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By Akash Shukla

Andhra Pradesh has always been the front-runner in attracting maximum visitors, inland, and foreign.

Not just naturally and culturally, but ecologically and religiously rich tourist destinations open doors to visitors in Andhra Pradesh. With treasures of visual treat in stock, the state allows multiple vents of delightful experiences for visitor gratification.

The state of Andhra Pradesh is a symbolic evidence of abundantly visible natural resources. With longest eastern coastline and a strong trail of Buddha’s glory, the state speaks volumes with pristine splendor, citadels, forts, and architectural masterpieces.

The late emperors built monuments, tombs, palaces and memorials. All of this reflects the craftsmanship and the architecture that found its inception on this land.
The tourism here opens up to hills, ridges and valleys. If that’s not all, it also offers meadows, beach waves, hill stations, virgin forests, and caves.

Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala

Tirumala templeThe temple is a Vaishnavite temple located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to god Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu.

It is believed that he appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kaliyuga, therefore, the spot is also known as Kaliyuga Vaikuntham and the deity here is alluded to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam.

The temple is also known by many other names, namely, Tirumala temple, Tirupati Balaji temple and Tirupati temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple

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The temple is a well-known Hindu holy space of Goddess Durga. It is situated in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of river Krishna. Durgaa Sapthashati, Kaalika puraana, and other Vedic literature speak of goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri and they have described the deity as Swayambhu, (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.

In accordance with the legend, the now verdant Vijayawada was once upon a time a rocky-hilly region that obstructed the flow of River Krishna. Consequently, the land was rendered unfit for habitation or cultivation. Lord Shiva was invoked for divine intervention so that the passage for the river could be managed. With Shiva’s blessings, the river started flowing unimpeded with all its might, through the tunnels or ‘Bejjam’. This is how the place got its name Bezawada.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam templeSimhadri or Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in Visakhapatnam. It is dedicated to Narasimha (the man-lion god), a lord Vishnu incarnation. The architectural style of the central shrine is Kalinga.

In Odia, Simha means lion and Anchala means hill. The temple is situated at the top of a hill; hence the temple is called Simhachalam. Lion-man incarnation Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy is the temple’s presiding deity. The temple is one of the 18 Narasimha Kshetras in India.

Kailasagiri

KailasagiriIt is a hilltop park in Visakhapatnam which was developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) comprising of 380 acres of land. The area is covered with a lot of flora. At a height of 360 feet, it also witnesses beaches and forests. On an average, around three lakh Indian and foreign tourists visit this place annually.

Golkonda

Golconda FortAlso known as Golla konda (shepherd’s hill), it is a fort of Southern India and capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The site is located 11 km west of Hyderabad. The place is known for the mines that have produced some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Koh-i-Noor, the Hope Diamond and the Nassak Diamond.

In Incredible Andhra, temples and shrines are important destinations that draw tourist traffic and act as a big source of revenue flow.

With museums, archaeological treasures, weaponry and an array of objects that symbolize the culture and marvels of the territory, the city never turns a blind eye towards culture aficionados.

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Lambasingi: A Snowfall Experience Like Never Before

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees celsius in the month of December

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Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Lambasingi is a tourist place in Andhra Pradesh
  • The place is famous for experiencing snowfalls
  • It is a beautiful, nature-friendly place and great for a recreational break

When you think of snowfall, you think of Kashmir, Manali, and all other hill places in North India. However, what many don’t know is, that snow falls in South India too. Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh is a small picturesque village where snowfalls are beautiful.

The previously unknown village is now being promoted by Andhra Pradesh tourism. And it is also slowly becoming one of the favourite tourist places of Andhra Pradesh.

India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons
India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons

Lambasingi is a misty hill station, which at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level is situated in the Chintapalli region of Arakku Valley. It has experienced snowfalls many times in the past.

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees Celsius in the month of December, and when that happens, the place gets covered in a layer of snow. Lambasingi weather is mostly cool and can get freezing in the months of December and January. It is one place which must be on your travel list.

Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons

But what do you do in Lambasingi other than wait for the snow? Here are some clues:

Enjoy the Farms and Gardens

Lambasingi is famous for its coffee and pepper farming. In winter, you can take a walk in these farms r the beautiful orchid gardens. It will make you feel like you are strolling through the clouds.

Visit the Waterfall 

27 km away from the beautiful hill station, lies the Kothapally waterfall. In between enchanting forests, the crystal white water of this waterfall will leave you enchanted.

Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Enjoy the Misty Mornings 

Mornings in the mountains are the best, and in Lambasingi the experience is just as beautiful. The Lambasingi temperature throughout the year stays less than 10 degrees Celcius, so you can expect a beautiful, chilly morning every day during your stay there.

Also Read: Travel and Tourism Fair in Kolkata aims at Exploiting Huge Travel and Tourism Potential in the Country 

Stroll through the Forests 

Lambasingi weather is beautiful, it needs no reiterating. And there are even more beautiful and lush green forests for you to stroll through to make yourself feel at peace. One can also observe various birds, plants and animals, to make for a more thrilling experience.

Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Try Adventure Sports 

The Lambasingi travel guide also promises adventurous experiences. You can go trekking, rock climbing and rappelling as well.

Also Read: Goa pins ‘bird’ing hopes to attract tourists

Lambasingi is becoming one of the hottest tourist places in Andhra Pradesh really fast, and the people are capitalising on it like anything. Lambasingi has hotels now which promise an amazing experience and comfortable stay. This place is a pocket-friendly trip you can enjoy with your family.