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Best 15 Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh

Updated on 25 January 2024 by Rishabh kumar

Andhra Pradesh is one of the most versatile states in India, where tourists can find a wealth of underrated attractions such as temples, forests, beaches, wildlife, hills and caves. The Tourism Board of Andhra Pradesh has also recently renovated some of the most popular places to visit in the state, making them even more interesting than they were previously. Most of the tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh are ecologically, culturally, naturally and religiously rich and diverse. Some of the most popular places to visit in Andhra Pradesh are Vishakhapatnam, vijaywada, Nellore, Amaravati, Gandikota, Srikalahasti, Kadapa, Guntur and much more.

There are many varied places to see in Andhra Pradesh that promote world-class eco-tourism in the state such as its beautiful valleys, beaches, temples, dams, ridges, hills, fields and lakes. Andhra Pradesh, being a coastal state, also has many famous beaches such as the R.K. Beach, Yarada Beach, Suryalanka Beach, all of which make for great places to visit. Some other beautiful natural places in the state that you should definitely visit when you are here including Belum Caves in Kurnool district, Borra Caves in the Ananthagiri Hills, the Araku Valley and the Horsley Hills. However, despite its incredible natural beauty, most people from other states in India come to Andhra Pradesh to visit some of the most important shrines, temples and other religious sites.

We have listed the details of the best 15 tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Check out these top destinations before visiting...



The city of Vizag, as Visakhapatnam is popularly called, derives its name from the Hindu God of valour, Visakha. The city is located beautifully among the hills of the Eastern Ghats with facing towards the Bay of Bengal. According to the Archaeological records, Visakhapatnam was built by Kulotunga Chola between the 11th and 12th centuries AD.

The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism. The city was also under the rulers of Chalukya, Pallava,Vengi, ...

The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism. The city was also under the rulers of Chalukya, Pallava,Vengi, Chola and the Gajapathi dynasty. The Mughals ruled this area under the Hyderabad Nizam in the late 15th and early 16th century. The port of Vizag played a very crucial role for the East India Company during the rule of the British.

Visakhapatnam is the largest city of Andhra Pradesh with around 2 million population and spread over 550 sq. km. It is an industrial city and one of the major tourist destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is home to several state owned heavy industries; one of the most advanced steel plants and one of the country's largest ports & shipyard are located here. It is the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of India.

The city is home for several beaches along the Bay of Bengal coast, scenic hills, valleys and caves. Rushikonda Beach, Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Yarada Beach, Submarine Museum, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri hill park, Venkateswara Temple, VUDA Park and Bheemili Beach are important tourist places. Simhachalam, ISKON temple, Araku Valley, Anantagiri Hills and Borra Caves are the nearby attractions to Vizag.

At a distance of 602 km from Hyderabad, 355 km from Vijayawada, 168 km from Kakinada, 203 km from Rajahmundry and 444 km from Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam (also called Vizag) is a coastal & port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is the base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Vizag is also one of the top places to experience Andhra Pradesh tourism.

★Best time to visit: October to March.
★Nearest airport: airport is in the city.
★Nearest railway station:Railway Station is in the city.

Things to Do:

Explore marine life at Matsyadarshini Aquarium, spend time on the tranquil beaches, taste the delectable cuisine of Vishakhapatnam and take part in parasailing or scuba diving.

Main Places to Visit:

➔Yarada Beach
➔Rishikonda Beach
➔Kailasagiri Hill Park
➔Borra Caves
➔INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
➔Rama Krishna Beach
➔Dolphin Hill
➔Araku Valley

Vishakhapatnam Beach

  • Rushikonda Beach: Rushikonda Beach, located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, is a beloved coastal getaway. With its golden sands, clear waters, and verdant hills, it provides a serene and scenic retreat. The beach offers an array of water sports, including jet skiing, parasailing, and surfing, ensuring thrilling adventures for enthusiasts. Safety is prioritized with lifeguards on duty and well-maintained facilities such as restrooms and food stalls. Visitors can also relish captivating sunrise and sunset views, explore nearby nature trails, and discover attractions like Kailasagiri Hill Park and the Submarine Museum.

  • Yarada Beach: With the Bay of Bengal on one side and hills on the other, Yarada Beach is a captivating location. Its lush greenery and soft golden sands create a picturesque setting. Located 15 km from Visakhapatnam, it remains relatively uncrowded, ensuring a safe and clean beach experience. The serene atmosphere and stunning sunrise and sunset views make it perfect for nature lovers. The beach offers a backdrop of surreal hills, coconut, and banana plantations, providing a peaceful escape from the city.

  • Kailasagiri: Kailasagiri is a captivating hill park located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Situated atop a hill, it offers breathtaking views of the city and the Bay of Bengal. The park is adorned with lush greenery, beautifully manicured gardens, and statues depicting Hindu mythological characters. Visitors can enjoy a joyful ride on the ropeway that takes them to the hilltop, where they can explore the park, relax in the serene surroundings, and indulge in local snacks at the food stalls.

  • 2.Tirupati

    Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 22 km from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom of the hill. The initial temple at Tirumala was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century), Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Kings (14th & 15th centuries) regularly visited the temple and contributed largely to the temple. Especially, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire contributed a lot to the temple. Now the temple is under the maintenance of TTD.

    Tirupati is one of the most famous pilgrimage spots for Hindus and the best tourist place in Andhra Pradesh. It is located on Tirumala, one of the seven hills of Tirupati. The temple is majestic both in terms of architecture and footfall. The temple is visited by 50,000 pilgrims every day and receives lakhs of donations each day. This temple is a must-visit to know the grandeur of the Hindu culture.

    Spread over an area of 450 sq. km, Tirupati offers a magnificent religious and natural delight to devotees as well as tourists. Apart from Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Varahaswami temple, Tiruchanur temple of Goddess Padmavati, Govindaraja temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Avanakshamma temple, ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple etc. are the important temples in Tirupati. Kapila Theertham, Parasurameswara Temple in Gudimallam, Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kanipakam, Srikalahasti and Talakona Falls are the famous Tirupati tourist places.

    Tirupati is also known for its fairs and festivals. The biggest festival though is Tirumala temple Brahmotsavam, the Vijayanagara Festival held at Chandragiri Fort and the Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival are some other attractions of the temple town. The Gangamma Jatra held for a week in May is another important festival here. It is held at the Tataiah Gunta Gangamma temple in Tirupati and is known for its unusual rituals.

    At a distance of 71 km from Chittoor, 413 km from Vijayawada, 556 km from Hyderabad, 763 km from Vizag, 134 km from Chennai and 259 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala (called as Tirumala Tirupati), which is a sacred temple town famous for Sri Venkateswara Temple also known as Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Tirupati along with Chandragiri is an ideal Chennai getaways for a two day trip and also one of the top Andhra Pradesh tourist places.

    ★Best time to visit:any time.
    ★Nearest airport: Airport is in the city.
    ★Nearest railway station:Railway Station is in the city.

    Things to Do:

    Pay homages at famous temples, marvel at the magnificent architecture, nature walks, and explore the beauty and history of the place.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Sri Venkateswara Temple
    ➔TTD Gardens
    ➔Talakona Waterfalls
    ➔Deer Park
    ➔Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
    ➔Sri Vari Museum

    3.Araku Valley

    Located on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude range of 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, Araku Valley is home to a number of tribal communities. Spread over an area of 36 sq. km, Araku is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams. It is popular for its famous coffee plantations.

    Araku has some interesting places to visit including Borra caves, Tyda, Katiki Falls, Tribal Museum & Padmapuram Botanical Gardens. Besides, these the coffee plantations are a must visit for those who want to indulge themselves in the flavors of nature. The tourists can see tribal folk dances like Dhimsa and Mayuri. The Araku Tribal Museum houses rich tribal tradition and number of artifacts and displays related to Eastern Ghat Tribal Culture.

    The Anantagiri Reserved Forest and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest are part of the Araku Valley. This valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. Jindhagada Peak, the tallest peak in Eastern Ghats and the tallest in Andhra Pradesh is situated near Araku. The Anantagiri hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee plantations. The hill is also popular for its forests, lovely orchards and the serene environment. The valley is also a perfect place for trekking and it offers several interesting trails. Most known and popular trekking trails go through dense forests to the summit but a few adventurous trails go through many streams and are ideal to view breathtaking waterfalls like the Katiki waterfall.

    At a distance of 112 km from Vizag, 432 km from Vijayawada, 85 km from Vizianagaram, 26 km from Anantagiri and 635 km from Hyderabad, Araku Valley, popularly known as Araku, is a scenic hill station in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Often referred to as Andhra Ooty, it is one of the most famous places to experince Andhra Pradesh tourism.

    ★Best time to visit:
    ★Nearest airport:
    ★Nearest railway station:

    Things to Do:

    Explore ancient caves, photograph the waterfalls and viewpoints, shop for tribal jewellery and artefacts, try the samples and purchase the local coffee.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Borra Caves
    ➔Katiki Waterfalls
    ➔Talakona Waterfalls
    ➔Padmapuram Gardens
    ➔Tribal Museum
    ➔Bheemili Beach


    Srisailam is famous for Srisailam Dam & Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of a linga protected by a three-hooded cobra. This ancient temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagara architecture. Though the exact origins of the temple are not available, the Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagara kings have made several endowments here.

    The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi (in the form of Bhramarambika) in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here.

    Srisailam is a perfect combination of temples and scenic spots. Srisailam Dam built over River Krishna is one of the largest dams in South India. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Akka Mahadevi Caves, Pathala Ganga, Shikaresvara Temple, Sakshi Ganapathi Temple and Mallela Theertham are the other attractions here.

    Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary, India's largest tiger reserve is spread over 3500 Sq. km. This Sanctuary is a natural habitat of diverse species of flora and fauna. The lush and dense Nallamala forest range is a popular destination for trekking, hill climbing, forest exploration and research, to which Srisailam town acts as a base camp.

    At a distance of 160 km from Nandyal, 181 km from Kurnool, 229 km from Hyderabad, 263 km from Vijayawada and 527 km from Bangalore, Srisailam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Lord Shiva in India and also one of the top Places to visit in Andhra. Srisailam is also one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad.

    ★Best time to visit: October to February
    ★Nearest airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(Hyderabad).
    ★Nearest railway station: Cumbum Station

    Things to Do:

    Offer homage at temples, explore wildlife, nature walks, visit ancient caves, boating, and try out the fun activities at Pathala Ganga.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
    ➔Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
    ➔Octopus Viewpoint
    ➔Akka Mahadevi Caves
    ➔Pathala Ganga Walkway


    The original name for this hill range was 'Papidi Kondalu'. Papidi is a rough translation for partition in Telugu. It is believed that the place was visited by Lord Rama and goddess Sita during their exile. Papi Kondalu has to be reached by boat from Rajahmundry, Pattisam (35 km from Rajahmundry), Polavaram (40 km from Rajahmundry), Kunavaram (50 km from Bhadrachalam) or Sriram Giri (60 km from Bhadrachalam). The boat service from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam is a wonderful experience and it is operated in post monsoon season.

    Apart from enjoying the view of the hills, valley and waterfalls, tourists can engage in activities like camping and trekking. There are several sights that fall on the way like Perantallapalli, Gandipochamma Temple and Pattiseema. Several tribal communities have made their dwellings on these hills whose main occupation is agriculture, fishing and making handicrafts. There is a waterfall at Munivaatam that is a popular tourist attraction.

    The boat rides usually include full-day trips starting from Rajahmundry/ Pattisam / Polavaram / Kunavaram / Sriram Giri with break at Perantallapalli and back. Both AP Tourism and Private operators offer these tours from Rajahmundry. There are also one-way trips between Rajahmundry/ Pattisam/Polavaram and Kunavaram/Sriram Giri. There are few private operators who offer 2 day trips from Rajahmundry with overnight stay at Kollur Bamboo Resort. Trips usually start early morning between 6 to 9 AM. One has to book the boat and the huts in advance through tourist agencies or AP Tourism.

    At a distance of 60 km from Rajahmundry, 180 km from Vijayawada, 20 km from Polavaram, 260 km from Vizag & 410 km from Hyderabad, Papi Kondalu is a breathtakingly beautiful hill range bounded by River Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Papi hills are a set of three hills which form a beautiful gorge on the Godavari River spread across East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Entire area of Papi Kondalu is covered by tropical rain forests and it was recently declared as a protected National Park and is one of the top places to experience the Tourism in Andhra Pradesh.

    ★Best time to visit: October to January
    ★Nearest airport: Rajahmundry Airport
    ★Nearest railway station: Rajahmundry Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Night camping, star gazing, strolling through nature, trekking and boat rides on the mighty Godavari River.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Papikondalu Hills
    ➔Gandi Pochamma Temple
    ➔Perantapalli Village
    ➔Papikondalu National Park
    ➔Jammalapuram Temple


    Ahobilam is the holy abode of Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in man-lion form. According to legend, this is the place where Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahalada. Though the initial temples were built by Chalukyas in 8th century, most of the current structures were rebuilt by Vijayanagara kings around 15th century.

    Situated amidst dense Nallamala Forest, Ahobilam is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This place is also called as Nava Narasimha Kshetra since Lord Narasimha is worshipped in 9 different forms and separate temples exist for all the forms within a radius of 5 km from the main temple. Jwala Narasimha, Ahobila Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Kroda Narasimha, Kaaranja Narasimha, Bhargava Narasimha, Yaogananda Narasimha, Chathravata Narasimha and Paavana Narasimha are the nine forms of Lord Narasimha in Ahobilam. Few of these temples have easy access, but most of them have to be reached by difficult treks through thick forest and rocky paths.

    The town is divided into two parts, Lower Ahobilam and Upper Ahobilam. Of these nine shrines, Yogananda, Chathravata and Bhargava Narasimha swami shrines are situated in Lower Ahobilam and the remaining six are in upper Ahobilam. There is also another temple of Lord Narasimha Swami in the lower Ahobilam where the idol of the Lord is believed to be installed by Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati.

    Ahobilam is a small town and food is available at small hotels and canteens. There is a Brahmana Nitya Annadana Satram in the Upper Ahobilam where food is provided daily for nearly 400 people. In addition, Sri Ahobila Matham has established a trust called Annamacharya Nitya Annadana Trust. Food is provided free of cost to the devotees of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

    At a distance of 66 km from Nandyal, 137 km from Kurnool, 114 km from Kadapa, 348 km from Vijayawada, 350 km from Hyderabad and 407 km from Bangalore, Ahobilam or Ahobalam is an important pilgrimage center located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Ahobilam is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Andhra Pradesh and also one of the Best 15 Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh.

    ★Best time to visit: October to January
    ★Nearest airport:Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(Hyderabad)
    ★Nearest railway station:Nandyal Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Visiting temples, trekking inside Ahobilam forest, enjoying the views of the waterfalls in the forest and exploring the Belum Caves

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Ahobilam Navanarasimha Temple
    ➔Diguva Ahobilam
    ➔Ugra Stambham
    ➔Prahlada Badi



    Legend says that Goddess Durga took rest in this sacred place after destroying a Rakshasa and since then the name 'Land of Victory' or Vijayawada came into existence. The discovery of Stone Age artifacts along the banks of River Krishna from Machilipatnam to Nagarjuna Sagar indicates that this area was inhabited long before. The Chalukyas once conquered this place and it was later part of Vengi Kindom, Eastern Gangas, Vijayanagaras and Reddy Dynasty. Finally it came under British Madras presidency.

    The major attractions of Vijayawada are Kanaka Durga temple and Mangalagiri temple. Apart from these, other tourist attractions include Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park and Bhavani Island. The Kondapalli Reserve Forest in the western outskirts that sprawls over an area of 121.5 sq. km is also another attraction. This forest is a source of soft wood that is used for making Kondapalli Toys. There are popular Buddhist sites such as Amravati, Gudivada, Ghantasala, etc.

    At a distance of 37 km from Guntur, 273 km from Hyderabad, 354 km from Vizag, 453 km from Chennai and 643 km from Bangalore, Vijayawada, also known as Bezawada, is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh State and also one of the top Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. It is 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 the largest railway junction of the South Central Railway, situated along the Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Delhi rail route.

    ★Best time to visit: December to February
    ★Nearest airport: Vijayawada International Airport
    ★Nearest railway station: Vijayawada Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Boating at Bhavani islands, exploring ancient caves, exploring Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam, enjoying the view from Gandhi Hilltop, sightseeing and shopping.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam
    ➔Prakasam Barrage
    ➔Mogalarajapuram Caves
    ➔Undavalli Caves
    ➔Bhavani Island
    ➔Victoria Museum
    ➔Kondapalli Fort
    ➔Kolleru Lake


    Srikalahasti got its name from three words - 'Sri' meaning a spider, 'Kala' meaning a serpent and Hasti meaning an elephant, as these three creatures are believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva at this place and attained salvation. It is located on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi, which is a tributary to River Pennar, one of the major rivers in South India. The ancient Shiva temple of Srikalahasti finds reference in the three ancient epics the Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana and the Linga Purana. According to Skanda Purana Arjuna came to this place to worship Kalahasteeswara (Lord Shiva) and met Rishi Bharadwaja on the peak of a hill.

    The temple of Kalahasteeswara is one of the most impressive Siva temples in India. This temple features 120 feet high enormous and ancient gopuram over the main gate. The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill. The initial structure of this temple was constructed by Pallava kings in the 5th century. Chola kings renovated the temple and constructed the main structure in 10th century. The outer walls and the 4 gopurams were constructed in the period of Sri Veera Narasimharayar of Vijayanagara kingdom. The main gopuram and the 100 pillar mandapam were constructed by Krishna devaraya, the great Vijayanagara king in 1516.

    Sri kalahasti is regarded as one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Lord Shiva; the other four includes Tiruvannamalai, Thiruvanaikaval, Chidambaram and Kanchipuram. The place is representative of the Vayu Sthalam or the Element of Air. This temple is also associated with Rahu and Ketu, two of the nine celestial bodies in the Indian astrological scheme. It is believed that a visit to this temple will provide relief to those who have the planet Rahu in inimical positions in their horoscopes.

    This small town is dotted with many small and big temples; most of which were constructed during the reign of Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara kings. Srikalahasti is associated with Bhakta Kannappa, one of the greatest devotees of Lord Shiva how offered his eyes to the lord. The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great zeal in February to March.

    At a distance of 37 km from Tirupati, 113 km from Chennai, 291 km from Bangalore, 375 km from Vijayawada and 552 km from Hyderabad, Srikalahasti, popularly known as Kalahasti is one of the ancient and most important Shiva Kshetras situated in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Srikalahasti is famous for Srikalahasteeswara Temple (referred as Srikalahasti Temple) built in 10th century. The entire temple was carved out of the side of a huge stone hill. Srikalahasti is among ideal weekend getaways from Chennai city for a two day trip and also one of the top places to experience AP Tourism.

    ★Best time to visit: October to March
    ★Nearest airport: Tirupati Airport
    ★Nearest railway station: Srikalahasti Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Offering homage and seeking solace at religious centres, soaking in the serenity and photography at waterfalls, sightseeing, shopping.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Srikalahasteeswara Temple
    ➔Veyilingala Kona Waterfall
    ➔Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple
    ➔Pulicat Lake and Sanctuary
    ➔Durgambika Temple


    Mantralayam is associated with the famous saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, renowned Hindu saint and philosopher. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, lived between 1595 and 1671 was an influential saint in Hinduism. Followers of the saint consider him to be an incarnation of Bhakta Prahallada, who was saved by Vishnu in the avatar of Narasimha. Sri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and has a large following even today. Mantralayam is a small and peaceful town situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra and gets thousands of devotees from all over the country. He also served as the head of Sri Mutt of Kumbakonam from 1621 to 1671.

    Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. It is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Sri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali and Alampur are the nearby attractions to Mantralayam.

    The male devotees who want to perform Pooja themselves have to wear dhoti. While male devotees paying normal visit have to remove their shirt and female devotees have to wear Sarees or other traditional cloths. Accommodation is provided by the Mutt near the temple and room charges vary between Rs. 200 to Rs. 1000 per day (online booking not available yet). Private hotels and lodges also provide accommodation. It is advised to book the accommodation in advance as the place attracts devotees throughout the year.

    At a distance of 74 km from Kurnool, 148 km from Nandyal, 49 km from Adoni, 43 km from Raichur, 253 km from Hyderabad, 301 km from Hubli, 402 km from Bangalore and 416 km from Vijayawada, Mantralayam, also known as Manchale or Mantralaya is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the place where the Vaishnava saint Sri Guru Raghavendra took Jeeva Samadhi (tomb) and is also one of the popular Places to visit in Andhra. Mantralayam is situated near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh along the banks of River Tungabhadra, a chief tributary of River Krishna.

    ★Best time to visit: October to March
    ★Nearest airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(Hyderabad)
    ★Nearest railway station: Mantralayam Road Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Visit and pay homage to temples and religious centres, experience the vibrant culture, sightseeing and shopping.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Temple
    ➔Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple
    ➔Vedic Pathshala
    ➔Lakshmivenkateshwara Temple
    ➔ Manchalamma Temple


    Gandikota is a small village spread in and around the historical Gandikota Fort. According to history, Gandikota area was first identified and made Sand fort in 1123 CE by Kapa Raja of nearby Bommanapalle village and a subordinate of Ahavamalla Someswara I, the Western Chalukyan king of Kalyana. The village transformed into major fort after the emergence of the Kamma kings, who ruled Gandikota more than 200 years. The fort fell into hands of Qutub Shahis of Golconda in 1650 CE. The medieval fort of Gandikota is named after the adjoining gorge which means gandi in Telugu. It is also believed that Vemana, the Telugu poet lived in Gandikota area for a short period.

    Known to few ardent travelers, Gandikota is not the usual tourist hub as it is neither a world heritage site, nor is it marketed well by state tourism agencies. This untouched and unexplored place is worth a visit for history buffs as well as nature lovers. A frozen in time village in the middle of centuries old structures such as forts and temples is known for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills, also known as Gandikota hills. This stunning piece of Nature's architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by travelers who visit and get bewitched by its beauty.

    Apart from the unparalleled beauty of the gorge, there are several other attractions in and around the village that allure visitors, the most special being the ancient Gandikota Fort. The magnificent Gandikota Fort, one of the most impregnable strongholds of its time, has remains of temples, a granary, a royal pond and a mosque and is today scattered with ruins. The fort is built in such a way that the gorge provides a natural defence on its west and north sides. One can also visit Mylavaram Dam nearby and do some boating in the serene waters of the reservoir. The sight of distant windmills with small stretches of visible roads along with pretty hues painted in the sky during the sunset is worth experience during your Gandikota trip. One can also visit Belum Caves, Owk Reservoir, Lepakshi and Banaganapalle along with Gandikota.

    The government run Haritha Resort is the only option for overnight stay in Gandikota. It has just 10 rooms so better to book in advance on weekends. There are multiple camping areas outside the Fort and on the banks of the Pennar River for those who are looking for quirky stay options and wish to sleep under the stars with the river gushing beside you.

    At a distance of 15 km from Jammalamadugu, 94 km from Kadapa, 155 km from Kurnool, 233 km from Tirupati, 280 km from Bangalore, 386 km from Hyderabad and 391 km from Chennai, Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of Pennar River, it is one of the popular historical places to visit in Andhra Pradesh and among the weekend gateways from Hyderabad as well as from Bangalore.

    ★Best time to visit: November to February
    ★Nearest airport: Bengaluru International Airport(255Km)
    ★Nearest railway station: Jammalamadugu (17Km)

    Things to Do:

    Hiking, exploring historical structures, camping, paragliding and rock-climbing.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Gandikota Fort
    ➔Pennar River Gorge Viewpoint
    ➔Raghunathaswamy Temple
    ➔Madhavaraya Temple

    11.Talakona Waterfalls

    The waterfalls are placed amidst dense forest surrounded by natural beauty and greenery. It is believed that the water of Talakona Falls is enriched with herbs with healing powers. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve in 1990 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region. In this forest, one can find variety of endangered species like sambar, porcupine, cheetal, golden gecko, Indian giant squirrel, slender loris, panther and mouse deer etc. Talakona means 'head hill' in Telugu. This place is believed to be the starting point of Seshachalam Hills which are extended till Tirumala.

    There is a 240 m long canopy rope walk, about 35 to 40 feet in height, giving a thrilling experience to the visitors while walking. There are mighty trees around with birds and monkeys during the canopy walk. There are number of trek routes in different categories of difficulty, giving an option for the visitor to choose their route. There are also several caves dotted over the mountains where it is believed that sages meditate eternally.

    Situated close to this waterfall is a small temple dedicated to Lord Siddeswara Swamy. This temple is believed to be built by a devotee named Appa Swamy in 1811 AD. The temple is usually crowded by devotees during the festival of Shivaratri, which is a very popular event in this region. The falls have to be reached by 2 km trek from Siddeswara Swamy Temple which is the nearest motorable road to the falls. The duration of the trek is about 30 minutes (one way) through dense forest and slippery road.

    At a distance of 49 km from Bakarapet, 64 km from Tirupati, 120 km from Horsley Hills, 192 km from Chennai, 241 km from Bangalore and 89 km from Chittoor, Talakona Falls are situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park near Nerabailu Village of Yerravari Mandal of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The gorgeous waterfall falling deep into a valley from a height of around 270 feet makes it the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh and also one of the top Tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. It is also one of the popular waterfalls near Bangalore.

    ★Best time to visit: September to January
    ★Nearest airport: Tirupati Airport
    ★Nearest railway station: Tirupati Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Overhanging rope strolling, hiking, trekking, and exploring nearby caves

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Horsley Hills
    ➔Sri Venkateshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
    ➔Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple


    Rajahmundry is ranked amongst the oldest cities in the Indian subcontinent. The earliest rulers of the region were the Eastern Chalukyas. It was built by Chalukya king Rajaraja Narendra during 11th century. It was part of the Madras Presidency and was made into the District of Rajahmundry in the year 1823, during the British rule.

    Rajahmundry is a blend of various qualities like picturesque landscapes, monuments of cultural importance, ancient temples and adventurous tourist spots that make the place unique, interesting and suitable for tourism for all ages. This is one of the major Pushkara Ghats on Godavari River. Pushkaras, held once every 12 years, is a holy congregation which sees millions of devotees taking a dip in the River Godavari. The last Pushkara was held in 2015. Godavari Bridge, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, Dowleswaram Barrage, Kadiam Flower Nurseries, Papikondalu, Maredumilli Eco Tourism, Dindi and Pattiseema are some of the tourist places around Rajahmundry. Apart from the temples and film shootings around Godavari, this place is also known for Pulasa Fish, found only during monsoon season.

    Rajahmundry is primarily a pilgrimage center due to the presence of a large number of temples in the city. Iskcon Temple / Gowthami Ghat, Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Temple, Kotilingeswara Temple, Draksharamam Temple and Markandeya Temple are the important pilgrimage centers around Rajahmundry. It is also famous for boat trips.

    At a distance of 154 km from Vijayawada, 207 km from Vizag, 186 km from Guntur, 64 km from Kakinada, 151 km from Machilipatnam and 430 km from Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, formerly called as Rajamahendravaram, is a beautiful city located on the banks of Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as the 'cultural capital' of Andhra Pradesh and is one of the popular Tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. It is the birth place of Adikavi Nannayya who developed script for Telugu language. Rajamundry is one of the top attractions you must include in Vizag tour.

    ★Best time to visit: October to February
    ★Nearest airport: Rajahmundry Airport
    ★Nearest railway station: Rajahmundry Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Enjoying sunrise and scenic beauty at the hills, nature-walking through Maredumilli, photography at Bhupathipalem Reservoir, boating and sightseeing.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
    ➔Markandeya Temple
    ➔Papi Hills
    ➔Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum


    Lepakshi was founded in the 16th century during the reign of the Vijayanagara king, Aliiya Rama Raya. Virupanna, the royal treasurer was accused of drawing funds without the king's permission from the state treasury to build the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi. However, he blinded himself to avoid the king's punishment. Even today one can see two dark stains upon the wall near the Kalyana Mandapa, which are said to be the marks made by his eyes. Hence the village is called 'Lepa-akshi', means a village of the blinded eye.

    Lepakshi is the centre of some of the finest temple architecture and paintings. Lepakshi consists of three important shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra, of which Veerabhadra temple is the most important place to visit in Lepakshi (this is also referred as Lepakshi Temple). The temples of Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Srirama, Veerabhadra and Durga are located in the same complex on a hillock named as Kurma Saila (tortoise shaped hill).

    The Vijayanagar styled temple has several wonderful paintings on the ceiling. The hanging pillar supported from the top is a surprise for the visitors. To the south of the main shrine is a huge Nagalingam, standing on a granite block, shrouded by a seven-headed cobra, magnificently carved out of single rock. The monolithic Nandi in Lepakshi village is another remarkable feature.

    At a distance of 125 km from Anantapur, 124 km from Bangalore City Junction, 225 km from Tirupati, 478 km from Hyderabad & 569 km from Vijayawada, Lepakshi is a small village which lies 14 km east of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the one of the important heritage sites in Andhra Pradesh highlighting the legacy of Vijayanagara Dynasty. It is one of the famous Tourist places in Andhra Pradesh and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

    ★Best time to visit: September to April
    ★Nearest airport: Bengaluru International Airport(100km)
    ★Nearest railway station: Hindupur Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Visit the famous temples, marvel at the architectural wonders, admire historical structures and paintings, and experience the historically rich culture of the region.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Veerabhadra Temple
    ➔Lepakshi Temple
    ➔Nandi Bull and Paintings
    ➔Hanging Pillar


    The city of Chittoor lies at the banks of the Ponnai River and is thus an important agricultural town in Andhra Pradesh. The town’s major source of economy is its crops and agricultural products like grain, sugarcane, mango and Peanuts. The town has a unique climate which is high in the Eastern areas and low in the western areas because of the change in the altitude.it is a great place to visit and an undiscovered gem for a tourist. The town with its various hills, rivers, temples, forts and a rich collection of flora and fauna is a must visit. A personal recommendation would be to spend more time at the western areas near the Horsley Hills and simply relax.

    ★Best time to visit: November to April.
    ★Nearest airport: Tirupati Airport at 30 km away.
    ★Nearest railway station: Chittoor Railway Station

    Things to Do:

    Try the local mangoes, visit temples, go on hikes, explore the wildlife, and take photographs of the beautiful landscapes of Chittoor.

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Horsley Hills
    ➔Gurramkonda Fort
    ➔Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
    ➔Sri Venkateswara Temple
    ➔Nagari Hills


    The Largest of all the districts in Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur is famous for diamond mining and agricultural produce like rice, cotton, maize, chillies etc. The town is located near the bordering State of Karnataka and has 6 rivers that flow through the district. The old ruins of the hilltop forts, its hidden waterfalls make it an amazing tourist attraction. The town of Anantapur is also famous for housing the mighty banyan tree of "Thimmamma Marrimanu" which is one of the largest trees in the world. Its branches are spread in an area covering around 2.5 acres and a canopy that is spread around 19,107 sq meters. everyone should visit here for the people visiting Andhra Pradesh.

    ★Best time to visit: October to February.
    ★Nearest airport: Cuddapah (CDP) Airport is 127 km away.
    ★Nearest railway station: Railway station in the city.

    Things to Do:

    Main Places to Visit:

    ➔Thimmamma Marrimanu
    ➔Ravadurg Gooty Fort
    ➔Aluru Kona
    ➔Raidurga Fort

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