Famous Tourist Places in Andhra Pradesh

December 03, 2011 By: admin Category: Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Tourist Places in South India

Famous Tourist Places in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is a south west coast region of India which has rich tradition, spectacular natural beauty, historical significance and pilgrimage center. All over India Andhra Pradesh is such a unite state where you will find people from all religions like Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and chritians leave together. The Andhra Pradesh state was consequently ruled by the Satvahanas, Sakas, Ikshvakas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas and later the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams.

In Andhra Pradesh there are many tourists attractions all over the state, which gives pleasure in visiting those places.

Vishakapatnam:

On the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh there lies a beach in the port city of Vishakapatnam. It is the best tourism destination in Andhra Pradesh. The vishakapatnam town is a major industrial centre having some major industries like Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Bharat heavy plates and vessels, Hindustan Zinc, Visakha Oil refinery, The Ramakrishna Beach also called RK beach and Rishikonda beach are the tourist spot of vishakapatnam. Dolphins Nose is the rocky promontory is also the best tourist spot in the vishakapatnam city. Other interesting tourist destinations of Vishakapatnam city are the charming Kailasagiri hills, the natural harbour, submarine museum, Borra caves are some of the important tourist attractions.

Hyderabad:

Hyderabad is famous for its historic forts and monuments, its culture, attractive lakes and parks. Hyderabad, is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It has a history of over 400 years old. Hyderbad city is the sixth largest city of India. This place is one of the important centre of Islamic culture whre Urdu is the major spoken language. There are many interesting tourist places in Hyderabad as Birla Mandir which is  a wonderful temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, popularly known as Balaji.

A Charminar is a great architectural splendor with four Minarets, was built in 1591 AD. this palce is very famous for bangles. The Golconda fort was once the capital of the Qutub Shahi Kings. Ramoji Film city vast stunning land with all kind of settings with all sort of culture and arrangement. Birla Planetarium & Science Museum, Falaknuma palace is one of the famous Palaces in India. The interior of this Palace is exquisitely decorated. Hussain Sagar Lake that bears the name of Hussain Shah Quli. Its an important tourist spot in the journey of the tourists who come to visit India.

Tirupati:

Tirupati is a famous pilgrimage place all over the world. The divine city of Tirupati is located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh State. The beautiful temple of Lord Venkateshwara, located in the Tirumalai Hills. People from all over the country and from abroad come here to pay homage to Lord Venkateshwara- an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Tirupati pilgrimage tourism highlights the famous temples such as Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Kodandaramaswami Temple where the deities Sita, Rama and Lakshmana are worshiped here. Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple located in the base of Tirumala hills dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tirupati and Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple located at Srinivasa Mangapuram. It is said that Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala. The place Chandragiri is famous for the Chandragiri Fort.

Warangal:

In northern part of Andhra Pradesh State the city of Warangal is located which has a number of fine temples in its vicinity. There are beautiful lakes, temples, wildlife, exquisite antiques and relics makes it a popular tourist destination.

The Warangal fort was the center of the city. This fort is 12-km away from Hanamakonda and it dates back to the 13th century. This fort was built by the Kakatiya king, Ganapati Deva and his daughter Rudramma Devi. The 1000 pillared temple on the slopes of Hunamkonda Hill, is a fine example of Chalukyan architecture.

The Bhadra Kali temple situated on a hilltop between Hanamkonda and Warangal is famous for its stone image of the Goddess Kali.

Srisailam:

Srisailam is a small town in Andhra Pradesh which has many exciting excursion destinations nearby. Srisailam is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful locations. situated in the densely forested Nallamalai hills and on the banks of river Krishna.  The Bhramaramba Mallikharjunaswamy temple is an ancient and holy temple of Srisailam.The Srisailam dam is built across the river Krishna and is situated in a deep gorge in the Nallamalai hill range.

There are many other tourist destinations in Srisaliam are Alampur, Dindi Reservoir, Kurnool, Nagarjunasagar, Papanasam and Sangameswar.

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Tourist Places In Andhra Pradesh

November 08, 2010 By: admin Category: Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Tourist Places in South India

Andhra Pradesh Information and Tourist Places

Andhra Pradesh is a state situated on eastern coast of India. It is India’s fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. Its capital and largest city is Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh is historically called the “Rice Bowl of India”. It is currently the second largest producer of rice in India after West Bengal. Two major rivers, the Godavari and the Krishna run across the state.

Andhra Tourism

India became independent from the United Kingdom in 15th Aug 1947. Andhra Pradesh was formed from Andhra State on 1 November 1956. Agriculture has been the chief source of income for the state’s economy.

Accommodation:

There are has several options available in terms of accommodation, ranging from the Business Hotels to Five Star Hotels, from Wildlife Resorts to Beach Resorts and from Guesthouses to Budget Hotels. All the luxury hotels are well resourced to provide a comfortable stay to their guests, while observing the international standards. The great fact about all the accommodations is that most of the hotels and resorts are sited at convenient locations. the state and experience the flawless services provided by its hotels.

Visiting places and Famous temples:

Sree sailam - Sree sailam is situated in the thick, deep forests of Nallamalai hills in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. Sree Sailam Temple is one of the most ancient and sacred places in South India. Standing on the shores of River Krishna known as ‘Pataalganga’ here on the Rishabhagiri hill. Unlike other temples in Andhra Pradesh, people of any caste or creed can worship in this temple and touch the deity. Historically, this temple has been associated with the Chalukyan kings, Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara and Chatrapati Shivaji along with Adi Shankaracharya and the Buddhist pilgrims. Both the Hindus and the Buddhists consider this place sacred.

Tirupathi -The Tirumala Tirupathi Balaji Temple is situated on the Tirumala hill on the outskirts of Tirupathi in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Famous all over the world as a significant pilgrimage place, this ancient temple of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, is so called as Tirumala hill is a cluster of seven hills known as Seshachalam or Venkatachalam at an altitude of 2,800 ft above the sea level. The grand history of the temple spans over several centuries and it is the backbone of the pilgrimage and tourism industry of Andhra Pradesh.

Sri Kalahasti - Sri Kalahasti is one of the important ancient Siva kshetras of South India. The temple occupies the area between the river bank and the foot of the hills and is popularly known as Dakshina Kailasam. This temple is built in the period of Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar. A huge hundred pillared Mantapam is another important feature of this shrine. Sri Kalahasti is a Holy town and a municipality near Tirupati in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of river Swarnamukhi, a tributary to the river Pennar. It is also informally referred as Kalahasti.

Warangal – Warangal or Orugallu is a city and a municipal corporation in Warangal district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Warangal is 145 km northeast of the state capital of Hyderabad. Warangal is the administrative seat of Warangal District. It is the fourth largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Warangal is cool and serence city. The district is bounded by Karimnagar district to the north, Khammam district to the east and southeast, Nalgonda district to the southwest, and Medak district to the west. Warangal is located northeast of Hyderabad, India. Warangal is known for its granite quarries, grain market, cotton, and tobacco. Thousand Pillar Temple is one of the finest examples of Kakatiya architecture and a testimony to the Vishwakarma Brahmin’s excellence in sculpture.

Bhadrachalam – Bhadrachalam is a census town in Khammam district which falls in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Bhadrachalam Temple, the Lord Rama temple, is a site of pilgrimage for Hindus. It is situated on the bank of the river Godavari. This shrine was built by a devotee of Lord Rama, Kancherla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu in the 17th century. Gopanna was the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam is said to have utilized money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda.

Amaravati - Amaravati is a small town situated on the banks of the River Krishna in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is famous for the Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the famous Pancharamas. Amaravati, also known as Dhanyakataka/Dharnaikota was the site of a great Buddhist Stupa built in pre-Mauryan times.

Lepakshi -
The Veerbhadra Temple is located in the sleepy village of Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The shape of the Veerbhadra Temple bears a great deal of resemblance to the tortoise. Even though the commanding deity of the temple is Veerabhadra, several other gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon are also regularly worshipped here. Some of them are Lord Rama, Lord Shiva who is also referred to as Lord Papanasesswara and Durga.

Vijayawada – Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous temple in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located on the Indrakeeladri hill in the city of Vijayawada on the banks of Krishna River. One can either motor up the ghat road or take to the steps on foot. During Dasara, lakhs of devotees from the city. One of the many mythologies associated with this place is that Arjuna prayed to Lord Siva on top of Indrakeela hill to win His blessings and the city derived its name “Vijayawada” after this victory.

Araku valley -Araku Valley is a famous tourist place in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh is close to the Orissa State, border. Araku Valley is a hill station that is dotted with lush green forests, hills, waterfalls, valleys and provides for a true nature experience.

Famous beaches in Andhra Pradesh:

Bheemunipatnam: Bheemunipatnam Beach is at a distance of 24 km. from Visakhapatnam, this beach is located at the mouth of the river Gosthani.

Manginapudi: Manginapudi Beach is located at a distance of 11 km. from Machilipatnam in Krishna District, Manginapudi deserves its importance partly from its scenic beauty and partly from being a historic port city.

Mypad Beach:
Mypad Beach is located at 25 km.away from Nellore, this is a fine sandy beach.

Ramakrishna Beach: The combination of both Ramakrishna Beach and Lawson’s Bay present a very picturesque site. One of the most alluring beaches on the Eastern Coast is the Ramakrishna beach, which is a favourite haunt for tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam.

Rishikonda Beach: Rishikonda Beach Just 8-km from Vishakhapatnam is the Rishikonda Beach, a golden, unspoilt beach, washed by the sun-warmed sea.

Vodarevu: Vodarevu Beach is located at about 6-km from Chirala, in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.

Food items:

The staple food of Andhra Pradesh is Rice, which is served with sambar. Andhra cuisine is eaten on a banana leaf by people sitting on mats or small raised wooden seats. A little water is sprinkled around the banana leaf, depicting that food can now be served. Rice is served along with a little ghee. The mango pickle called ‘Avakkaya’ is very popular. The famous south Indian Tiffin’s Idli, Dosa are found in many restaurants, but the ‘Pesarattu’ is more popular, having a filling of ‘Upma’. The main food of Andhra Pradesh is Pulihara, or tamarind rice along with green chillies adding spice to the cuisine. Green vegetables are cooked with various masalas that provide different flavors to the dish. Biryani is one of India’s most popular foods, is a flavored rice with meat or vegetables.

Shopping:

Shopping in Andhra Pradesh is also an exciting experience. Hyderabad is well known for the exclusive pearls found there. The pearls of the region are well formed and different from the ones found in any other location in India. Some of the well known fabrics of the southern state are Himroo, Ikkat and Uppada. Mangalgiri Saris are extremely well known for its textile. Kalamkari is a particularly famous artwork on textile of Andhra. Andhra Pradesh can boast of many sprawling shopping malls that are flooded with rare and valuable articles which are unique to the South Indian state.

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