The society to save the rocks conducts excursions to the ancient granite formations of the deccan plateau. The excursions are held on every 3rd sundays. Visit www.saverocks.org
Tirupati - the abode of god Venkateswara is the most visited pilgrim place in India. The golden beaches at Visakhapatnam, the one-million-year old limestone caves at Borra, picturesque Araku Valley, hill resorts of Horsley Hills, river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu, waterfalls at Ettipotala, Kuntala and rich bio-diversity at Talakona, are some of the natural attractions of the state.
For the Movie-buffs
Ramoji Film City FILM STUDIO
(www.ramojifilmcity.com)The home of South India’s film industry, a four-hour bus tour will take you through flimsy film sets and gaudy fountains, stopping for dance routines and stunt shows. Located in the outskirts of town, around 20km from Abids.
Snow World AMUSEMENT PARK
Snow World is the coolest attraction in town. It’s a bizarre experience to suddenly find yourself in heavy-duty waterproof clothing amid people hurling snowballs, riding toboggans and playing snow volleyball. There’s a snowfall on the hour, accompanied by cheers, a snow disco and lightshow.
The Charminar for its magnnificience in the middle of the old town
The Golconda fort mesmerises you and plung into its history on the wings of the tale told by none other than Amitabh Bachan.
Take a train ride through the eastern ghats to the Araku valley, 120 kms from Vizag and see the oldest tribal culture of South India.
Hussain Sagar lake is one of the largest man made lakes that hold water throughout the year. It is located in between Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Hub of pearls this place is also rich in handlooms. The Pochampally village of Nalgonda district offers a neat and clean walk to see the process of weaving, tyeing and dyeing colouring till the finished product. Pearl shopping should be done carefully as they could be fake too. Check the surface as smooth and round. Or rub it against your teeth, if a gritty feeling comes its real while the fake ones glide through.
Dharmavaram is also known for its cotton and silk weaving industry. Dharmavaram silk sarees are well known all over the country. Leather puppets are also made in the vicinity.
Bidriware is the most well known of Andhra's handicrafts - a metal craft that derives its name from 'Bidar', the hometown of this exquisite craft. It is an art of inlaying silver on black metal
The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is during the months of October to Feburary. The weather is about 20-25 degrees.
Andhra Pradesh is essentially a hot and humid state. March to June is the summers where the temperature soars to 40 degrees. Ramadan is around June-August when haleem ( is a thick beefy stew ) is enjoyed. July-October is the monsoon season where the rains are erratic and still the climate is humid and hot. But you can surf the beaches of Vizag. October till December is the winters when the climate is good to roam around.
Best time to visit Andhra Pradesh
Deep in the caves, there is a “Shivalingam”, over which there is an idol of a cow “Kamdhenu”, and the river Gosthani takes its origin from the udder of this cow. The mercury and halogen lamps lit inside, make the interior of the caves colourful and spectacular. There are mica mines in and around the village and it is believed that mining of precious stones like rubies is possible. The natural formations of the caves is unique and breathtakingly beautiful. Due to the pressure of the flow of the Gosthani river, the limestones in the area dissolved and gradually caves were formed. The dissolved stone trickled down drop by drop on the floor of the cave and solidified to form irregularly shaped stalagmites and stalactites. There are several interesting structures like a mushroom formation, a temple, a mosque, a church and others inside the caves.
Borra caves are located at a distance of above 90-95 km from Vishakhapatnam. Situated at 1400 metres above sea-level, they spread over the Eastern Ghats and occupy an area of 2 sq km. William King George of the Geological Survey of India discovered these caves in the year 1807. Tribals, for whom the caves are religiously significant, inhabit the whole surrounding area.
It is located in the Chittoor district in southern Andhra Pradesh. The Tirumala Hill is 3200 ft. above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq. miles in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.
In Tirupati there is the important Sri Govindaraja Swami Temple, Kothanda Rama Swami Temple and the famous Kapileswara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Siva. The wealth of Lord Balaji, the Preserver of the Universe, is reflected in his richly ornamented life-size idol in the Tirumala Tirupati temple. The sacred shrine is visited by millions of devotees from far and wide and has been worshipped consistently since the past thirteen years. The temple is famous for being the most-visited shrine in the world and the patron deity for being the richest God in the world. Lord Venkateshwara is also renowned for his wish-fulfilling nature. His devotees vouch for the benevolent God’s mercifulness and vow to give him anything—even their hair!