Andhra Pradesh’s capital
city, Hyderabad has the atmosphere of an Arabian Nights fairy
tale. Whimsical palaces, erstwhile stately homes and crowded bazaars
filled with shops selling Hyderabadi pearls, incense and copper
utensils characterise the city, while in the distance looms Golconda
Fort. The city’s historical connection traces itself to the rulers or
Nizams whose wealth was legendary. Rooms full of jewels and currency
notes, a garage full of gleaming Rolls Royce’s are all now part of
history, but a unique culture lives on, colouring the city with its
distinctive charm. The Epicurean tastes of this most exalted royal
house of princely India gave rise to a fabled cuisine based on
painstaking preparations and slow cooking. Much of Hyderabad’s old
town can be covered on foot. The city’s important landmarks include
Charminar, a 16th century gateway; the Salar Jung Museum which
exhibits priceless treasures alongside trivia that made up the
personal collection of the owner; Mecca Mosque and Golconda Fort.
Nagarjunakonda is the site of ongoing excavations which have
revealed Buddhist temples, stupas and monasteries.
Hyderabad, the capital of
Andhra Pradesh was founded in the late 6'th century by Qutab Shahi
dynasty line of Kings known for their beautiful monuments and mosques,
Medieval Indian, Saracenic, Mughal and Colonial architecture which,
create an architectural richness rarely found in other parts of the
(deg C): Summer- Max 42, Min 22; Winter- Max 22, Min 11.
Best Season : June to February.
AND COMMUNICATION :
Air : Indian
Airlines connect Hyderabad with Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, Bombay,
Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur and Vishakapatnam.
Rail: Well connected by
rail with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras
and other cities in India.
Road : Good
motorable roads connect Hyderabad to Aurangabad 548 kms, Bangalore
568 kms, Bombay 735 kms, Calcutta 1588 kms, Madras 704 kms, Tirupati
651 kms, Panaji 698 kms etc.
Bus Services :
Regular bus services connect Hyderabad with Bangalore, Madras,
Nagpur, Tirupati and other tourist centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Places Covered Timing Fare
Sightseeing tour of Twin cities Daily Rs.75/- Tourist Information
Hyderabad-Secunderabad 0740 hrs (adult) Counter
(Zoological Park remains closed to Rs.50/- Secunderabad on Monday and
1800 hrs (child) Railway Station Salarjung Museum & Qutubshahi Tel.:
847603. Tombs are closed on Friday) Working hrs: 0600-1930
Nagarjunasagar Tour Daily Rs.115/- Nagarjunakonda Museum 0630 hrs
(adult) remains closed on Friday to Rs.75/- 2230 hrs (child) Srisailam
Tour Dep (sat) 1130 hrs Rs.205/- & (adult) Arr (sun) 2100 hrs Rs.125/-
next day. (child) (Only Transport) Mantralayam Tour Dep (sat) 0930 hrs
Rs.280/- Arr (sun) 2010 hrs (adult) Rs.175/- (child) (Including Acco.)
Tirupati Tour Dep (fri) 1530 hrs Rs.500/- Arr (mon) 0700 hrs (adult)
Rs.375/- (child) (Including Acco., Hill transport & Spl. darshan)
PLACES OF INTEREST
Birla Temple 1 km, Hussain
Sagar 1 km, Indira Park 1 km, Charminar 7 km, Mecca masjid 7 km,
Osmania University 6 km, Qutub Shahi Tombs & Golconda Fort 13 km,
Nehru-Zoological Park 8 km, High Court 7 km, Public Gardens 1.5 km,
Race Course 9 km, State Central Library 7 km, Tank Bund 1 km,Asmongarh
9.5 km, Khajana Museum 12 km, Planetarium 1 km, State Archaeological
Museum 1.5 km, Salar Jung Museum.
Mir Alam Tank 8 km,
Raymond's Tomb 12 km, Himayat Sagar 22 km, Osman Sagar 22 km,
Yalagirigutta 69 km, Kolanupak 80 km, Bidar 136 km. Nagarjunasagar and
Nagarjunakonda 149 km: Nagarjunasagar is the tallest masonary dam in
the world across river Krishna. The Nagarjunakonda is an island formed
in the man made lake. Launch services are available from
Nagarjunasagar to Nagarjunakonda.
Places of Interest on the island are: Archaeological Museum, Mahastupa,
Bodhisri, Chaitya, Simhala Vihara, Mahsik Vihara, Brahusutya Vihara
and Royal Bath.
Rising above the forest of
the Nallamalai forest the Bharamarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple on a
457 mt. high has one of the twelve Jyothir lingas. It is the seat of
one of the 18 leading Saktis Mahakali in her manifestation as
Bharamarambha. The temple sculptures narrate in stone, episodes from
the great Hindu epics - Ramayana & Mahabharata. Regular bus services
connect Sri Sailam with Hyderabad (234 km), Tirupati (436 km), and
Vijayawada (248 km), Sri Sailam Devasthanam provides accommodation for
the pilgrims at their cottages and choultries at nominal cost. The
APTT and TDC operates package tours from Hyderabad to Sri Sailam every
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Vijayawada or the "City of
Victory" as it literally translates is called so as it was here or so
it is believed that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince was rewarded for his
penance, which he did on Indrakiladri Hill. Today, with excellent
communications, perhaps the best in the South where railways are
concerned, Vijayawada is looking forward to an exciting future. A
predominantly business city of the Coastal Anthra, Vijayawada on the
banks of the holy river krishna attracts many piligrims as well for
its temple dedicated to Durge. The city is also a base for visiting
the Buddhist excavations at Amaravati, which is less than 70 km away.
Also accessible from Vijayawada are the towns of Kuchipudi,
Mangalagiri and Kondapalli which are famous for dance, temple and
handicrafts respectively. So altogether Vijayawada presents a
colourful and varied picture and can be termed as a business cum
pilgrim cum tourist centre.
: 125 metres.
Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 45, Min 28; Winter-
Max 32, Min 18.
Best Season : September to February.
HOW TO GET
: Vijayawada is connected to Hyderabad & Rajamundary by Vayudoot
Fare: Vijaywada - Hyderabad Rs.965/-
: Vijayawada is connected by rail with most parts of the
: Good motorable roads connects Vijaywada with major cities
in India. Some distances are Amaravati (66 km), Bhubaneswar (792
km), Bombay (1010 km), Calcutta (1245 km), Delhi (1724 km),
Hyderabad (271km), Madras (433 km), Rajahmundhry (167 km), Tirupati
(380 km), Vishakapatnam (366 km), Warangal (253 km) etc.
: Regular bus services from Amaravati, Annavaram,
Guntur, Kodad, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Machilipatnam, Madras, Nellore,
Suryapet, Rajahmundhry, Tirupati, Tuni, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
and Warangal amongst other places connect Vijayawada.
Coaches : Contact the Transport Unit, Andhra Pradesh
Travel and Tourism Development Corporation, Motel Krishnaveni,
Guntur Road, Near Prakasam Barrage, Sitanagaram, Tel: 63270. Tourist
Taxis, Metered Taxis, Autorickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws available.
City Bus Services : The Andhra Pradesh State Road
Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates point to point bus services
which connect important places within the city with each other.
Available. The Andhra
Pradesh Travel & Tourism Development Corporation runs city sightseeing
tours covering Kanakadurga Temple, Prakasam Barrage, Gandhi hill and
Planetarium, etc. The tours are subject to sufficient bookings.
WHAT TO SEE
Akkana & Madanna Caves,
Gandhi Hill, Haxrathbal Mosque, Kanakadurga temple, Mary's Temple,
Milk Powder Factory, Mogalrajapuram Caves, Prakasam Barrage.
MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES: Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum, Bunder
Agripalli (40 km.),
Amaravati (66km.), Chilkalapudi (71 km.), Gudivada (45 km.) Hamsala
Deevi (85 km.), Kandapalli (16 km.), Kuchipudi (60 km.), Mangalagiri
(12 km.), Manginapuri (83 km.).
Andhra Pradesh Travel &
Krishnaveni, Guntur Road,
Near Prakasam Barrage,
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Warangal was the ancient
capital of the Kakatiya rulers. It was here that the fort was
constructed by king Ganapathi in 1199 A.D and completed by Rudramadevi
in the year 1261. The thousand pillard temple with its star shaped
shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya, the famous Ramappa
temple & lake, the Pakhal lake are worth visiting.
54.98 sq km.
Altitude : 1,700 feet.
Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 39.6, Min 23.2;
Winter- Max 30, Min 13.5.
Rainfall : 82.5 cms ( June to September ).
Best Season : September to February.
HOW TO GET
: The nearest Airport is Hyderabad (141 kms) connected by Indian
Airlines flights with Bombay, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta,
Delhi, Madras, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam. East West Airlines &
Continental Aviation also operates flights from Hyderabad to Bombay.
: Warangal links to all important cities in India by rail.
: Warangal is connected by road to Amaravati (319 km), Armur
(170 km), Bangalore (707 km), Bombay (880 km), Calcutta (1498 km),
Delhi (1463 km), Hyderabad (141 km), Karimnagar (70 km),Madras (686
km), Nagpur (478 km), Nirmal (228 km), Nizamabad (199 km),
Ramagundam (136 km), Tirupati (633 km), Vijayawada (253 km),
Vishakapatnam (619 km), Yadagirigutta (72 km).
: Warangal is connected by regular bus services with Hyderabad,
Yadagirigutta, Vijayawada, Armur, Kolanupaka, Jangaon, Kodad,
Karimnagar, Nizambad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial, Khammam,
Bhadrachalam, Basar, etc.
Coaches : Available from the Depot Manager, New Bus Depot,
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Hanumakonda.
A fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture, the Thousand
Pillar temple as the name implies has many pillars, all efficient
carved. The temple is built in Chalukyan Style. The Nandi here has
Constructed by King Ganapathi in 1199 A.D. and completed by his
daughter Rudrama in 1261 A.D., the fort has two walls, with the traces
of the third. Places of interest in the fort are a temple, and four
thoranas or gateways, similar to those at Sanchi, signifying the
The important attraction in this temple is the idol of the deity in
sitting posture with her eight hands filled with weapons. The head of
the idol is adorned by a crown.
Hear regular shows are held showing the mysteries of the University.
Laknavaram Lake, Pakhal
Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km.), Ramappa Lake (65 km),
Yadagirigutta (64 km), Yadagirigutta (72 km).
INFORMATION CENTRE / TOURIST CORPORATIONS
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Vishakhapatnam / Vizag
Lapped by the Bay of
Bengel, on the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh lies the beach city,
Vishakapatnam. Ages ago there stood a temple on the shores dedicated
to Vaisaka, the God of Valour in the Hindu pantheon. The mighty sea
has since swept away the shrine, but the name survived for identifying
the now sprawling City of Visakhapatnam.
Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max.39, Min.28; Winter-
Rainfall: 89 cms.
Season: All round the year.
STD Code :
HOW TO GET THERE :
: Vishakapatnam is air linked with Calcutta, Hyderabad and
Madras, which in turn is connected by Indian Airlines with Bombay.
Fare: Calcutta-Vishakhapatnam Rs.1693/- Madras-Vishakhapatnam
: Visakhapatnam is well connected with all the important
cities of India, some of which are Vijayawada, Vizianagaram, Cuttack,
Bhubaneswar, Berhampur (for Gopalpur), Warangal, Hyderabad, Pune,
Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nellore, Tirupati, Guwahati and
: Vishakapatnam is connected by good motorable road with some
cities, few kilometre distances:- Araku Valley- 120 kms, Arasavalli-
110 kms, Bheemunipatnam- 29 kms, Bhubaneshwar- 426 kms, Calcutta-
879 kms, Cuttack- 444 kms, Delhi- 1861 kms, Hyderabad- 637 kms,
Jagdalpur- 304 kms, Kakinad- 165 kms, Koraput- 198 kms, Madras- 799
kms, Rajamundhry- 199 kms, Tirupati - 746 kms, Simhachalam- 16 kms,
Vijayawada- 366 kms, Vizianagaram- 60 kms, Warangal- 619 kms.
: Vishakapatnam is connected by sea to Calcutta, Madras, Port
Blair, Ganjam, and Kakinada among other places.
: Regular State Transport buses run between Vishakapatnam and
Hyderabad, Madras, Bhubaneswar, Jagdalpur, Koraput, Berhampur,
Tirupati, Nellore, Vijayawada, Rajamundhry, Eleru, Kakinada,
Warangal, Srikakulam, Araku, Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam,
Simhachalam, Tuni, Machilipatnam, Guntur and among other places.
Also regular city bus services connect places of interest in the
City with each other.
: Coaches, Tourist Taxis, Metred Taxis,
Autorickshaws, Cycle rickshaws available.
Andhra Pradesh Tourism
Development Corporation (APTDC) conducts following sight seeing tours,
Tours Frequency Tariff
1. City Tour Daily Rs. 50/- Rs. 25/-
2. Konark-Puri- Every Saturday Rs. 400/- Rs. 275/-
3. Araku Valley Daily Rs. 85/- Rs. 45/-
4. South India Tour Every 3rd Saturday Rs. 2300/- Rs. 1800/-
5. Arasuvelli Rs. 75/- Rs. 40/-
6. Annavaram Rs. 75/- Rs. 40/-
7. Andhra Pradesh Every month Rs. 1270/- Rs. 825/-
WHAT TO SEE :
Building- 4 kms, Dolphin's Nose, Sri Venkateswara
Shipyard- 6.4 kms, Simachalam Temple (The temple is dedicated to Lord
Narashimha)- 16 kms, The Three Hillocks- 5 kms, Indira Gandhi
Zoological Gardens, Port- 6.4 kms, Visakha refinery.
Anantagiri (88 km.), Araku
Valley (120 km.), Arasavalli (110 km.), Bheemunipatnam (29 km.), Borra
Caves (90 km.), Chintapalli (165 km.), Coringa (177 km.), Draksharama
(176 km.), Kakinada (165 km.), Kalingapatnam (143 km.), Kondakarla Ava
(48 km.), Sankaram (45 km.), Vizianagaram (60 km.), Yanam (213 km).
information Bureau, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh,Hotel Apsara Arcade,
Vishakapatnam- 24 Tel.63016.
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Tirupati is one of the
important pilgrim centres in India. It is famous for the shrine of the
seven hills, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, alsoknown as Balaji the
temple of Tirumala (13 km).
: 150 metres. 860 metres.
Summer : Max. 43 Deg.C. Min 22.3 Deg.C. Max. 40 Deg.C. Min. 22 Deg.C.
Winter : Max. 32 Deg.C. Min 14.9 Deg.C. Max. 30 Deg.C. Min. 13 Deg.C.
Season : Throughout the Year Throughout the Year
: Tirupati is connected by Vayudoot Services with Hyderabad
: Tirupati is connected by rail with Hyderabad, Madras,
Madurai, Puri etc.
: Tirupati is well connected by road to Ahobolam-272 km,
Bangalore-248 km, Horsley Hill-145 km, Hyderabad-617 km,
Kalahasti-36 km, Lepakshi-379 km, Madras-151 km, Srisailam-436 km,
Vijayawada-380 km, Renigunta-55 km etc.
: There are regular bus services between Tirupati and Hyderabad,
Bangalore, Madras, Mysore, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli,
Kanyakumari, Hassan, Vijayawada, Srisailam, Hindupur, Guntur,
Madanpalle, Kurnool, Cuddapah, Renigunta, Puttaparthi, etc.
: Tourist Taxis, Unmetered Taxis, Rickshaws, City bus services,
Transport and buses on hire are available.
The Regional Tourist
Information Bureau runs conducted tours subject to sufficient
bookings. Contact : 20602. Tours Timings Tariff
1. Local Temples 10.00 am to 17.30 pm Rs. 35/- Rs. 25/- (Daily)
2. Bangalore-Tirupati- Daily Rs. 205/-Bangalore
3. Madras-Tirupati- Daily Rs. 185/- Madras
4. South India Twice a month Rs. 2100/- Rs.1550/- (Departure
Hyderabad) 12-Day tour
5. Tirupati-Tiruttani- Every Week Rs. 110/- Rs. 65/- Kanchipuram (1
6. Tirupati-Talakona- Every Week Rs. 200/- Rs. 125/- Horsley Hills (2
7. Bangalore-Mantralayam- Twice in a week Rs. 310/- Rs. 165/-
Bangalore (3 days tour)
WHAT TO SEE AT
Kapilathiraham, Kodandaraswamy Temple, Padmavati
Chandragiri (11 km),
Kalahasthi (37 km), Kalyani Dam (18 km), Narayana Vanam (36 km),
Kailesanathakona ( 43 km), Nagalapuram (65 km), Horsley hills (145
km), Kanchipuram (112 km), Perumallapalli (8 km).
WHAT TO SEE AT
The principal deity of this temple is Lord Venkateswara also known as
Balaji. The temple is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture with its
gopuram facing east. The vimana is completely covered with gold plate
and this is known as Ananda Nilayam. The statues of Krishnadevaraya
and his consort can be seen in the temple. The Brahmostavam or annual
festival is celebrated in September. Akasaganga Waterfalls,Papanasam
Waterfalls, Varahaswamy Temple, Perumallapalli
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Nagarjunasagar - the
tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world accross the river
Krishna, is about 150 km away from the metropolitan city of Hyderabad.
It creates the third largest man-made lake in the world. Nearby
Nagarjunakonda is known for its extensive ruins of Buddhist Stupas,
Viharas and a university that flourished under Acharya Nagarjuna, the
great Buddhist savant, scholar and philosopher who migrated to
Nagarjunakonda from Amaravati to spread the message of the Buddha.
Interestingly excavations conducted here have also revealed
Brahmanical temples, which reveal the friendship that existed here
centuries ago between the two faiths. Now though the actual site of
the excavations have been flooded with the waters of the migty river,
the relies of the ruins have been reconstructed and kept in an Island
Museum, the largest of its kind in the world and are in an excellent
state of preservation-thanks to the efforts of the Archaelogical
Survey of India. Today Nagarjunakonda along with Nagarjunasagar
attracts many tourists from South East Asian Countries and also from
all over India.
: 244 metres.
Area : 39 sq km.
Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 39.4, Min 20;
Winter- Max 22, Min 13.8.
Rainfall : 89 cms.
Best Season : July to March.
: The nearest airport is Hyderabad (149 kms) connected by Indian
Airlines, East West Airlines & Continental Aviation to Bombay.
: The nearest railhead is at Macherla which is 27 kms from
Nagarjunasagar. However the convenient railhead is Vijaywada (177
kms) for tourist travelling from Bombay.
: Vijayapuri (Nagarjunasagar) is connected by good motorable
roads with Amravati 179 kms, Bangalore 619 kms, Bombay 888 kms,
Calcutta 1422 kms, Delhi 1602 kms, Ethipothala 11 kms, Guntur 145
kms, Hyderabad 149 kms, Kurnool 261 kms, Macherla 27 kms, Madras 546
kms, Tirupati 493 kms, Vijayawada 177 kms, Vishakhapatnam 543 kms
: There are regular bus services to Nagarjunasagar
from all important towns in Andhra Pradesh.
: Tourist Taxis & Autorickshaws are available.
Coaches are also available. Contact the Transport Unit, Andhra
Pradesh Travel & Tourism Development Corporation, Project House,
Hill Colony Tel: 3633.
Same day tours are
available from Hyderabad.
Timings: 0630 to 1030 hrs. (Museums remain closed on friday).
Fare: Rs.110 (adult), Rs.60 (child).
WHAT TO SEE :
Left Canal (Lal Bahadur
Canal) (9.5 km.), Model Dam (8 km.), Pylon, Right Bank Tunnel (Jawahar
Tunnel) (13 km.), View Point (4 km.),
Archaelogical Museum :
Open daily except Fridays. Timings : 09:00 to 16:00 hrs.Admission
Mahastupa, Bodhisri Chaitya, Simhala Vihara, Mahisaka Vihara,
Brahusutiya, Vihara, Ashwamedha and Royal Bath.
Ethipothala Waterfalls 11
kms. downstream of dam site. The water falls from a height of 70 feet
into the gorge. Very good picnic spot with deep valleys and cave
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The temple at Srisailam is
dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one of his twelve
Jyotirlingas. Srisailam, also known as Sriparvata is situated in the
Rishabgiri Hills on the Southern banks of the river Krishna in Kurnool
district of Andhra Pradesh. Mention of Srisailam as Sriparvata has
been made in the immortal epic of the Hindus - the "Mahabharata".
Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer : 38 Deg.C. 30 Deg.C.
Winter : 26 Deg.C. 20 Deg.C.
Rainfall : Seasonal.
Season : September to February
HOW TO GET THERE :
: The nearest airport is at Hyderabad (232 km) which is
airlinked with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi,
Madras, Nagpur, Vishakapatnam. Other private Airlines like East West
Airlines & Continental Aviation also connects Hyderabad with Bombay.
Fare : Bombay - Hyderabad Rs.1520/-
: Nearest railhead is Markapur Road on the Guntur-Hubli metre
gauge line. Nandyal and Kurnool on the same line are also convenient
railheads. However convenient railhead is Hyderabad (232 km).
Fare : Bombay - Hyderabad Ist class Rs.510/- IInd class
: Road distances from Srisailam are Atmakur (113 km), Anantapur
(325 km), Bangalore (538 km), Bombay (971 km), Calcutta (1491 km),
Delhi (1685 km), Dornal (49 km), Hyderabad (232 km), Kurnool (180
km), Madras (568 km), Nagarjunasagar (180 km), Nandyal (158 km),
Tirupati (436 km), Vijayawada (248 km), Visakhapatnam (614 km).
: Srisailam is well connected by APSRTC and Devasthanam buses
with Hyderabad, Mahaboobnagar, Nalgonda, Devorkonda, Guntur,
Vijayawada, Kurnool, Ongole, Mahanandi, Mantralayam, Anantapur
Tirupati and Chitradurg among other places.
: Cycle Rickshaws are available.
The Andhra Pradesh Travel
& Tourism Development Corporation Operates package tours from
Hyderabad to Srisailam every week. The tour begins at 11:30 A.M on
Saturdays and ends at 09:00 P.M on Sundays. The tour cost is Rs.145/-
for Adult and Rs.80/- for Child, which excludes accommodation charges.
Accommodation can be arranged on prior notice at tourist cost.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Pathalaganga, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple,Sakshi Ganapathi Sikharam
Alampur (27 km), Dindi
Reservoir (64 km), Kurnool (180 km), Nagarjunasagar (180 km),
Papanasam (2 km), Sangameswar (18 km).
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Department of Tourism. Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Government of India.