||Tourism in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is pretty popular for its tourism; state is filled with wide range of tourist’s attractions including religious places, historical monuments, pristine beaches, scenic hills, valleys, caves lakes, valleys, forts, and natural landscapes.
Significant Tourists’ Attractions in Andhra Pradesh are:
Religious Tourism: State has many religious centers including Hindu temples, churches, mosques, and Buddhist shrines. Important religious places are:
- Tirumala Temple
- Dwaraka Tirumala
- Srisailam Temple
- Kanaka Durga Temple (Vijayawada)
- Srikalahasti Temple
- Shahi Jamia Masjid
- Gunadala Church
- Buddhist Shrines at Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda etc
Valleys & Hills
- Araku Valley (hill station in Visakhapatnam); It is popular for the thick forests, coffee plantations, and waterfalls.
- Horsley Hills (summer hill resort in the Chittoor); It is popular for the picturesque landscape.
- Papi Hills (east Godavari): It is popular for its charming beauty of the location in the Godavari River.
Caves: There are many fascinating caves in the state; significant of them are:
- Borra Caves: It is located in the Ananthagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats, near Vishakapatnam. It is popular for its million-year-old stalactite and stalagmite formations.
- Belum Caves: It is located in Kurnool district. With 3.229 km length, it is the second longest cave of India.
Beaches: Beach tourism in Andhra Pradesh along the Bay of Bengal is also fascinating:
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuary: Significant National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuary are:
- Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park
- Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
- Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
- Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
- Atapaka Bird Sanctuary
- Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary
Ecotourism: By virtue of having diverse geographic features, rich forest and varieties of flora and fauna, state is wonderful place for ecotourism.