Papi Kondalu

Papi Kondalu, Andhra Pradesh – A beautiful serene spot away from the bustling urban life

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A favourite destination of the nature lovers, Papi Hills is a lovely place and the beautiful scenery, the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal area give a pleasant look and peace to visitors, making it a special attraction for tourists. It is settled for ‘Papi Kondalu’ as the original name for this hill range was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. This range looks like a well designed partition that splits river Godavari, this name was coined. Small water falls, water streams, thick rain forest and other flora and fauna adds to scenic beauty of Papi Kondalu. A legend about Papi Kondalu is the Lord Rama and goddess sita dwelled here during the Vanavasa. The serene atmosphere away from hectic city life filled with tribal atmosphere provides special delight to the tourists.

Places to see at Papi Kondalu: This picturesque location has some sight seeing destinations which includes:

Wild Life Sanctuary

There is a wide variety of natural vegetation in Papi kondalu along with wildlife which is spreading over the 3 districts of state of Andhra Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuary of Papi Kondalu provides habitat for several wild animals such as panthers, tigers, antelopes, spotted deers, hyenas, jackals and several types of birds.

Perantala Palli

Perantala Palli is a scenic place located adjacent to Papi Kondalu. It is a remote tribal village in Velerupadu mandal of Khammam District. Most of the boats operating to Papi Kondalu stop here to give tourists a chance to enjoy the beauty of the place. The Sri Krishna Munivaatam was constructed at this village by Balananda Swamiji in the year 1927. Now this Munivatam is being maintained by a tribal sect Konda Reddys and daily pooja are being performed by them. Beautiful sceneries of Papi Hills and waterfalls at Munivaatam and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal village will definitely give a solace and charm to the visitors. The idol of Shiva under serpent shade was installed in Munivaatam. The waterfalls at Munivaatam and the serene atmosphere make it a special venue for tourists. Two mountains which were named after Vali and Sugreeva, the monkey kings of Ramayana, are about 3 km away from Perantalapalli.

Nearby attractions of Papikondalu: Rajahmundry, located at a distance of 53km is the cultural capital, of Andhra Pradesh. Rajahmundry is the historical city, with which is noted for its versatile Vedic culture and intellect.

Things to do at Papikondalu: The AP State Tourism Development Corporation conducts journeys by boat on the river Godavari passing through the Papi Hills. This ride is worth enjoying.

Best time to visit Popikondalu: The best time to visit this place is months of early summer i.e. March-April.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is located at Hyderabad. For those who are arriving by air the best option is to take a taxi from the city of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is also well connected to the rest of the country and also receives many international flights. Travellers can take a taxi from Hyderabad directly to Papi Kondalu. Though it is preferable to halt at Rajahmundry, as there are no accommodation options in  Papi Kondalu.

By Train

Rajhamundry has the nearest railway station and is directly connected to major parts of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

By Road

There are many buses that are available from Hyderabad to Rajhamundry. You can get taxis from Rajhamundry to Papi Kondalu.

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Where to stay ?

Papikondalu is ideal for a day trip, as there are no accommodation options available.

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Dwaraka Tirumala

Dwaraka Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh – 96 km from Vijaywada, it is a popular pilgrimage with the famous Sree Venkateshwara Temple

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Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh. This pilgrimage is situated at the confluence of Godavari and Krishna river. Having a number of temples along with the famous Sree Venkateshwara temple, every year the pilgrims from various parts of the country make visit the place .

Places to Visit at Dwarka Tirumala: The sightseeing destinations includes:

Sri Venkateswara

Also called “Chinna Tirupati”, it is a famous temple from the ancient times. Two main idols are found under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue. The other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper potion of the form is a self-manifested idol located by Sage “Dwaraka”. The saints of the yore felt the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping His holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam. It is believed that the prayers to the smaller statue of the Lord will lead to Moksha, and the big form stands for Dharma, Artha and Kama.

Sri Konda Malleswara Swamy Temple

 The temple of Sri Konda Malleswara Swamy is at a distance of 1 Km to the North-West of the main temple. The footpath leading to this Saivait temple is in a Sepant form and reminds the Serpant for the mountain.

Sri Renuka Devi (Kunkullamma) Temple

 This temple is on the main road leading to the village, at a distance of half a mile towards south. This god is Gramadevatha. All pilgrims compulsorily halt at this temple and offer special offerings in the absence of which they anticipate danger.

Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple

This is a small temple near the Siva Kalyana Mandapam.

Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy Temple

This is a small temple near the bathing ghat, dedicated to Sri Kumara Swamy or Lord Subramanya. There is a big historical Nandi before the idol.

Things to do at Dwarka Tirumala: The place is ideal for the spiritual persons. Pay homage the Lord by visiting the various temples. It is a revered pilgrimage of the Hindus.

Best time to visit Dwarka Tirumala: October to April is the best time to visit Dwarka Tirumala.

How to go ?

By Air

Vijayawada Airport is the nearest one, 80 km away from the temple and has well connected flights with major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore etc.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Bhimadole, 15 km away and lies on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam rail route. But only passenger trains halt here. Major railway junction is at Eluru, 43 km from the place, which is well connected to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore etc.

By Road

APSRTC runs regular bus services to Eluru from major cities of the state. After reaching Eluru, you can opt for a bus or hire a taxi to Dwaraka Tirumala.

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Where to stay ?

There is a Government hotel at Dwarka Tirumala. For booking details you may contact:
Haritha Hotel: +91-08829-271909

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Srikakulam

Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh – Famous for the Surya Narayan Temple

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Formerly known as Chicacole, Srikakulam is located in the extreme north east of Andhra Pradesh. With Nagveli river on one side and Vamsadhara river on the other, Srikakulam is mainly a religious destination. This place is famous for the Arsavalli Sun Temple.

Places to see at Srikakulam: Mainly famous for the Surya Narayan Temple, Srikakulam is also the base of a number of other tourist attractions. These are:

Arasavilli

The famous Sun God Temple situated in Arasavalli Village which is located at a distance of about 1 K.M. east of Srikakulam Town in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the ancient and all among two sun God temples in our Country. According to Padmapuranam , Sage Kasyapa installed the Idol of Surya at Arasavalli for the Welfare of mankind . Therefore , the Surya is of Kasyapasa Gotra . He is also termed as planetary King . The ‘ Sthalapuranam ‘ of the temple narrates that lord Devendra had founded this temple and installed the existing idol of the sun God commonly known as Lord Suryanarayana Swamy Varu under the following circumstances . The Sun God “Sri Suryanarayana Swami” is most worshipped in Andhra Pradesh and tourists from all over the world visits the temple every year. He is popularly known as the God of Health.

Srimukhalingam

Srimukhalingam is another temple in Srikakulam. It is believed to have been built in the 9th Century. This holy place resides on the left bank of Vamsadhara. This is a group of 3 temples built by the Eastern Ganga Kings in the 10th century AD, including the deities of  Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara. All these temples show evidence of the Orissa style of architecture (Indo – Aryan style). The Mukhalinga temple is a veritable art gallery. The temple entrances are marvels in themselves. There is an abundance of sculptural work and perforated windows. The Bhimeswara temple lacks such grand splendour. Someswara temple is rich in sculptural work.

Srikurmam

Srikurmam is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  The village is also named after it. Sri Kurmam is the second form of Lord Vishnu wherein represents a Tortoise and hence the Lord here is called as “Sri Kurmanatha”. This is the only temple in the entire country where Lord Vishnu is seen in “Kurmavatara”. Some inscriptions has it that the presiding deity of this temple Lord Shiva and was worshipped by Saivaites (devotees of Lord Siva). It was later change to Vaishnavite by Sri Ramanujacharya – the most important philosopher and saint of Sri Vaishnavam (sect of people who worship Lord Vishnu). The architecture of the temple is magnificent with beautiful sculpture, paintings and carvings. You just cannot move your eyes off the carvings, which is spellbinding.

Salihundam

This place is situated on the right bank of the river Vamsadhara, and is about 16 km from Srikakulam town. It was known as “Salivatika” (meaning rice emporium). But many called it “Salyapetika” (meaning box of bones or relics). There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings of the place.

Kalingapatnam

Just 25 km from Srikakulam, Kalingapatnam has a history, which dates back to the advent of western invaders into India. It was the port of the European merchants. Until 1958, huge ships from Malaysia and Singapore arrived at this port wherein perfumes, clothes and many other things were exported. Here you will also find the confluence of Vamsadhara which is very attractive.

Ponduru

The village about 20 kilometers from Srikakulam Town is famous for the production of fine quality of Khadi which is popular through out India.

Nearby attractions from Srikakulam: A number of excursion tour can be made from Srikakulam which includes:

Kaviti

Kaviti village is located at a distance of 130 Kms, from Srikakulam  in between two towns viz. Sompeta and Ichapuram, towards East. The area constituting Kaviti Mandal is populary known as Uddanam (Udyanavanam). The coastal belt at this place presents a pleasant appearance, covered with large extents of Coconut, Cashewnut, Jack and other fruit trees. The Uddanam area is a scenic spot for the visitors. Two famous temples Chintamani Ammavaru and Sri Sitharamaswamy temple are situated in this Village.

Baruva

Situated at a distance of 109 Kms from Srikakulam town, Baruva is famous for Sri Kotilingeswara Swamy and Janardhana Swamy temple are located at this place. Further, there is a coconut nursery and a Coir Industry located here. The river Mahendra Tanaya merges into sea at this place.

Telineelapuram

This is a village located at a distance of 65 kilometers from Srikakulam. It is the bird lovers’ paradise. Every year, over 3,000 pelicans and painted storks visit from Siberia to these villages during September and stay here upto March.

Things to do at Srikakulam: Site seeing is the only thing you can do here. You can also enjoy the excursion trips too in and around the place.

Best time to visit Srikakulam: The ideal time to visit Srikakulam will be during October and November, when the weather remains cool.

How to go ?

By Air

Srikakulam does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport connected to many cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. From there cars available on hire will take you to Srikakulam.

By Train

You can easily get regular trains to Srikakulam from other major cities of the countries.

By Road

You can travel by bus to Srikakulam from all major and minor cities in the state like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam (121 km), Hyderabad. You can also reach Srikakulam by  cars from: Simhachalam (118 km), Gopalpur(181 km ), Puri (370 km).

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxury hotels at Srikakulam. Some options are:

Hotel Nagavali: +91-0 8942 -222916 , 228806 , 228807  Website: www.hotelnagavali.com
Hotel Blue Earth: +91- 08942- 229955  Website: www.hotelblueearth.com
Hotel Vijetha Inn: +91-08942- 227691  Website: www.hotelvijethainn.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Vijaywada

Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh – 257 km from Hyderabad, a destination having religious, archaeological and historical importance

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257 km from Hyderabad, Vijaywada is situated on the bank of river Krishna. It is the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh. It was earlier named as Vijayvatika. Bounded by the Indrakiladri hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North, there are a number of tourist spot having religious, archaeological and historical importance. “The Place of Victory” which is the literal meaning of Vijayawada, it was founded by Arjuna around the Malleswara temple and Indrakiladri hills in commemoration of Lord Shiva’s Darsan he had.

Places to see in Vijaywada: Vijaywada has a no. of tourist spots located in and around the city. These include:

Prakasam Barrage

The impressive structure of the Prakasam Barrage stretches 1223.5 meter long across the Krishna River. The barrage serves also as a road bridge and spans over a panoramic lake. The three canals associated with the barrage, run through the city of Vijayawada giving it a Venetian appearance. One of the first major irrigation projects of South India, the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada was a complete success. It was named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh largely owes its richness in agriculture to the Prakasam Barrage as the project has helped in the irrigation of huge agricultural lands. The barrage provides gorgeous view with the shimmering lake. The balmy breeze and the placid waters make it one of the major travel attractions in Vijayawada.

Kanaka Durga

The Kanaka Durga Temple is a must visit site while in Vijayawada. Goddess Kanaka Durga is the presiding deity of the temple and of the city of Vijayawada. She is believed to be the Goddess of riches, power, mercy and benevolence and is believed to have self manifested or Swayambhu. Wedged on top of the Indrakiladri hill, the Kanaka Durga Temple overlooks the city of Vijayawada. The Kanaka Durga Temple is a must visit site while in Vijayawada. Goddess Kanaka Durga is the presiding deity of the temple and of the city of Vijayawada. Kanaka Durga is the Goddess of riches, power, mercy and benevolence and is believed to have self manifested or Swayambhu. Wedged on top of the Indrakiladri hill, the Kanaka Durga Temple overlooks the city of Vijayawada. The added attractions for a visit to the Kanaka Durga  Temple are the ancient rock cut caves on the way. These caves are dedicated to Akkanna and Madanna who were ministers belonging to the court of the 17 th century Qutab Sahi ruler, Abul Hasan Tanashah. Another cave dating back to the 2nd century BC houses the sacred deities of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

Rajiv Gandhi Park

It is one of the most favored of the travel attractions in Vijayawada. Created and maintained by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, the Park is located just at the entrance of the city, as if giving a warm welcome to those who visit the city. The park is maintained excellently. It is a hot favourite with the city dwellers. The garden is gorgeously manicured and the park is home to a number of trees that are important in terms of horticulture. The Rajiv Gandhi Park of Vijayawada is embellished with musical fountains that dance to the melodies, every day from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm, except on Mondays. This attracts a lot of visitors and the garden looks like a kaleidoscope of colors as the illuminated musical fountains spread its bright hues. An added attraction is the mini zoo making it an exciting destination especially for the children. Apart from the animals, there is an educative park within the premises. This educative park has massive replicas of dinosaurs and other pre-historic animals which are really awe inspiring for the children.

Gandhi Hill

Gandhi Hill was earlier known as the ‘Orr Hill’. It was named after Mahatma Gandhi and is famous for the Gandhi Stupa. Perched on top of the hill at an elevation of 500 feet above the main city of Vijayawada, the Gandhi Memorial Stupas were built in 1968 and till date rule the Vijayawada skyline. Raising to a height of 15.8 meter, the Gandhi Stupa is accompanied by six more stupas that made the first Gandhi Memorial of the country. The inspiring teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are inscribed on the stone slabs of the stupas.  The Gandhi Hill in Vijayawada houses the well stocked Gandhi Memorial Library and the city’s very own planetarium. A light and show program is organized every evening after sundown relating stories from the life of the great leader, Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi Hill also provides an expansive view of the whole city of Vijayawada. The glittering lights of the city, the balmy breeze and the crowd together turn the place into one of the travel attractions of Vijayawada.

Undavalli Caves

Undavalli Caves is reputed to be one of the most renowned travel attractions in Vijayawada. The caves are located at a distance of 8 kilometers from the center of the city of Vijayawada and are easily accessible by the tourists. The caves are situated by the River Krishna and houses the rock cut illustrations of Lord Buddha. The UndavalliCaves near Vijayawada were excavated in the early 4th and 5th century. The statue of Lord Vishnu carved in granite stone reigns in the sanctum sanctorum of the caves and is sacred to the followers of the religion of Buddhism. The statue also represents the architectural brilliance of the region in the early centuries. A statue of Lord Vishnu lies within a cave in a reclining position and measures around 5 meters in length. The Undavalli Caves rises to four storeys. The magnificence of the ancient cave is one of the primary tourist attractions of the city of Vijayawada, in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, and attracts both national and foreign tourists.

Mangalgiri Temple

Of the three well known temples of Andhra Pradesh that enshrines Pankala Narasimha, the Mangalgiri Temple is situated at a short distance from the city of Vijayawada. Mangalgiri is divided into two shrines. The one located atop the Mangalgiri hill is dedicated to the worship of Pankala Narasimha. The other shrine is located at the foothills of the Mangalgiri hill and is dedicated to the worship of the consort of Pankala Narasimha, Lakshmi Narasimha. It is believed that the temple was founded by the epic hero Yuddhisthira. The temple dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi Narasimha has been constructed architecturally to support the 11 storeyed Raja Gopuram that was constructed by the chieftain of the region. The interiors of the temple have inlaid inscriptions that reveal that the famous King of the Vijaynagar Empire, Krishna Deva Raya had visited this temple. The temple tank placed adjacent to the temple is believed to be created by the Gods and is named Lakshmi Pushkarini. A unique feature of this temple of Pankala Narasimha in Mangalgiri is the magical disappearance of the jaggery solution offered to the shrine. Half the liquid poured into the mouth of the deity is believed to be regurgitated by the shrine. This miraculous act rekindles faith and spiritualism in the tourists who visit the temple.

Bhavani Island

Bhavani Island is one of the most favored travel attractions in Vijayawada. The beautiful island stretches itself in the KrishnaRiver, 4 km upstream from the city of Vijayawada. Perhaps the largest river island, it is spread across an area of around 133 acres. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has elaborate plans to develop the Bhavani island, all the more, because it already attract thousands of visitors to this picturesque spot. One may opt to treat oneself to an boat ride and explore the serenity of the surroundings. BhavaniIsland is a unique aquatic joint blessed by the placid waters and rows of shady bowers. The picnickers can spend an exclusive day out with the family, friends and relatives at a low budget. Fringed by mangroves and manicured gardens, the woodlands, sparkling water bodies and undulating meadows, Vijayawada Bhavani Island is just the right destination for fun and amusement.

Kondapalli Fort

The Kondapalli Fort, as believed was built by Prolaya Vema Reddy around the 14 century He was the founder of the Reddy kingdom of Kondaveedu, and constructed the fort in the Kondapalli village, located at 16 km in the west of the city of Vijayawada. It served as the leisure palace for the king and was used for his relaxation as well as for recreational purposes. The Fort near Vijayawada is graced by a majestic rock tower that stands up to three storeys. Situated on a hillock the fort rules the skyline and is clearly visible from a long distance. The Fort had been witness to the rise and fall of many dynasties. The dargah or shrine of Gareeb Sahib, a renowned Persian saint, is situated near the Kondapalli Fort. The surrounding Kondapalli village is famous for its Kondapalli toys that are made of light wooden material ‘Poniki’ available from the wood land on the hill itself. These toys are brightly colored and have characteristic Indian motifs as the subject. All these together make Kondapalli Fort one of the major travel attractions in Vijayawada. Animals and birds, fruits and vegetables, mythological and religious figures usually provide the imagination for these wonderful Kondapalli toys.

Victoria Jubilee Museum

Built in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria’s coronation jubilee, the museum has a small collection of art and arms, and a garden with temple sculptures from around the state.

Nearby attractions from Vijaywada: Apart from the enchanting tourist spots located within the city, Vijaywada also has some interesting locations around it. These are:

Amravati

Sited on the banks of River Krishna, Amravati is a sacred place known for Amareswara Temple. The town has been mentioned in the Indian epics as Dhanyakataka and Andhranagari. Located about 66 km to the south of Vijayawada, Amaravati is an excavation site of an earliest Buddhist Stupa. It is one amongst the important Buddhist sites in India. With such places of religious and historical significance, Amravati is a major centre of pilgrimage and tourism.

Manginapudi Beach

Manginapudi Beach revives the times of the yore, when its port used to serve as a gateway of India. Located near Machilipatnam, this spectacular beach falls along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh. Apart from its natural splendor, the coast also has historical significance. Its natural bay, with moderately shallow and safe waters, boasts of being one of the safest beaches for water sports. Unlike other beaches, ManginapudiBeach has black soil instead of sands. A little away from the seashore, a park has been established here, that has fountains and well-lit surroundings. ManginapudiBeach is a wonderful place to relax, far from the turmoil of city life.

Kuchipudi

Located at a distance of 60 km from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is the same place after which the State’s dance has been named. Kuchipudi, being the hometown of Siddhendra Yogi (instigator of Kuchipudi dance), is known for its artistic and literary pursuits.

Gudivada

Also known as ‘Vidarbhapuri’, Gudivada is prominent for its historical temples. This place is believed to have been existed for over 2000 years, though it was popularized during the time of the Satavahanas. Sited about 45 km from Vijayawada, Gudivada was named after the numerous temples it had. The site has got ruins of age-old temples and is worth-visiting.

Things to do in Vijaywada: You can visit the two most notable and revered temples of Mangalgiri and Kanaka Durga. If you are looking for souvenirs to take home buy a kalamkari painting or two. A little out of town is the old Buddhist centre of Amravati or if you have an interest in the arts, do make a visit to Kuchipudi where the dance form of the same name originated.

Best time to visit Vijaywada: The best time to visit Vijayawada is between November and March.

How to go ?

By Air

Vijayawada Airport is the main airport of the city. It is located 24 km away at Gannavaram. The airport has regular flights from Delhi and Hyderabad. It is also connected with the cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The Hyderabad Airport which is the nearest international airport located 276 km from Vijayawada. From the airport you can take a bus, rent a car or taxi or take a train to get to Vijayawada.

By Train

Vijayawada is on the Calcutta-Chennai coastal line. There are trains to Vijayawada to all parts of the country including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhuvaneshwar etc.

By Road

Both APSRTC buses and private buses are available from Vijaywada. It has efficient and frequent bus connections to other places in the region. Hyderabad (273 km), Tirupati (407 km) and Chennai (449 km) are the few places near Vijayawada. Buses from Vijayawada to Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Secunderabad, Chittoor, Tirupati and other cities are easily available.

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Where to stay ?

Vijaywada has adequate accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Punnami (APTDC): +91-0866-2418057
Bhavani Island Hotel (APTDC): +91-08571-2793
The Gateway Hotel: +91-0866- 6644444  Website: www.thegatewayhotels.com
Hotel Garuda: +91-0866-2499991, 2499992, 2499993  Website: www.hotelgaruda.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Tadipatri

Tadipatri, Andhra Pradesh – Located on the banks of Penneru River, dotted with beautiful temples

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Located on the banks of Penneru Rivers Tadipatri is an authentic pilgrimage place. This quaint destination is in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is very popular for the greenery around it. The name Tadipatri also means ‘garden of palm trees’ and it is thus named as there lays a forest of palm trees in the surroundings of Tadipatri.

Places to see at Tadipatri: The sight seeing destination of Tadipatri include:

Chintalaraya Swami Temple

The shrine ‘Chintala Tiruvengalanatha Swami’ locally known as Chintalaraya Swami, was constructed during the reign ‘Pemmasani Thimmanaidu’ and is named after the idol of Vishnu, which is believed to have emerged from tamarind tree. Chintalaraya temple is not only massive but also beautiful. It is a huge solid structure built partly of stone and partly of brick. The stone portion contains exquisite figures of ‘Vidhyadharas’, ‘Apasaras’, and ‘Avataras’ in rows elegantly arranged. Just above the line of the threshold, there are two horizontal lines of carvings one showing a procession of elephants and the other of horses. Inside the temple, every wall is carved with delicately designed pieces of beautiful sculpture. There is stone chariot, a masterpiece or artistic design. It is stated that twice a year the sun’s rays are directly reflected, through two holes carved in the chariot, on the foot of the deity. In the ‘Ranga Mandapa’ there are forty pillars carved in the Vijayanagar style of sculpture. Scenes from Ramayana and Bhagavata are depicted on southern and western walls of the temple.

Ramalingeswara Temple

Ramalingeswara temple is named after Pemmasani Ramalinga Naidu. Local legends states that at the very same spot where the temple stands, sage Parasurama lived and performed penance. In this temple there is a perennial underground stream from which water always oozes into the ‘Garbha Gruha’ (Sanctum Sanctorum) exactly at the spot where the ‘Lingam’ (idol) is consecrated. At the temple, the entire Shiva Purana is carved in stone on the walls with delicate skill and in elaborate detail.  The linga is said to be ‘Swayambhu’ (self-formed). The Tadipatri Kaifiyat records that a sculptor Yellanchari was brought from Benaras to construct the temple. It contains sculptures, illustrative of episodes from Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

RameswaraSwami Temple

This temple dates back to the 15th century Vijayanagar Empire. The architecture of the temple shows a mixture of Chalukyan, Chola and Vijayanagar art. The gopuram although unfinished has the most elaborate sculpture, cut with richness and sharpness. 

Nearby attractions of Tadipatri: From Tadipatri, you can plan a trip to Belum caves.Just 31 km from Tadipatri, these caves are the second longest caves in India with a length of 3,229 metres and are popular for their stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves have long passages, fresh water galleries, siphons and spacious chambers. These caves have been formed naturally due to constant flow of underground water. At their deepest point, the caves descend to 150 feet from the entrance level and this point is referred to as Pataalaganga. The caves are about 110 kilometres from Kurnool. There is a giant Buddha statue located just outside the caves, which is an indication that the Buddhist monks worshipped here thousands of years ago. However, it is the shivalingam that is present inside the cave attracts devotees and visitors.

Things to do at Tadipatri: Sightseeing is the only activity you can do in Tadipatri.

Best time to visit Tadipatri:  The best time to visitTadipatri is during the winter season.

How to go ?

By Air

You have to reach Bangalore which is extremely well-connected by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and most other important cities in India and abroad. Tadipatri is 248.9 km from here. From here you can avail bus or cabs to reach Tadipatri.

By Train

You have to reach Bangalore first. Bangalore has two important railway stations – Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction. Both railway stations have regular trains running from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and other major cities. Tadipatri which is 248.9 km from here can be reached easily by bus or cabs.

By Road

From Bangalore buses are available for Tadipatri. You can also hire cabs.

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Where to stay ?

There are some budget hotels available in Tadipatri. Some options are:

Brindavan Hotel: +91-08558- 225424
Ismail Hotel: +91-08559-277009

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Lepakshi

Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh – Renowned heritage site and known for its handicrafts

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Located in the Anantapur District, of Andhra Pradesh, Lepakshi is a small village having great historical and archaeological significance. Lepakshi in Telegu means, “fly bird”. One can trace this word in the famous epic Ramayana. According to the popular belief, when Ravana was forcefully taking Sita to Lanka, the bird Jatayu tried to stop him. When injured by Ravana Jatayu falls. Sita then tells Jatayu “Le Pakshi” i.e “fly bird and rescue yourself”. Lepakshi is renowned to the world for handicrafts. Thus a trip to Lepakshi is revitalising for those who believe in heritage sites, for those who marvel at the art of our ancestors, and those willing to get away from the routine multiple-destination tourist routes.

Places to see at Lepakshi: The sight seeing destinations of Lepakshi include:

Veerabhadra Temple

One of the best example of Vijayanagar style of architecture, Veerabhadra Temple is bewitching in its architectural beauty. The magnificent temple complex portrays the historical and architectural excellence in its best colour. A reference is made in the ‘Skandapurana’ to Lepakshi as one of the hundred and eight important ‘Shaiva Kshetras’ (shrines). Though the temple of Veerabhadra is claimed to have been constructed by Saint ‘Agastya’ himself, it was developed into the present exquisite shrine by ‘Virupanna’, the treasurer of the Vijayanagar Kings.He conceived the idea as he found the image of Veerabhadra.

Nandi Bull

The huge statue of Nandi Bull made of single granite stone is one of the main attraction of Lepakshi. Located in the vicinity of Veerabadra temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 8.23 m in length this grand statue is the highlighting feature in Lepakshi.

Pillared Hall

The pillared hall of every temple complex of Lepakshi is object to watch pointedly. Famous for its painting on its ceiling, pillared halls of temple complex are treat for heritage loving tourists.

Nearby attractions of Lepakshi: The trips are can be made from Lepakshi to places like:

Hindupur

Just 16 km from Lepakshi, Hindupur, a small village, is an ideal itinerary spot.  Renowned for its historical temples like Great Saint Sri ragavandrar mutt, Gayathri temple, Anjeneya swamy temples it is a place of visit. Besides the temple, Surrappakunda Waterfalls is another attraction to get away from hectic city life and to rejoice.

Penukonda

Famous for the Penukonda fort it is one of the major tourist attractions from Lepakshi. The place is just 53 km from Penukonda means a big hill. Historical records state that Penukonda, known as “Ghanagiri” or “Ghanadri”, was the second capital to the Vijayanagar kings. It is evident from ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort was built during the reign of Vira Virupanna Udaiyar, the son of king-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. The forts architectural style and sculptures is a standing testimony to the skilled workmanship present during the Vijayanagar rule.

Thing to do at Lepakshi:  A very important historical and archaeological site, Lepakshi offers its visitors to explore some of its famous temple complex. This temple complex located amidst the rich natural environs present a different sightseeing option to tourists. World famous for its handicrafts items, one can buy plenty of collectible items from Lepakshi. Popular items like Banjara embroidery, Brass art ware, Cotton and jute durries, Kalamkari paintings, Kondapalli toys and Cherial scroll paintings are best buy while being here.

Best time to visit Lepakshi: The best time to visit Lepakshi is from September to February.

How to go ?

By Air

Bangalore International Airport (100 km) is the nearest airport having very well air link with domestic and international locations. From Bangalore, taxi and local transport vehicles are available for Lepakshi.

By Rail

Hindupur (12 km) is the nearest railway station connected to main railhead. Taxis and buses are available for Lepakshi from Hindupur

By Road

Nearby prime locations like Hindupur, Anantapur (124 km), and Bangalore are well connected to Lepakshi. Private taxis and local buses are easily available from here for Lepakshi.

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Where to stay ?

There are few budget hotels in Lepakshi. Some options are:

Tourist Lodge: +91-08556- 221284
Maruthi Lodge: +91-08556- 222293
Shaila Lodge: +91-08556-221736

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh – A picturesque hamlet ideal for spending a relaxing vacation

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Located at an altitude of 4,100 feet, Horsley Hills is a picturesque hamlet in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of 144 Km from Tirupati and is an ideal summer resort for spending a fascinating vacation.The road leading to the town is extremely scenic and panoramic, with Mahogany, Jacaranda, Sandalwood, Gulmohar and Eucalyptus trees lining the road in the form of a dense and verdant forest. The other major draw for the travellers is the relaxing climate of the Horsley Hills which ranges from 20°C to 32°C even in summers.

Places to see at Horsley Hills: The prime tourist attractions of Hoursley Hills include:

Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

The Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. It is a must visit for all the wildlife lovers and shelter animals like wild dogs, jungle fowl, bears, sambas and panthers. Another attraction of this Wildlife Sanctuary is Bird watching. The sanctuary is also popular amongst the visitors for its exotic flora. In these wild life sanctuary one may find a wide variety of flowers ranging from Amla, Beedi leaves, Red sanders, Reeta, Shikakai, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Blue gum, Mahogany to Bamboo.

Environment Park

The Environment Park is built by Venkata Subba Rao who is a famous environmentalist of Hyderabad.

Mallama Temple

The majestic temple of Mallama is dedicated to a lady named Mallama Who used to heal the tribal people. One day she suddenly disappeared. Since the native started believing she was a goddess and built a temple in her name. The temple is built to thanks her and is a great pilgrim spot featuring a fascinating architecture. Another added attraction to this place is the sight of Pungannur cows which the Chenchu tribe who inhabits the Horsley Hills keeps. These cows are popular for their milk yielding capacity and low appetite.

Nearby attractions of Horsley Hills: The place to visit around the Horsely hills include:

Shiva Temple

Located at a distance of 15 Km from the road towards the village of Manapalle, this temple attracts many visitors and is visited many devotees residing in the nearby areas.

Gangotri Lake

The Gangotri Lake is situated in the midst of beautiful surroundings and offer panoramic views. The lake is a must visit for all nature lovers and offers an enjoyable boating experience to its visitors.

Rishi Valley School

It is a boarding school, large campus spreads through 350 acres, founder Mr. Krishnamurthi, located close to Manadapalle, 3 hours of car drive from Bangalore. The serenity of this school is centered around a large Banyan Tree, one of the oldest tree in India. This school launched reforestation and conservation which made the school campus covered with greenery. It is one of the site where one can find rare Yellow throat bulbul birds. The campus hosts over 200 species of birds and good destination for nature lovers.

Other Places

Rajiv Gandhi Tiger Reserve located at Srisailam, Nallamala forest, Deer Park located 25 km from Hyderabad, Nelapattu Sanctuary known for its fresh water eco system serves as homage for more than 5000 migratory Grey Pelicans are the other point of attractions in Horsley Hills.

Things to do at Horsley Hills: Nothing much to do here but to relax and enjoy the scenic spot.

Best time to visit Horsley Hills: A trip to the mesmerizing Horsley Hills can be planned any time during the year as there are no major temperature disparities in its climate.

How to go ?

By Air 

Bangalore and the Tirupati airport is the next door airport to reach Horsley hills. Bangalore airport is connected to all  important cities in India and abroad.  Situated at a distance of 160 Km and 165 Km respectively these airports cater to the air travel needs to reach Horsley Hills. You can hire a car from here to reach Horsley hills.

By Rail

You can reach Horsley hills either from Tirupathi (123km) or Bangalore (136 km). These two junctions are connected with regular trains from all major stations in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kokata, Chennai etc.

By Road

Horsley Hills is well connected to the other parts of the state by the state transport buses of Andhra Pradesh. Regular buses are available from Manapalle and Tirupathi. These government buses are regular and inexpensive though they may be crowded and not a good option while travelling with luggage. It is better to hire a car from the respective place to reach the destination.

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Where to stay ?

Horsley Hills has very few accommodation options. One option is:

Punnami Hill Resort (APTDC): +91-08571-279323

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – With a number of tourist spots, the hi-tech city remains a major tourist destination in India

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HYDERABAD is the capital city of the Indian state Telengana and Seemandhra. Located on the bank of Musi River, Hyderabad is endearingly called the Pearl City. The history of Hyderabad goes back to the period when Quli Qutub Shah seized power from the Bahamani Kingdom in 1512 and established the city of Golconda and the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Today’s Hyderabad is one of the major metropolitan cities of the country. The city is famous for its IT industry, bio pharmaceutical sector, and the Telugu film industry. Though cosmopolitan, Hyderabad has retained its glorious past. With a number of tourist spots the hi-tech city remains a major tourist destination in India.

Places to see in Hyderabad: Hyderabad is admired with multifarious tourist attraction. These are:

Charminar

The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. It is said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7 m above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. The architectural grandeur of that time is prominently visible as you visit inside. The monument is illuminated in the evenings. Its beauty at that will mesmerise you.

Mecca Masjid

A two hundred yards south-west of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The Qutab Shahis never finished the building of the mosque. It was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694.

Hussainsagar Lake

Excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the time of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, the lake has a promenade that is a busy thoroughfare today. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World’s tallest monolithic statues of the Buddha stands on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, in the middle of the lake. Added to all these, AP Tourism have additional boating facilities like speed boats, motor boats, 48 seater launch etc. Starlit dinner on-board and private parties also can be arranged on the Launch.

Salar Jung Museum

This museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The objects d’art include Persian carpets, Moghal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s swords and many other fabulous items.

Golconda Fort

Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from  the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The first three Qutb Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years. The fort is famous for its spectacular, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Osmansagar Lake

Osmansagar, better known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an excellent picnic spot. Osmansagar is one of the two lakes on the city’s periphery that supplies drinking water to the great metropolis. The lake is a reservoir created by a dam across the Isa, a tributary of the River Musi. Abutting the lake and the bund are lush gardens that provide the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake is the heritage building, Sagar Mahal, built as a resort by the Nizam of Hyderabad and converted now into a lake resort managed by AP Tourism.

Nehru Zoological Park

Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. It has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children’s Train are the added attractions.

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City, a tribute to the bewitching magic of cinema, is the dream destination for entertainment and relaxation. Millions of tourists from all over the world come to the complex every month to revel in its infinite leisure and recreation options. Spread over idyllic 2,500 acres and studded with hills, woods, lakes and striking architectural triumphs, Ramoji Film City is one of Asia’s fastest growing tourism destinations.

Nearby attractions of Hyderabad:From Hyderabad you can make excursion to places like:

Nagarjuna Sagar

170 km from Hyderabad Nagarjuna Konda is one of the Buddhism’s most visited sites, named after Nagarjuna, an authority on the Mahayana form of Buddhism. He is credited to have introduced Buddhism to Andhra Pradesh in the 2nd century AD. One of the popular excursions from Hyderabad, Nagarjuna Sagar is famous for being the largest masonry dam in the world. Nagarjuna Konda Island in the middle of the Krishna River has a Buddhist Museum housing antiques.

Ettipotala Water Falls

18 km from Nagarjuna Sagar, Ettipotala Waterfalls is famous for its pristine and stunning beauty. The fall cascades from a height of 22 metres from to join the main stream Krishna River. The sound of gushing waters echoes all around the landscape. This inviting spot attracts picnickers in hordes. A crocodile breeding centre has been set up here.

Warangal 

155 km from Hyderabad, once the seat of power of the Kakatiyas, Warangal is an absolute must visit for those looking forward to exploring f the south Indian temple architecture. The 1000 pillared temple and Ramappa Temple are glowing instances of the exquisite architecture patronized by Kakatiya kings who ruled the greater part of present-day Andhra Pradesh from the late 12th to early 14th centuries AD.

Things to do in Hyderabad: While in Hyderabad do not forget to taste the delicious Hyderabadi biriyani the unique dish of Hyderabad. Apart from that shopping the items of pearls is also worth. The cinema lovers must not miss the spectacular Ramoji Film city, a tribute to the enchanting magic of cinema.

Best time to visit Hyderabad: Hyderabad has a warmer climate and hence cooler months, i.e. October to March are considered ideal to visit the city.

How to go ?

By Air

The Rajiv Gandhi International terminal, Hyderabad’s international airport is well-connected with major cities across the globe. The airport also has a domestic terminal called NT Rama Rao which is connected to most of the Indian cities. It is approximately 20 kilometres away from the city. The cabs are available to take you in different parts of the city. Fares may vary depending upon which part of Hyderabad city you would like to go.

By Train

There are three major railheads in the city, namely, Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station. These railheads connect major Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Some of the popular trains that run daily from Hyderabad rail junctions are Kacheguda Express, Hyderabad Express, Charminar Express, Konark Express, Andhra Pradesh Express and Shatabdi Express.

By Road

The city is well-connected to its neighbouring towns like Aurangabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Tirupati and Panaji. The bus terminal is managed and well-organised by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC). You can also avail private cars to reach your required destination.

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Where to stay ?

There are some budget and luxury hotels. Some options are:

Taramati Baradari (APTDC): +91- 040 – 20030352
The Golkonda Hotel: +91 -040- 6611 -0101, 1800 425 0202 (Toll free)  Website: www.thegolkondahotel.com
Katriya Hotels and Towers :  +91- 040- 23325678, 4066135678, +91-9849597052  Website: www.katriyahotel.com
The Park Hotels: 1800 102 7275  (Toll Free), +91- 1800 102 7275  (Outside India)  Website: www.theparkhotels.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Vizag

Visakhapatnam or Vizag, Andhra Pradesh – Resting among the hills of the Eastern Ghats overlooking Bay of Bengal, it has beautiful Cool Beaches, Hill Ranges, Caves, Valleys & Lakes

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Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag, is a coastal, port city, often called “The Jewel of the East Coast”. Resting among the hills of the Eastern Ghats, overlooking the Bay of Bengal in the east, it is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh with an area of 550 km². It is primarily an industrial city, apart from being a port city. According to the history, the city was named after the god of Valor-Vishakha. It is often called the best tourist destination in Andhra Pradesh. From Lakes to cool beaches, from beautiful Hill Ranges to Caves and Valleys, Visakhapatnam has them all.

Places to see in Visakhapatnam: Vizag offers its tourists with spectacular sight seeing spots. These include:

Ramakrishna Beach

Also known as the RK Beach, it is just 5 kilometers from the main city.  Developed and maintained by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority and Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam, the Ramakrishna Beach pleases visitors of all preferences. The RK Beach satisfies all classes of people with tastes ranging from water sports enthusiast to a person seeking a lazy holiday. Ramakrishna Beach, Visakhapatnam, is also a popular picnic site in Vizag. Several fine tourist spots surrounding the Ramakrishna Beach, are : The Aquarium, Kali Temple, Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum, The Water Memorial.

Yarada Beach

Behind Dolphin Nose, lies the YaradaVillage. Yarada is a private beach maintained by the Agrigold group which is why they charge a nominal fee for visiting it. The Dolphin Nose provides a spectacular view of the beach and the Vizag city. A bus or cab facility can be taken to reach it.

Kailasagiri Hill Top Park

Kailasagiri Hill Top Park, Visakhapatnam, is one of the renowned tourist sites in Andhra Pradesh. It is a park situated on the hilltop, at a height of 360 feet. Kailasagiri Hill Top Park in Visakhapatnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city. Every year, the park witnesses considerable tourist traffic. A number of tourist locations are near the park. Some important attractions located at a vicinity to the Kailasagiri Hill Top Park at Vizag are Floral Clock, Jungle Trails, Shanti Ashram, ArtGallery, Children Play Park, Conference Hall, Shiva Parvathi Statue, 7 Wonders of Vizag, Titanic View Point, Gliding Base Point, Telescopic Point and Shanku Chakra Naama.

War Memorial

In remembrance of the victory at sea achieved in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, a war memorial had been constructed in Vizag. It exhibits a fighter plane, a tank and other copies of a missile. It does not charge any entry.

Matsyadarshini Aquarium

It is an aquarium that has an interesting exit in the form of a huge white tipped shark’s open mouth. It charges an entry fee of Rs. 20 per person and contains a good collection of marine and freshwater fish.

Ross Hill

It is an interesting site as it consists of three hills that are dedicated to three different faiths. It has a church, a mosque and a temple. Ross Hill has a chapel known as Mother Mary’s church, Durga Pahad has the tomb of Muslim saint Sayed Ali Medina and the third hill Sri Venkateswara Konda has a temple.

Submarine- ‘Kursura’

It was the first one of its kind submarine to be created in eastern Asia. This museum was created in a real submarine of the Indian navy and today is manned by retired officials of the navy itself.

Naval Museum

Also known as Swarna Jyoti Museum, it showcases the maritime history of India through pictures, models and written content.

Tenneti Beach Park

It is a beautiful park that has played as a background setting for a number of Indian movies. It gives out spectacular views of sunrise and sun set along with beaches and clear sea.

Kambalakonda Sanctuary

This natural sanctuary is half hour’s drive from the city. It charges an entry fee of Rs 10/- person and provides fantastic views from the viewing tower along with providing people a chance to hike and flex their muscles.

Port of Visakhapatnam

It is listed amongst the country’s leading ports. It is dissected into three harbors, namely outer harbor, inner harbor and fishing harbor with their respective capacities of vessel accommodation.

Nearby attractions from Visakhapatnam: There are many places around Visakhapatnam which is worth a visit. These include:

Sankaram

It lies 41 km from Visakhapatnam. It is among the most significant Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh consisting of antiquity dated stupas, rock-cut caves, early historic pottery and finally Satavahana coins that are believed to exist since the 1st century AD.

Simhachalam

This temple is located 15 km away from the city. It acts as a dedication to Lord Vishnu’s ‘half man half lion’ avatar. It has an impressive architectural design along with a serene environment.

Bavikonda

It lies at a distance of 15 km from Vizag. Literally, it means ‘Hill of Wells’ and as its name suggests it is indeed a hill that contains wells for collecting rainwater. It is counted amongst Asia’s oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites as it consists of ruins of the great Buddhist civilization.

Araku Valley

This is a scenic valley that requires a 6 hour long enjoyable train journey from the city. Amongst others, Padmavathi botanical gardens are a treat to look at, when present here. Further trip to the Borra caves is also a must. An entry to these caves costs Rs. 30 per person, with separate charges for carrying a camera.

Bhimili

It is a village lying about 25 km from the city known for its beach and remains of a Portuguese church and Dutch cemeteries.

Thotlakonda

It is situated at a distance of 16 km from Visakhapatnam. It falls under Andhra Government’s list of ‘protected monuments’. It contains historically significant Buddhist structures such as a Mahastupa, rock-cut cisterns, votive platforms, roman silver coins, terracotta tiles and much more.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam: Apart from other sight seeing locations, you must make a visit to the submarine museum, created as a replica of the real submarines of Indian Navy. Enjoy a walk along the splendid beaches of Vizag with the cool and fresh natural air. Also enjoy excursions to some destionations located near to Vizag.

Best time to visit Visakhapatnam: Best time to visit here is from October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

Visakhapatnam airport is connected to many cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Airport is nearly 16 km away from the heart of the city. Pre-paid taxis are available from airport to city.

By Train

Visakhapatnam has an important railway station lying on Chennai – Delhi main line. This station is connected with all cities in India by rail. Tourists can get direct trains from Delhi (Samta Express), Mumbai (Konark Express), Kolkata (Coromandel Exp), Chennai (Dbrg Ypr Expres) and Bangalore (Hwh Ypr Express).

By Road

Vizag is well connected by the road transport public bus services. Many tourist bus service providers offer deluxe, super deluxe and A/C bus services from Visakhapatnam to many major cities in South and Central India, including Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bangalore and Mumbai.

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Where to stay ?

There are plenty of accommodation options in Vishakhapatnam. Some options are:

Hotel Harita (APTDC): +91-1800 -4254 5454
Hotel Daspalla:  +91-98663 19728
Hotel Grand Bay: +91-0891- 6600101  Website: www.itchotels.in
Hotel Supreme: +91- 0891-278472, 73, 74 Website: www.hotelsupremevizag

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Araku Valley

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh – Breathtakingly beautiful valley on the eastern ghats at an altitude of 3200 ft. with rich greenery & pleasant climate

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Just 115-km from Vishakhapatnam, Araku Valley is close to the Odisha State border. This place attracts the tourists throughout the year for its pleasant weather, hills and valleys. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with its rich landscape. Located on the eastern ghats at an altitude of 3200 ft., it has valley, water falls and streams flowing by the side of the railway track and roads. The journey to Araku Valley is the most enjoying as the rail passes through tunnels, hill sides and streams. It is better to go to Araku by train and return by road.

Places to see in Araku Valley: The place offers a number of beautiful sight seeing destinations. These include:

Anantagiri Hills

Anantagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful resort sheltered in the lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats. The Ananthagiri perches at an altitude which unfolds some stunning viewpoints. Driving through picturesque coffee plantations the road to Anantagiri with its ups and downs on the Ghat route is literally enveloped with mango groves, waterfalls that gush and flow into the ravines.

Damuku View Point

It is a natural slip where one can take the fun of slip with running water. Though worth enjoying, the place is dangerous too. Any moment a mishap can occur so you have to be alert.

Padmapuram Botanical Garden

The Padmapuram Botanical Garden is a garden of considerable historic significance, situated on the Araku Road. The garden originally served the purpose of supplying vegetables to the soldiers who fought the Second World War Today known better as the Botanical Garden, it serves as a nursery for horticulture and is home to several rare varieties of flowers and trees.

Government Silk Farm

This place is famous for its mulberry gardens and the tribal museum.

Nearby attractions of Araku Valley: You can organize tours to some of the prominent locations around Araku Valley. These include:

Borra Caves

47KM from Araku Valley, the caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and about 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of 1 sqkm. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically. One can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi’s Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder.

Chaaparai

Chaaparai is a well known picnic spot in Araku valley. A scenic place with water falls and surrounding forest area makes people relax and spend their holiday joyfully. Usually people who visit Araku valley won’t miss this place as it is very nearer to the main Araku valley place. During winter season the water flow is less. Landscapes and gardens are located surrounding this place. One can experience the beauty of water gushing through natural rocks.

Things to do in Araku Valley: From exploring the spectacular countryside, and trekking in the nearby hills to excavating in the ancient limestone Borra Caves, Araku Valley offers a number of activities to the tourists. Mingle with the tribals in the surrounding villages, buy old silver jewellery from them to take back home or visit the Tribal museum that traces their history in this area.

Best Time to visit Araku Valley: Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is a year round tourist destination having moderate climate but the best time to visit Araku Valley is in winter months between October and February.

How to go ?

By Air

Araku Valley does not have an airport. The nearest air link is at Vishakhapatnam, placed 112 Km away. Visakhapatnam has a major airport which is well connected to most major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Tirupati.  From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Araku Valley. The buses are also going from Visakhapatnam to Araku.

By Train

Visakhapatnam located at a distance of 112 km from Araku Valley has an important railway station lying on Chennai – Delhi main line. This station is connected with all cities in India by rail. Tourists can get direct trains from Delhi (Samta Express), Mumbai (Konark Express), Kolkata (Coromandel Exp), Chennai (Dbrg Ypr Expres) and Bangalore (Hwh Ypr Express). From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Araku Valley. The buses are also available from Visakhapatnam to Araku.

By Road 

From Visakhapatnam the APTDC buses shall take you to Araku. You can also avail private cars from Vizag.

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Where to stay ?

There are plenty of accommodation options in Araku. You may stay at:

Haritha Mayuri Resort (APTDC): +91-08936-24920

For further informations on hotels of Araku Valley you may visit: www.arakuvalleyhotels.com

Note: Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Surya Lanka Beach

Surya Lanka Beach, Andhra Pradesh – A wide, spacious, clean, long and beautiful weekend getaway beach

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Just 9 kilometres from Bapatla in Guntur District, Suryalanka is the perfect weekend getaway beach. The natural beauty of the beach is its chief attraction for people, who are looking to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. The pristine beach is clean and the waters of the Bay of Bengal are crystal clear. The shore of the beach is quite wide, spacious clean and quite long for evening walks. This is the only beach close to Hyderabad. he beach has a flat landscape and its topography makes it safe for non swimmers as well. The noisy sea waves engage your mind in to the depths of the ocean. There are a lot of eateries near the beach which offer lip smacking cuisine of Andhra Pradesh such as Fish, Prawns, Idli – Dosa , Sambar etc.

Things to do at Surya Lanka Beach: Enjoy long walks along the beautiful sea beach and enjoy the sweet breeze and rhythms of the ocean waves.

Best time to visit Surya Lanka Beach: The ideal time to visit the beach is from October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

Hyderabad is the nearest international and domestic airport closest to Bapatla city at a remaining road journey of 350 km.  Taxis or  State buses available from the airport will take you to the beach.

By Rail

The rail route is in between Vijayawada and Chennai and train reaches up to the Bapatla station. Trains are available from all major cities of the country like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore.  Further a taxi or local auto rickshaws will take you to the beach.

By Road

Bapatla city is well connected by roadways to all other major cities of Andhra Pradesh. The destination can be reached by a private taxi or buses run by state government. The nearest metro city is Hyderabad which is 350 km.

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Where to stay ?

Adjacent to the beach is the Suryalanka Beach Resort (APTDC).
For booking details you may contact: +91-08643-224616

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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tyda

Tyda, Andhra Pradesh – An extremely serene and attractive forest resort with a beautiful retreat

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Located on the Visakhapatnam-Araku Ghat Road, Tyda is an extremely serene and attractive forest resort with the beautiful retreat Jungle Bells. It is located at a height 2,000 feet above sea level. The road leading to this beautiful eco-tourism project is equally captivating and alluring. The lush green fields, plantations and farms make a breathtaking view. There is even a train ride that visitors can take to reach the forest resort. This ride is really a wonderful experience as the train meanders through dense forests, tunnels and hillocks. Jungle Bells is spread over an area of five acres and boasts of 18 beautifully furnished cottages. The surrounding forest is teeming with a wide array of wildlife. Visitors also can enjoy hiking, trekking, bird watching and visiting tribal hamlets located within the forest.

Places to see at Tyda: The forest resort is in itself the attraction of the place. The profuse greenery of the surroundings and a stay amidst the lap of nature is in itself a wonderful experience. The park is home to species of animals such as the hares and avid fauna. The tourists will enjoy upto the fullest here. Make a complete tour of the forest resort and rejuvenate your body and mind completely.

Nearby attractions from Tyda: From Tyda you can make visits to the places like:

Borra Caves

15km from Tyda, the caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and about 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of one square KM and the origin of river Gosthani which flows through the district. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically. One can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi’s Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder.

Araku Valley

Located at a distance of 40 km, it is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam. It is famous for its scenic beauty. Situated on the eastern ghats, it has valley, water falls and streams flowing by the side of the train track and roads.

Things to do at Tyda: The site provides ample opportunities for rock climbing and target shooting using a bow and an arrow. Birdwatchers will find the place an absolute treat, for it is the hub of the no. of bird species.

Best time to visit Tyda: The best time to visit is between the months of October and February when the weather conditions remain pleasant here. It is also an ideal time for bird watching as the heat keeps most of the birds away during summers.

How to go ?

By Air

Tyda is 75 km from Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam has a major airport which is well connected to most major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Tirupati. Flights from Dubai also operate from Visakhapatnam. From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Tyda within 2hrs. The buses going from Visakhapatnam to Araku also a drop at Tyda. The nearest international airport is Hyderabad located at a distance of 675 km from Tyda. You can avail cars from Hyderabad which will take you to Tyda. It is better to halt at Visakhapatnam.

By Train

Tyda has no railway station. Visakhapatnam located at a distance of 75 km from Tyda which has an important railway station lying on Chennai – Delhi main line. This station is connected with all cities in India by rail. Tourists can get direct trains from Delhi (Samta Express), Mumbai (Konark Express), Kolkata (Coromandel Exp), Chennai (Dbrg Ypr Expres) and Bangalore (Hwh Ypr Express). From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Tyda within 2hrs. The buses going from Visakhapatnam to Araku also drops at Tyda.

By Road 

From Visakhapatnam the buses going to Araku will drop you at Tyda. You can also avail private cars from Vizag. Buses are also available from Araku and Hyderabad.

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Where to stay ?

The Jungle Bells Nature Camp offers excellent accommodation facilities.
For booking details you may contact : +91-099588-91368, 0891 -278 8820.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Amaravati

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh – Eminent for the Amareswara temple and Buddhist Stupa

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Located at a distance of 65 km from Vijaywada, Amaravati is a town rich in architecture, trade and was instrumental  in spreading Buddhism to the east coast. The place was previously known as Dhanyakataka or Dharanikota and is famous for the  Amareswara temple and Buddhist stupa. Amravati was also once amongst the four major learning centres in India which attracted a large number of students from all over the world. Having a good transport network, this place is a popular tourist destination of the recent times.

Places to see in Amaravati: Amaravati is admired with a number of sight seeing locations which includes:

Amareswara Temple

As per the Hindu mythology, Amareswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the ‘Destroyer of the Universe’. The shrine embraces a 15 ft high marble Shiva lingam. It is believed that Lord Siva is present here in the form of five lingams -Pranaveswara, Agasteswara, Kosaleswara, Someswara and Parthiveswara. Built in the Dravidian style of architecture, Amareswara Temple has many legends behind its origin. Another interesting fact about the shrine is that it is located at the point where the river takes a different course. Since slabs with Buddhist inscriptions were found in its groundwork, the temple is said to have been a Buddhist shrine in the previous times. ‘Maha Shivaratri’ of ‘Magha Bahula Dasami’ is the major festival celebrated here. The divine aura of the shrine attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Mahachaitya

Built around the 2nd century, Amravati Mahachaitya (The Great Stupa) must have been the largest stupa in the whole country. It is believed to have been constructed with the efforts of the great saint, Acharya Nagarjuna. Excavated a few years back, this stupa is engraved with intricate carvings that depict the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. Here is a small museum, which houses numerous artifacts and terracotta antiquities.

Buddhist Stupa

The great stupa at Amaravati accidentally came under limelight in 1796, when a certain raja decided to build a new capital at a place called Amareswaram. While digging at this place, the workers hit upon some bricks and some white stone pieces which had carvings on them. These were remains of the ancient stupa. The site of Amaravati lies in the valley of the KrishnaRiver in the modern state of Andhra Pradesh. Like other important stupa sites, Amaravati also grew and changed. Over time, stone pillars and railings were added. Eventually, the surface of the stupa was covered with beautifully carved white limestone slabs, resembling marble. The railing around the stupa and the four gateways were also decorated with carved limestone slabs. While some of the carvings and sculptures were purely decorative, others had philosophical connotations and tried to tell the story of the Buddha’s life. The railings and gateways of the stupa had many inscriptions carved on them.

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum at Amaravati is a home to many relics that dates back to thousands of years, found during excavations. This museum unfolds the wealth of Amaravati that belonged to 3rd century BC, through the galaxy of sculptures that once were a part of Mahachaitya (the Giant Stupa). There are different galleries that take you close to the very old history of Amaravati and the life of the Buddhists in those days. The museum is closed on Fridays and on other days it is open from 10:00 am to 5:00pm.

Nearby attractions from Amaravati: From this historical site you can organize itinerary to  Vijayawada,the second largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  Historically enriched, the city has many tourist attractions with famous landmarks both in and around the city. Some of the notable places includes, Prakasham Barrage, Kanaka Durga temple Gandhi Hill, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Bhavani Island etc.

Things to do at Amaravati: Sightseeing is the most important thing that you can do while in Amaravati. The town offers quite a lot of places of attraction to look out for.

Best time to visit Amaravati: Best time to visit Amaravati is from October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

Vijayawada domestic Airport is the nearest airport to Amaravathi located at a distance of 51 km from the town which is connected with all the major cities of the country like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. One can get taxis and other modes of transportation at a reasonable cost from the airport.

By Train

Amaravathi comes under the Hyderabad-Vijaywada and Hyderabad-Guntur line. Vijayawada Junction is the closest one connected with the major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Bhuvaneshwar.

By Road

Amaravathi is well linked with Guntur by road. Private and government buses and cabs take people to Amaravathi from Guntur on a regular basis. The town is also well connected to the state capital, Hyderabad.

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Where to stay ?

There are both government and private hotels in Amaravati. Some options are:

Amaravati Guest House (APTDC): +91-08643-22466
Hotel Sindoora Residency: +91- 08643-254200

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Thotlakonda

Thotlakonda, Andhra Pradesh – An old Buddhist site 15km from Vizag

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A seaside town bordered by ancient historical sites, Vizag and its surrounding areas offer varied tourist attractions and are an ideal getaway for an extended weekend. While the beaches of Vizag are the perfect unwind destination, located 15km from Vizag are the old Buddhist sites of Thotlakonda and Bavikonda on the Vizag-Bhimli highway.

An aerial survey of Vizag port by the Indian navy in the 1970s showed strange structures located atop a hill called Thotlakonda, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Local people say the hill is shaped like an eagle’s head (thotla means eagle and konda is hill in Telugu).

An excavation by the archaeological department revealed breathtaking structures like stupaschaityagrihas, pillared congregation halls, viharas with cells, bhandagaras(storerooms), a bhojanshala (refectory), parts of a drainage system, stone pathways and huge water reservoirs. The nearby hill of Bavikonda revealed similar structures.

Coromandel Express leaves from Kolkata and reaches Vizag at the crack of dawn. From Vizag hire a car to reach Thotlakonda and Bavikonda. After leaving the city you will be accompanied by sea and hills on your way. A short halt at the famous beaches of Rishikonda, 8km from Vizag, will refresh you for the journey to Thotlakonda.

A newly built gate in the ancient Buddhist style welcomes you to Thotlakonda. A winding road past a Buddha statue will take you to the hilltop housing the ancient ruins. Spread over 120 acres, the complex contains remains of an ancient Buddhist monastery and an advance centre of learning. This Hinayana school of Buddhism of the Kalinga empire flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD.

The strategic location on a hilltop gave the site a natural protection against invaders. The presence of the sea, with a natural harbour, allowed access to students and scholars from far-off lands via the ancient maritime routes. Today, the ruins lie scattered on the hill, overlooking the crescent coastline stretching all the way to Bhimli.

The next spot is Bavikonda (bavi means reservoir). Bavikonda is among the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Asia. There you will find huge circular tanks, which experts say were not only used for storing water but also for dyeing the robes of monks. An important attraction in Bavikonda is a relic casket at Mahachitya, which contained a huge quantity of ash, charcoal and bone — supposedly the remains of Gautama Buddha.

Archaeological evidence confirms that Bavikonda was once a leading learning centre of Hinayana Buddhism, which flourished between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD. The ruins, spread over 40 acres on a hilltop, offer a spectacular view of the surroundings.

How to go ?

Many trains connect Kolkata and Vizag. There are flights too. Hire a car from Vizag for Thotlakonda and Bavikonda.  Guides are available for a tour of Thotlakonda. Travel agents and drivers are not much aware of Bavikonda but the guides can help.

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Where to stay ?

Hotels and lodges to suit all budgets are available in Vizag. Some are Hotel Supreme: 0891 278 2472, Hotel Dolphin:0891 662 2444, Hotel Akshaya:091 77 892359. There are also some Government Guest Houses like Circuit House (891-2563364), Vizag Steel House (891-2373668), Steel Authority Of India (Sail) Guest House (891-2567415) etc.

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