5 popular places to visit in Andhra Pradesh

by Arjun Dikshit
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Andhra Pradesh lies in the South-Eastern region of India. Due to its vastness of launch, the place accounts as the fourth largest state in the country. With it’s capital state being Hyderabad (before 2014), Andhra Pradesh has a lot to offer when it comes to experiences.

Tourists will never feel tired of exploring the region due to the varied number of exciting cultures, cuisines, art, places and more that remain to be seen. The place holds so much importance that it can be even found being mentioned in 800 BC Sanskrit Epics such as Aitareya Brahmana and Mahabharata. The native language in Andhra Pradesh is ‘Telugu.’ It is often associated with the Early Cholas dynasty.

History is proof that Andhra Pradesh also came under the rule of the Maurya Empire, the Ikshvaku Dynasty, Pallava, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and later Cholas. Each of these rulers has left some part of theirs or another in the beautiful state of Andhra, resulting in endless places to visit in Andhra Pradesh that are just waiting to be explored. Thanks to Andhra Pradesh’s tourism department, visitors are made increasingly aware of the region’s rich natural resources, temples, and rivers.

Following given are the top places to visit in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam

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Being the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is also home to a massive seaport, which provides visitors an expansive view of hydra. The climate herein is tropical and pleasant. However, humidity can get high for a few months. Therefore, visitors are advised to plan their holidays to Visakhapatnam towards the end of the year. The city includes all the necessary attractions, including beaches, hilltops, wildlife sanctuaries and more, that make it the perfect destination for holiday-goers. It even consists of some great trekking spots, ideal for fitness enthusiasts.

Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam): Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Rishikonda beach, Katiki waterfalls, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kailasagiri hill park and VUDA park.

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Tirupati

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Tirupati is considered as the top cultural and religious pilgrimage spot in the whole of India. The city is nestled in the southern region of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Since it is situated in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats of Chittor district, the climate over here is moderate by nature. The primary language spoken in Tirupati is Telugu. Historic scripts have a lot to say about the place. In fact, its name, i.e. Tirupati is known to be a Tamil word.

Historic texts suggest that a saint called Ramanujacharya who was a Tamil Vaishnava saint was the founder of the city. Another reason for Tirupati’s immense popularity is the temple of ‘Balaji.’ The Balaji temple accounts for being amongst the top tourist places in Andhra Pradesh, as it is home to the most beautiful idol of Lord Vishnu. Devotees from all over India are often found to visit this temple in hopes of being blessed by the great Lord Vishnu. The temple is one of the major pilgrimage spots in India and especially in southern India.

There are many places that one can visit in Tirupati. The list includes Deer parks, Sri Vari museum, Sri Govindarajaswani temple, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam, Sri Venkateswara temple, Talakona waterfalls, and TTD gardens.

Vijaywada

Vijayawada is considered as the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh. It ranks third when it comes to top tourist places in Andhra Pradesh, especially because of its rich natural heritage. The city is home to amongst the top agricultural lands. As many might already be aware, agriculture is the main occupation in India, employing more than half the population of the country.

Vijayawada is also known as the ‘Global city of the future by Mckinsey.’ History wise, the city was first known as ‘Bezawada.’ Vijayawada was initially recognized as ‘Bezawada’ because it was under the rule of various ancient kingdoms of the South. Amongst them, one of the Chinese rulers that entered the city was Hieun Tsang. He stayed in Vijayawada for pretty long. The Krishna river runs through the city, giving its residents a sigh of relief every time summer hits them.

Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh (Vijayawada): Undavalli Caves, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Prakasam Barrage, Bhavani Island, Victoria Museum, Kondapalli Fort, Kolleru Lake, and the Gandhi hill.

Nellore

The word, ‘Nellore’ literally translates to ‘Paddy place.’ It is pretty clear what the city might include most, i.e., agriculture. Nellore is second such places to visit in Andhra Pradesh that is considered to be rich in terms of cultivating crops. The region consists of far and expansive paddy fields. Take for instance the Damaramadugu town, which is considered as the primary source of rice.

The small city is divided into two parts by the Pennar River. This way, both the sides get equal access to the river and can make the most of what they have. The Bay of Bengal lies on the East side of the city. Numerous dynasties have ruled over Nellore including the Mauryas, Chola, Pallava, and Vijaynagar, and thus, there is a lot to look-forward-to in terms of ancient monuments and structures.

Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh (Nellore): Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Nellapattu bird sanctuary, Udayagiri Fort, Venkatagiri fort, Penchalakona, Jonnawada, the Mypadu beach, and the Pulicat lake.

Chittoor

Chittoor is another city which is one of the must-visit tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. It is situated right at the bank of Ponnai River, therefore, it is also amongst the most important agricultural town in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The town’s major source of economy is its crops and agricultural products. Items such as grains, sugarcane, mango, and peanuts are yielded here.

Chittoor is blessed with a unique climate, which changes from region to region. For example, the temperature is ideally high in the Eastern region of the city, and comparatively low in the Western region of the city. The place is considered to be slightly low when it comes to the economy but the folks herein know how to lead a simple life and are unaffected by what is being said.

It is a gem of a place when it comes to tourist places in Andhra Pradesh, as it is filled with numerous hills, rivers, temples, forts and a rich collection of flora and fauna. We’d personally recommend for you to visit the Western regions of the city, wherein Horsley hills are situated. You will experience the utmost relaxation amidst the beautiful nature. Majority of the attractions in Chittoor can easily be covered within a day’s time.

Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor: Horsley hills, Kaundinya Wildlife sanctuary, Kalavagunta, Gurramkonda fort, Nagari hills, Sri Venkateswara temple, Mogili, and the Ramagiri fort.

These are some of the popular tourist places in Andhra Pradesh

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Andhra Pradesh as yet, you must definitely consider it as your next holiday destination. The place pretty much provides a mixture of both, rich-heritage monuments and highly nature-filled hills and mountains.

There are many tourist places in Andhra Pradesh, perfect for the ones who’d want to plan their vacation with family. However, we recommend that you choose your dates wisely as it can get really hot during a certain time period of the year in Andhra Pradesh. Be sure to get the most out of the place once you are in Andhra Pradesh, as there is absolutely nothing like it as yet. Happy holidaying!

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Visakanews October 1, 2018 - 3:41 pm

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