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 Places of Interest

Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a heady mixture of heritage, traditionally hospitality and a thriving software revolution. The capital is in reality the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad linked together by the Hussain Sagar Lake. The fifth largest city in India and has a population of over 3.6 million. There are no forests in this district, and this district is the Smallest district in Andhra Pradesh and the densest one in the whole State. The boundaries of Hyderabad district are Nalgonda district, Mahaboobnagar district, Karnataka state and Medak district in the East, South, West and North directions respectively. Musi is the main river. The major water sources for the twin cities are Singur Project on River Manjeera in Medak district and Osman sagar on River Musi at Gandipet. Vazir sultan Tobacco, B.E, Indian Hume pipe Ltd at Azamabad, Hyderabad Asbestos Ltd and Plywood Ltd., Praga Tools, Midhani, N.F.C, D.R.D.O and E.C.I.L are the main industries. India's First Cigarette Charminar was produced from Vazir Sultan Tobacco factory situated at Azamabad area, which has more than a Hundred years of manufacturing experience on this branded Cigarette. Hyderabad is known as the 2nd largest town growing, after Bangalore, in software exports, as biggest software giants are located here. i.e. Satyam Computers, Sriven. Also Microsoft is opening new office in India at Hyderabad. Bidriware Metal

crafts, Ikat fabrics, Perfumes, Bangles and Pearls are the famous handicrafts of Hydrabad. Pearls, bangles, silks, computer software, handicrafts and above all a delectgable cuisine add to the splendour of this great city. Osmania University the Oldest one in Andhra Pradesh established in 1919, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Potti Sri Ramulu Telugu University, Acharya N.G.Raga agricultural University, Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad University (Central University) are chief pioneers in educational establishments in the district. The name itself brings up vision of a vibrant city of minarets and modern high - rise buildings. A natural and sophisticated blend of old and new - an old 'Nawabi' culture with a new pro-active approach and hospitality. It is the only city in the south, where the major language spoken is Urdu.

Shopping

Hyderabad is synonymous with shopping. Amidst the bustle and clamor of a myriad of mesmerizing items, wandering down the narrow lanes of Charminar tract is an enchanting experience. From a fabulous range of fabrics, exciting ready-to wear, a fairy tale collection of household articles to a superb variety in metal craft, a purchase here is a matter of superb choice. The Laad Bazaar is a treasure trove for shoppers and comes alive with its breathtaking display of glass embedded bangles.A collection of a refreshingly different range of precious stones set in gold and silver are adorable.The north side of Charminar, acclaimed to the city's biggest jewel mart, is the Pearl Bazaar.

Hyderabad at a glance :
Area 217 sq.km
Altitude 536 Mts
Summer Max 40 C and Min 22 C
Winter Max 22C and Min 13.8C
Rainfall 89cm ( June to Sept )
Best Season June to February
STD Code 040
State Andhra Pradesh


How to reach

By Train

Being headquarter of South Central Railway, well connected from all major cities of India. Hyderabad & Secunderabad Rly Stations.

By Air

Hyderabad has a domestic and an International airport at Begumpet about 16 km from the city.

By Road

Hyderbad, being Capital city is well conected by Road from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharastra and Orissa. The city has an extensive network of National highways and other roads. It is well connected by road with all the important towns in the State. Coaches, Tourist Taxis, Metered Taxis, Auto-Rickshaws and City Bus service is available for local transport.

Distance from Hydrabad to :
Aurangabad 548 kms
Bangalore 568 kms
Bombay 735 kms
Madras 704 kms
Tirupati 651 kms
Panaji 698 kms


Tourist Office

Commissioner of Tourism

State Tourist Information Bureau
5th Floor, Gagan Vicar, M.J. Road
Hyderabad 500 001. Ph. 557531-32

Andhra Pradesh Travel and Tourism Development Corporation,
Yatri Nivas, S.P. Road
Secunderabad-500 003. Ph. 843931, 843932

Places of Interest

Religious Places

Birla Mandir
Mecca Masjid

Monuments

Charminar
Golconda Fort
Lagislative Assembly
Qutb Shahi Tombs
Osmania University
Hi-Tec City

Bazaar

Laad Bazaar

Museums

Salar Jung Museum
Birla Planetarium and Birla Science Museum
Andhra Pradesh State Museum
The Nizam's Museum
Shilparamam the Art and Craft Village

Lakes and Gardens

Shamirpet
Osmansagar Lake
Hussainsagar Lake
Lumbini Park
NTR Gardens
Hyderabadi Botanical Garden
Nehru Zoological Park
Ocean Park
Ramoji Film City
Treasure Island
Dhola Ri Dhani
Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts
Dream Valley Resorts
Runway 9
Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway
Public Gardens
Mrugavani National Park (Chilkur)
KBR National Park
Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park

Religious Places

Birla Mandir

The elegant modern Birla Mandir built of white marble stands on Naubat Parbat a little hill in the center of town where once the 'Naubat' or drums were sounded and royal proclamations read out. From top of the hill is another beautiful view of the town and at distance the rugged Golconda fort is visible. The prime diety here is Lord Venkateshwara and the idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirupati.

Mecca Masjid

A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. It can accommodate 10,000 people and its huge arches & colonnades were fashioned out of single slabs of granite quarried 14 Km away. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m & soaring to a height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches five to each of the three sides, support the roof. Along one side of the mosque are the tombs of the Nizams of Hyderabad. Another old mosque in this area is the Jama Masjid the oldest mosque in the city.

Monuments

Charminar

Charminar stands in the heart of the old city. Built in 1591 to mark the end of an epidemic of plague it is a magnificent edifice. It is believed to have been built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. A rather square triumphal arch with minarets at its corner. Built in the Qutb Shahi style of architecture that is unique to Hyderabad it has delicate stucco ornamentation tall "guldasta" style minarets and a mosque on its fourth & topmost floor. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7m. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it.

Golconda Fort

Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words 'Golla Konda' meaning "Shepherd's Hill". 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. Once the name Golconda was synonymous with diamonds and extraordinary wealth. The fame of its diamond mines was legendary and some of the greatest diamonds in history - the Kohinoor, the Darya-i-noor were mined here. Today extensive ruins of Golconda bear witness to the engineering genius of the Qutb Shahi builders. The ramparts of citadel were built of enormous stones some of which weighed many tonnes. The fort was guarded by a marvelous signaling system and a clap at the gate, the Fateh Darwaza could be heard at the top of the fort in the Darbar hall. An ingenious water supply system carried water up the hill to the citadel.

Lagislative Assembly

Built in 1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad State Town Hall. The architecture is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aesthetic look. Located adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the Assembly.

Qutb Shahi Tombs

The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie to the north of Golconda, about a kilometre away from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. Planned and built by the Qutb Shahis themselves, these tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. They form a large group and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.

Osmania University

Established in 1918, it is one of the oldest universities in India. Named after Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, the university buildings are splendid, especially the Arts College building which is a perfect example of Indo Saracenic architecture.

Hi-Tec City

One of the modern monuments of trade & technology, it embodies the new-found attitude of Hyderabad & finds a place of pride today. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in these parts of the world.

Bazaar

Laad Bazaar

This is the famous, colourful shopping centre of the Old City. It is tucked away in one of the streets leading off from Charminar. Bridal wear, pearls & the traditional Hyderabadi glass & stone studded bangles are sold here.

Museums

Salar Jung Museum

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

Birla Planetarium and Birla Science Museum

Birla Planetarium is India's most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country. It is equipped with advanced technology from Japan and is built on Naubat Pahad adjacent to Kala Pahad. And the Science Museum stands tribute to the advancement achieved by science and technology.

Andhra Pradesh State Museum

A visit to the Andhra Pradesh State Museum is a delight for art lovers. Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Built in 1920 by the Nizam VII, the museum building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The museum contains a Buddist gallery, Brahmanical & Jain gallery, Arms & Armour gallery Numissmatics gallery, Ajanta gallery & more. Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contempary Art Museum.

The Nizam's Museum

Located in the stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired in the year 1750, by the second Nizam, is now converted as a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum showcases the gifts & mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebration in 1937. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard & a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed. There is an interesting collection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city & citations in Urdu about H.E.H Mir Osman Ali Khan, gold burnished wooden throne used for the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, gold model of Jubilee Pavilion and a silver filigree elephant with mahout are some of the notable items on display.

The museum is open between 10.30 am & 05.00 pm on all days except Friday. Location: 2 Kms from Charminar & 1 Km from Salar Jung Museum. Ph 040-24521029.

Shilparamam the Art and Craft Village

The latest attraction at Madhapur beyond Jubliee Hills in Hyderabad is the 30 acre village, which houses arts & crafts of the country. India is an ocean of various arts & crafts but the talents of most of the artisans & artists goes unrecognized. To encourage them & give the necessary boost to their art, the crafts village hosts annual bazaars, where artists & artisans from all over the country exhibit their talents.

Lakes and Gardens

Shamirpet

Located 24 Kms to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake & a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot. AP Tourism offers comfortable cottages facilities for accommodation (under private management), while the forest lodge can be booked with the AP Forest Department office at Saifabad.

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 & the bund are lush gardens that provide the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake's the heritage; Sagar Mahal, builts as a resort by the Nizam of Hyderabad & converted now into a lake resort.

Hussainsagar Lake

Constructed in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, this promenade by the lake 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 Buddha stands on the 'Rock of Gibraltar', right in the middle of the lake. Added to all these, is providing new and better facilities like speed boats, motor boats, 48 seater launch etc. Starlit on-board dinners and private parties also can be arranged on the launch. The Hussain Sagar Lake separates Hyderabad from its twin city Secunderabad the old British cantonment that is a residential suburb.

Lumbini Park

This beautiful entertainment park is situated on the shores of Hussainsagar lake. The landscaping here is a visual treat. A musically synchronized water fountain and a floral clock are major attractions here. Lumbini Park jetty is a major point for pleasure boating.

NTR Gardens

A leisure and entertainment centre adjoining the Hussainsagar lake, the NTR Gardens house a memorial (Samadhi) of Late N.T. Rama Rao, one of the most charismatic Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh. The sprawling NTR Gardens, set up on an area of 36 acres, offers a serene atmosphere and yet provides recreation facilities such as a Machan tree, Japanese Garden, Car Cafe, Souvenir shops, Fruit Restaurant and Children's Playing area. A monorail system takes the visitors around the garden.

Hyderabadi Botanical Garden

The first Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres when completed, will have 19 sections (Vanams). Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of 5 sections. The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations - all providing visitors an unforgettable experience.

Nehru Zoological Park

Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. The biggest Zoo in India, 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. APTDC runs its Punnami restaurant and an ice-cream parlour here.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park is located at Gandipet, 15 Kms from Hyderabad, on 20 acres of landscaped gardens. It provides a number of amusement rides, water rides and multi-cuisine restaurant. Open from 11 am to 7.30 pm Ocean Park offers a thrilling family outing. (040-23225660/23223824)

Ramoji Film City

A dream world created for the celluloid on a sprawling 1000 acres, with every imaginable set and location, Ramoji Film City on the outskirts of Hyderabad offers facilities to produce any kind of movie. Apart from sets, there are hotels where artistes and technicians can stay. Visitors too can go round in conducted tours. (040-23235777)

Treasure Island

A picturesque holiday spot, Treasure Island, located on 60 acres of landscaped area at Gandipet, offers a variety of leisure and fun-oriented activities - horse riding, billiards, dancing at the disco, go-karting, swimming pool and so on. Night stay facilities are available for Members (040-23323330)

Dhola Ri Dhani

This is a typical village recreated with the rustic ambience and charm of an ethnic Rajasthani village, situated at Kompally village on Medchal Road. Camel rides, puppet shows, folk dances, authentic Rajasthani cuisine give you the taste of the desert State. A large swimming pool, a lake for boating, an open-air amphitheatre for plays and entertainment programmes, add to the ambience. Conferencing and night stay facilities available. (040-27721586/92832086)

Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts

Spread over 26 acres and an hour's drive from Hyderabad, Pragati Resorts offers facilities like swimming, boating, children's park, coffee and snack bar, restaurant, conference hall, uniquely designed cottages for overnight stay. Pragati Sparsh, part of Pragati Resorts set in the sylvan surroundings, offers a complete range of Ayurvedic treatment and medicines in association with Santigiri Ashram of Kerala in coordination with the Department of Tourism. (040-23744594/23748745/23743411)

Dream Valley Resorts

Nestled amidst lush green environs and located at Gandipet, Dream Valley Resorts is a water theme park with waterslide, cascading waterfalls, water squirts, a 9-hole golf course and go-kart track. (Phone: 040- 26590894/23394588)

Runway 9

Located 9 Kms. from Secunderabad, Runway 9 is perhaps the first, largest and the only international Go-Karting centre in India with a length of 711 metres, lit up by 50,000-watt power white metal halide lamps. Facilities include Go-Karting, pool & snooker, archery, shooting, and roller skating, children's play area, fast food restaurants, conference facilities and exclusive party areas. (Phone: 040-27537700 Fax: 040-27548021)

Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway

Spread over an area of 10 acres, Aalankrita blends the convenience of a 5 star resort, the ambience of a heritage site and the ethnicity of the times gone by. Located about 16 Kms from Secunderabad, the facilities here include an air-conditioned conference hall, well- side restaurant, a pyramid shaped meditation centre, a covered swimming pool for day and night use, a sunken dancing floor, air-conditioned cottages, an antique shop, exhibition hall, walkways and a sprawling open air theatre that can accommodate about 3000 people. (Ph: 92847464)

Public Gardens

Hyderabad has several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the Public Gardens, which also encloses the State Legislature, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam, an open-air theatre.
Boating: AP Tourism operates pedal boats in Public Gardens pond.

Mrugavani National Park (Chilkur)

Located 25 Kms. from Hyderabad, the park contains the endemic flora of Hyderabad and is an urban refuge for small mammals like Wildboar, Jungle Cat etc. and birds.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park

Located 15 Kms. from Hyderabad, the park has more than 350 black bucks, 400 cheetals and a number of wild boars, small mammals, reptiles and over 100 species of birds.

KBR National Park

One of the largest parks within the city KBR National Park is a Southern tropical deciduous forest and the last vestigial representative of the endemic flora of Hyderabad region, with over 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of butterflies.

Tirupati Introduction

Around 700 kms from Hyderabad, Tirupati is situated amidst the lush green Eastern Ghats in Chittoor district. The district has a number of perennial water falls and vast forest cover. Tirupati is one of the oldest and most venerated shrines of the Hindus. It is famous for the shrine of the seven hills, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It is a temple and pilgrim town at the base of the Tirumala Hills on which the ancient and beautiful, Temple of Lord Venkateshwara stands. The Tirumala township is the greenest most picturesque and best administered pilgrim centre in the southern region. The Tirupati is, however, the trump card for the state's tourism industry drawing people from all over the country and worldwide. Donations from Tirupati alone, have led to the establishment of a university, several hospitals & schools.

How to reach

By Air

Tirupati is connected by Chennai and Hyderabad.

By Train

Tirupati is located 547 kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Rail.

By Road

Tirupati is located 547 kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.

Distance from Tirupati to :
Ahobolam 272 kms
Bangalore 248 kms
Horsley Hill 145 kms
Hyderabad 617 kms
Kalahasti 36 kms
Lepakshi 379 kms
Madra 151 kms
Srisailam 436 kms
Vijayawada 380 kms


Tourist Information Centres

Regional Tourist Information Bureau, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, T.P. Area, Near 3rd Choultry, Tirupati.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Corporation (TTDC), Information Service, Central Reception, R.R. Office, Tirupati.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Information Centre, G.D. Somani Memorial High School, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai-400 005.



Tirupati at a glance :
Area 7 Sq. Km
Tirumala Hills 4 Sq. Km
Attitude 150 Metres 860 Metres
Summer Max 43 C and Min 22.3 C
Winter Max 32C and Min 13C
Best Season October to March.
STD Code 08574


Places of Interest

Lord Venkateswara Temple
Swami Pushkarini
Akasa Ganga
Sila Thoranam
Kanipakam (Ganesh Temple)
Kapila Theertham
Narayanavanam
Goddess Alamelumanga Temple
Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary
Kailasanathakona
Talakona
Srikalahasti
Kailasanathakona (43 Km)
Chandragiri (11 Km)
Kalyani Dam (18 Km)
Nagalpuram(65 Km)
Perumallapaili(8 Km)

Lord Venkateswara Temple

Situated amidst sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine is a fine example of early Dravidian art. Within the three prakarams or enclosures of the temple complex is the main shrine with its exquisitely worked and glided vimang above it. Within the sanctum is the majestic "Swayambhu" or naturally formed image of the Lord Venkateswara. He is seen standing on a lotus with his symbols, the shankh (conch) and the chakra (discus) in his hands and on the chest are the image of the goddesses Lakshmi & Padmavati. The figure is laden with jewels. The presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is also referred to as Lord of the Seven Hills. Today this shrine probably attracts more devotees than any other temple in India and about 25000 people coming from all over the country visit it daily, firm in the belief that any wish expressed before this image of the Lord Venkateswara will be granted.

Swami Pushkarini

A sacred tank adjacent to the Balaji temple, a dip here is considered a custom before entering the temple. According to legend, Swami Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntam and brought to earth by Garuda for the sport of Lord Venkateswara.

Akasa Ganga

About 3 kms north of the main temple is a perennial stream that is said to flow from the feet of the deity. The Akasa Ganga, as it is called, is considered sacred as the Vedas describe it as flowing from the feet of Lord Vishnu. The water from here is used for the daily rituals in the temple.

Sila Thoranam

Situated on Tirumala, this is a rare geographical arch and the only one of its kind in the whole of Asia. Two other such arches are known to exist in the world - the Rainbow Arch of Utah in USA and the Arch of "Cut Through" of UK.This is one of the rarest 'geological faults' of India and the age of the arch is computed as 1500 million years by geologists. This is also a rare geological feature called 'eparchean unconformity'. This natural arch is believed to have formed due to intensified weathering and erosion of stream action and has withstood the torque of nature. The length of this arch is 25 feet and the height 10 feet.

Kanipakam (Ganesh Temple)

The present temple of Lord Ganesha was constructed in the 11th century by king Kullottunga of the Chola dynasty and further developed in 1336 by the kings of Vijayanagar. One peculiarity of the Idol is that it eternally grows in size. To testify the fact that the Lord is growing, the Silver "Kawacham" that was manufactured 50 years ago is now too small for the idol.

Kapila Theertham

Lord Shiva is said to have appeared before the Saint Kapila at this historic site. The cascading waterfalls from the holy hills are a treat to the eyes.

Narayanavanam

This famous garden is believed to be the venue of the sacred marriage between Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati.

Goddess Alamelumanga Temple

The temple of Goddess Alamelumanga, the divine consort of Lord Venkateswara, is at Tiruchanur near Tirupati. One more temple is dedicated to the Goddess at Srinivasa Mangapuram, 12 kms from Tirupati.

Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary

Spread over 506 sq. kms of greenery, Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary & National Park at Tirupati are an adventure. The rich wildlife provides a great outing.

Kailasanathakona

This perennial waterfall located in the Nagari valley near Tirupati in Chittoor district originates from a fracture in a sheet rock. The water is clear and is considered sacred. Said to be of substantial mineral value, the water is believed to have curative powers.

Talakona

This waterfall is considered the threshold of the Hills of Tirumala on which the shrine of Lord Venkateswara is located. Nestled in lush forests, the 60 metre fall is a perennial one and standing under the cascade is said to cleanse the mind and body. Local transport can be engaged from Tirupati to reach Talakona.

Srikalahasti

From among the legends lying behind temples, one of the strangest is from Srikalahasti, 36 kms from the temple town of Tirupati. There is a temple of Shiva in the form of a Vayu Linga and the legend behind it is that the deity was worshipped by a spider (Sri) that spun a web over it, while a snake (Kala) placed a gem atop the linga and an elephant (Hasti) washed the linga with water. The temple lies on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi in a valley. There are frequent buses to Srikalahasti.

Perumallapaili(8 Km)

This place is well known for its images made of copper and brass.

Chandragiri (11 Km)

A fort said to have been built in 1000 AD.

Kalyani Dam (18 Km)

A beautiful reservoir from where water is supplied to Tirupati and Tirumala.

Kailasanathakona (43 Km)

These waterfalls are situated in the Nagari Hills. The water here is said to be rich in minerals and possesses curative properties.

Nagalpuram(65 Km)

Nagalapuram is known for the Vendanarayanswamy temple.

Vijayawada

Situated 270 kms from Hyderabad between river Krishna and its tributary Budameru, the city is spread over the rich coastal delta of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is known as the political as well as publishing capital of andhra Pradesh. A major business centre, it is the hub of commercial activity in the coastal area. A predominantly business city Vijayawada also attracts many piligrims to its temple dedicated to Durra. The city is also a base for visiting the Buddhist excavations at Amaravati, which is less than 70 kms, away. Nearest towns of Kuchipudi, Mangalagiri and Kondapalli are also worth visiting as these are famous for dance, temple and handicrafts respectively. Today, with excellent communications, perhaps the best in the South where railways are concerned, Vijayawada is looking forward to an exciting future. Vijayawada is a vital rail and road link between North and the South and is now known as 'the city that never sleeps'. The newly constructed Bus Station Complex here is the biggest in Asia. The number of canals criss-crossing the city gives it a Venetian look. The city has heavy industries like the Thermal Power Station, Milk Products Factory, Jawahar Auto Nagar, Sugar Factory and Cement Manufacturing Units. So altogether Vijayawada presents a colourful and varied picture and can be termed as a business cum pilgrim cum tourist center.

How to reach

By Air

Hyderabad Airport is the nearest.

By Train

Vijayawada Railwaystation is the nearest.

By Road

Vijayawada is located 275 Kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.

Places of interest

Religious Places

Kanakadurga temple
St. Mary's church
Hazrat Bal Mosque

Lakes, Caves and Parks

Prakasam Barrage
Bhavani Island
Undavalli Caves
Mogalarajapuram Caves
Rajiv Gandhi Park

Museums

Gandhi Hill
Victoria Museum

Places of Interest around Vijaywada

Mangalagiri (12 Km)
Hinkar Tirtha (Jain Temple, Mangalagiri)
Kondapalli Fort (16 Km)
Manginapudi Beach (83 Km)
Kuchipudi (60 km)
Amaravati (66 Km)
Buddhist Sites
Kolleru Lake (95 Km)

Religious Places

Kanakadurga temple

One of the most popular temples in and around Vijayawada, it is located on a hill Indrakeeladri overlooking the city as well as the River Krishna. One can either motor up the ghat road or take to the steps on foot. Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple. During Dusshera (Durgashtami), lakhs of devotees from the city and its environs throng the temple after a holy dip in the River Krishna close by.

St. Mary's church

In 1925, Rf. Arlati, the then Rector of St. Joseph's Orphanage at Gundala, installed a statue of Our Lady and later a church was built and consecrated in 1971, now popularly known as St. Mary's church. Since then the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became an annual event here, attended by hundreds of people. The church is situated on a hillock on the eastern side of the city.

Hazrat Bal Mosque

A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here which is displayed once a year. A large number of Non- Muslims too join the celebrations.

Lakes, Caves and Parks

Prakasam Barrage

Built across the river Krishna, Prakasam Barrage has created a panoramic lake. Its three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian look.

Bhavani Island

Perhaps one of the largest Islands on a river, Bhavani Island is located on Krishna River close to the city. AP Tourism is converting this 133-acre island into an attractive tourist spot and a River Front Resort. Journey to the island by boat is very pleasant.

Undavalli Caves

Eight kms. from Vijayawada, these caves are said to be carved in 7th century A.D. Buddhist monks used this two-storeyed cave structure as a rest house during the monsoon. A huge monolith of the Lord Buddha in reclining posture is a magnificent sight.

Mogalarajapuram Caves

These caves are said to be excavated in 5th century A.D. The caves are reputed to be the first of their kind in South India. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka & Arthanareeswara are carved here.

Rajiv Gandhi Park

Created by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with great care, this park welcomes the tourists at the entrance of the city with its impressive horticultural network. A mini zoo and a musical water fountain are added to it.

Museums

Gandhi Hill

The first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 ft. The 52 ft. stupa was unveiled on 6th October, 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Gandhi Memorial Library, a Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi's life and a planetarium are the other attractions.

Victoria Museum

A place for archaeology lovers, Victoria Museum has a carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions.

Places of Interest around Vijaywada

Mangalagiri (12 Km)

12 kms from Vijayawada is the renowned temple of Lord Narasimha in Mangalagiri, on a hillock. The unique feature of this temple is that the mouth of the idol accepts half the quantity of Panakam (jaggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees, irrespective of the size of the vessel.

Hinkar Tirtha (Jain Temple, Mangalagiri)

A Jain temple here with great artistic work, it is slated to be the biggest Jain temple in the region.

Kondapalli Fort (16 Km)

Kondapalli village is situated 16 kms. from Vijayawada. A 7th century fort on the hill with an impressive three storeyed rock tower was witness to the glory of many dynasties. It served as a business centre. Finally the fort was used as a military training base by the British rulers. A good picnic spot, the village is famous for toy making with light-weight wood available on the hill forest. These toys are famous world-over as "Kondapalli toys".

Manginapudi Beach (83 Km)

Located near Machilipatnam, lakhs of pilgrims take a holy dip here in the sea during Magha Poornami, as it is ideal for sea bathing. Fabric printing with natural colours known as Kalamkari and gold covering are the major village industries, famous worldwide. The Panduranga Swamy Temple, which is said to be similar to the temple at Pandharpur, is a popular pilgrim centre.

Kuchipudi (60 km)

About 60 kms from Vijayawada, this is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of the Kuchipudi dance form, famous throughout the world. A dance school by the Siddhendra Kala Kshetram trains many students every year, promoting the Kuchipudi dance form.

Amaravati (66 Km)

Amaravati, formerly called as Dhanyakataka and Andhranagari, is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country. Acharya Nagarjuna constructed the country's largest stupa here, 2000 years back. Amaravati is considered the most sacred pilgrim centre for Buddhists in South India. It also has an Amareswara temple.

Kolleru Lake (95 Km)

Located 95 kms from Vijayawada, this large fresh water lake attracts several species of birds. The lake is spread over an area of 300 sq. miles and pelicans from Siberia and Fiji Island are seen here during October and November every year. The famous Peddinti Amma/ Jaladurga temple is located here. It is a great picnic spot for bird watchers and nature lovers.

Buddhist Sites

Amaravati, Bhattiprolu, Goli, Guntupalli, Ghantasala and Chinna Ganjam are some important Buddhist sites near Vijayawada. Many stupas and viharas were built during the Satavahana and Salivahana dynasties.

Warangal District

The Boundaries of Warangal district are Khammam district, Nalgonda and Khammam districts, Nalgonda, Medak, Karimnagar districts and Karimnagar district in the East, South, West and North directions respectively. Godavari,Vijakeru, Pakeru, Aleru, Munneru, Vaira are the main rivers. Hanamakonda, Warangal are main towns. Warangal Fort, Pakhal Lake, Pakhal and Eturinagaram sanctuaries, Ghanpur are the places of interest and Thousand Pillared Temple, Ramappa Temple, Ghanapur, Kazipet Dargah and Bhadrakali temples are main places of religious importance. Wildlife Sanctuary at Yeturi Nagaram protecting wildlife at an area of 1000 Sq.km. Handicrafts are the another area where this district is proving to be fruitful. Pembarthi Metal Crafts, Banjara Fabrics, Warangal Rumals, Warangal Carpets and Nakashow Paintings are main handicrafts of the district. Andhra Rayons Ltd., at Yeturi Nagaram, Textile mill and Beriya salt at Warangal are main industries. Forest area in this district is nearly 29% of the total district area, and produces quality Timber and other Vegetation useful to common man in his day-to day life. Coal is the chief mineral found in this part of the state, and Singareni Collieries Company a Public sector undertaking is looking after the extraction of the coal from the mines to be used in power generation. Apart from this Iron ore is also found in some parts of the district. Andhra Rayon's Limited at Yeturi Nagaram is major Industry based on the Forest based products. The water source of this district is Malleruvagu Project. About 150 kms. from Hyderabad lies the ancient city of Warangal with an area of 54.98 sq.m. Warangal city today is part of a cluster of three towns - Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda, the district headquarters. Kazipet is the major railway junction. Kakatiya University established in the year 1976 at Head quarters Warangal, Regional Engineering College, and a Medical College are the educational Institutions based in the dist head quarters.

How to reach

By Air

The nearest airport is Hyderabad, which is 130 Kms away. Hyderabad is well connected by air with all the major cities of India.

By Train

Warangal and the adjoining kazipet fall on the Chennai - New Delhi Grand Truk route. Hence, train services are available to Warangal from all the major cities of India.

By Road

Warangal is easily accessible by road from Hyderabad and Vijayawada. Regular bus services connect Warangal with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.

Places of Interest

Thousand Pillar Temple
Warangal Fort

Places of Interest around Warrangal

Ramappa Temple (70 Km)
Ramappa lake
Eturnagaram (80 Km)
Pembarti (60 Km)
Kolanupaka ( 70 Km)
Pakhal Lake ( 60 Km)

Thousand Pillar Temple

The famous "Thousand Pillar Temple" built in 1163 A.D. by Rudra Deva, is situated between Hanamkonda and Warangal, the twin towns. An excellent example of Kakatiya architecture, built in the style of Chalukya temples - a star-shaped and triple-shrine, with perforated screens, exquisite icons and rock cut elephants. The temples are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The added attraction is the splendid six-foot monolith Nandi carved out of granite with a smooth finish. The one thousand pillars themselves are richly carved. Close by is another famous temple of Bhadrakali, noted for its stone image of Goddess Kali, depicted in a sitting posture.

Warangal Fort

Warangal Fort, 12 kilometers from Hanamkonda was built during the 13th century by the Kakatiyas. The impressive fort has four huge stone-gateways. Built by one of the Kakatiya Kings, Ganapathi Deva and his daughter Rani Rudrama Devi, one can still spot some exquisite pieces of sculpture here.

Other places of tourist interest in Warangal are Prataparudra Planetarium, Kakatiya Musical Garden, Rock Garden and Archaeological Museum, Kakatiya University campus, Samskritika Vihar and Laknavaram Lake.

Places of Interest around Warrangal

Ramappa Temple (70 Km)

Ramappa Temple at Palampet village is 70 kilometers from Warangal and about 200 kilometers from Hyderabad. The Ramalingeswara temple, popularly called Ramappa Temple, is a classic example of Kakatiyan architecture. The construction of the temple dates back to 1213 AD and originally there were said to be three structures but only one is presently intact. The Shivalaya stands majestically on a six-ft high star-shaped platform. This temple is famous for its rich, intricate sculpture covered walls, pillars, brackets and ceilings.

Ramappa lake

As was the tradition of Kakatiyan rulers, a tank was excavated adjacent to the temple, which is called the Ramappa lake and is known for its scenic beauty.

Eturnagaram (80 Km)

This sprawling sanctuary along the Godavari River is about 80 kilometers from Warangal and 210 kilometers from Hyderabad. Spotted deer, black buck, Neelgai, sloth bears, panthers and tigers inhabit the forest area interspersed with low hills. Spending the day walking along forest paths or staying the night amidst sylvan surroundings is exciting. Cottages maintained by the Forest Department at Eturunagaram and nearby Tadvai offer comfortable accommodation for tourists. The best time to visit is between October and May, before the onset of summer and monsoon.

Pakhal Lake ( 60 Km)

The sanctuary around the beautiful Pakhal Lake lies about 60 kilometers from Warangal. A guesthouse run by the Forest Department is located on the shores of the lake surrounded by wooded hills. Moonlit nights are a heavenly experience. The lake itself was excavated in the 13th century. The sanctuary is home to tiger, leopard, panther and Sambhar, apart from a large number of migratory birds that arrive in winter. The Forest Department has put up 'machaans' in the sanctuary, which afford a good view of the scenery around. The nearest railhead is Warangal, 130 kms from Hyderabad and the best time to visit the area is between November and June.

Kolanupaka ( 70 Km)

Located on the Hyderabad-Warangal road, 80 kilometer from Hyderabad and 70 kilometer from Warangal. The nearest railway station is Alair. Kolanupaka has a number of temples and shrines, prominent among them being one of the oldest Jain temples, over 2000 years old with a 5-ft jade idol of Mahavira. The Sri Veeranarayana Temple and the Someswara Temple & the State Archaeological Department has set up a museum in the Someswara Temple complex with exhibits mainly relating to temple architecture.

Pembarti (60 Km)

Pembarti is famous for its sheet metal art, which flourished during the reign of the Kakatiyas. Even now Pembarti is known for its handicrafts and a Copper & Silver Metal Craft Centre here is worth a visit. Pembarti is located about 100 kilometers from Hyderabad and about 60 kilometers from Warangal.

Vishakapatnam / Vizag

Introduction

Srikakulum and Vijayanagaram districts were under this district before the formation of the two districts in 1950 and 1979 respectively. The boundaries of this district are Bay of Bengal in the East, East Godavari district in the South, Orissa state in the West and North directions. Ages ago there stood a temple on the shores dedicated to Vaisaka, the God of Valour in the Hindu pantheon. The mighty sea has since swept away the shrine, but the name survived for identifying the now sprawling City of Visakhapatnam. Vast stretches of beaches right next to the city on one side and undulating green hills on the other have made Vizag, a heaven. Great stretches of coast with largely undiscovered beaches of all types ran from Visakh to the old Dutch trading centre of Bheemunipatnam. Vishakapatnam so often called as the Metropolitan City of Andhra Pradesh has developed a lot since last decade. Andhra University's Head Quarters at Vishakapatnam is a very old university. Shopping is usually not an important activity when in Visakhapatnam. Visakha Utsav is organised by A.P. Tourism every year from the third Friday to Sunday of January i.e. for three days in Vishakhapatnam. It's the festival special for 'Vizagites', in the cold month of January.

Industry and Agriculture

This coastal city is the commercial and industrial heart of Andhra Pradesh's isolated north-east corner, and is home to India's largest shipbuilding yard. Visakha Steel Plant, Coramandal Fertilizers, Andhra Pradesh Refractory, Ship Building, Caltex Oil Refinery, Bharat heavy Plates and Pencils are prime industries. Major Industries are setup in the district especially in the Head quarters because of the Seaport. Vishakapatnam Port - Which is called as the Natural Harbor Because of the Natural formation of the mountain peaks of the shape of Dolphin Nose emerging from the sea, making this Port an unique one. Vishakapatnam is also called as Waltair or Vizag. Vishakapatnam Thermal Power project is the Power source to the State as well as to the neighboring states. Upper Seleru Hydro Power Project Producing electricity at a Less Expensive rates is another feather in the Cap to this Industrious district. Etikoppaka Toys are main handicraft of the district. Titanium's ores, Magnalyte and Bauxite ores, quality Clays, Mica, and Graphite are the minerals found in this soil. Forest occupies 42% of the district area. Forest yields quality Timber and Bamboo useful in Paper Industry. State Forest Department Planted Cashewnut trees and Eucalyptus trees throughout the district. Coffee Estates are picking up their produce each year of progress. Sharada, Varsha, Tandava, Machkand, Chempavathi and Gostnani are main rivers. Polavaram Project on the River Godavari is the Irrigation source to these lands. Electricity needs of the district are fulfilled by Hydro Power project on Machkand River.

How to reach

By Air

Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. Indian Airlines flies daily to Hyderabad and five times a week to Chennai, New. Delhi and Kolkata.

By Train

Well connected with all the important cities of India.

By Sea

Vishakapatnam is connected by sea to Calcutta, Madras, Port Blair, Ganjam, and Kakinada among other places.

By Road

Visakhapatnam is 650 km from Hyderabad and 350 km from Vijayawada. Regular bus services are available to Hyderabad, Tijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Chennai and Tirupati. Coaches, Tourist Taxis, Metred Taxis, Autorickshaws, Cycle rickshaws are available for local transport.

Places of interest

Religious Places

Simhachalam
Appikonda
Panchadharala
Borra Caves
Balighattam
Annavaram
The Harbor

Major Buddhist sites

Sankaram
Bavikonda
Salihundam
Thotlakonda
Pavuralakonda

Beaches

Ramakrishna Mission Beach
Lawson's Bay
Bheemunipatnam Beach
RushikondaBeach

Parks

Kailasagiri Park
Vuda Park (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority)
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

Lakes

Mudasarlova
Kondakarla

Others

Dolphin's Nose
Tyda
Anantagiri
Araku Valley
Etikoppaka

Religious Places

Simhachalam

Simhachalam ('Hill of the Lion') is a well-known place of pilgrimage. Situated on a range of hills, 16 kilometers from Visakhapatnam, Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha temple at Simhachalam is one of the best-sculpted shrines in Andhra Pradesh.

Appikonda

18 kilometers from Visakhapatnam, Appikonda is also known as Kapilakonda. It has a Siva temple with a life size bull carved out of black stone. The temple contains inscriptions of the 12th Century AD, with a mention that this village was granted by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas for the maintenance of worship in the temple.

Panchadharala

Situated at a distance of 24 kilometers from Anakapalli, Panchadharala derived its name from the five jets of water coming out of five fountains from a natural perennial spring. There is a Lingam on which are carved other lingams in 12 rows of 85 each and thus also known as the 'Kotilingam' (crore Lingams). There are several inscriptions found on the pillars of the mandapam in the temple.

Borra Caves

On the road to Araku Valley, located about 90 kms from Visakhapatnam, Borra Caves house million-year- old stalactite and stalagmite formations, presenting a breathtaking display of naturally sculpted splendor. People throng these caves to make offerings to Lord Shiva seen in the form of natural stone lingas. The crystal white calcium stones are also seen in various forms like a hooded serpent, different human shapes, Narada with his Tambura, Lord Brahma, Radha Krishna and a Nandi.

Balighattam

3 kms from Narsipatnam, on the banks of river Varahanandi is Balighattam. Brahmalingeswara temple, said to have been built by Lord Brahma, at the foot of a small hill on the western bank is famous. It is believed that Lord Vishnu created the river during his incarnation as boar (Varaha). The deposits of white clay in the riverbed are supposed to be the ashes of a sacrifice performed here by Bali. Thus came the name Balighattam. The river flows from north to south for a short distance.

Annavaram

Annavaram in East Godavari is at a distance of 124 kms. from Visakhapatnam and is a sacred pilgrim centre on a hill top known as Ratnagiri. The presiding deity of Annavaram is Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy. It is believed that when a 'Vratha' is performed in the name of deity, the wishes of the devotees come true. It is estimated that an average of about one lakh 'Vrathas' are performed here every year, largely by couples. It is situated on the banks of the river Pampa.

The Harbor

It is one of the natural harbours in the world. A temple, mosque and church are located on hills overlooking the harbor.

Major Buddhist sites in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) District

Sankaram

Unique Buddhist monuments are found on the two hillocks near the village called Sankaram near Anakapalli. There are three chaityas at three different places carved out on the rocks in the hills. On the eastern side of the hills is a rock cut temple with numerous Buddhist sculptures and a life-size statue of Buddha. Sankaram is 40 km from Vishakhapatnam.

Bavikonda

Situated 20 kilometers from Visakhapatnam city, Bavikonda is a site found a decade back on a hill. Religious structures, stupas, chaityagrihas, the congregation hall, platforms, viharas and kitchen-cum- store complexes are found here. The entire complex comprises 26 structures belonging to three phases. The artifacts recovered here include Roman coins and Satavahana coins apart from pottery dating back to 3rd century BC to 2nd century AD.

Salihundam

Located 116 km from Visakhapatnam in the Srikakulam district, Salihundam boasts of a series of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst picturesque surroundings, along the banks of river Vamsadhara.

Thotlakonda

Thotlakonda lies about 15 kilometers from Visakhapatnam on the way to Bheemunipatnam. Located 128 m above sea level, this Buddhist site came to light during an aerial survey undertaken by the Indian Navy for locating suitable places to set up a naval base on the Northeastern seacoast. The habitation area over the hill covers 350 x 250 mts. and is dotted with a number of mounds presumably indicating the existence of stupas, votive stupas, viharas, chaityagrihas, pillared hall etc. A similarity found between Bavikonda and Thotlakonda is the provision made for collecting rainwater to cater to the needs of Buddhist monks.

Pavuralakonda

Pavuralakonda (the Hill of Pigeons) is a local name of the hillock lying to the west of Bhimli. It is located about 24 kilometers from Visakhapatnam. This Buddhist settlement was noticed by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in the year 1991. Basing on pottery and Brahmi inscription encountered at the site, they have assigned the settlements from 1st century B.C. to 2nd century A.D. Situated at a height of 168 m above sea level, it covers an area of 10 to 12 acres in extent. It is situated at a very imposing position and commands a panoramic view of the curved coastline with a crescent shaped valley and is flanked by a chain of hills on the Southwest and Northwest. Nearly 16 rock cut cisterns for impounding rainwater are noticed over the hillock.

Beaches

Ramakrishna Mission Beach

A place for leisure and relaxation, Ramakrishna Mission Beach is a natural beauty. There is an imposing Kali Temple near this beach. The aquarium here is an added attraction. Plans are on to upgrade this into an Oceanarium. Giving historic insights of the past is the Visakha Museum.

Lawson's Bay

Visakhapatnam City boasts of several beaches and Lawson's Bay is an ideal spot for swimming and surfing. The shallow waters of the Bay are crystal clear and proven to be the safest areas to bathe.

Bheemunipatnam Beach

24 kilometers from Visakhapatnam at the mouth of River Gosthani, Bheemunipatnam beach forms an ideal spot for swimming and water sports. The remains of a Dutch settlement with a ruined fort, armoury and Dutch cemetery dating back to the 17th Century are preserved here.

Rushikonda Beach

Eight kilometers from Visakhapatnam with clean golden beaches; Rushikonda makes an ideal place for swimming, water skiing and wind surfing, in picturesque settings.

Parks

Kailasagiri Park

A picturesque hill overlooking the sea, Kailasa Hill is nature's gift. Of the 100 acres available on the hilltop, 50 acres on the seaside have been developed into a beautiful park. This lush green park has a panoramic sea view, and a serene atmosphere, making it an outstanding tourist spot.

Vuda Park (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority)

With a Musical Fountain, Boating facility and a Skating Rink, the VUDA (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority) Park also has facilities like pleasure rides on horses and camels and a well-equipped gymnasium.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

This is the second Zoo Park in the state after Hyderabad. This Zoo is the largest in terms of area with an encompassing 450 acres full of exotic species of animals and birds amidst rolling landscapes of natural habitat. Half of this has been allotted for a deer park. The other 300 types of specimens are allowed to move freely in a natural environment and a huge enclosure forms the Crocodile Park.

Lakes

Mudasarlova

A valley framed by hills, Mudasarlova is situated 10 kilometers from the city. It has a lake that supplies drinking water to the city and also makes a good picnic spot.

Kondakarla

Situated in Achyutapuram mandal, 48 kms. from Visakhapatnam, Kondakarla is famous for its natural lake attracting migratory birds in summer.

Others

Dolphin's Nose

A conspicuous landmark in Vizag, Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky headland 174 meters high and 358 meters above sea level, jutting out into the sea, resembling the shape of dolphin. The powerful beacon of the lighthouse set on a rock at sea directs ships 65 Kilometers away.

Etikoppaka

Situated on the left bank of river Varaha 20 kilometers to the south of Yellamanchili, Etikoppaka is famous for the toys made with the light Ankudu wood.

Anantagiri

Situated on the way to Araku Valley, Anantagiri is a spot with enchanting beauty. Extensive coffee plantations, numerous waterfalls, of which Tadimada Waterfalls are most famous, and a rivulet add beauty to the place. It is also considered as a health resort.

Araku Valley

Araku Valley is situated 115 km from Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh near Orissa State border. The area of the valley is around 36 km and the altitude is between 600 and 900m above the sea level. The Ananthagiri hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee plantations. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with its rich landscape. The journey to this place on the Ghat road with thick forests on either side is in itself interesting and pleasant.

Tyda

Located 75 kms from Visakhapatnam on the Araku road, Tyda is being developed with camping facilities at Jungle Bells to provide an enchanting experience in the wilderness to the tourists. Home to a variety of wild mammals and avifauna, Tyda is ideal for viewing wildlife and bird watching. Other attractions are rock climbing, trekking and target shooting with bow & arrows. They can also learn the language of the jungle viz., identification of calls, marks etc. And understand interesting features of various flora and fauna of the Eastern Ghats with the help of naturalists/guides.

Nagarjunasagar and Nagarjund Konda

Nagarjunasagar, is the tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world accross the river Krishna, about 150 kms away from the metropolitan city of Hyderabad. Nagarjunasagar is a vast lake formed by the backed up waters of the Krishna River held back by a dam, which is almost 9,000,000 kw of power and canals irrigating thousands of square km. The third largest man-made lake in the world stands about 124 metres high with a capacity of 11, 472 million cubic metres. The water spread of the reservoir is about 380 sq.kms.

The main canals

Jawaharlal (on the right) and Lal Bahadur (on the left) carry water to two regions of the State - parts of Coastal Andhra and Telangana. The canal system under this magnificent hydro-electric project is over 40,000 kms cumulatively. Jawaharlal Nehru called Nagarjunasagar a "modern temple".

The Temples

The Sriparvata and Vijayapuri of yore were really temples where the famous savant and Buddhist disciple Acharya Nagarjuna preached the message of Tathagatha during the lifetime of the Lord Himself.

Anupu

To prevent submersion of the outstanding structures in the valley, a rare feat of reconstruction of the remains was taken up. Anupu, 4 km from the dam site, was chosen for relocation of a Buddhist University.

Ethipothala waterfall

Eight kms from Nagarjunasagar is the Ethipothala waterfall. Ethipothala in Telugu means to 'lift and pour' and the impressive picnic spot has the hill stream Chandravanka cascading down 22 metres to join the mainstream Krishna river. The waterfall has created a beautiful lagoon below. After sunset, the waterfalls are illuminated by dynamic lighting. A crocodile breeding centre has been located here by the Forests Department.

Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Situated at a distance of 130 Kms from Hyderabad and 190 Kms from Kurnool , this Tiger Reserve extending over an area of 3568 Sq. kms is rich in flora & fauna. The Reserve is home to wildlife such as Tigers, Panthers, Jackals, Striped Hyenas, Small Indian Civet, as well as various species of Deer and Reptiles. The 'Chenchu' are primitive tribals indigenous to the area. The magnificent Ethipothala falls located 11 kms from Nagarjunasagar Dam are definitely worth seeing.

Nagarjunakonda

Nearby Nagarjunakonda is known for its extensive ruins of Buddhist Stupas, Viharas and a university that flourished under Acharya Nagarjuna, the great Buddhist savant, scholar and philosopher who migrated to Nagarjunakonda from Amaravati to spread the message of the Buddha. Now though the actual site of the excavations have been flooded with the waters of the migty river, the relies of the ruins have been reconstructed and kept in an Island Museum, the largest of its kind in the world and are in an excellent state of preservation-thanks to the efforts of the Archaeological Survey of India. The museum is a structure modelled along the lines of a "Vihara" and contains a number of precious artefacts of all cultural periods through which the valley passed. It holds Buddhist relics including coins of the Roman Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian. Carved limestone and stone slabs, inscriptions and sculptures dating to the third and fourth century AD constitute a majority of the exhibits, arranged methodically in five galleries. A re-sited Buddhist monastery ashore and Ethiupothala Falls (25 km) a 20 m high cascade of water is also worth visiting. As the area was threatened with submergence by the reservior, an Archaeological Survey team made determined efforts to virtually trasplant nine monuments from the valley onto Nagarjunakonda. The hill forms an Island in the middle of the reservoir.

How to reach

By Air

Nearest airport- Hyderabad.

By Train

Macherla- 27 kms.

By Road

Located at 150 km from Hyderabad. Well connected by Road.

Srisailam

Srisailam, also known as Sriparvata is situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the Southern banks of the river Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.

How to reach

By Air

Nearest airport is at Hyderabad- 232 kms linked with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur, Vishakapatnam.

By Rail

Nearest railhead is Markapur Road. Other railheads are Nandyal, Kurnool and Hyderabad- 232 kms.

Places Of Interest

The Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple
Pandava Pratistitha Lingas
Thriphaleswara Tree
Nava Brahmalayams
Mallika Gundam
Vridda Mallikarjuna
Sita Pratistitha Linga
Sri Brahmarambha Devi Temple
Sankaramutt
Arana Veereswara Temple
Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
Ankalamma Temple
Shivaji Spurti Kendra
Patala Ganga Bath Ghats.
Places of Interest around Srisailam
Sikhareswaram
Hatakeswaram
Paladhara and Panchadhara
Srisailam Project

The Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple

The temple houses one of India's twelve Jyotirlingas (natural stone formations in the shape of a linga). Built in the 14th century, the temple walls are carved with depictions of elephants, hunting scenes and Lord Shiva in different manifestations. Apart from the main temple, there are other places that are well worth a visit,

Pandava Pratistitha Lingas where legend has it that the Pandavas worshipped Lord Mallikarjuna
Thriphaleswara Tree which is believed to bless childless couples
Nava Brahmalayams which depict various manifestations of Lord Shiva
Mallika Gundam, a well that devotees believe has medicinal properties
Vridda Mallikarjuna where an aged linga is worshipped
Sita Pratistitha Linga, an attractive linga believed to have been installed by Goddess Sita
Sri Brahmarambha Devi Temple, one of the 18 Sakti Pitas
Sankaramutt, which conducts a Vedic school
Arana Veereswara Temple
Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
Ankalamma Temple
Shivaji Spurti Kendra where Chatrapati Shivaji had stayed
Patala Ganga Bath Ghats.

Places of Interest around Srisailam

Sikhareswaram, site of the Sikhareswara Swamy temple on the highest peak in the Nallamalai Hills
Hatakeswaram, a temple of Lord Shiva
Paladhara and Panchadhara are natural springs flowing at a spot where Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have performed penance
Sivanandalahari temple of Sakthi Ganapati
Srisailam Project which is one of the biggest hydel projects, with the dam stretching 512 metres.

Kurnool District

Kurnool at a glance

Head Quarters , Kurnool

Area , 17,658 sq.km

The Boundaries of Kurnool district are Guntur and Nellore districts in the East, Ballary district in the West, Mahaboobnagar district in the North, Cuddapah and Anantapur districts in the South directions. Krishna, Tungabhadra, Pennar are the main rivers. Kurnool, Nandyala, Adhoni, Athmakur and Emmiganur are the main towns.Textile Industry at Emmiganur, Panyam and Suvarna Cements, Rayalaseema Paper mill are the main industries of the district. Handloom Industry is picking up its pace in this district for the past decade. Groundnut oil mills are to be seen in many parts of the district. With financial aid from Netherlands and Switzerland, Silk industry and Self-employment schemes for women are being taken up swiftly in the district. District hosts one of the biggest wildlife sanctuary by project name "Operation Tiger". Iron ore and some amount of copper deposits are present in these lands. The clays used as the drilling mud and white clay is also found in these areas. Delicious Mangoes of Banginapally are from this district. Kurnool is well connected by rail and road with other parts of the state. Forest area caters quality timber. Ladies finger is the main Vegetable Crop in this district. The river Krishna at Srikalahasti is called as Pathala Ganga. Kurnool - Cuddapah canal abbreviated as KC canal, Thungabhadra and Krishna Rivers are the water sources to the district. Srisailam Hydro Power Project on the River Krishna is a major power project of the state. The power supply to this district is mainly through Humpi power project on river Thungabadra and Srisailam Hydro power project. All colleges in this district are affiliated to Sri Krishna Devaraya University. Kurnool is well connected by bus with all the important places in the district as well as Cuddapah, Anantapur, Chittoor, and Hyderabad. Tourists can take autos, rickshaws and taxis for local transportation. It is a railway station on the Secunderabad-Bangalore railway line. The nearest airport is at Hyderabad at a distance of 219 km.

Places of Interest around Karnool

Mantralayam
Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan
Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy
Venkateswara Swamy Temple
Mahanandi
Belum Caves
Rollapadu Sanctuary
Ahobilam
Yaganti
Alampur
Konda Reddy Buruju
Gadwal

Mantralayam

Situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, Mantralayam is 90 Kms from Kurnool and 256 Kms from Hyderabad. It is famous for the 'Samadhi' of the well-known saint, Sri Raghavendra Teertha. The temple built over 300 years ago, still attracts a large number of followers and devotees. Other places worth visiting are :

Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan, the tomb that he entered alive
Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy and Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

Mahanandi

Situated at a distance of 14 Kms from Nandyal & 80 Kms from Kurnool, it is a noted pilgrimage center surrounded by dense forests and is famous for the Mahanandishwara temple that dates back to the 7 th century AD. The remarkable feature here is the crystal clear water which flows throughout the year from perennial springs. Other places of interest are Pushkarini, a pond with water so clear and pure that even a pin at the bottom can be seen, Kodanda Ramalayam, and the Kameswari Devi Temple.

Belum Caves

Made known in 1982 by a team of European speleologists led by Mr Gebaner, Belum Caves are the second largest natural caves in Indian Sub-continent after Meghalaya Caves. These underground caves are located on a flat agricultural field, have 3 well like cavities with the central one being the main entrance to the caves. After a descent of 20 meters at the entrance, the cave is horizontal & has a length of 3229 meters. Longer than Borra Caves in Vishakapatnam district, Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. All this makes Belum Caves a geological & archaeological attraction worldwide.The caves are located 125 Kms from Kurnool.

Rollapadu Sanctuary

This Sanctuary is located at a distance of 60 Kms from Kurnool. Apart from a wide variety of birds and animals, this sanctuary is renowned as one of the last refuges of the endangered Great Indian Bustard, which is a heavy ground bird like a young ostrich or peahen.

Ahobilam

Located 160 Kms from Kurnool, this place is well connected by road. This place is well known for the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple that dates back to the early 16th century. It is unique in that it is the only temple where all the nine forms of Lord Narasimha are worshipped. Other places of interest are Amrutavalli Tayar Temple, Sannidhi Pushkarini, Bhashyakara Sannidhi and the Upper Ahobilam Narasimha Shrine. The best time to visit this place is between : July to February.

Yaganti

Located 90 Kms from Kurnool, It is well-known for the temple of Uma Maheshwar, built in the 15 th century, which has a magnificent Gopura at the entrance and a pond surrounded by animated friezes of court and mythological scenes carved on stone. Other places of interest include a huge Nandiswara; Agasthya Pushkarini; and scenic natural caves. In the vicinity are the Garimi Reddy Gari Achchamma Mutt; Kasaiah Thota; Kotturi Subramanya Swamy Temple; Nandavaram Chandeswari Devi Temple; and Ravvalakonda.

Alampur

15 Kms from Kurnool, Alampur also known as the Dakshina Kailash, is located on the banks of River Tungabhadra. The nine temples or 'Nava Brahma Temples were built by Chalukyas of Badami. The main deity here is of Lord Shiva. It is also famous for a Dargah of a peer, Shah Ali Pehelwan, located within the temple complex. Both Hindus & Muslims offer their prayers at this dargah. Yet another important temple is the Sangameshwara Temple built on the confluence of Rivers Tungabhadra and Krishna.

Gadwal

Situated 150 Kms from Hyderabad and 40 kms from Kurnool Gadwal is internationally renowned for its beautiful saries. While the body of these sarees is in cotton, the border and pallu are in silk. Adorned with rich traditional designs, the sarees are available in several colors. The Chenna Keshava Temple is a place worth visiting at Gadwal. Legend has that 'Chenna Keshava' a Brahmin was offered as sacrifice by the then ruler to build the fort. In recognition of this the temple was named after the Brahmin as Chenna Keshava Temple.

Konda Reddy Buruju

Located in the heart of Kurnool & believed to be built by the Rajas of Vijayanagaram, Konda Reddy Buruju was a part of Kurnool fort & was used as a prison. One revolutionary Konda Reddy attained martyrdom in this prison. Since then the place is known as Konda Reddy Buruju. Other interesting places to see in & around Kurnool are the Gol Gumbaz, Church, Shirdi Sai Baba temple and Jagannatha Gutta.








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