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Andhra Pradesh Tour

One is constantly on the look-out for new places to travel to satisfy their wanderlust!!!! From beach escape to cultural invasion, buzzing cities to sightseeing delights, Andhra Pradesh is one that emerges as fantastic retreats to its most famous neighbours, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

So for more information, here we present small and user friendly travel guide of Andhra Pradesh that convinces you why Andhra Pradesh should be on your must-see places in next vacation. Before booking don't forget to check exciting deals and discounts on Andhra Pradesh holiday packages at Visit India. 

People & Culture:

Andhra Pradesh culture is a fusion of different cultures. Here you will find all religion type of peoples; hence you called this state as the dynamic cosmopolitan or multicultural land. Despite its cosmopolitan features or characters, Andhra Pradesh gives the expansion to southern classical Carnatic Music, classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi and particularly rich culture of puppet theatre named “Tholubommalata” and Tribal dances.

Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh, so almost 80 per cent of population speak Telugu, but being a state which shares his border with Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it is easy for good amount to speak Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, English and Hindi. For more, festivals are a part of the live for local peoples. They celebrate festivals like:  Visakha Utsav (January), Deccan Festival (February), Sankranthi (January), Ugadi (March)and many other festivals with full zeal, fanfare, enthusiasm and lot of excitement forgetting all caste and language biases.

If you are surprising what to purchase in Andhra Pradesh, then don't worry here you'll be amazed with many choices. Andhra Pradesh Kalamkari, Bidri Work, Buddhist Nirmal Paintings, Buffalo Hide Puppets, Ikat Garments and delicate Silver Filigree of Karimnagarare a true collection of beautiful crafts fashioned by skilled artisans.

Apart from ethnic crafts of the state, Hyderabad is famous for a huge variety of pearls from South Sea black and pink pearls to rare Basra pearls and Japanese cultured pearls and gem stones. Old Hyderabad, specifically around the Charminar is filled with shops that sell bangles, kohl, gemstones and pearls.  To visit Andhra Pradesh (particularly Hyderabad) and not purchase a string of pearls just isn’t possible.

Food :

Offering an unforgettable treat to the taste buds of international and the Indian people, the Andhra food is deliciously hot and tangy. Topping the list of regional culinary “Pulihara” and “Tamarind Rice” spiced up with peppery vegetables and fresh green chillies are simply spicy lip smacking dishes of Andhra Pradesh cuisines. Despite these the state has an appetizing menu for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people. It’s pure vegetarian dishes like Bagara Baingan, Shahi Dahi Vada, Tomato Qoot  and non-vegetarian dishes, Nahari, Haleem, mouth-watering Kebabs, especially the Dumb Kebab, Boti Jhammi, Sheek, Shikampur, Kalmiand the scrumptious variety of Kormas are some food that truly a delight for foodies.
After a tasty plate of Andhra delicacies and Hyderabadi dishes, don't forget to try its sweet dishes/ desserts includes Qubani-Ka-Meetha, Badam-Ki-Jhab, Dil-E-Firdaus and E-Ka-Piyosi.

What to see:

Many tourists don't explore the major sightseeing treasures (attractive destinations) of Andhra Pradesh in his tour because of lack of information/ scattered across squares of miles of rough landscape. So here Visit India presents a selected destinations that a fusion of rich history, high spiritual definition, aplenty natural splendours and unique culture.

Ready or late, this list of appealing place of Andhra Pradesh surely overwhelms you and offer an utmost sense of satisfaction.

  1. Vishakhapatnam :
    One of the most wonderful beach destination or coastal cities in Andhra Pradesh, “Vishakhapatnam” also called Vizag not only boasts for its intense landscape/natural splendours include lakes, beaches, caves, valleys and hill ranges but its architectural grandeurs, the spiritual centres or temples that are the good example of architecture in the city make Vishakhapatnam a must-visit place in Andhra Pradesh.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Rishikonda Beach, Katiki Waterfalls, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kailasagiri Hill Park, VUDA Park,Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum,imhachalam Temple,Temple of Arasavalli Sun God and Buddhist Shrines.
  2. Tirupati :
    Tirupati well-known for the Hindu temple of “Sri Venkateswara” is the famous religious center in Andhra Pradesh. Beside spirituality Tirupati is also known for red wooden toys,parks, zoos and main educational centre in the state
    Major Sightseeing :
    Sri Venkateswara Temple, Talakona Waterfalls, TTD Gardens, Deer Park, Sri Vari Museum, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam.
  3. Vijayawada :
    Situated on the bank of Krishna River, “Vijayawada” which is famous for juicy mangoes, yummy sweets and wonderful spring season is also famed for heritage monuments, natural splendors like caves and hills and biggest railway junction in South India.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Undavalli Caves, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Prakasam Barrage, Bhavani Island, Victoria Museum, Kondapalli Fort, Kolleru Lake and Gandhi Hill
  4. Nellore :
    Nellore which is boasts for an incredible spiritual and religious tradition in Andhra Pradesh has an amazing architecture and the cultural history associated with them that surely keep everyone enchanted. Apart from these, the city is also noted for tank farming and tasty sweets like Malai Kajaa and the Bobbatlu.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Krishna Mandir, Penchalakona, Rangatha Temple, Pulicat Lake, Jonnawada, Udayagiri Fort, Venkatagiri Fort, Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Mypad Beach, Barah Shaheed Dargah, Narasimhaswamy Temple, Patu ru, Ramalingeswara Temple, Ranganayaka Temple and Somasila.
  5. Chittoor :
    One of the most fascinating towns “Chittoor”, with its several hills, rivers, forts, grand temples of the world and a rich collection of flora and fauna no doubt make this town a best place to visit, relax or watch an undiscovered gem of Andhra Pradesh.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Horsley Hills, Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalavagunta, Gurramkonda Fort, Nagari Hills, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Mogili and Ramagiri.
  6. Puttaparthi :
    One of the most famous destination in Andhra Pradesh, “Puttaparthi” which is noted for a spiritual learning centre or the place of great saint “Sathaya Sai Baba” has numerous attractive spots including famous temples and other places that enthrall huge number of travellers not only from India but from all over the world.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre, Chaitanya Jyoti Museum and Prasanthi Nilayam.
  7. Secunderabad :
    One of the twin-cities in Andhra Pradesh, “Secunderabad” is absolutely worth exploring. Its rich cultural history, picturesque environment and tradition of the state are really a true delight for visitor’s especially history and nature lovers.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Trimulgherry Fort, Rashtrapati Nilayam, Golconda Fort, Hussain Sagar Lake, Konaseema, Birla Mandir, Birla Planetarium, Saidanimba Tomb and All Saints’ Church.
  8. Hyderabad :
    The fifth biggest city in India, “Hyderabad”, a perfect combination of modern and old include many captivating sights like grand palaces, colourful bazaar, mosques and varied taste of Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem and Irani Chai/Tea makes this city a favoured place for all kinds of travellers.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Charminar, Nizam’s Museum, Salar Jung Museum, Badshahi Ashurkhana, Falaknuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, Laad Bazaar and Golconda Fort.
  9. Lepakshi :
    Lepakshi, a culturally and historically significant location houses “Veerabhadra Temple” and idols of lord Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra built during the Vijayanagara ruling period (1336–1646) has been a favourite haunt for many travellers, devotees or one of the important places to visit in Andhra Pradesh.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Veerabhadra Temple and Monolithic Nandi.
  10. Kurnool :
    Nestled on the southern bank of River Handri and Tungabhadra, a 2000 year ancient city, “Kurnool” is a perfect place for history buffs, as Kurnool is full of historical monuments offer the finest glimpse of ancient architecture is appraised to be one of the gateways to Hindu pilgrimage Sri Sailam also.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Srisailam, Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Mantralayan, Mahanadi, Belum Caves, Rollapdu Sanctuary, Ahobilam, Yaganti, Alampur, Gadwal, Konda Reddy Buruju, Kalva-Bugga, Jagannatha Hill and Konda Reddy Fort.
  11. Kadapa :
    Surrounded on the three sides by Nallamala and Palakonda hills, “Kadapa” not only boasts for Gateway to Tirumala but its splendid architectural marvels of various kingdoms over the years make Kadapa is one of the popular places to explore in Andhra Pradesh.
    Major Sightseeing :
    Bhagwan Mahavir Museum, Gandikota Fort, Sri Venkataswara Sanctuary, Pushpagiri, Ameen Peer Dargah, Brahmamgari Matam Temple, Masjid-e-Azam and Sidhout Fort.

What Things to Do

Some of the outdoor activities that visitors can’t miss in Andhra Pradesh tour are: Angling, Golf and Para Sailing.
The beautifully maintained “18-hole golf course”in Hyderabad (which is handled by the Indian army) offers its visitors the chance to practice their swing or polish up on their putting and chipping skills. Despite this, visitors can enjoy their exiting Para Sailing activity in “Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad” and Angling on the waters of the “Secret Lake,Hyderabad”.

Best Time to Visit

Winter Season (October to February):
The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is October to February as this time the temperature is usually around 16°C or dry/cool which is ideal for sightseeing or outdoor activities and last but not least, during this time you can attend a grand celebration of popular cultural festivals named: Visakha Utsav, Visakhapatnam (January), Deccan Festival, Hyderabad (February), Sankranthi (January) and Industrial Exhibition (Jan-Feb).
However Andhra Pradesh is a year round destination! So let’s have a look on how Andhra Pradesh climate features on varied seasons:
Summer Season (March to June):
Summer season are mostly hot and humid and the state experience maximum temperature of almost 40°C,So it is recommended to avoid to visit Andhra Pradesh during this time,but if you want low crowds/low price travel packages then this season is perfect for a holiday tour.
Monsoon Season (July to September):
Due to medium to heavy rainfall every year or the temperature ranges between 25°C and 30°C, Monsoon is the time when you can enjoy the great picturesque locations and tourist spots of one of the outstanding hill stations of Andhra Pradesh named: Araku, Nellore and Kurnool at its best.

How to Reach

Reach by: You can reach by Air, Train and Bus.

Having airport at capital city“Hyderabad International Airport”, the state Andhra Pradesh is well connected to every corner of India and rest of the world by airways. Beside this, other functional airports which are located at Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Vijaywada operate regular flights to and from Andhra Pradesh to many prominent cities and states in India truly make the airways of Andhra Pradesh an unavoidable transportation choice for tourists.
Andhra Pradesh which shares his border with Orissa and Madhya Pradesh in north, Maharashtra in northwest, Tamil Nadu in south and Karnataka to southeast is truly blessed with an extensive road network or around 4,104 km of National Highways network that connects the state to all the major cities of south India and the country. Beside these its connectivity to Government-owned bus operators Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and or other private operators make travelling in the state easier.
Covered almost 5,085 km of railways route (out of which 4,362 km is broad-gauge, 686 km is metre-gauge and 37 km is narrow gauge) , the railways in Andhra Pradesh offers an extensive chain of railway facilities or a well-connected series of trains that links the state with all the other cities of India in easiest way. For more the most important and major rail junction of Andhra Pradesh lies in “Hyderabad”. Being connected to all parts of India, the rail head in this city offers maximum number of train’s every day. Apart from Hyderabad, other famous railway stations in Andhra Pradesh are Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Warangal and Tirupati.

Travelling around

Andhra Pradesh offers various options to visitors: buses, auto rickshaws, taxis and cabs.