a warm welcome to Andhra Pradesh

‘ నమస్కారాలు, ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ కు స్వాగతం ‘

Andhra Pradesh is the eighth largest state in India. Telugu is the language spoken by people of Andra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh was ruled by different dynasties, you can witness all the contributions by these dynasties in the form art, culture, and architecture. When someone talks about Andhra Pradesh, they will first mention Tirupati which is a world-famous pilgrimage city. Other attractions of Andhra Pradesh are Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Mantralyam. Ancient Architecture structures are what draws tourists towards the Andhra Pradesh in large numbers, Such as Charminar, Golkonda, Lepakshi etc. The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is from October to April every year.

Tourist places in Andhra Pradesh

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Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, After Bangalore, Hyderabad is a major IT hub. Hyderabad is famous for Indo-Mughal architecture and spicy food, wspecially Hyderabadi biryani.

Places to visit in Hyderabad :
Charminar is one of the major landmark and a heritage place in Hyderabad. Charminar reflects the Moghul architecture which is built using granite and lime.
Golconda Fort was originally known as Mankal which is built on top of a granite hill. This was Once the capital of the Kings of Qutub Shahi. Golconda Fort is one of most beautifully constructed fortresses in India.
Ramoji Film City, A film studio which is placed in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest film studios in the world. There are more than 50 preset film settings like Hollywood, London street, Japanese garden. Rajasthan, Airport, Railway station, hospital and more.
Osmansagar is a beautiful lake and a nice picnic spot located in Hyderabad. This is an artificial reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Musi River for the supply of drinking water.

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Tirupati is a world famous pilgrimage city and also a famous tourist place located in Chittoor district. Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is a sacred temple town famous for Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Apart from Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, there are other temples namely. Avanakshamma Temple, ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple and many more. Tirupati is a magnificent religious and natural delight to devotees.
You can visit Tirupati throughout the year, But the best time to visit Tirupati is from October to March while the Peak Season is April to May & September to December.

Places to visit :
Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Talakona Waterfalls, Ubbalamadugu Falls, Kailasakona Falls, Kaigal Water Falls, Deer Park, Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalyani Dam Gurramkonda Fort, Sri Vari Museum, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam, Horsley Hills , Nagari Hills

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Mantralayam is situated near the border of Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka along the banks of River Tungabhadra. This is a holy place where the great Vaishnava saint Sri Guru Raghavendra took Jeeva Samadhi. Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple which is near the Samadhi temple inside the main Mantralaya premises. The devotees have to offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple.

Places to visit:
Alampur , Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali

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Visakhapatnam or Vizag is a beautiful city located in the hills of the Eastern Ghats with facing towards the Bay of Bengal. This is an old city built between 11th – 12th century. This place was ruled by different dynasties namely Chalukya, Gajapathi, Pallava, Chola and Vengi. Vizag is also the base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. This place is a major tourist destination in the state of Andhra Pradesh with lots of beautiful beaches and lighthouses, temples

Places to visit :
Yarada Beach, Rishikonda Beach, Araku Valley, Borra Caves, Katiki Waterfalls, Kailasagiri Hill Park

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Vijayawada, after Vishakhapatnam This is the next largest city in Andhra Pradesh, located on the banks of the Krishna River to the South, Budameru River on the north and the Indrakiladri Hills on the west. This is also amongst the top places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Durga took rest in this sacred place after destroying a Rakshasa, Hence the name Vijayawada means Land of victory.

Places to visit :
Kanaka Durga temple, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Prakasham Barrage
Kondapalli Reserve Forest, Bhavani Island, Undavalli Caves, Mogalarajapuram Caves

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Srisailam is situated on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. There are twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in Srisailam, hence it is the famous pilgrimage center for the devotees of Lord Shiva. You can see the finest architecture of Vijayanagara dynasty in Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also the Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi are inside this temple premises, no where you can see this together. There are many other temples near by to this temple. Srisailam Dam is the biggest dam in South India which is built across River Krishna.

Places to visit:
Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Akka Mahadevi Caves, Pathala Ganga, Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary ( biggest tiger reserve in India)

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Lepakshi is a small village which is located in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. This is one more famous and important heritage and a religious tourist place in Andhra Pradesh. ‘Lepa-akshi’, means a village of the blinded eye. There is a big story behind this name. You can find the legacy of the great Vijayanagara Dynasty. 
Never miss the Vijayanagar styled temple with finest temple architecture and several awesome paintings on the ceiling. The hanging pillar, a must watch, don’t miss it. The monolithic Nandi is one more beautifully carved remarkable feature. 

Places to visit:
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi Nandi , Vimana

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Rajahmundry is a beautiful city located on the banks of Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. This place is considered to be one of the oldest cities in India and also is a cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. This city was formerly called as Rajamahendravaram. Telugu, the mother tongue of Andhra is originated from here. Rajahmundry is primarily a pilgrimage center due to the large number of temples in the city. This city is famous for its historical and cultural matters. There are lots of opportunities for the tourists in Rajahmundry, like landscapes, ancient temples, monuments, adventurous sports and lot more.

Places to visit :
Chitrangi Palace, Papikondalu, Dhavaleshwaram Barrage, Dindi, Pattiseema, Kambala Park, Kadiyapulanka, Kotilingeswara Temple, Draksharamam Temple, Markandeya Temple, Iskcon Temple, Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Temple, Gowthami Ghat.
The boat ride in river Godavari from Rajahmundry is one of the best tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh

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Nellore is located along the Southeastern coast of Bay Of Bengal in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Nellore means ‘paddy place’ because paddy is grown in vast in this place. This place is ruled by different dynasties like Mauryas, Vijayanagar, Pallava and Chola etc. There are lots of architectural and cultural history associated with the famous and ancient temples located in Nellore.  This place has a special geographical location because it is split into two by River Pennar.

Places to visit :
Udayagiri Fort, Venkatagiri Fort, Penchalakona, Nellapattu Sanctuary, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple, Penchalakona Temple, ISKCON Nellore, Sri Radha Shyamasundar Temple, Mypadu Beach, Pulicat Lake

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Amalapuram is a town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the land of five important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, so it is also called as Panchalingapuram. Amaleswara, Sidheswara, Chandramouleeswara, Ramilingeswara and Chennamalleeswara are the five Shiva temples that gave the name of Panchalingapuram to Amalapuram. 
Amalapuram is known for its various temples & has a rich Vedic culture.
With lush greenery and plenty of palm trees, coconut groves, Amalapuram i a great place for nature lovers. The town stands as a symbol for cultural richness and it houses various famous educational institutions as well. Amalapuram is now a hot tourist destination because of easy access to other important tourist attractions nearby

Places to visit :
Panchalingapuram Temple, Amaleswara Temple, Sidheswara Temple, Chandramouleeswara Temple
Ramilingeswara Temple, Chennamalleeswara Temple, Appanapalli Temple, Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple, Muramulla

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Kadapa is situated in the South-Central part of  Andhra Pradesh. Located near River Penna banks, Kadapa is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills which offers a picturesque view. Kadapa has a rich historical association. Even this place has seen the reigns of many famous empires.

Places to visit :
Belum Caves, Gandikota Fort, Sidhout Fort, Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum, Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri, Ontimitta, Ameen Peer Dargah