Hot List The best of Andhra Pradesh

From the intriguing Araku Valley to India's second longest river, here's a list of the best places to visit in Andhra Pradesh
Hot List The best of Andhra Pradesh

Araku Valley
Located about 900-1,400m above sea level, Araku Valley is one of those &lsquosalubrious&rsquo places they al&shyways talk about. The valley is home to a number of indigenous tribes that were some of the earliest inhabitants of the pen&shyinsula, and the contiguous tracts of these forests still ring with their ways and tradi&shytions. Quite naturally, the British, who had a nose for these hidden gems, introduced coffee to these hills in the 1920s. A fine way to see Araku is to take the train to Ki&shyrandul 58 tunnels, 84 bridges, waterfalls, streams, thick forests and the incompara&shyble Anantagiri Hills. Araku is 112km/4 hours from Visakhapatnam by road. The Vi&shysakhapatnam&ndashKirandul Passenger runs daily.

The ancient town of Amaravati, in Andhra&rsquos Guntur district, is famous for a multitude of reasons it was the prosperous capital of the Sat&shyavahanas and was then occupied by a succession of dynasties before being passed into the hands of the Kakati&shyyas. This was also where Gautama Buddha is said to have preached and conducted the &lsquoKalachakra&rsquo ceremony, according to the&nbspKalachakra Tantra. The sacred town also houses a temple dedicated to Shiva as Lord Amare&shyswara... in short, it is a fabled city steeped in spiritual and sovereign power&mdashwhich is why it lends its name to the new, upcoming capital of the newly sundered Andhra Pradesh.&nbspAm&shyaravati is 32km from Guntur.

The second longest river in In&shydia, Godavari meanders through the heart of the country. Although she presents many different facets on her journey through Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, the prettiest stretch is in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, where the river twists and turns sinuously be&shytween the Papi Hills. The 100-kilometre cruise from Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry gives you a rare glimpse into the lush ver&shydure of the extremely fertile coastal region from paddy fields to coconut plantations, mango trees and cashew groves. Past Ra&shyjahmundry, the Godavari river bifurcates into the Gautami and Vasistha rivers. Ra&shyjahmundry is well connected to well-known cities like Hyderabad and Vijayawada. See

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