From century old temples to a hill station that freezes in winters to mangrove forests, Andhra Pradesh is full of surprises.
Here I have put together a list of places you should visit if you want to go off the beaten path in Andhra Pradesh. Let’s check them out!
Lambasingi is a small village in the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. This place is often referred to as Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh. The temperatures here go as low as -2 °C in December – January.
With quaint valleys and chilling temperatures, Lambasingi is the only place in the southern region that sees snowfall. Apart from being the only place in the southern region that sees snow, Lambasingi is also home to an isolated tribal community that works at the pepper and coffee plantations. The vast expanse across which these plantations are spread is a sight to behold!
Yaganti in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh is renowned for Uma Maheshwara Temple of Lord Shiva. The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with contributions spanning thousands of years from the Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara dynasties.
The Yaganti caves are found in close proximity to the famous Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple and it consists of three main parts –
Veera Brahmam cave
Gandikota is a village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, known for its fort which lies near the canyon formed by river Pennar with the Erramala hills.
Recently it has become more famous for the canyon and has begun to be referred to as ‘Grand Canyon of India’. The entrance to the fort has a granary used to store food during droughts by the Nayakas.
There are two temples and one masjid inside the fort complex. The fort complex also has gorgeous gardens. The other structures within the fort, include a big granary, an elegant ‘Pigeon Tower’ with windows and a palace built using decorated bricks.
Efforts are being put forth to give Gandikota a world heritage status.
Orvakal Rock Garden
Orvakal Rock Garden is a wonderful site with the profuse natural beauty of rock formations. It is located just 3 KMs from Orvakal village.
Orvakal Rock Garden is an exceptional silica and quartz rock formation place with beautiful surroundings. The rocks are fashioned around a natural lake in the middle of the site that increases the exquisiteness of the place.
This is one of the must-visit places around Kurnool. The garden has been a site for film production. Baahubali – the beginning was also shot here.
Nestled on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake is India’s second largest lagoon. Although 90% of the lake falls in Andhra Pradesh, the other 10% comes under Protected Areas of Tamil Nadu.
This beautiful lake comes under the category of ‘brackish water’ lakes, that which is saltier than freshwater but not as much as seawater.
Previously known as “Pralaya Kaveri”, Pulicat Lake is home to a wide range of aquatic creatures and birds. Therefore, the lake has been turned into a bird sanctuary.
Ethipothala Falls is a 70 feet high river cascade, situated in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Located on the Chandravanka river, which is a tributary of River Krishna joining on its right bank. The waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu, and Tummala Vagu.
Best time to visit Ethipothala Falls is just after or during monsoons when the water levels are high. Visiting the end of the waterfall is not permitted, but the view of the waterfall is quite pleasant.
Pakhal is located at a distance of about 50 km on the east of Warangal city.
If you desire to experience heaven on earth, then you must not overlook visiting this eye-catching lake on moonlit nights. The luminously shining moon, water gossiping on the coast and a loved one by your side… what else can one ask for?
The Pakhal lake which is enveloped by the scenic forested hills is spread over an area of 30 Sq. Kms. The harness of a small tributary of the River Krishna is a must-see sight.
Yanam is the famed place which is sited on the eastern coast of the country. It is situated adjacent to the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, as a 30 square km commute into the district.
Yanam has a lot of places to be visited where you get a serene environment. It is enclosed by plenty of coconut trees making it a sight to behold.
Tourists can take pleasure in the fresh breeze near the river People also see various statues facing on both sides of the road. You can hire a boat and take a trip in between evergreen mangrove forest.
Go for stunning eye-catching views of the picturesque beauty this place offers.
Papi Kondalu is a stunning mountain range situated in Andhra Pradesh. It is an element of the Eastern Ghats; Located along the Godavari River.
This mountain range is enclosed with tropical and deciduous rain forests that offer views of the surroundings.
For exploring the places, tourists have to cover a boat journey either from Bhadrachalam or Rajahmundry, which is the main doorway to the area. Locals engage in various activities such as fishing, agriculture and handicraft making.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary off the Kakinada coast is a great combination of entertainment and education.
Believed to be the second largest mangrove forests in India after Sundarbans in West Bengal, the Coringa mangrove is well-known for its flora and fauna.
The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is named after a village called Coringa. It was stated a sanctuary in the year 1978 as it was the habitat of different and rare species of Mangroves and rare species of birds and animals.
The mangroves have adjusted themselves to the environment in which it grows. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary also has a profound growth of shrubs and herbs. Many species of salt-tolerant plant species are found here.
Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur District, in Andhra Pradesh, India
The famous Veerabhadra temple that dates back to 1583, and is dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. It was built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna. And, this temple is one of the most notable examples of the Vijayanagar architectural style.
Also, it is famous for its sculptures. These were created by the artisans of the Vijayanagara empire. Also, it has idols of Ganesha, Nandi, Veerabhadra, Shiva, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi.
A huge Nandi bull made out of single granite stone is one of the major attractions near the main Lepakshi temple. And, the place is renowned for being one of the best repositories of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings.
Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls.