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Andhra Pradesh & Chattisgarh

Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh are sister states with 5 major rivers, mighty waterfalls, 1000 kms. of Coastline, Twenty four Wildlife sanctuaries, a majestic past and a golden future.

Visakhapatnam 
Visakhapatnam was originally a small fishing village, which is now one of the biggest ports in the country housed in a natural harbour with a picturesque hill resembling a Dolphin. You can go beach hopping from the Ramakrishna Beach to Lawson Bay, further down to Rishikonda Beach (8 kms.) and all the way to Bheemunipatnam Beach (24 kms) to visit the remains of a Dutch settlement. You can also experience some serious Birdwatching at Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary (48 kms). A visit to Simachalam about 16 kms North East of Visakhapatnam to witness the famous 11th century temple dedicated to Lord Narsimha should also be on the list.




Rishikonda Beach


Hyderabad and Secunderabad

The State capital Hyderabad is that exclusive, delectable point where the flavour of North India blends with the ardour of the South. A city sprinkled with historical remains like the most impressive 400 year Golconda Fort, the 48.7 m high "Charminar" and 4 centuries old markets offering pearls, silver filigree work, jewellery, Bidri curios and everything your heart yearns for. You can also find the world's largest private one-man collection of 43000 art objects, 50000 books and 9000 manuscripts at the Salar Jung Museum. The picturesque Hussainsagar Lake is an eight square mile yawning water link between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A massive monolith Buddha standing 17 m high and weighing 320 tonnes installed in this lake will keep you spellbound.





Charminar


Araku Valley

The journey to Araku, which is 110 kms. from Visakhapatnam is exciting with the road winding through forests, coffee plantations and cascading springs. The stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Borra Caves just 15 kms. before Araku are million years old and seem to resemble Hindu mythological characters. These caves have been illuminated by the Tourism Department and one can see a hill stream that disappears and re-emerges in a gorge 90 m below. A few days spent here in the sylvan splendour at an altitude of 950 m is a memory to cherish for a lifetime.





Borra Caves


Tirupati

Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity here is also called the lord of the seven hills. Millions of pilgrims visit the Lord's shrine every year at Tirumala. This hilltop temple town has well laid out parks, accommodations and a free bus service between various locations. You can also visit the Talakona Waterfalls (20 kms. From Tirupati) and the Chandragiri Fort, which is the last capital of the Vijaynagara Empire.


Tyda
 
Tyda is a tribal village tucked away in the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1520 ft. above sea level. The twittering of birds and rustling of leaves within the greenery of the dense forest is waiting to be explored, enjoyed and cherished here. Trekking to nearby village of Dhannakota with a tribal Guide, Rock Climbing, Archery and Cycling lift the spirits and refresh the body and mind. Bird watching and Campfire at night give ample time to reflect and recuperate.





Tyda Forest


Nagarjunsagar

Only 170 kms from Hyderabad, Nagarjunsagar is a huge Reservoir created by the construction of a massive dam. One can visit the remains of the Buddhist structures nearby at Anupu and a museum at Nagarjunkonda, which exhibits relics of Buddha excavated and re-located, from the valley below where a huge hydroelectric project stands today.




Nagarjunsagar Dam


Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar district of Chattisgarh is one of most beautiful towns of the country with well laid out roads and plantations and a pollution free environment. The key attractions in and around Jagdalpur are Danteshwari Temple, Bastar Palace, Handicraft shopping complexes, Kutumsar Caves, Kanger Valley National Park, Kailash Gufa, Anthropological Museum and a couple of beautiful lakes. But,the show has been stolen by the gorgeous Chitrakoot Waterfalls which is on the river Indravati, situated at a distance of 38 kms. in the west of Jagdalpur. Height of this waterfall is approximately 100ft and the permanent rainbow at its foot attracts thousands of tourists in the rainy season.





Chitrakoot Waterfalls

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