Andhra Pradesh
A Melange of Cultures, Spirituality and Wildlife

Renowned for its spectacular cultural heritage and far-stretched green blankets, Andhra Pradesh lures a string of travellers from all the parts of India and outside. Thought of a holiday tour to Andhra Pradesh evokes the images of grand monuments, awe-inspiring museums, elaborate havelis, mesmerising hill stations, unexplored natural caves and a lot more. The state is also a great destination for pilgrims seeking some moments of peace and relaxation in one of the temples located here.

Sightseeing

Andhra Pradesh has been dotted with numerous cities known for their diversified attractions. Start your trip from Visakhapatnam, a city housing plentiful charms under one horizon. With attractions like Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Katiki Waterfalls and Kailasagiri Hill Park, Visakhapatnam has become home to the most beguiling destinations for those booking tour packages to Andhra Pradesh. Those seeking a dip in spirituality can head towards Tirupati, a hub for pilgrims. The place offers a string of temples oozing unearthly sanctity. Sri Venkateswara Temple, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, ISKCON Tirupati and Kapila Theertham are counted among the most renowned temples of Tirupati. Apart from this, destinations such as Vijayawada, Nellore, Chittoor, Anantapur and Kurnool must also be included in the itinerary of holidaymakers visiting Andhra Pradesh with the aim of digging its deeply engraved history, traditions and cultures.

Wildlife

Andhra Pradesh is a delight for the lovers of wildlife. The wildlife of this beautiful state is diverse and makes many jaws drop out of fascination. The state is known for boosting magnificent flora and fauna in the form of various wildlife parks located here including Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Wildlife (largest tiger reserve in India), Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (known for conserving endangered fauna), Kolleru Lake (largest fresh water lake in India), Pulicat Sanctuary (second largest brackish water Eco-System in India) and Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park (housing the Seshachalam hill ranges nestling the abode of Lord Venkateshwara). All these sanctuaries are perfect places for spotting a number of mammals, birds and reptiles from a closer perspective.

Festivals

The locals of Andhra Pradesh give a special place to their festivals, depicting their zeal for their culture and tradition. Partaking in local festivals such as Ugadi (known as Telegu New Year), Varalakshmi Vratham (dedicated to goddess Lakhshmi), Lumbini Festival (commemorating the religion of Buddhism), Visakha Utsav (celebrating the local traditions and culture) and Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival (biggest cultural event) can offer you a great insight of the local charms of Andhra Pradesh.

Food

Renowned as the "Food Bowl of the South", Andhra Pradesh is a heaven for every soul seeking some delectable Indian food. The cuisine of this state is a perfect fusion of rich heritage, local cultures and navabi recipes. Travellers visiting Telangana can treat their taste buds with local dishes like Karapu Annam (chilli rice), Rasam (South Indian soup) and Kakarakaya Pulusu (bitter gourd curry prepared with tamarind and spices). Another great place for the lovers of non-vegetarian food is Hyderabad. A holiday tour to Andhra Pradesh can never end without tasting mouth-watering Hyderabadi dishes such as Biryani (rice cooked in delectable spices), Boti Kabab (pieces of meat, marinated and cooked under intense heat, basted with butter or ghee), Khatti Dal (lentils prepared in curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin, dry red chillies and garlic), and Bhuna Ghost (pan-fried meat with spices). These dishes are a dream of every food devotee and are good enough to make them fall for gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins.

Shopping

Shopping in Andhra Pradesh is truly a delightful experience. From beautiful ornaments to handicrafts and from wooden artefacts to brass carvings, a shopping spree in this beautiful state of India gratifies even the pickiest shopaholics. While making your shopping list do not forget to add hubs like Laad Bazar for lac bangles and multihued stones, Malkha for cotton fabric and Suvasa for block-printed kurtas, baggy salwar pants and dupattas. Also, no traveller visiting Andhra Pradesh ever comes back without buying some exclusive pearls from Hyderabad.

Weather Conditions

Summer season hits Andhra Pradesh in March and lasts till the end of June. The outdoor activities during this period become difficult. The scorching summer is followed by rains (July-September end) when the state turns into an oasis due to excessive rains. The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is during the winter season usually beginning from the month of October. The state experiences extremely pleasant weather during winter months and thus, lures streams of travellers on holiday tour to India.

How to Reach

Andhra Pradesh enjoys great connectivity with rest of the world. Travellers coming from international destination can land at the Begumpet Airport (also known as Hyderabad Airport). Apart from this, domestic travellers can also land at airports like Vishakhapatnam Airport, Warangal Airport, Rajahmundry Airport, Vijaywada Airport, Tirupati Airport and Cuddapah Airport. In addition, the main railhead in this state is Hyderabad, which has three well connected stations located at Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada. Andhra Pradesh also enjoys land borders with several states including Maharashtra in the northwest, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh in the north, Tamil Nadu in the south and Karnataka in the southeast.

Getting Around

Roads and local trains are perhaps the best options for travellers visiting Andhra Pradesh. Those seeking a relaxed travelling experience can hire taxis to explore various attractions of the state. Local buses are also considered as cheap option in Andhra Pradesh, however, a bus ride is not recommended as they remain overly crowded.

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