Andhra Pradesh is a magnificent place with a mix of landscapes that offers a lot many things for its visitors. You can go to temples, churches, mosques to celebrate the architecture that has been treasured in this place due to the kind of diversity in faith found here for ages. Explore museums and monuments and celebrate various fairs and festivals held in Andhra Pradesh from time to time. Andhra Pradesh is also known as the land of beaches, and you could spend a lavish evening looking at the sun setting at these beaches. The city is also known for shopping antiques and jewelry and many heritage tours are organized from time and again to keep its visitors engaged. Here is a list of all the things to do in Andhra Pradesh that will make your trip totally worthwhile!
Top 8 Things To Do In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is a state that hides some of the most impeccable experiences. Here is a list of the top things that you should try when in the state.
1. Go On Vizag City Tour
The tour is often organized by various tour companies. It’s an eight hours tour with on door pickup and drop facility. The tour covers the ocean museum, war museum, submarines and other top attractions of Vizag. The tour will start from the Simhachalam temple which is dedicated to Lord Narasimha (An incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and will guide through the submarine museum which includes a weapon package which hauls from sea to land. Then we visit the Vishaka Museum, which is a house of historical artifacts from the Kalingandhra region. The collection includes armors, crockery, coins, silk costumes, ancient jewelry, the skin of animals, various portraits and manuscripts, letters and maps from ancient times, warships, planes, and submarines.
After completing the tour to Visakha Museum, you visit Tenneti Park and then explore Ramakrishna beach. This is a long and lovely beach that stretches across the sea and sands and houses a Kali Temple and a Ramakrishna Ashram. Also, you can visit here the War Memorial which was built in the memory of soldiers during the 1971 war. In the end, the tour operator will drop you at the prescribed location.
Location: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: INR 3500 per adult
Timings: 9:00 am
2. Go On Araku Valley Day Tour
The tour starts from the city center in Vizag city and takes you to Araku Valley via Tyda Valley. Araku Valley is also known as Andhra’s Ooty and shelters various tribal communities. The valley is spread in an area of 36 sq. km and is blessed with the best of climate and lush green lands, with natural streams and waterfalls which makes this place a mecca for any nature lovers. Araku Valley also has a tribal museum that showcases the lifestyle of the locals of this region and how it has evolved. After Araku Valley, the tour shall extend to Borra Caves, which are illuminated limestone caves at a height of 1400 meters above sea level. The caves are filled with fascinating stalagmites and stalactite formations.
Some of these are even considered as an idol of Lord Shiva and people pray them religiously. There is a Gosthani cave flowing through these caves which impart another dimension to these caves. Four kilometers from Borra Caves, we have Katiki Waterfalls which is a sort of trek. However, when you reach this spot, the cool water splashing from the fall will help you realize the worth of every step that you have taken to reach this place. While coming back from Borra Caves, there will be a stoppage at Galikonda viewpoint which is one of the highest viewpoints of Visakhapatnam and provides one of the best views of the hills and cottages in the valley.
Location: Paderu, Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: INR 5,000
Timings: Starts at 7:00 am
3. Mayavi Caves
Mayavi Caves are technical caves located in Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. These beautiful caves are full of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and lots of shining minerals flowing through the caves. The caves are called technical caves because of few vertical sections present in the cave which require one to do rappelling for around 20 feet. The elevation of these caves is around 200 feet and involves around 1 km of hiking.
The entrance of the cave is small and might give you claustrophobic vibes. You need to climb down around 15 feet from the entrance to reach the first horizontal surface. Then two more obstacles require you to ascend and then descend using ropes. Once you reach on the other side of the first obstacle people often feel uneasy and breathless because the air there is almost stationary.
Location: Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: INR 6000
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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4. Trek To Talakona Waterfalls
This would be one of the most adventurous treks you would have had in recent times. The path is adorned with amazing flora and fauna. As you trek through the difficult terrain to the falls, the chirping birds and praying insects tend to keep your brain busy and you do not get the essence of tiredness. The trek is in the Sri Venkateswara National Park in Chittoor district and fall is around 270 feet tall. The water falling from such a height leaves you speechless and gives you the worth of the trek to reach this location. The surroundings are covered in dense forests and lush green trees.
Other things to do around the fall are to watch the endangered species which live in this forest-like squirrels, panthers, sambar, cheetah, and porcupines. There is also a facility to experience 240 meters of canopy rope walk which adds to your thrill of trekking in this place. There are mammoth trees around the location with various birds and monkeys and trek is an amazing experience. At points, you will find various routes to choose from, but not to worry, as they all shall lead you to the falls.
Location: Sri Venkateswara National Park near the Nerabailu village in the Chittoor district
Entry Fees: None
Timings: 7:00 am until 5:00 pm
5. Experience The Freezing Point In Lambasingi
Yes, you heard it right. Andhra Pradesh where the nominal temperature is always around 40-degree centigrade, there is located a small village called Lambasingi and the temperature of this place never rises above 10-degree centigrade. This is the only place in South India, where you may even experience snowfall during winters. Though it’s not alike the snowfall you have in other hill stations, it’s just dew getting frost and appears to be like snow hovering around freezing point.
This event is what made this place so famous. Though it is still not that much crowded when you reach this place, you will experience the winters in all its glory. The place is perched at a height of 1000 meters above sea level and coffee and tea plantations are one of the main jobs of the locals.
Location: Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: NA
6. Experience Hanging Pillar In Lepakshi Temple
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Veerabhadra and is in a small village in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. The temple was constructed during the reign of Vijayanagar Kings in the 16th century. The temple has a total of three shrines each dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Veerabhadra respectively. The unique thing about the architecture of this temple is its 70 pillars which support the temple. The main attraction of this temple is the largest sculpture of Veerabhadra and a hanging pillar called Aakasa Sthambha.
The pillar rather than resting on the ground is hanging from the ceiling and is always raised at a height of around one inch from the ground. People often like experimenting with this unique pillar by passing through their handkerchief through the base of this pillar. The whole temple stands on a rocky hill called ‘Kurmasailam’ or tortoise hill.
Location: Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: NA
Timings: 7:00 am until 6:00 pm
7. Go On A Wildlife Safari In Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary
Srisailam wildlife sanctuary is India’s one of the largest Tiger Reserves which is spread over five districts that are Nalgonda, Mahaboobnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam, and Guntur. The place was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 1983 and has river Krishna flowing through it over 130 km. The terrain of this reserve is breathtaking and rugged and winds around the Mallamali hills. The dry deciduous forests with plenty of scrubs and bamboo thickets often provide shelter to the animals like tigers and leopard to sit and thrive for their food in a shape of deer, sloth bear, etc.
The place is also a house for multiple varieties of flora and fauna. There are around 20 rare species that are found only at this place. The fauna includes animals like tigers, leopard’s sloth bears, etc. The tigers are very rarely sighted by the locals. The best time to visit this place is during summers from March till mid of June. There are three forest rest houses in this location. The nearest town is Macherla and the nearest railhead is in Hyderabad.
Location: Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: INR 800 per head for Jeep Safari
Timings: 7:00 am until 5:00 pm
8. Admire The Serene Beaches Of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is a land of serene beaches and the best way to spend a day in summers in Andhra Pradesh is to go explore one of them. Some of the best beaches that must not miss visiting in Andhra Pradesh are Baruva Beach in Srikakulam, Bheemunipatnam or Bheemili and Yarada Beach near Vizag. Also, you must visit Suryalanka beach in Guntur, Vodarevu beach in Chirala and Ramakrishna beach in Vizag. You can visit any depending on your location at that time.
Location: Various in Andhra Pradesh
Entry Fees: NA
Other than the things mentioned above, there is a lot more things to do in Andhra Pradesh. It all depends on your location, where you are in Andhra Pradesh at the time when you are trying to explore things to do. There is also a famous Tirupati temple located in Andhra Pradesh, which needs to be mentioned. It’s a whole circuit including Tirumala Temple. Most places are like a day trip or a weekend getaway, so you can plan your trips to Andhra Pradesh accordingly.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Andhra Pradesh
What all hill stations can one explore in Andhra Pradesh?
Andhra Pradesh has many hill stations like Araku Valley, Horsley Hills, Nallamala Hills, Nagari Hills, and the most popular Lambasingi.
Can we have any kind of water sports in Andhra Pradesh?
Krishna river in Vijayawada is the best place to experience all kinds of water sports. The place is also famous for its river cruises.
What are the best cities to explore in Andhra Pradesh?
The best cities that belong to Andhra Pradesh are Vizag, Vijayawada, Amaravati, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati and Kakinada. A large portion of historic cities like Hyderabad and Secunderabad now belong to newly formed Telangana.
What are the options to explore wildlife in Andhra Pradesh?
Andhra Pradesh is full of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries like Srisailam Sanctuary, Venkateswara National Park, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary and many more.
What is the diverse wildlife found in this state?
The wildlife estates of this place are full of a variety of wild creatures like Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Deer, and Panthers. It is one of the best places to see wildlife in action.
What is the one thing we can do during summers in Andhra Pradesh?
One activity that will feel like a blessing to you in summers while in Andhra Pradesh, is to visit Araku Valley. The temperature is moderate as compared to other parts of the state and the place is full of picturesque landscapes.
Which is the best place to visit in Andhra Pradesh?
Tirupati is one of the best places to visit while you are in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara Swamy and is one of the richest holy places in the world in terms of donations it receives.
What should we do while we are in Andhra Pradesh?
Andhra Pradesh is a land of mixed landscapes and beautiful landscapes. It includes hills, beaches, lush green forests, wildlife and many other things that you could explore while in Andhra Pradesh.
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