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Andhra Pradesh: Places of Interest - III

State of Andhra Pradesh

Places of Interest in Nellore District

Nellore derives its name from the extensive paddy cultivation in the district. It is an important commercial center. Nellore is 210km from Chennai and 515km from Hyderabad. Talpagiri Ranganathaswamy temple and its architecture is worth visiting.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Established in 1976, it is a small water bird sanctuary. Grey pelicans, storks, herons and many other birds are seen here.

Pulikat Lake

Visiting Flamingos

A major portion of the lake on the Andra-Tamilnadu border is in Andra Pradesh. Boating facilities to observe flamingos, migrant and other resident birds are available.

Sriharikota

It is a rocket-launching center for Indian Space Research organization.

Udayagiri

Ruins of a mighty fort of the Vijayanagar Empire and ancient temples of Chola and Pallava dynasties are in the Udayagiri village.

Venkatagiri

The handloom industry produces sarees those are popular as Venkatagiri sarees.

Places of Interest in Prakasam District

The headquarters, Ongole, is an ancient town mentioned in the inscriptions of the Pallava rulers of the 3rd and 4th century. The Chennakeswary temple (18th century) and the Kasivisveswaraswamy temple are places of interest in the city. Ongole is 138km from Vijayawada. Roads connect the city with other important places of the state.

Bhairavakonda

The temple of eight faced Durga-Bhairavaswamy is in the midst of thick forests. A 60m high waterfall adds beauty to the surroundings.

Motupalle

Motupalle is an ancient seaport that flourished under various dynasties from 1st century AD. Buddhist ruins indicate that it was a Buddhist center in the old days.

Places of Interest in Srikakulam District

Srikakulam district came into being in 1950. Until then it was part of Visakhapatnam. Srikakulam town is the district headquarters. The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam at 106km. Roads and rail connect the city to other parts of the state.

Arasaville

The ancient Sun-God temple is famous and attracts many devotees from all over the country.

Srikurmam

A pilgrim center for devotees of Lord Vishnu. The inscriptions on the temple shed light on the various kingdoms those ruled the region.

Srimukhalingam

The 9th century Srimukhalingeswara temple of Indo-Aryan style has remarkable sculptures.

Places of Interest in Visakapatnam District

The city popularly known as Vizag is the headquarters of the district. It has the largest ship building yard in the country. The city also got a powerful lighthouse, other industries and long beaches. It is 673km from Hyderabad. It has an airport and other parts of the state can be accessed via air, road or rail.

Borra Caves

Borra Caves, Visakhapatnam

These limestone caves are stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves are one million years old. A. P. tourism department had illuminated the caves. The train journey from Arraku valley to Borra caves is through winding tunnels and lush green forests.

Dolphin's Nose

The massive rock, on which the lighthouse was built, is jutting out to the sea reminding the shape of a dolphin's nose

Ramakrishna Beach and Lawsons Bay are long stretch of golden beaches with sunshine to bask carefree and explore on foot.

Rishikonda Beach

Rishikonda Beach, Visakhapatnam

A golden unspoiled beach 8km from Visakhapatnam that is ideal for swimming, water-skiing and wind surfing.

Bhimunipatnam Beach

it is located at the mouth of River Gosthani, 24km from Visakhapatnam. This beach is one of the safest for swimmers.

Araku valley

Araku valley ,about 115km from Vizag , is the home of as many as 17 tribes whose folklores and traditions are attractions for the visitors. The journey to the Araku valley by the well-laid ghat road that winds through the forests, orchards and plantations is a breath taking experience. The Zilda waterfalls adds beauty to the fertile valley.

Simhachalam

Simhachalam Varaha Temple

Simhachalam is 16km from Vizag. The 11th century Varaha Lakshminarasimha temple that resembles to the Konarak Sun temple in Orisa is situated here.

Sankaram

It is a place of archeological interest. Sankarm has many Buddhist relics including a life size statue of Buddha. It is 41km from Visakhapatnam.

Places of Interest in West Godavari District

The headquarters of the district is Elluru. The city is at the banks of the swamp that surrounds Kolleru Lake. The temples of Janardhana and Jalapahareswara, ruins of an old fort and the woolen pile carpet industry are main attractions of the city.

Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

This large bird sanctuary spreads over 900sq.km of wet and marshlands around the Kolleru Lake. Pelicans, gray herons, egrets and many other birds can be seen in the sanctuary.