Andhra Pradesh is the home of many religious pilgrim centres:
Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the second richest and most visited religious centre (of any faith) in the world. Srisailam, the abode of Sri Mallikarjuna, is one of twelve Jyothiralingas in India. Amaravathi’s Siva temple is one of the Pancharamams, Vemulavada temple, one of the old abodes of Lord Shiva, reputed as Dakshina Kashi – Benaras of South India.
Kanaka Durga Temple of goddess Durga is situated on the Indrakeeladri Hill in the city of Vijayawada on the banks of Krishna River. A large number of pilgrims attend the colourful celebrations of Tepotsavam and for holy dip in the Krishna river during the festival of Dusshera.
Mallikarjuna Swamy temple situated at Srisailam in the Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district, is the abode of lord Mallikarjuna Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines in India. Lord Rama himself installed the Sahasralinga, while the Pandavas lodged the Panchapandava lingas in the temple courtyard. The Vijayanagara Empire built number of monuments, including the Srisailam and Lepakshi temples.
The five ancient Hindu temples of Lord Shiva, known as Pancharama Kshetras, are located at – Amararama, Draksharama, Somarama, Ksheerarama and Kumararama. Other religious places include, Srikalahasti temple in Chittoor district, Raghavendra Swami Mutt in Mantralayam of Kurnool district, Lord Venkateswara temple in Dwaraka Tirumala of West Godavari District, Annavaram temple in East Godavari and Arasavalli Surya temple in Srikakulam District etc., are also religious places for divine worships in the state.
Famous Buddhist centres:
Amaravathi – Guntur District
Nagarjuna Konda – Guntur District
Bhattiprolu – Guntur District
Ghantasala – Krishna District
Sankaram – Visakhapatnam District
Bavikonda – Visakhapatnam District
Thotlakonda – Visakhapatnam District
Ramatheertham – Vizianagaram District
Salihundam – Srikakulam District
Lingapalem – West Godavari District
Others are Pavurallakonda, Chandavaram, Guntupalli, Adurru, Kummarilova, Kotturu Dhanadibbalu, Karukonda, kapavaram, Nandalur
Pilgrim centres and temples:
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple – The abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the richest and most visited religious centre (of any faith) in the world situated in Tirupathi City
Kanaka Durga Temple – One of the Shakti Peetam’s situated in Vijayawada City
Sri Mallikaruna Temple – One of the Jyothirlingam’s situated in Srisilam Town
Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narashima Temple – Situated at Simhachalam near to Vizag City
Sri Kalashastiswara Temple – Situated at Srikalahasti Town
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple – known as china Tirupathi located at Dwaraka Tirumala Town
Sri Amaralingeswara Swami Temple – One of the Pancharama’s located at Amaravathi Town
Sri Someswara Swami Temple – One of the Pancharama’s located at Bhimavaram Town
Sri Kshira Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple – One of the Pancharama’s located at Palakol town
Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple – One of the Pancharama’s located at Rama Chandra Puram Town
Sri Satyanarayana Swami TempleLocated at Annavaram near Rajahmundry city
Arasavali Temple – Sun God’s temple located 3 km away from Srikakulam almost on the shore of Bay of Bengal
Srikurmam – Temple of Lord Vishnu in Kurma Avataram also near Srikakulam on the Shore of Bay of Bengal
Rama Lingeswara Swamy Temple – One of the Lord Shiva’s temple suituated in Yanamalakuduru village near Vijayawada, Shiva Rathri is well celebrated in this Temple
Thousand’s of oldest temples are situated in Andhra pradesh.
Kilash giri – Mountain View along with beach side situated in Vizag City
Bhimili Beach – Beautiful Beach near to Vizag City
Araku Valley – known as Andhra Ooty near to Vizag City
Borra Caves – caves formed 1 million years ago situated near to Vizag City; belongs to Odisha
Bhavani Islands – A unique tourism spot to stay and visit near Vijayawada
Thimmamma Marrimanu – The World’s Largest Banyan Tree, and “Marrimanu” was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. Its branches spreads over nearly 5 acres. (2.1 ha.). Located about 35 km from Kadiri, and 100 km from Anantapur.
Lepakshi – this is the largest monolithic Nandi (Bull) in the world, (length 27 feet, height 15 feet), It is 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Hindupur, and 105 km from Anantapur, and about 120 km (75 mi) north of Bangalore.
Prakasam Barrage – A famous bridge which was constructed by the British Government in the remembrance of Tanguturi Prakasam, is the best tourist spot to visit in Vijayawada
Kolleru Lake – A famous lake situated between Krishna and West Godavari District.
Pulicat Lake is located at the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake covers an area of 500 km2. It is a brackish water lagoon, the second largest in India, and is situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary attracts many migratory birds and also is a feeding and nesting ground for aquatic and terrestrial birds such as flamigoes, pelicans etc.
The Borra Caves in the Anatagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats, near Vishakapatnam at an altitude of about 800 to 1300 metres are famous for million-year-old stalactite and stalagmite formations. They were discovered by British geologist William King George in 1807. The caves got the name from a formation inside the caves that looks like the human brain, which in Telugu language is known as burra.
The Belum Caves in Kurnool District] have a length of 3,229 metres (10,594 ft), making them the second largest natural caves on the Indian subcontinent. The Belum Caves derive their name from Bilum, the Sanskrit word for caves. The caves have long passages, spacious chambers, freshwater galleries, and siphons. The caves deepest point is 120 feet (37 m) from the entrance and is known as Patalganaga.
The golden beaches at Visakhapatnam, the one-million-year-old limestone caves at Borra, picturesque Araku Valley, hill resorts of Horsley Hills, river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu, waterfalls at Ettipotala, Kuntala and rich bio-diversity at Talakona, are some of the natural attractions of the state. Visakhapatnam is home to many tourist attractions such as the INS Karasura Submarine museum, Yarada Beach, Araku Valley, VUDA Park, Indira Gandhi Zoological Gardens. The weather in Andhra Pradesh is mostly tropical and the best time to visit is in November through to January. The monsoon season commences in June and ends in September, so travel would not be advisable during this period. Rajahmundry is the hub for great Engineering and Architectural monuments such as Godavari Bridge (Asia’s second largest Road cum Railway Bridge), Papi Hills, Iskon Temple, Tantikonda, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, Pushkar Ghat, Gowthami Ghat. A unique festival called Pushkaram will be celebrated along the Godavari river for every 12 years and Rajahmundry attracts 4-5 crore people during the tenure of the festival.