Places of Interest in Guntur District
Guntur is the headquarters for Guntur district. It is an important railway junction. The city is also connected to other parts of the state by road. Guntur is an important commercial center.
'Amaravathi' was one of the major centers of Buddhist worship in the country. The largest Buddhist 'stupa' is in Amaravathi. Carvings on the dome and railings of the stupa portray scenes from the life of Buddha. Amaravathi is considered as one of the most sacred Pilgrims centers in South India.
Nagarguna Sagar & Nagarguna Konda
Nagarguna Sager, named after the Buddhist saint Acharya Nagarguna, was known as Vijayapuri in the past. It is an important Buddhist site about 150 km from Hyderabad. Relics of the Buddhist civilization existed in the 3rd century were excavated and preserved in a man-made island called Nagarguna Konda. Other excavations unearthed the remains of a university, vihara, monasteries, sacrificial altar and prehistoric tools from the Paleolithic and Neolithic era. Nagarguna dam, the world's largest masonry dam is another attraction.
Situated 11 km downstream of Nagarguna Dam is the beautiful Ethipothala Waterfalls. It drops from a height of 21.3 m into a lagoon and flows through a green valley much frequented by tourists.
Spread over 3568 sq.km, this sanctuary is the largest tiger reserve in the country. 130 km from Hyderabad, the sanctuary is a home for many animals and birds.
Places of Interest in Krishna District
The capital of Krishna district is Machilipatnam. It is one of the oldest British settlement in the Indian subcontinent. Machilipatnam is famous for its kalankari printing and gold covering works. Nearest airport is Vijayawada. Machilipatnam can be reached easily from all towns of Andhra Pradesh by rail and road.
Vijayawada, the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, is a major buisiness center. The city is located between River Krishna an Budameru, its tributary. The Mogalrajapuram caves, Undavalli caves, Kanakadurga temple, Prakasam Barrage (1223.5m long), Gunadala Church, Hazrat Bal mosque and Gandhi Stupa (15.8m high) are some of the places of interest in the city. The city is 275km from Hyderabad and easily accessed by air, rail or road.
Kuchipudi lends its name to Andhra's famous performing classical dance, kuchipudi. The village is 60km from Vijayawada and the birthplace of Sidhenra Yogi who developed the present kuchipudi dance form.
Places of Interest in Kurnool District
Kurnool was the temporary capital of Andhra Pradesh when the state was formed. It is well connected with other parts of the state by rail and road.
Ruins of Vijayanagar Empire fort and the Jama masjid are worth visiting.
360km from Hyderabad and also known as Singavel Kundram, Abohilam is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the lion form of Lord Vishnu. The lower Abohilam is the abode of the Prahaladavarada Narasimha temple. From the foot of the hill one can reach the Nava Narasimha Shrine situated at 2800 feet above sea level by foot. The hill path is about 9km. The nine incarnations of Lord Vishnu is worshipped here.
Srisailam is 232km from Hyderabad on the banks of River Krishna. The famous Mallikarjunaswamy temple, situated on Rishabagiri Hill, is one of the most ancient and revered temples in South India. It is one of the 12 'Jyothirlingas' in India. There are many other sacred temples dedicated to many deities in Srisailam.
The sanctuary that covers an area of 3568 sq. km in five adjoining districts is a home for tigers, panthers, crocodiles and a variety of other animals and birds.