When it comes to trekking options, the southern region is often overlooked despite its unique geographical characteristics. While it may not boast the towering peaks of the Himalayas, the south has its own charm with captivating hill stations that feature lush greenery and stunning lakes. Among the popular choices for southern hill stations, Ooty in Tamil Nadu and Munnar in Kerala usually take the lead, closely followed by Coorg in Karnataka. However, the lesser-known hill stations in Andhra Pradesh, aside from the renowned Araku Valley, remain hidden gems waiting to be explored. Therefore, here we present a curated list of the most beautiful hill stations in Andhra Pradesh for you.
This charming village in the Visakhapatnam district is perfect for travellers seeking solitude and a popular spot for honeymooners. What's surprising is that Lambasingi experiences minus temperatures during winter, earning it the nickname "Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh." The stunning landscapes, flora, and fauna also add to its appeal. During the summer months, Lambasingi is a great place to visit because it's one of the coolest spots in Andhra Pradesh. Located at an altitude of over 3000 feet above sea level, Lambasingi is just a three-hour drive (92 km) from Araku. You can easily travel to Lambasingi from Araku Valley or directly from Vizag. While you're there, check out the Kothapally waterfalls and Hope Island. To reach Lambasingi, take a bus or private car from Vizag, the nearest city, which is 100 km away. The best time to visit is from November to January or April to June.
Araku Valley is a popular destination for experienced travellers and is often combined with a visit to Vizag due to its proximity. The lush green hills and serene atmosphere provide a relaxing and tranquil escape just a few hours away from the bustling city. Located in the densely forested Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley sits at around 3000 feet and is often called the "Ooty of Andhra Pradesh." In addition to the breathtaking natural beauty, visitors can indulge in the aromatic Deccan coffee and explore the rich tribal culture. Adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy exhilarating hikes. Don't forget to witness the tribal dance "dhimsa" and visit the tribal museum to learn about their way of life through handicrafts and artefacts. Other notable attractions include the famous Borra caves, Tyda, Damku Viewpoint, Katiki and Sangda waterfalls, and Padmapuram Botanical Gardens. To get to Araku Valley, take a train or car from Vizag. The best time to visit is between October and March.
Nallamala Hills is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Located in the Eastern Ghats, this hill station covers five districts and offers an altitude of 3,608 feet. You'll find pristine rivers, dense forests, scenic orchards, and more. If you're tired of overcrowded tourist destinations, Nallamala Hills is the perfect escape. There are plenty of homestays and lodges to choose from. While you're there, you cannot miss the Srisailam dam and the nearby temple. The beautiful sunflower fields in Cumbum and the oldest man-made lake dating back to the 15th century are also worth exploring. Experience the tribal culture and explore the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary. You must travel 232 km from Hyderabad to reach Nallamala. The best time to visit is between March to May or September to November.
Have you ever heard of Maredumilli village in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh If not, you're not alone. Despite its potential as a tourist destination, it remains largely undiscovered. Maredumilli boasts rich biodiversity, streams, and semi-evergreen forests, making it a haven for travellers seeking rejuvenation and adventure. Local tribal communities have set up an eco-tourism project, offering three trekking routes of varying lengths (ranging from 2km to 10km) for visitors to explore. If you're fascinated by mythology, the jungle campsite near the Valamuru River offers stunning views of the Vali-Sugriva Konda, the legendary battleground of the brothers in the Ramayana. Other must-see attractions include Jalatharangini, Amruthadhara, Rampa falls, Sokuleru Vagu, and Manyam Viewpoint. The Abhayaranya Forest Rest House is a great place to stay while visiting Maredumilli. To get there, the nearest airport and railway stations are located in Rajahmundry. However, you can also reach Maredumilli by bus. The best time to visit is from October to March.
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