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Andhra Pradesh: Places of Interest - I

State of Andhra Pradesh

Places of Interest in Ananthapur District

Ananthapur town is connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bellary,Kurnool and Chittoor. It is also connected to most important cities of the state.

Lepakshi

>Mononandi, Lepakshi

Lepakshi is a religious center 480 km from Hyderabad. It is easily accessible from Tirupati. Lepakshi is famous for the Veerabhadra temple built in Vijayanagar style. The huge Nagalingam standing on a granite block shrouded by a seven headed serpent carved out of rock and the monolithic Nandi(4.5m x 8.23m) carved in a single rock are attractions for devotees and tourists.

Puttaparthi

Sai University

Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated village, shot into international fame as the abode of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Bhaba. People seeking spiritual solace come to Prasanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi throughout the year. The nearest railway station is Dharmavaram, 30 km away. Nearest airports are at Tirupati(250km) and Bangalore(300km). Regular bus services are available from most of the towns.


Places of Interest in Chittoor District

Chittoor is the capital of Chittoor district. It is 154 km from Chennai and 183 km from Bangalore. The town is well connected by rail and road with other parts of the state and neighboring states. The nearest airport is Tirupati.

Tirupati

Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple

Tirupati is one of the most venerated and ancient shrines in India. The deity is Lord Venkateswara, the preserver of the trinity. The temple is situated in the foothills of Thirumala. The main temple is a magnificent example of Dravidian temple architecture. The annual festival in September attracts tens of thousands of devotees from all over India. There are many more temples dedicated to Lord vishnu and other deities in the vicinity of Tirupati. Tirupati is connected by air to Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

Horsely Hills

It is a hill station named after former collector of Cuddapah district who used it as his summer residence. Horsely Hills is at 1265 m above sea level. It is 144 km from Tirupathi. The shady slopes are wooded with green lush vegetation. The popular Rishi Valley Public school is here amidst the thick wooded hills.

Srikalahasthi

A religious center where Lord shiva is worshipped in the form of 'Vayulinga'. The temple is about 36 km from Tirupati and between two steep hills on the bank of River 'Swarnamukhi'.

Kailasnath Konda

Kailasanatha Konda

Kailasnath Konda is a perennial waterfall in Nagari valley of Chittoor district with mineral rich and clear water. The water is considered sacred with curative value. It has a small temple of Shiva and Parvati.

Chandragiri

Chandragiri was a strong hold of the Vijayanagar Empire for a long time. Situated on the bank of River Swarnamukhi, the fort was built on a huge rock a thousand years ago. Ruins of palaces and temples can be seen in the fort. The fort is 11 km from Tirupati.

Places of Interest in East Godavari District

The capital is Kakkinada that is a busy fishing harbor and a minor port. Rail and road connect the city to other important centers of the state.

Coringa wild life sanctuary

A sanctuary of 235sq.km was established in 1978. It is in the Godavari delta. Fishing cats, crocodiles, otters and many water birds are seen here.

Papikonda Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 591sq.km, the sanctuary is situated along the slopes of Papikonda range. Many animals including tiger and birds are seen here.

Rajamundry

155 km from Vijayawada, Rajamundri is a place of historical and religious importance. 'Pushkaram', the 'Kumbhamela' of South is celebrated here once in every 12 years. The long rail and road bridge over 56 spans (2743m) is another impressive sight.

Draksharamam

'Draksharamam' is a Shivite temple 17 km from Kakkinada and 185 km from Vijayawada. The temple has a unique "sphadika lingam" and many inscriptions on the walls. The temple art shows influence of Chalukya and Chola styles. The temple festival of 'Bhimaswami's Kalyanam' is celebrated for five days in Jan.-Feb.