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Things To Do In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has been reaching new heights every year with regard to tourism. With a 130% increase in adventure tourism in Andhra Pradesh for 2019, it is evident that the tourism promotional programs have paid off well. The cultural and traditional abundance of Andhra Pradesh has been attracting millions of visitors from within and outside of India as well. The natural beauty of hills, dams, valleys, swirling beach waves, surreal resorts, meadows, forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and national parks, there are countless things that you can be done in Andhra during your vacation.
A Guided Spiritual Walk at the Tirumala
Tirumala or Tirupati is one of the best places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Millions of visitors pay homage to Sri Venkateswara Swamy. This place is one of the richest holy places in the world in terms of donations. This temple is a dedication to a form of Lord Vishnu and architected in a typical Dravidian style. This ancient temple has a glorious history and many people have been visiting this place as devotees for ages. You can enjoy the scenic drive up to the temple and just admire the awe-inspiring architecture. If you are a firm believer, you can take the 11 km (6.8 mi) pilgrimage walk on foot. So visiting this highly spiritual temple in Andhra Pradesh should be at the top of your things-to-do list.
Admire the Stunning Sites at the Serene Beaches
Andhra Pradesh is a state that has numerous, beautiful beaches. The summertime in India is tough and spending your summer vacations at the pristine beaches in Andhra Pradesh can be the perfect place to utilize the vacations. Cities such as Vishakhapatnam can be the best place to admire the stunning sites of the serene beaches in Andhra Pradesh. Some of the best beaches that you cannot miss visiting in the state include the Baruva Beach in Srikakulam, Bheemunipatnam or Beemili and Yarada beach near Vizag, Manginapudi beach near Machilipatnam, Mypadu and Thummalapenta beach near Nellore, Ramakrishna and Rushikonda beach in Vizag, Suryalanka beach in Guntur, Uppada and Vodarevubeach in Kakinada, and Vodarevu beach in Chirala.
Savor the Heavenly Valleys of Araku
Another way to spend the summer vacation besides the beach is at the hill stations. Andhra Pradesh has many hill stations which are popular amongst tourists, but The Araku Valley hill station requires a special mention. Undisputedly, this is the best hill station in Andhra Pradesh and one of the best in India. This spectacular hill station offers a pack of five valleys with a breathtaking view of the hills and greenery. You’ll simply can’t hold yourself from falling in love with this amazing place, especially if you are here for the first time. This magnificent place is just 110 km away from Vizag and can be reached through all modes of transport. Besides Araku, Horsley Hills, Lambasingi, Ananthagiri, Nallamala Hills, and Nagari Hills are the other prominent hill stations that must be included in your things-to-do list.
Opt for the Vijayawada River Cruise
The spectacular river cruise in Vijayawada is undeniably one of the best things to do during your trip to Andhra Pradesh. This thrilling cruise ride on the Krishna river will offer you an experience of a lifetime. The most revered stream in the south flows through some of the most scenic areas providing a stunning cruise-view. One of the routes is the boat trip to the magnificent Bhavani Island that spreads over 130 acres. Filled with natural beauty with greenery, hillocks, and coconut trees, a trip to Bhavani Island is the perfect way to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Wondering what else can be done here? Well, you can chillax and enjoy riverine verdure, polished gardens, rolling grasslands, and glittering water bodies. You can also go for swimming or other water-based activities. Something not to be missed.
Relish the Wonderful Wildlife of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has a rich wildlife, considered one of the best in India. Within the diverse landscape of the state, you get a perfect opportunity to spots some of the rare and lovely wild creatures including Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Deer, and Panthers. The Nagarjuna Sagar — Srisailam Sanctuary is truly one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Besides, Venkateshwara National Park, Papikondalu National Park, Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the best places to see the wild animals in action. This exciting and thrilling wildlife activity should also be at the top of the things-to-do list for Andhra Pradesh.
Explore the Cities of Andhra Pradesh
Cities in Andhra Pradesh are a great example of how modernization can blend with tradition seamlessly. With a considerably large portion separating out, historic cities such as Hyderabad and Secunderabad are no longer part of Andhra Pradesh. They now belong to the newly formed Telangana. Nevertheless, Andhra still has some of the best cities in India. Vizag or Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Amaravati, Tirupati, Kurnool, Kakinada, Anantapur, and Nellore are some of the popular cities in the state. Exploring each city requires nothing less than a couple of days and they have so many things to offer. So continue visiting these places and exploring more about this wonderful state of India.
Witness the Pillar Suspended in the Air
Many mysteries in the world still remain unexplained. Even with the advent of different technologies, certain phenomena still require answers and when we experience such an event we are only left with bewilderment. You must have heard about the Jhulta Minar in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. On similar lines, the historic Lepakshi temple in a small village in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh offers one such phenomenon. With over 60 pillars in the temples, the one that will leave you speechless is the pillar that remains suspended in the air for centuries. It is nothing less than the medieval architectural wonder as it’s the only pillar in the world that stands suspended in the air without any support. Test it yourself by passing objects (such as cloth) under it and see the magic. No one knows why this was done. Try solving the riddle.
Experience The Kashmir of South India
Yes, you read that right. Do you think snowfall can only be experienced in the north of India in places like Kashmir, Simla, Laddak, and Manali? Yes, No, Maybe? What if we told you that it snows in the South of India and that too in Andhra Pradesh where the max temperature during the summer soars above 44° C. Would you believe us? Probably not. But there is a place in Andhra Pradesh which is considered as the Kashmir of South India. A lesser-known place, Lambasingi is a small village situated 1025 m above sea level in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The temperature here stays below 10° C throughout the year. Try spending a winter here and if you are lucky, you can experience snowfall. So include witnessing snowfall in Lambasingi in your things-to-do list. Not to be MISSED.
Trek at the Adventurous Talakona Waterfalls
Trekking is one of the most adventurous things that you can try. And the adventure increases when you trek at places like the Talakona Waterfalls in Sri Venkateswara National Park near the Nerabailu village in the Chittoor district. The sweet sound and sight of water falling into a valley from 270 feet high will leave you speechless. The natural beauty and greenery surround the highest waterfalls in the state that are located in dense forests. The forest is home to many endangered species like the giant India squirrel, panthers, golden gecko, sambar, porcupine, cheetal, and so on. A 240-m long canopy rope walk (35-40 feet high) can give anyone a thrilling experience during trekking. You will spot mammoth trees around with birds and monkeys. Many trek routes with different levels of difficulty will increase excitement. Choose the route you like and start trekking.
Visit the Submarine Museum in Vizag
Submarine Museum or the Smritika (the other name), is one of the best things to do in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. It is situated near the beautiful Ramakrishna beach. Before 2001, the museum was an INS Kursura, a powerful submarine built in Russia. It is said that this submarine was used in the Indo-Pak 1971 war and it played a crucial role during the war. After 2001, the submarine was transformed into a museum and was made public in 2002 by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. This marvelous museum is one of its kind in the entire continent of Asia and grabs the attention of every visitor who happens to visit Vizag. After entering the submarine, the guide will take you to its historic tour and information about its different parts. Spending time inside the submarine, you will realize how difficult it is to survive inside it. You will develop more respect for our great Indian Navy soldiers and officers who stay inside for months to protect us.