Home » South India Tourism » Andhra Pradesh Tourism
Andhra Pradesh Tourism
State Capital: Hyderabad
Languages: Telugu, Urdu, English, Hindi
Welcome to Andhra Pradesh Tourism, which offers a veritable feast of places of interest to satiate the appetite of the most avid sightseer. Architectural wonders, historical locations, religious destinations, nature spots, and many other things await you here. Take back unforgettable memories of a truly memorable visit.
Andhra Pradesh, the third largest state in India, boasts of an ancient lineage, rich natural resources and a place at the forefront of the information technology revolution in India. The state, which has a 1000 km coastline, is also the home to 20 notified sanctuaries, which boast of rare species like the Great Indian Bustard and Nilgai.
In the course of its long history, the state has been ruled by the Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagaram kings, Qutb Shahis, Mughals and the Asaf Jahis. Not surprisingly, the state has emerged as the confluence of many cultures and the influence of these ancient empires still resound through modern Andhra Pradesh.
But there is more to the story of Andhra Pradesh than ancient legends and old world charm, as the state marches into the twenty-first century. The recent years have seen the Andhra Pradesh government making innovative use of Information Technology. Even as issues like connectivity and cyber laws feature prominently on the agenda of the state government, Hyderabad has emerged as a preferred destination for the IT industry in India. In 2003, Andhra Pradesh won the award for the "Best e-Governed State in India", instituted by the Computer Society of India.
In this section, as part of our exploration of Andhra Pradesh, we bring you glimpses of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Warangal, Vishakapatnam, Srisailam, Puttaparthy, Tirupati, Basara, Bhadradchalam, and Bhadradchalam.
Hyderabad: The capital of Andhra Pradesh was founded in the late sixth century by the Qutb Shahi dynasty, known for their beautiful monuments and mosques. Their medieval Indian, Saracen, Mughal and Colonial architecture create an architectural richness rarely found in other parts of the country. Places to visit in Hyderabad are: Birla Temple, Hussain Sagar, Indira Park, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Osmania University, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort, Nehru- Zoological Park, Public Gardens, Race Course, State Central Library, Tank Bund, Asmongarh, Khajana Museum, Planetarium, State Archaeological Museum, Salar Jung Museum.
Vijayawada: The name of the city when literally translated means the "City of Victory". It is so called, as it is believed that that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince, was rewarded at this spot for his penance, which he did on Indrakiladri Hill. Today, with excellent communication facilities, and perhaps the best in the South with regard to the railways. Vijayawada is looking forward to an exciting future. A predominantly business city of coastal Andhra, Vijayawada on the banks of the holy river Krishna, also attracts many pilgrims to its temple dedicated to Durga. The city is also a base for visiting the Buddhist excavations at Amaravati, which is less than 70 kms, away. Also accessible from Vijayawada are the towns of Kuchipudi, Mangalagiri and Kondapalli that are famous for dance, temple and handicrafts respectively. Thus, Vijayawada presents a colorful and varied picture and can be termed as a business cum pilgrim cum tourist center.
Warangal: This was the ancient capital of the Kakatiya rulers. It was here that the fort was constructed by king Ganapathi in 1199 AD and completed by Rudramadevi in 1261 AD. The Thousand Pillar Temple with its star shaped shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya; the famous Ramappa temple and lake; and the Pakhal Lake are worth visiting. A fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture, the Thousand Pillar Temple as the name implies, has many pillars, all exquisitely carved. The temple is built in the Chalukyan style. The Nandi here has a beautiful finishing.
Vishakapatnam/Vizag: On the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh lies the beach city, Vishakapatnam, lapped by the Bay of Bengal. Ages ago, there stood a temple on the shores dedicated to Vaisaka, the God of Valor in the Hindu pantheon. The mighty sea has since swept away the shrine, but the name survived to identify the now sprawling city of Visakhapatnam.
Tirupati: This is one of the important pilgrim centers in India. It is famous for the shrine of the seven hills, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, of Tirumala - 13 kms. The principal deity of this temple is Lord Venkateshwara, also known as Balaji. The temple is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture with its gopuram facing east. The vimana is completely covered with a gold plate and this is known as Ananda Nilayam. The statues of Krishnadevaraya and his consort can be seen in the temple. The Brahmostavam or annual festival is celebrated in September. The other pilgrimage destinations here are: Akasaganga Waterfalls, Papanasam Waterfalls, Varahaswamy Temple, Perumallapalli.
Srisailam: The temple at Srisailam is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one of his twelve Jyotirlingas. Srisailam, also known as Sriparvata, is situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the Southern banks of the river Krishna in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Mention of Srisailam, as Sriparvata, has been made in the immortal epic of the Hindus - the Mahabharata.
Puttaparthy: A small village in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthy is today on the world map. The person responsible for this is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, considered a living God by millions. Prasanthi Nilayam (Abode of Peace) is an imposing edifice at Puttaparthy, built by devotees, in reverence of the living God, at his birth place. People seeking peace of mind and solace make a beeline to this village from all over the world.
Basara: Located on the banks of river Godavari, the Gnana Saraswathi Temple at Basara is situated about 40 kms away from the Nizambad district head quarters. Legend has it that during his stay here, Sage Vyasa used to daily bring three handfuls of sand after bathing in the Godavari. This was transformed into the images of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali.
Bhadrachalam: This is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Sri Ramachandra and situated on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. It is believed that Lord Sri Rama appeared in a dream to a lady called Pokala Dammakka and informed her about the existence of idols on Bhadradri hills. She later found these idols, and from thereon begins the existence of this great temple.
Ahobilam: This is a great religious center of considerable antiquity. It is a reputed Hindu pilgrim center, especially for Vishnavites. The temple is divided into two parts - the lower Ahobilam and the upper Ahobilam. The upper Ahobilam is a plateau 2,800 above sea level.
Please send us your enquiry and we will respond within 24 to 48 hours.