Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, fondly being hailed as Kohinoor of India, is replete with beauty. Golden beaches at Vishakhapatnam, one-million-year-old limestone caves at Borra, picturesque Araku Valley, Belum Caves, Horsley Hills resorts, river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu, waterfalls at Ettipotala, and rich bio-diversity at Talakona are some of the natural attractions of the state.
The Godavari, Krishna and Penner river deltas enrich the coastal plains of Andhra Pradesh. It experiences a hot tropical summer (March to June), rainy season (July to September) and a moderate winter. October and November lash the coastal region with cyclonic rain storms.
This state has a good network of roads and railways, connecting all the towns and villages and the state transport has a Guinness record holding fleet of buses. The capital city of Hyderabad has an award winning International Airport to its credit and the state is connected by air through airports at Vishakhapatnam (recently made international), Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Tirupati.
Local language is Telugu. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken.
Food lovers would relish many items from the spicy Andhra cuisine like the Hyderabadi Biryani and many pickles and chutneys unique to this region.
Andhra Pradesh abounds in Hindu pilgrimage sites of which Tirupati and Srisailam are the most popular. In and around the capital city of Hyderabad are many heritage sites and museums of art, cultural and historical interest. For the fun loving tourists, there are excellent picnic spots near Hussainsagar and Osmansagar lakes, gardens and wildlife reserves.

Visakhapatnam Trip – Part 1

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After enjoying the setting sun and jhaal muri on beach, we went to Kalimatha Temple which was decorated for Kali Puja on 28th i.e. Diwali for non-Bengalis. Then we went to the famous CMR shopping mall as my parents have never been to a shopping mall before. But it was a disappointment compared to the real shopping malls like those in Pune.

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Nostalgic Chronicle of Tirumala-Tirupati (Lord Balaji Darshan)

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It is maintained as one of the safest and tidiest Hindu temples in the world. Tirumala is under control of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam i.e. TTD trust formed by AP government.
Many devotees go to Tirumala from Tirupati by Footpath way through steps.
We reached Tirumala and as we were feeling hungry we spotted the counter where free Upma prasad was given to devotees. We relished the hot Upma and felt satiated.

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Road trip – Delhi to Hyderabad in 2 days

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Via DND, Agra expressway we enjoyed our route with little bit of smog in between which we assumed to be gentle clouds relaxing our self through the express way. At 75 kms we paid around Rs. 415 at Jewar in the starting and did not had to pay for the next 2 tolls for Mathura and Agra plaza.

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Exploring East Coast – A road trip to Southern states

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I tried to negotiate, suddenly an ambulance came from back, at the same time there was a government vehicle came and took a left turn to our right side road of the T Junction. While I was thinking that I should tail the ambulance, all the villagers ran toward the ambulance to agitate, the government vehicle took left, and in the middle of the chaos, I heard my wife, “Pronil Bhaag yahan se”, and I watched that right is clean and without wasting seconds I took right to tail the government vehicle.

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Exploring AP – Nagarjun – Suryalanka – Vijaywada

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My favorite, never take the route back which you take to reach a destination, thus maximizing the opportunity to explore and know more. There are so many places in AP to Visit, so it was a week long plan to make a trip. I had 3 days in spare and almost 700-800km or budget based on my car’s milage. We were longing for Suryalanka beach from long, its the nearest beach from Hyderabad, not much advised in summer but still a beach is my attraction. We listed down, bora caves, bellum caves, warrangal, vijaywada, srisailam, nagarjun sagar, suryalanka, vishakhapatnam and many more. Finally, friday afternoon I decided for Srisailam, a piligrimage with just 200 odd km away from my home in Hyderabad. So, I texted my wife and my brother in law (he was on a short visit to our place) that pack your bags we are going to “Suryalanka”… that was an inadvertent mistake. Which I did not realize until I reached home from office. I was surprised to know that my family was apparently happy to know that we are going ot Suryalanka. I spoiled their excitement admitting the mistake.

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