 Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park Wild Life
19 Mecca Masjid Pilgrim Centres
20 Mir Alam Tank Lakes & Rivers
21 NTR Gardens Leisure Spots
22 Nehru Zoological Park Wild Life
23 Ocean Park Leisure Spots
24 Osmania University Monuments
25 Osmansagar Lake Lakes & Rivers
26 Paigah Tombs Monuments
27 Pragati Green Meadows & Resorts Leisure Spots
28 Public Gardens Leisure Spots
29 Purani Haveli Monuments
30 Qutb Shahi Tombs Monuments
31 Ramoji Film City Leisure Spots
32 Raymonds Tomb Monuments
33 Runway 9 Leisure Spots
34 Shamirpet Lake Lakes & Rivers
35 Shilparamam-The Crafts Village Leisure Spots
36 The Birla Planetarium & Science Museum Leisure Spots
37 The Nizam's Museum Museums
38 The Salar Jung Museum Museums
39 The Statue of Lord Buddha Buddhist Centres
40 Treasure Island Leisure Spots

Tirupati

The abode of the 'Kaliyuga' deity Lord Venkateswara, popularly known as Balaji, Tirupati has for centuries remained a destination divine and this feeling grows on one as one goes round the various temples and spots of natural beauty surrounding this major town.

In fact, the government has proposed to give special status to the town on the lines of the Vatican. Lying at the southern tip of the Eastern ghats in Andhra Pradesh, the district has a number of perennial water falls and vast forest cover.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Theme
1 Akasa Ganga Pilgrim Centres
2 Goddess Alamelumanga Temple Pilgrim Centres
3 Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir Pilgrim Centres
4 Kapilatirtham Pilgrim Centres
5 Kodandarama swamy Temple Pilgrim Centres
6 Lord Venkateswara Temple Pilgrim Centres
7 Sila Thoranam Leisure Spots
8 Sri Agastheswara Swamy Temple Pilgrim Centres
9 Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary Wild Life
10 Swami Pushkarini Pilgrim Centres
11 The Govindarajaswami Temple Pilgrim Centres
12 Tiruchanur Pilgrim Centres

Visakhapatnam

The land of the golden beaches was just over half a century ao a small fishing village. One would be amazed at the manner in which this port city with a natural harbour developed into one of the fastest growing cities in Asia.

Vast stretches of beaches right next to the city on one side and undulating green hills on the other have made Vizag, as it is endearingly called, a tourist haven.

An ideal destination, it caters to the religiousminded, the Buddhist pilgrim, the fun-lovers and adventure-seekers. A number of beaches and a long stretch of road along the sea-shore up to Bheemunipatnam town, the second oldest municipality in the country, are a pleasure to experience.

No trip to Vizag is complete without a sojourn at Araku, 110 km away, a lovely valley nestled amidst the high Eastern Ghats. Simhachalam temple, Rishikonda beach, the Dolphin's Nose hillock projecting into the sea enchantment unlimited - that is Visakhapatnam.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Theme
1 Dolphin's Nose Leisure Spots
2 Indira Gandhi Zoological park Wild Life
3 Kailasagiri Hills & Valleys
4 Lawsons bay Beaches
5 Mudasarlova Leisure Spots
6 Ramakrishna Beach Beaches
7 Rishikonda Beach Beaches
8 Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Simhachalam Pilgrim Centres
9 Vuda Park Leisure Spots

Nagarjuna Sagar

Nagarjunasagar, a massive irrigation project on the River Krishna, about 150 km from Hyderabad, has a rich and iteresting past. It was a valley in the Nallamala range of the Eastern Ghats with civilizations dating back to thousands of years. Recorded history, however, assigns the first signs to the later Satavahanas and subsequently the Ikshvakus in the third century.

The Sriparvata and Vijayapuri of yore were really temples where the famous savant and Buddhist Philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna preached the message of the Buddha.

Anupu: To prevent submersion of the outstanding structures in the valley, a rare feat of reconstruction of the remains was taken up. Anupu, 4 km from the dam site, was chosen for relocation of a Buddhist University.

Nagarjunakonda: As the area was threatened with submergence by the reservior, an Archaeological Survey team made determined efforts to virtually trasplant nine monuments from the valley onto Nagarjunakonda.

The hill forms an Island in the middle of the reservoir. A museum at Nagarjunakonda contains, Buddhadatu or Buddhas relics excavated from the valley.

Tiger sanctuary: The largest wildlife sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh lies between Nagarjunasagar and upstream Srisailam. Spreadover 3,500 sq.km, it encompasses thickly wooded hills in five districts - Nalgonda, Kurnool, Mahboobnagar, Guntur and Prakasam.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Theme
1 Ethipothala Water falls Water Falls
2 Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Centres
3 Nagarjuna Konda Museum Museums
4 Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Leisure Spots
5 Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary Wild Life

Warangal

The city was once the heartland of Telugu culture. The capital of the Kakatiya rulers. Warangal today contains some of the best forms of architecute, especially in temples.

The 1000-pillar temple and the Ramappa temple in the district are glowing examples of the exquisite architecture patronized by the Kakatiyas.

Warangal city today is part of a cluster of three towns - Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda, the district headquarters.
Attraction in the city are Planetarium, Musical Garden, Rock garden, Archeological Museum, Samskriti Vihar.

The district is also known ofr its picturesque lakes, hand-woven thick cotton fibre carpets, scroll painting done on cloth in earth colours mainly at Cheriyal nearby, and sheet-metal artistry at Pembarti.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Theme
1 Bhadrakali Temple Pilgrim Centres
2 Khush Mahal Monuments
3 Thousand Pillar Temple Monuments
4 Warangal Fort Monuments

Vijayawada

Vijayawada is known as the political as well as publishing capital of andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is a vital rail and road link between North and the South and is now known as 'the city that never sleeps'.

A major business centre, it is the hub of commercial activity in the coastal area.

The Prakasam barrage, the Kanakadurga temple, the St. Mary's church and the Moghalrajapuram caves are some of the attractions in the city, known for its cinema theatres and typically Andhra food.

The number of canals criss-crossing the city gives it a Venetian look.

Tourist Attractions

S.No Tourist Spot Theme
1 Bhavani Island Leisure Spots
2 Gandhi Hill Monuments
3 Hazrat Bal Mosque Pilgrim Centres
4 Kanaka Durga Temple Pilgrim Centres
5 Kondapalli Fort Monuments
6 Mogalarajapuram Caves Caves
7 Prakasam Barrage Leisure Spots
8 Rajiv Gandhi Park Leisure Spots
9 St. Mary's Church, Gunadala Pilgrim Centres
10 VMC Sibar Disneyland Leisure Spots
11 Victoria Jubilee Museum Museums
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