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25 locations in Andhra Pradesh you must not miss

Located in India’s South-East, Andhra Pradesh may be the country’s seventh largest state in area and tenth most populous state, but for many avid travellers, this beautifully diverse region of culture, nature and adventure is often overlooked. With the second longest coastline in India (974 kilometres) as well as some of India’s most dense flora, the region offers a wide variety of experiences. Once a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Andhra Pradesh’s landscape is dotted with many ruins, chaityas (a rounded prayer site with a stupa within it) and stupas (dome shaped prayer sites). The regions official language is Telugu, and it was the first state to be divided on the basis on its linguistic majority.

Andhra Pradesh also has a very rich historical legacy. The earliest ancient inhabitants of the region are in fact said to be one of the earliest inhabitants on the Indian subcontinent, with documented literature tracing back tot he Vedic period (700-300 BCE). Controversially, Andra Pradesh is also the land of the infamous Koh-i-Noor diamond, also highlighting the strong British presence in the area during their reign. The Kollur Mine in the are has also been the site of discovery for many such world renowned precious stones and diamonds. Generally, the region is rich in natural resources and their accompanied industries. Between these two historical times, Andhra Pradesh was the seat of many prosperous dynasties, leading to an array of remaining monuments to visit.

The best time to visit the state is during the months of October to February, when the harsh sun of the Tropics has subsided and migrated, providing bright days but pleasant winds and cool weather.

Here are 25 locations in Andhra Pradesh you must not miss:

  1. Hyderabad
  2. Tirupati
  3. Vishakhapatnam
  4. Srisailam
  5. Gandikota
  6. Araku Valley
  7. Kakinada
  8. Warangal
  9. Chittoor
  10. Guntur
  11. Nellore
  12. Vijaywada
  13. Amaravati
  14. Anantapur
  15. Rajahmundry
  16. Borra Caves
  17. Pulicat Lake
  18. Nallamala Hills
  19. Lepakshi
  20. Srikalashti
  21. Puttaparthi
  22. Ananthagiri Hills
  23. Belum Caves
  24. Nagarjunakonda
  25. Dindi

Hyderabad

The city’s geographical location can be the attribution to much of what Hyderabad is famous for – culture, architecture, and cuisine. The city is the perfect fusion of folk Andhraite traditionals, Mughlai influences, and the niche diversities of all the travellers that the city ha historically welcomed. Popularly known as the ‘Pearl City’, Hyderabad is currently one of the fastest growing and prosperous cities in India. This beautiful city, in many ways, has one leg in the past and one in the future. Every street of Hyderabad could be listed on a travel recommendations list. The city is abundant with historical monuments, beautiful gardens, lush green parks, both calm and bustling lakes and of course, resorts. Most travellers come to the city for the history, but stay for the finger-lickin’ cuisine.

Hyderabad is also a hub for those who study and/or appreciate architecture. The streets boast some of the finest examples of symbolic architecture from every era past. Many of its buildings are as awe-inspiring as its famous landmarks like Charminar and the Golconda Fort. Hyderababd is also home to one of India’s fastest growing IT and technological industries. The city is also a great jump-off point for many day trips around its neighbouring states.

Visit if:

For foodies and history buffs, antique collectors and gadget geeks, Hyderabad has something for everyone

Stay for:

3-4 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Explore the Golconda Fort
  • Witness the Qutb Shahi Tombs in Ibrahim Bagh
  • Experience royalty at Chowmahalla Palace
  • Stroll around Charminar
  • Relive the British era at the Koti Residency
  • Visit Moula Ali Gargah
  • Visit the Paigah Tombs
  • The iconic Ramoji Film City
  • Shop at Laad Bazaar
  • Visit a beautifully lit up Hussain Sagar Lake in the late evening
  • Gokarting at Runway 9
  • KBR National Park
  • Nehru Zoological Park
  • Great Hyderabad Adventure Club
  • Makkah Masjid
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Birla Mandir (Lord Vishnu)
  • Rathyatra at the Jagannath Temple (seasonal festival)
  • Chilkur Balaji Temple
  • Rock Walks across the Deccan Plateau

Tirupati

Considered to just the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is regarded as one of the most sacred places in India. Located in the Chittoor district, at the foothills of the Seshchalam hills, , the region is known not just for its famous temples, but also for its rolling hills, pristine beaches, and the natural glory of its rivers. Tirupati has been blessed by its paradise-like flora and fauna and its national parks, eponymous with the famous temple, are the natural and protected habitat to many of India’s most endangered bird species like the yellow-throated bulbul, oriental white-backed vulture, and grey fronted green pigeon. Besides birds, the region is also home to 1500 plant species of 174 families, rare species like red sanders, sandalwood and hundreds of others and well as unique handicraft and furniture cottage industries. These craftsmen are known for their intricacy and art, not just in materials like leather, stone and wood, but also in the architecture seen in the region’ monuments, shrines, and temples. From the famous Vaishanavite Shrine of Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple and other historic sites, Tirupati welcomes Hindu devotees in the hundred thousands, every year, especially in the pleasant, cool months of winter and early spring. Besides tourists and devotees, Tirpati also draws a sizeable number of visitors each year who come to study the archeological marvels of the region.

Visit if:

Either devotee of history buff, this city is a must-visit for all who come to Andhra Pradesh

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Shri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
  • Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple
  • Srivari Padala Mandapam
  • Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
  • Sri Kapilswaraswamu Temple
  • Srikalhasti Temple
  • Sri Venkateswara National Park
  • Deer Park
  • Talakona Waterfalls
  • Akasanganga Theertham
  • Silathoranam rock arches
  • Papavinasanam Dam
  • Srivari Museum, which is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside
  • Chandragiri

Vishakhapatnam

The port city of Vishakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, has as much historical significance as its beauty – a lot. Home to India’s oldest shipyard, the city attracts hundred-thoudsands of tourists every year for its beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches and scenes that look like they’re snapshots of a postcard.

Geographically too, Vizag provides the opportunity for people to explore both he mountains and the beaches, all in one location. To one side of the city is the sprawling Eastern ghats (chains of mountains that span from one side of India to the other) and the Bay of Bengal (one of the most turbulent, rich, and clean water bodies in the world) lies on its other side. The coastline is rich with greenery and well-maintained stretches, making Vizag not only pleasing to the eye, but also an environmentally conscious destination. A visual delight for tourists, Vizag has a number of safe and fun beaches, resorts, and trekking expeditions to offer. For those who enjoy a little water-side adventure, Vizag also has a bustling industry for parasailing, scuba diving, paramotoring, speed-boating, and just beach-side sunbathing. Vizag’s beach festivals are also legendary, attended by both enthusiastic locals and tourists who fly in specifically for them!

Visit if:

Can’t decide if you’re a mountain person, or a beach person? Vizag doesn’t make you choose! Best suited for families and friend groups.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Visit and explore the insides of a real submarine at RK Beach’s Submarine Museum
  • Ride the ropeway to Kailasagiri
  • Rushikonda
  • Simhachalam
  • Rama Krishna Beach
  • Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse
  • Araku Tribal Museum
  • Thotlakonda ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  • Ross Hill
  • Dutch Cemetery
  • Vizag Zoo
  • Kambalakonda Eco Park
  • Matsya Darshini
  • Pay you respects at the War Memorial
  • Visit the colourful Vizag fishing harbour

Srisailam

A devotional town situated in the Kurnool district, Srisailam is most popularly known for the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple, making it an important place of pilgrimage for Shaktism and Shavism sects of Hinduism. Nestled in the Nallamala Hills, the holy place of Srisailam Devasthanam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Also in this are is the Mallikarjuna Temple, which dates back to the 6th contrary AD, making it one of the oldest temples in the ancient town. This sacred area not only draws in thousands of pilgrims for its spirituality, but also many tourists who come here in search of the Pathala Ganga’s  medicinal properties for skin conditions and the Srisailam Tiger Reserve’s view of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. A unique draw of the region is its Bee farms, organic honey being a popular souvenir in the region.

Visit if:

Travllers looking for a religious experience that can be garnished with some mellow sightseeing

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

Throughout the year, but the weather is the hottest from March to June, and can be avoided then. The ideal time is from December to February.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Sri Mallikarjuna Temple
  • Srisailam Dam
  • Akka Mahadevi Caves
  • Pathala Ganga
  • Shivaji Spoort Kendram
  • Ista Kameswari Temple
  • Phaladhara Panchadhara
  • Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum
  • Rudra Vanam Park

Gandikota

Located in the Kadapa region of Andhra Pradesh, the city of Gandikota is synonymous with its namesake fort. Siturated on the right bank of River Penna, 15 kilometres from Jammalamadugu, the city has historically been a powerful one for famous dynasties like the Chalukyas, Kalyani, Delhi Sultanate, Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas and the famous Golconda Sultanate. This of course was due to not only its abundant natural beauty, but also its favourable mountainous terrain, good access from mangy cities in Andhra Pradesh. The area is most popularly known for the iconic Gandikot gorge, and draws in thousands of photographers every year. The regions natural beautiful is due to its versatile terrain and relatively untouched dense forests. Ideal for a variety of nature-lovers’ experience, Gandikot also draws in tourists looking for an escape from the city. Here, one can experience treks, hiking, rock climbing, and even bird watching in its sanctuaries.

Visit if:

Ideal for a romantic getaway for those who like to mix in some mountain sports with nature appreciation

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

Ideal to visit throughout the year due to its elevation and lack of heavy rainfall

Don’t miss out on:

  • Camping
  • Ameen Peer Dargah Shrine
  • Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
  • The Grand Canyon of India
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
  • Kodandarama Temple

Araku Valley

910 metres above sea level, and still the delectable smell of coffee wafts through the air of Araku Valley. Hidden amongst the densest Eastern Ghats, this area is a gem that event he most avid travellers may not know about. This quaint hilly town is fondly called the Ooty of Andhra Pradesh, and own its beauty to the areas lush green countryside plantations, and the respect of its native tribal inhabitants reflected in its pristine maintenance over the centuries.

The regions many dazzling waterfalls and dense green forests invite both those looking for enjoyable amateur treks, and travellers in search of tranquility. The region is also known to have a focus on sustainability, both in lifestyle and its coffee plantations.

Visit if:

A coffee lover hoping to try some of the finest brews in India. Also ideal for couples hoping to escape busy city life.

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

Throughout the year

Don’t miss out on:

  • Borra Caves
  • Coffee Museum
  • Padmapuram Gardens
  • Tribal Museum
  • Galikonda Viewpoint
  • Katiki Waterfall
  • Ananthagiri Waterfalls
  • Caparai Water Cascade

Kakinada

Locally known as Cocanada, Kakinada lies on the coast touching the Bay of Bengal. Almost 50 kilometres from Rajahmundry and has historically been a very important port town in Andhra Pradesh. This well-planned settlement of fishermen and merchants is also known for its pristine, serene beaches as well as its diversity of flora and fauna. An ideal retreat away from the city, this region is also dotted by beautiful treks with the guaranteed reward of breathtaking sea views at the top. Lately, the region has witnessed an exodus of adventure junkies, young travellers and backpackers, owning to its affordable accommodation and modern outlook. The region also has an abundant diversity of flare and fauna at the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kakinada also boats a delicious local cuisine, with many restaurants that offer an authentic dining experience. The Kakinada Beach Festival is also a major draw in the region, and has even hosted many famous names over the years.

Visit if:

A traveller hoping to experience the best of a relatively unexplored beach experience, on an affordable budget. Well suited for groups of friends.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Don’t miss out on a walk on the Glass Bridge
  • Konaseema
  • Pithapuram
  • Hope Island
  • Coringa Sanctuary
  • Adurru Excavation Site
  • Sri Bhavannarayana Swami Temple
  • Vivekananda Park

Warangal

Just 149 kilometres from Hyderabad, Warangal is the fifth largest city in the state. Once the capital city of the Kakatiya Dynasty, Warangal was formerly known as Orugallu,, meaning ‘of one stone’. It derives this name from the many monolithic carvings int he area, and it is said that the whole city was in fact made of one stone. The entire city is so pristinely well maintained, that it almost appears frozen in time. Taking you back to the times of kings and battles, Warrangal has a number of historically significant and architecturally breathtaking monuments to visit. The region also has many serene lakes, and nature reserves like the Vana Vigyan Kendra Mini Zoo, Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakhal Lake and Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls.

Visit if:

Best suited for family vacations and day trips from Hyderabad.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

The areas summers are often described as unbearable, while the monsoons are very heavy. The ideal time to visit is between October and March.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Paakhal Lake
  • Thousand Pillar Temple
  • Warangal Fort
  • Bhadrakali Temple
  • Kakatiya Musical Garden
  • Padmakshi Temple
  • Kakatiya Kala Thoranam

Chittoor

One of the oldest and most populous regions of Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor has a permanent population of over 4,170,46 people. The region is known for its overflowing markets of sugarcane, grains and peanuts and well as one of the most successful oilseed industries and rice mills in the country. Chittoor’s mangoes, hatcheries and Aragonda jagggery are popular all over Andhra Pradesh. While there is much to sightsee in the area, Chittoor is also a well-known pilgrimage spot and well as a wonderful location for nature lovers. Chittoor is also a great location to venture out of for day trips (each with a truly unique flavour) like: Tada Falls, Nagalapuram Falls, Horsley Hills, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Kallasakona waterfall, Rishi Valley School,  Swami Pushkarini Lake, Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Sahasra Linga Temple and the Kaigal Waterfalls.

Visit if:

Ideal for those seeking a natural retreat of solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

Besides monsoon, both winter and summer are great times to visit this region. The months from December to May are most favourable.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Tada Falls
  • Nagalapuram Falls
  • Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple
  • Horsley Hills
  • Kalosakona Waterfalls
  • Swami Pushkarini Lake
  • Parasuramesvara Temple
  • Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple
  • Sahasra Linga Temple
  • Kaigal Waterfalls

Guntur

Surprisingly not very well know by many Indians, Guntur is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Situated amongst the plains of the Perecherla Reserve Forest, Guntur is surrounded by a few hillocks and a lot of lush vegetation. The region has an abundance of dams, rivers, National Parks and sanctuaries, making it a nature-lover’s paradise. The city is also extremely multi-lingual, with Telugu, Hindi, Odia, Urdu, English all spoken by locals. Besides the site of Amravati, the area is also known for the 2nd Century Mahachaitya Stupa and many other such historical relics.

Visit if:

A history buff looking to also unwind in nature. Ideal for family vacations.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

December to May.

Don’t miss out on:

  • Jillellamundi Amma Temple
  • Amareswara Temple
  • Pankala Narasimha Temple
  • Sri Kodanada Ramaswamy Temple
  • Sri Sri Radhakrishna Chandra Temple
  • Bhramamgiri Matham Temple
  • Kotappakonda
  • Nagarjuna Dam
  • Ethiponthala Fall
  • Amareshwara Temple
  • Mandalgiri
  • Buddhist Stupa
  • Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary
  • Crazy World water park

Nellore

Situated on the banks of the river Penna, Nellore is a very historical city in Andhra Pradesh, and has been ruled by major dynasties like the Pallavas, Cholas, Mauryas, Satavahanas, and the Chedi Dynasty. For a period in the 3rd Century BC, Nellore was even presided over by Ashoka. Nellore strikes the perfect balance between historicity and industrial prosperity, being a bustling metropolitan and a sacred site all at once. The region is also known for its famous cuisine using primarily prawns and shrimp.

Visit if:

An avid traveller looking for one destination with something for everyone. Ideal for family vacations.

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

Throughout the year

Don’t miss out on:

  • The iconic Udayagiri Fort, located 3079 metres above sea level and offering panoramic views of the whole region
  • Venkatagiri Fort
  • Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
  • The famous 7th century Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Penchalakona waterfalls
  • Pulicat Lake
  • Mypadu Beach
  • Kandaleru Dam
  • Children’s Park

Vijaywada

The second largest city in Amravati, Vijawada sits on the banks on the Krishna River, and is often called the “Media, political, and commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh”. Vijaywada derives its name from the goddess Kanaka Durga, also called Vijaya, and literally translates to “land of victory”. Historically, Vijaywada has held up to its name, being the site of many prosperous South Indian dynasties.

Viajaywada’s modern, cutting edge architecture sits respectfully and seamlessly on the skyline next to its ancient, rock-cut architecture and preserved buildings. A city of heritage and awe, Vijawada is full of ancient caves, magnificent temples, lush parks, iconic museums, towering forts, as well as opulent malls.

Visit if:

A history buff hoping to catch a glimpse of life from many centuries ago.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Undavalli Caves
  • Mogalarajapuram Caves
  • Kondapalli Fort
  • Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Subramanya Swamy Temple
  • Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple
  • Kolleru Lake
  • Bhavani Island
  • Gandhi Hill
  • VMC Disney Land
  • Prakasam Barrage
  • Scrap Sculpture Park
  • Bapu Museum
  • Raghavaiah Park

Amaravati

The capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amravati is has always been seat of power int he South of India, having been the ancient capital of the Satavahana Dynasty, then known as “Amaravathi”. The foundation stone of this city was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu in 2015, declaring it the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city is known for its picturesque scenery, and its export of tobacco, cotton, pepper and chilli. The River Krishna flows through the city, and while its banks represent the eras past, the rest of the city is rich with bustling modernisation and technology. The city’s endless beauty and unique terrain draw many tourists towards its hot-air ballooning activities as well.

Visit if:

A tourist hoping to experience the holistic culture of Andhra Pradesh. Ideal for family vacations and friend groups.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Amaralingeswara Temple
  • Dayana Budhha Statue, Dhyana Buddha Park.
  • Great Stupa
  • Mangalagiri Temple
  • Amaravathi Mahachaitya
  • Bhattiprolu
  • the scenic beauty of River Krishna
  • Melghat Tiger Reserve
  • Bamboo Garden
  • Shri Bhakti Dham Temple
  • Upper Wardha Dam
  • Devi Point
  • Malkhed Dam
  • Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wadaii Talao

Anantpur

Located on the national highway, Anantpur is both an important administrative city and a region with a rich historical heritage. Well known for its silk trades and general handicrafts industry, Anantpur contributes significantly to the economy of the state.

The city is the perfect fusion of modernity and traditionally, being both a heritage town and a hub for growing industries. Anantpur houses both ancient architectural marvels and sky-scrapers, and is very representative of the overall this of respectful modernisation that the state of Andhra Pradesh has employed. The landscape is dotted with several shrines, temples, museums and forts that you can explore, adding tot he allure of the city.

Visit if:

A traveller hoping so see the real side of Andhra Pradesh. Ideal for families.

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

November to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Ravadurg Gooty Fort
  • Penukonda Fort
  • Thimmamma Marrimanu
  • Rayadurg Fort
  • Sri Sathya Sai University
  • Spiritual Museum
  • ISKON Temple
  • Mounagiri Hanuman Temple
  • Samadhi Shrine
  • Madhavaraya Temple
  • Ahobilam Temple
  • Veerabhadra Temple
  • Anantapur Clock Tower
  • Penukonda Fort
  • Gooty Fort

Rajahmundry

Just 50 kilometres from Kakinada, Rajahmundry is a beautiful town located between the banks of the Godavari River and hills. One of the most ancient sites in not just Andhra Pradesh, but in India, this historical town is the ideal place to connect with the most authentic South Indian culture. The regions landscapes are so beautiful, that one often finds themselves wondering whether they’re inside a postcard. The meeting of the hilly terrain and meandering rivers makes even the most stubborn city-dwellers gasp in awe. The regions many wildlife creators remind you to respect the untouched beauty of Rajahmundry’s hills.

Visit if:

A history buff who prefers art too architecture, an ideal location for those looking for a relaxing road trip

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Papi Hills
  • Pattiseema
  • ISCKON Temple
  • Kotikallio
  • Goutami Ghat
  • Maredumilli
  • Godavari Bridge
  • Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery
  • Rallabandi Museum
  • Water Village Amusement Park

Borra Caves

Locally known as ‘Borra Guhalu’, this network of unique cave formations are located close to Vizag. One of the most adventurous places to visit in the region, the caves are located at an elevation of 800-1400 metres and are within the Ananthagiri Hills of the Araku Valley

The Borra Caves are a specimen to some of natures most intriguing natural phenomena like speleothems, stalactites, and stalagmites at an elevation of 705 m themselves. As you venture further into the caves, one can witness karstic limestone (deep ravines of limestone that has been eroded by mineral waters, leaving one of the most unique rock formations behind), the deepest in the country. The caves complex trails seem to provide a new and unique area to explore with every turn – and there are MANY turns, stairs and sudden rock formations to behold. A locak guide is recommended not only for navigation, but also to share stories of the natives’ deity who is said to preside over the caves.

Visit if:

An adventurer hoping for an out-of-the box trekking experience

Stay for:

The whole experience last a few hours, depending on your speed

Best time to visit:

Begin in the early morning. The caves are open to visitors from 10AM to 5PM. Be prepared to pay a nominal entry fee.

Pulicat Lake

A beautiful slice of the Coromandel coast, this open horizon of water, located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the Pulicat Lake and Pulicat Bird Sanctuary together cover a sprawling area of 760 sq kilometres. A must-visit location for nature lovers and bird watchers, Pulicat Lake is the second largest lagoon in India. Mayit be Kingfishers or Flamingos, the lake is the natural habitat of many a seasonal species of birds. The ambience of the region is calm and serene, often inviting those who are simply in need of some solitude. The area also boasts of a number of interesting water sports.

Visit if:

Ideal for nature lovers and romantic getaways

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Bird watching
  • Photography in the region
  • Boating on the lake

Nallamala Hills

A destination still largely unexplored but slowly gaining note amongst backpackers, the Nallamala Hills are a remarkable hilly region that sprawl over Nellore, Kurnool, Prakasam, Chittoor, and Kadapa. The region is surrounded by lush green forests and overflowing with abundant flora and fauna. The stable but complex rock formations of this region provide the perfect destination for adventure junkies and nature explorers, with a wide variety of rock climbing, repelling, and trekking trails offered here. The region also boasts of a few sacred spots where pilgrims from all over congregate to pay their respects.

Visit if:

An adventure junkie looking for a budget vacation

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
  • Srisailam Dam

Lepakshi

Lepakshi is known for its ancient shrines, built by the historically magnificent Vijaynagara dynasty from1336 to 1646. The village also plays a significant role in the Ramayana, as it is believed that Jatayu landed in this place after his wings were severed by the demonic Ravana. Besides these legends, the region is known for the aforementioned shrines, as well as other other architectural marvels that represent different eras of archeological information. Most prominently, the region Is known for its stone monument of the Nandi Bull, and its surrounded painting.

Visit if:

Ideal for history buffs

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Lepakshi Temple
  • Nandi Bull

Srikalashti

Considered an incredibly holy place, the region’s name is derived from the symbolic creatures Sri (spider), Kala (snake) and Hasti (elephant), all of which are considered holy associations with the Lord Shiva in Hinduism. The city’s famous Vayu Linga Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the power of ‘wind’, which is reflected in its lush natural surroundings and spiritual ambience resonated by its visitors.

The varied and diverse topography of the mountains and waterfalls around Srikalashti have also made it a popular hub for adventure sports and other outdoor activities. The region offers boating, trekking, paragliding, kayaking, and windsurfing activities.

Visit if:

Equally suited for Hindu devotees and adventure junkies, Srikalashti is truly a unique destination. Ideal for family vacations.

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Srikalasteeswara Temple
  • Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple
  • Veyilingala Kona Waterfall
  • Bharadwaj Tirtham
  • Sahasra Linga Temple, and its 1000 carved Lingams

Puttaparthi

Located on the banks of the Chitravathi River, Puttaparthi is a town of lush green mountain ranges and dense forests. Originally known as Gollapalli, the region is surrounded by rolling hills and is very rich in natural resources, owning to the tributary of the Pennar River that flows through it.

Visit if:

Stay for:

Best time to visit:

Don’t miss out on:

  • Chaitanya Jyoti Museum, an account of the life of Sai Baba
  • the Sathya Sai Ashram
  • Wish-Fulfilling Tree
  • Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre
  • Planetarium
  • Meditating under the Meditation Tree
  • Adventure sports like kayaking, water skiing, white water rafting, windsurfing, trekking, hiking, camping and more

Ananthagiri Hills

Partly in Andhra Pradesh, and partly in Telangana, these lush hills are known primarily for the naturally occurring spring found amongst its dense vegetation and diverse animal habitats. The famous Musi River, which flows through Hyderabad, originates in the Ananthagiri Hills. The fresh air and well-mapped terrain of the region make it an ideal location for amateur treks and calming hikes.

Visit if:

A city-dweller seeking a relaxing getaway. Ideal for friend groups.

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

Throughout the year, but primarily from June to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
  • Nagasamudram Lake

Belum Caves

Regarded as the largest cave system in India, the Belum Caves are known for its unique internal rock formations and rich deposits that form some of the largest stalagmites and stalactites you’ll ever see! Nestled amidst lush greenery, the stark contrast of the monotone rocks inside hold a certain beauty that can to be articulated in words. Its numerous pathways and meandering water streams (remnants of the rivers that are said to have once carved them) are picturesque in the most unfathomable way. The height of some of the caves is both beautiful and intimidating, with he deepest point Pataalganga being off-limits to tourists. It is said that many parts of these caves may still be unexplored.

Visit if:

The Belum Caves are a must-visit for one and all, their beauty is truly awe-inspiring

Stay for:

3-4 hours, on average

Best time to visit:

During the day, from October to March

Don’t miss out on:

– The unique musical chamber inside the caves called Saptasvarala Guha. When one hits the walls with anything, it creates musical notes here

  • Limestone formations
  • Paatalganga’s three sinkholes

Nagarjunakonda

Situated near Nagarjuna Sagar in the district of Guntur, Nagarjunagonda is just 160 kilometres west of the Amaravati Stupa, and is also a hub for Buddhism in India. Names after Nagarjuna, a 2nd century AD, highly respected South Indian master of Mahayana Buddhism, the region is now mostly littered with relics of Buddhist sites, most of which are buried under the Nagarjunasagar Dam. While many have been excavated in recent times, no-one can truly tell how many remain unearthed.

Visit if:

Ideal for buddhist pilgrims, of people in search for some peace and quiet

Stay for:

1-2 days

Best time to visit:

October to February

Don’t miss out on:

  • Dhamma Nagarjuna
  • Nagarjunasagar Dam cum Waterfall
  • Kaman Bazaar
  • Gandhi Chowk
  • Nagarjunakonda River Krishna cruise
  • Medieval archeological sites

Dindi

Unlike almost any other place in Andhra Pradesh, Dindi is actually famous for its wide expanse of backwaters. The palm-lined narrow canals, virgin backwaters, and large coconut plantations give the area an air of calm and serenity. Seated on the fertile banks of the Godavari River, Dindi is a sleepy village which is the perfect opportunity to slow down one’s inner urban pace and enjoy nature, one moment at a time. Whether you’re a beach person, or a backwater person – Dindi has something for you!

Visit if:

Ideal for those looking to break up their Andhra Pradesh itinerary with an unexpected twist. Best suited for families or couples on their honeymoon.

Stay for:

2-3 days

Best time to visit:

October to March

Don’t miss out on:

  • Beach treks
  • Backwater boat rides
  • Stay or dine on a houseboat
  • Antarvedi
  • Get a refreshing Ayurvedic massage
  • Enjoy the local fusion cuisine

Home to both one of India’s most culturally rich, Islamic heritage city, Hyderabad as well as many sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists alike, Andhra Pradesh is a celebration of India’s diversely secular population, and the beautiful fused cultures that have originated from them. The skylines in the region are as endless as they are breathtaking, broken only by the regions tall palm trees and rich fauna. From ancient mosques to bustling I centres, from old-world street markets to fine-cuisine restaurants, Andhra Pradesh has a flavour or everyone. The state is not only internally well connected, but is also centrally located to many other wonderful places to visit in India. We recommend a road trip around the region, acting as a chance to truly experience and explore both the famous locales and the hidden gems in Andhra Pradesh.

A melting pot of thoughts, people, and experiences, Andhra Pradesh is a location you should definitely not miss!

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