Andhra Pradesh is a state bordering India’s southeastern coast. Major cultural landmarks include Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, an ornate hilltop shrine to Hindu’s Vishnu, in the southern part of the state. It’s visited by tens of millions of pilgrims annually. The major northern port of Visakhapatnam has popular beaches like Ramakrishna and Rishikonda lining the Bay of Bengal, offering spots for swimming and surfing.
Arrival in Hyderabad. Transfer to the Hotel and check-in. Later viisit Birla Temple & Museum Complex. Further visit Snow World. Spend an entrancing evening at Lumbini Park and the Hussain Sagar Lake on a Boat Cruise with Entertainment Programme. Dinner & overnight stay in Hyderabad.
This morning after an early breakfast visit the famed make-belief world of Ramoji Film City. Enjoy the various programmes at Eureka & Fundustan including a Guided Tour of RFC. After the Closing Ceremony at RFC return to Hyderabad city. Overnight stay in Hyderabad.
After breakfast … visit Salarjung Museum – One man’s collection of 11000 exquisite Artifacts.Further visit Charminar where you can indulge in a shopping spree at the Pearl Market and Laad Bazaar. In the evening visit Golconda Fort and watch the entertaining Light & Sound Show. Overnight stay in Hyderabad.
After an early breakfast check out and transfer to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam (150 Kms) – the world’s tallest masonry dam that irrigates over 10 lakh acres of land. The historic location takes its name from the Buddhist saint and scholar Acharya Nagarjuna who is said to have set up a centre of learning here. Also visit Nagarjunakonda, where the relics of an ancient Buddhist Civilisation excavated from the area submerged by the dam have been stored and Ethipothala Waterfalls (11 kms). Further transfer to Sri Sailam, situated on the Nallamalai Hills. It is one of the centres of the 12 Jyotirlingams in the country. Dinner & overnight stay in Sri Sailam.
Rise and shine at early hours go for darshan of The Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple houses one of India’s twelve Jyotirlingas (natural stone formations in the shape of a linga). Built in the 14 th century, After Lunch check out and proceed for Vijayawada (248 kms). On arrival check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in Vijayawada.
Today after breakfast visit Prakasam Barrage – Built across the river Krishna, the Barrage has created a panoramic lake. Its three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian look; Undavalli Caves (8 kms) – carved in 7th century A.D., Buddhist monks used this two-storeyed cave structure as a rest house during the monsoon. The huge monolith of Lord Buddha in reclining posture is a magnificent sight. You can also visit the Kondapalli Fort (16 kms) – A 7th century fort on the hill with an impressive three storeyed rock tower, it was witness to the glory of many dynasties. The village is famous for toy making with light-weight wood available on the hill forest. These toys are famous world-over as “Kondapalli toys”. You can also visit the Victoria Museum – A place for archaeology lovers, the Museum has a carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions. All meals & overnight in Vijayawada.
Today visit Bhavani Island, located on River Krishna and perhaps the largest island on a river. Journey to the island by boat is very pleasant. You can have lunch at the venue or return to Vijayawada for lunch and check out from the hotel. You can now visit Mangalagiri Temple (12 kms) on a hillock. The unique feature of this temple is that the mouth of the idol accepts half the quantity of Panakam (jaggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees, irrespective of the size of the vessel and Gandhi Hill, where the first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 ft. The 52 ft. stupa was unveiled on 6th October, 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Gandhi Memorial Library, a Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi’s life and a planetarium are the other attractions. Tonight after dinner we transfer to the Rly. Stn. to board the 2728-Godavari Exp. for Vishakapatnam. The scheduled departure is at 2320 hrs. Overnight rail journey.
Arrive in Vishakapatnam – The City of Destiny at 0605 hrs. Transfer and check into the hotel. After breakfast visit Simhachalam Temple and Kailasagiri Park. After lunch you can visit Ramakrishna Beach, the Victory at Sea Monument, Dolphin’s Nose, Vuda Park. Dinner & overnight stay in Vishakapatnam.
Today after breakfast you drive through Bhemunipatnam, the 25 Kms stretch of road literally hugging the coastline from Visakhapatnam is simply breathtaking. Bheemili, a sleepy little town en route, is the second oldest municipality in the country. The colonial past of the town is evident in the remains of a once thriving Dutch Settlement. The important landmarks of Bheemili includes pilgrimage centers, temples, old churches, clock tower, light house, port and more and also visit MCV Museum and Vizag Ross Hill [if time permits]. After lunch check out and transfer to Araku Valley (112 kms), a pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens, lush green nature, valleys, waterfalls and streams. On arrival check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in Araku.
Today after breakfast visit the Bora Caves, spectacular, million-year-old stalactite and stalagmite formations, standing as a testimonial to its pristine glory and age woven into intricate design through the centuries. The Tribal Museum in Araku Valley is a big attraction, while the Botanical Garden at Padmapuram and the Government Silk Farm with Mulberry gardens are live examples of the socio-economic conditions of the area. Dinner & overnight stay in Araku.
Today after lunch we check out and transfer to Visakhapatnam to leave for home town.