Tag Archives: Andhra Pradesh

Glass roof train on Vizag-Araku route

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 18 (TravelAndy): To delight passengers travelling from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, Indian Railways launched a special glass top coach, which will provide panoramic view of the route.

Known as Vistadome, this air-conditioned coach attached  to the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train, claims to be a first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways.

It has glass top and glass window, providing 360 degree see-through view of the 128 km journey to the scenic Araku valley. Continue Reading →

Festival boost for Andhra tourism

Logo squareJanuary 4 (TravelAndy): In a bid to promote tourism, South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is getting ready to host a series of festivals along the eastern coast of river Godavari.

The three major festivals include, Kakinada Beach Festival scheduled at the NTR Beach in Vakalapudi from January 12, 2017. Similarly, a four-day Konaseema Festival will be hosted on the banks of the Godavari at Muramalla from February 22 and the three-day ‘Manyam Jatara’ in the Agency area from March 26, said The Hindu.

“These festivals provide a platform to display the rich culture of the district. Food stalls will serve exclusive cuisine of local flavours, while the handicrafts and handlooms of the local artisans will also be on display,”said N. Chinarajappa, deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Continue Reading →

Andhra Pradesh to start helicopter service in Tirupati

rp_Helicopter-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgDecember 3 (TravelAndy): India’s Andhra Pradesh state is planning to introduce helicopter rides for tourists visiting the pilgrimage town Tirupati, said The Hindu.

The price for approximately 7-10 minutes ride is yet to be announced.

The services are slated to begin by the end February, 2016. The Shilpa Ram helipad in Tirupati is expected to be ready by then. Continue Reading →

Krishna Pushkaralu fest from August 12

Logo squareAugust 1 (TravelAndy): India’s youngest state Telangana will celebrate its first Krishna Pushkaralu, the holy festival along the river Krishna, from August 12.

This festival is celebrated along the bank of the river once every 12 years. It continues for 12 days at a stretch. Krishna Pushkaralu is celebrated along the course of the river in the staes of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka  and Telangana.

This year, the Krishna Pushkaralu will be celebrated from August 12 to August 23. Continue Reading →

Helicopter tourism in Vizag from October

July 25 (Trarp_Helicopter-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgvelAndy): India’s port city Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh state  is set to start helicopter-l tourism from October, said The New Indian Express.

Vuda park in Vishakhapatnam has been identified as the helipad site as well as ticket booking centre.

The ride will be for about 10-15 minutes, which will allow visitors a panoramic view of places such as Kailasagiri, Rushikonda, Kambalakonda Park, Simhachalam and Ram Krishna Beach. Continue Reading →

ITINERARY: Weekend trip to Belum Caves (Andhra Pradesh, India)

Belum cavesIf you have seen the Borra Caves situated near Araku Valley and come to Belum Caves expecting something similar, you will be in for a surprise.

The longest cave in the Indian Subcontinent is different and will impress you with its unique and incredible geological formations.

A great place to visit for the geologically inclined, the cave has been formed by the constant flow of water and you will see beautiful water lines on the cave walls and the sedimentary rocks. The caves are known for the stalactite and stalagmite formations and spacious chambers. Continue Reading →

Vizag plans India’s first sea pools

Logo squareJune 11 (TravelAndy): India’s Andhra Pradesh state is set to build the country’s first sea pools on the beaches of Vishakhapatnam, said reports.

During the first phase, four pools will be built on a pilot basis at the four popular beaches of Rushikonda, Mangamaripeta, Sagaranagar, and Lawson’s Bay.

The idea of constructing sea pools is to allow tourists to enjoy a safe bath in the beach, without the fear of drowning.

The decision of constructing these sea pools was conceived following a recent accident where a couple drowned off the Ramkrishna beach in Vishakhapatnam.

These pools will be similar to the the elevated sea pools present in South Africa and the US.

These structures, once built, are expected to attract both domestic and international tourists.

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AP to host nine tourism festivals in 2016

Logo squareDecember 21 (TravelAndy): India’s state of Andhra Pradesh is planning a series of festival in 2016, in order to attract more tourists to the state.

A total of nine tourism festivals are on the  cards, reported the The Times of India.

These include Buddha Jayanthi festival at Amaravathi and Nagarjuna Konda, Flamingo festival at Nellore, Lepakshi festival at Ananthapur, Rayalaseema food and cultural festival at Tirupati, Visakha Utsav in Vizag, Kakinada Beach festival, shopping festival at Vijayawada, Konaseemaprabalu festival in East Godavari district and tribal festival in Araku, confirmed the tourism department of Andhra Pradesh. Continue Reading →

From lighthouse to tourist attraction

LighthouseOctober 14 (TravelAndy): The Indian government is chalking out a plan to transform 78 lighthouses across India, into tourism centres.

The identified lighthouses for this are located in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said an official statement.

There are plans to using land adjacent to the light houses to develop hotels, resorts, viewing galleries, maritime museums and heritage museums, adventure sports facilities, thematic restaurants, souvenir shops, laser shows, spa and rejuvenation centres, amphitheatres and other facilities to attract tourists. Continue Reading →

Tourism plans for Nellore

Logo squareOctober 13 (TravelAndy): India’s Andhra Pradesh state has decided to develop its Nellore district as a coastal tourism circuit, said The Hindu.

This initiative is a part of Swadesh Darshan scheme started by the Union government. Under this scheme, tourist circuits and heritage spots are beautified and renovated.

The Nellore circuit is set to become the fifth one under this scheme. The Buddhist circuit, Himalayan circuit, Krishna Circuit and Northeast circuit are the other ones. Continue Reading →

Andhra plans monastery boulevard

Logo squareJuly 31 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to attract international tourists to its state capital Amaravati, Indian state Andhra Pradesh is planning to set up a monastery boulevard similar to Bihar’s Bodh Gaya, said reports.

Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu discussed the setting up of monastery boulevard in a meeting held on Tuesday.

Apart from this, 13 heritage spots were identified by state government that can be developed as tourist destinations. Continue Reading →

Godavari Kumbh Mela begins

Logo squareJuly 14 (TravelAndy): Godavari Pushkaram, touted as the Kumbh Mela of South India, begins on Tuesday. The festival takes place every 12 years.

The “mela”, meaning fair, will be celebrated in the two South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It will continue for 12 days.

The western bank of Godavari river at Rajahmundry and the eastern bank at Kovvuru will see thousands of pilgrims taking ritualistic dips. Continue Reading →