Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andhra Pradesh- Tourist Attractions

Andhra Pradesh is a place with subtle charm, rich culture, religious harmony, vibrant traditions and glorious history of spiritual scholarship. About 88% of the states population comprises Hindus, but the fact will turn into an illusion once you enter the old city of Hyderabad, where Islamic monuments and call of the muezzin are all-over.

Saunter through the wild forests or tour modern cities that sprouted from the roots of a vivid past. Make an excursion to heavenly shrines that narrate the stories of antiquity and glory. Washed by an ocean and two seas, Andhra Pradesh possess a vast array of sun-kissed beaches that dot an angelic coastline. The rapturous forests will also compete for your attention and lure you to a mesmerizing world of wildlife sanctuaries and parks.


Hyderabad was once a significant center of Islamic culture and is a counterpart of the Mughal splendor of Northern India. The city presents a wonderful blend of Hindu and Islamic traditions. Some of the city's popular sobriquet include the the City of Nawabs, the Biryani City, City of Pearls and Cyberabad (because of its high-tech draw). The Old city is the historical region of Hyderabad, wherein most of the historical attractions are located. Some of these are Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, Falaknuma Palace, Golconda Fort, Hussain Shah Wali Dargah, Qutub Shahi Tombs, etc.

The New city also has a number of interesting places to visit such as Archival Museum, AP State Museum, B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum, Birla Mandir, The Natural History Museum and Nehru Zoological park. Hyderabad offers lots of spots for fun & frolic, Golf Courses, Tennis Courts and colorful Bazaars where you can buy ethnic jewelry and aesthetic handicrafts.


Warangal was the capital of the Kakatiya kingdom from the late 12th to early 14th centuries. Great builders and admirers of Telugu literature and arts, the Hindu Kakatiyas undertook extensive architectural work. During their reign the Chalukyan style of temple architecture was at its pinnacle. Warangal is a friendly town and a welcoming host to those who are interested in Hindu temple development. Some of the elegant sites of Warangal city are Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillared temple, Ramappa Temple and Lake, Siddeshwara Temple (built in 3rd century), Bhadrakali Temple, Pakhal Lake, Kakatiya Rock Garden, Eturnagaram Forest Wildlife Refuge, etc.


Visakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh's second largest city and is popularly called as Vizag. Renowned for shipbuilding and steel manufacturing, Vizag is also an up-and-comer in the software, call-center and film industries. More than anything else, the city is popular for its serene beaches that are scenic as well as uncrowded. Some of the well known tourist spots include Ramakrishna Beach, Rishikonda, Gangavaram, Bhimili, Kambalakonda, Jagadamba Center, Kailasagiri, War Memorial, Matsyadarshini Aquarium, Borra Caves, Simhachalam, etc.


One of the most visited pilgrimage locations in India, the holy hill of Tirumala is said to eclipse Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca for sheer numbers of pilgrims. The temple staff manages choultries (guesthouses) for pilgrims in Tirumala and Tirupathi. Most of the private hotels and lodges are based at Tirupathi, so a fleet of buses regularly ferries pilgrims up and down the hill (18 km).

Araku Valley

A little further away from the city of Visakhapatnam, is the beautiful and scenic Araku Valley. The visit to Araku Valley is definitely not a day's trip. Padmavathi botanical gardens is a must watch site, also the place is abode to isolated tribal communities. November to February is the best time to visit this place. It is advisable to ensure early reservation in the lodges at Araku Valley, as the place has very limited number of lodges and hotels. Moreover, travel in and around Araku Valley is restricted due to limited bus service.

Further Read

Andhra Pradesh at a Glance

Andhra Pradesh Tourist Info


  • Din says:
    May 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Some says that India is not the right place to spent a vacation but for me not all places in India is worst that we thought. There are places that are truly amazing and the beauty itself are fabulous. This coming we are planning to have our vacation trip in here, I’m looking forward to it. Our last vacation was arranged by coach tours and still the excitement and the satisfaction remains.


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