Andhra Pradesh’s capital city, Hyderabad has the atmosphere of an Arabian Nights fairy tale. Whimsical palaces, erstwhile stately homes and crowded bazaars filled with shops selling Hyderabadi pearls, incense and copper utensils characterise the city, while in the distance looms Golconda Fort. The city’s historical connection traces itself to the rulers or Nizams whose wealth was legendary. Rooms full of jewels and currency notes, a garage full of gleaming Rolls Royce’s are all now part of history, but a unique culture lives on, colouring the city with its distinctive charm. The Epicurean tastes of this most exalted royal house of princely India gave rise to a fabled cuisine based on painstaking preparations and slow cooking. Much of Hyderabad’s old town can be covered on foot. The city’s important landmarks include Charminar, a 16th century gateway; the Salar Jung Museum which exhibits priceless treasures alongside trivia that made up the personal collection of the owner; Mecca Mosque and Golconda Fort. Nagarjunakonda is the site of ongoing excavations which have revealed Buddhist temples, stupas and monasteries.
Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh was founded in the late 6'th century by Qutab Shahi dynasty line of Kings known for their beautiful monuments and mosques, Medieval Indian, Saracenic, Mughal and Colonial architecture which, create an architectural richness rarely found in other parts of the country.
Climate (deg C): Summer- Max 42, Min 22; Winter- Max 22, Min 11. Best Season : June to February.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :
Air : Indian Airlines connect Hyderabad with Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur and Vishakapatnam.
Rail: Well connected by rail with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras and other cities in India.
Road : Good motorable roads connect Hyderabad to Aurangabad 548 kms, Bangalore 568 kms, Bombay 735 kms, Calcutta 1588 kms, Madras 704 kms, Tirupati 651 kms, Panaji 698 kms etc.
Bus Services : Regular bus services connect Hyderabad with Bangalore, Madras, Nagpur, Tirupati and other tourist centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Places Covered Timing Fare Reservation Sightseeing tour of Twin cities Daily Rs.75/- Tourist Information Hyderabad-Secunderabad 0740 hrs (adult) Counter (Zoological Park remains closed to Rs.50/- Secunderabad on Monday and 1800 hrs (child) Railway Station Salarjung Museum & Qutubshahi Tel.: 847603. Tombs are closed on Friday) Working hrs: 0600-1930 Nagarjunasagar Tour Daily Rs.115/- Nagarjunakonda Museum 0630 hrs (adult) remains closed on Friday to Rs.75/- 2230 hrs (child) Srisailam Tour Dep (sat) 1130 hrs Rs.205/- & (adult) Arr (sun) 2100 hrs Rs.125/- next day. (child) (Only Transport) Mantralayam Tour Dep (sat) 0930 hrs Rs.280/- Arr (sun) 2010 hrs (adult) Rs.175/- (child) (Including Acco.) Tirupati Tour Dep (fri) 1530 hrs Rs.500/- Arr (mon) 0700 hrs (adult) Rs.375/- (child) (Including Acco., Hill transport & Spl. darshan)
PLACES OF INTEREST
Birla Temple 1 km, Hussain Sagar 1 km, Indira Park 1 km, Charminar 7 km, Mecca masjid 7 km, Osmania University 6 km, Qutub Shahi Tombs & Golconda Fort 13 km, Nehru-Zoological Park 8 km, High Court 7 km, Public Gardens 1.5 km, Race Course 9 km, State Central Library 7 km, Tank Bund 1 km,Asmongarh 9.5 km, Khajana Museum 12 km, Planetarium 1 km, State Archaeological Museum 1.5 km, Salar Jung Museum.
Mir Alam Tank 8 km, Raymond's Tomb 12 km, Himayat Sagar 22 km, Osman Sagar 22 km, Yalagirigutta 69 km, Kolanupak 80 km, Bidar 136 km. Nagarjunasagar and Nagarjunakonda 149 km: Nagarjunasagar is the tallest masonary dam in the world across river Krishna. The Nagarjunakonda is an island formed in the man made lake. Launch services are available from Nagarjunasagar to Nagarjunakonda. Places of Interest on the island are: Archaeological Museum, Mahastupa, Bodhisri, Chaitya, Simhala Vihara, Mahsik Vihara, Brahusutya Vihara and Royal Bath.
Rising above the forest of the Nallamalai forest the Bharamarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple on a 457 mt. high has one of the twelve Jyothir lingas. It is the seat of one of the 18 leading Saktis Mahakali in her manifestation as Bharamarambha. The temple sculptures narrate in stone, episodes from the great Hindu epics - Ramayana & Mahabharata. Regular bus services connect Sri Sailam with Hyderabad (234 km), Tirupati (436 km), and Vijayawada (248 km), Sri Sailam Devasthanam provides accommodation for the pilgrims at their cottages and choultries at nominal cost. The APTT and TDC operates package tours from Hyderabad to Sri Sailam every week.
Vijayawada or the "City of Victory" as it literally translates is called so as it was here or so it is believed that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince was rewarded for his penance, which he did on Indrakiladri Hill. Today, with excellent communications, perhaps the best in the South where railways are concerned, Vijayawada is looking forward to an exciting future. A predominantly business city of the Coastal Anthra, Vijayawada on the banks of the holy river krishna attracts many piligrims as well for its temple dedicated to Durge. The city is also a base for visiting the Buddhist excavations at Amaravati, which is less than 70 km away. Also accessible from Vijayawada are the towns of Kuchipudi, Mangalagiri and Kondapalli which are famous for dance, temple and handicrafts respectively. So altogether Vijayawada presents a colourful and varied picture and can be termed as a business cum pilgrim cum tourist centre.
Altitude : 125 metres. Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 45, Min 28; Winter- Max 32, Min 18. Best Season : September to February.
HOW TO GET THERE :
Air : Vijayawada is connected to Hyderabad & Rajamundary by Vayudoot services. Fare: Vijaywada - Hyderabad Rs.965/-
Rail : Vijayawada is connected by rail with most parts of the Country.
Road : Good motorable roads connects Vijaywada with major cities in India. Some distances are Amaravati (66 km), Bhubaneswar (792 km), Bombay (1010 km), Calcutta (1245 km), Delhi (1724 km), Hyderabad (271km), Madras (433 km), Rajahmundhry (167 km), Tirupati (380 km), Vishakapatnam (366 km), Warangal (253 km) etc.
Bus Services : Regular bus services from Amaravati, Annavaram, Guntur, Kodad, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Machilipatnam, Madras, Nellore, Suryapet, Rajahmundhry, Tirupati, Tuni, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Warangal amongst other places connect Vijayawada.
Local Transport Coaches : Contact the Transport Unit, Andhra Pradesh Travel and Tourism Development Corporation, Motel Krishnaveni, Guntur Road, Near Prakasam Barrage, Sitanagaram, Tel: 63270. Tourist Taxis, Metered Taxis, Autorickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws available. City Bus Services : The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates point to point bus services which connect important places within the city with each other.
Available. The Andhra Pradesh Travel & Tourism Development Corporation runs city sightseeing tours covering Kanakadurga Temple, Prakasam Barrage, Gandhi hill and Planetarium, etc. The tours are subject to sufficient bookings.
WHAT TO SEE
Akkana & Madanna Caves, Gandhi Hill, Haxrathbal Mosque, Kanakadurga temple, Mary's Temple, Milk Powder Factory, Mogalrajapuram Caves, Prakasam Barrage. MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES: Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum, Bunder Road.
Warangal was the ancient capital of the Kakatiya rulers. It was here that the fort was constructed by king Ganapathi in 1199 A.D and completed by Rudramadevi in the year 1261. The thousand pillard temple with its star shaped shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya, the famous Ramappa temple & lake, the Pakhal lake are worth visiting.
Area : 54.98 sq km. Altitude : 1,700 feet. Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 39.6, Min 23.2; Winter- Max 30, Min 13.5. Rainfall : 82.5 cms ( June to September ). Best Season : September to February.
HOW TO GET THERE :
Air : The nearest Airport is Hyderabad (141 kms) connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bombay, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam. East West Airlines & Continental Aviation also operates flights from Hyderabad to Bombay.
Rail : Warangal links to all important cities in India by rail.
Bus Services : Warangal is connected by regular bus services with Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta, Vijayawada, Armur, Kolanupaka, Jangaon, Kodad, Karimnagar, Nizambad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial, Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Basar, etc.
Local Transport Coaches : Available from the Depot Manager, New Bus Depot, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Hanumakonda.
WHAT TO SEE
Thousand Pillar Temple A fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture, the Thousand Pillar temple as the name implies has many pillars, all efficient carved. The temple is built in Chalukyan Style. The Nandi here has beautiful finishing.
Fort-Warangal. Constructed by King Ganapathi in 1199 A.D. and completed by his daughter Rudrama in 1261 A.D., the fort has two walls, with the traces of the third. Places of interest in the fort are a temple, and four thoranas or gateways, similar to those at Sanchi, signifying the Buddhist influence. Bhadrakali Temple The important attraction in this temple is the idol of the deity in sitting posture with her eight hands filled with weapons. The head of the idol is adorned by a crown. Planetarium Hear regular shows are held showing the mysteries of the University.
Laknavaram Lake, Pakhal Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km.), Ramappa Lake (65 km), Yadagirigutta (64 km), Yadagirigutta (72 km).
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE / TOURIST CORPORATIONS
Regional Tourist Information Bureau, Tourist Rest House, Kazipet (Warangal), Tel.6201.
Lapped by the Bay of Bengel, on the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh lies the beach city, Vishakapatnam. Ages ago there stood a temple on the shores dedicated to Vaisaka, the God of Valour in the Hindu pantheon. The mighty sea has since swept away the shrine, but the name survived for identifying the now sprawling City of Visakhapatnam.
Air : Vishakapatnam is air linked with Calcutta, Hyderabad and Madras, which in turn is connected by Indian Airlines with Bombay. Fare: Calcutta-Vishakhapatnam Rs.1693/- Madras-Vishakhapatnam Rs.1336/-
Rail : Visakhapatnam is well connected with all the important cities of India, some of which are Vijayawada, Vizianagaram, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur (for Gopalpur), Warangal, Hyderabad, Pune, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nellore, Tirupati, Guwahati and Trivandrum.
Sea : Vishakapatnam is connected by sea to Calcutta, Madras, Port Blair, Ganjam, and Kakinada among other places.
Bus : Regular State Transport buses run between Vishakapatnam and Hyderabad, Madras, Bhubaneswar, Jagdalpur, Koraput, Berhampur, Tirupati, Nellore, Vijayawada, Rajamundhry, Eleru, Kakinada, Warangal, Srikakulam, Araku, Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam, Simhachalam, Tuni, Machilipatnam, Guntur and among other places. Also regular city bus services connect places of interest in the City with each other.
Local Transport : Coaches, Tourist Taxis, Metred Taxis, Autorickshaws, Cycle rickshaws available.
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) conducts following sight seeing tours, Tel: 46446.
Tours Frequency Tariff Full Half 1. City Tour Daily Rs. 50/- Rs. 25/- 2. Konark-Puri- Every Saturday Rs. 400/- Rs. 275/-
Bhubaneshwar 3. Araku Valley Daily Rs. 85/- Rs. 45/- 4. South India Tour Every 3rd Saturday Rs. 2300/- Rs. 1800/- 5. Arasuvelli Rs. 75/- Rs. 40/- 6. Annavaram Rs. 75/- Rs. 40/- 7. Andhra Pradesh Every month Rs. 1270/- Rs. 825/-
WHAT TO SEE :
Andhra University Building- 4 kms, Dolphin's Nose, Sri Venkateswara
Konda, Hindusthan Shipyard- 6.4 kms, Simachalam Temple (The temple is dedicated to Lord Narashimha)- 16 kms, The Three Hillocks- 5 kms, Indira Gandhi Zoological Gardens, Port- 6.4 kms, Visakha refinery.
Tirupati is one of the important pilgrim centres in India. It is famous for the shrine of the seven hills, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, alsoknown as Balaji the temple of Tirumala (13 km).
Altitude : 150 metres. 860 metres. Temparature : Summer : Max. 43 Deg.C. Min 22.3 Deg.C. Max. 40 Deg.C. Min. 22 Deg.C. Winter : Max. 32 Deg.C. Min 14.9 Deg.C. Max. 30 Deg.C. Min. 13 Deg.C. Season : Throughout the Year Throughout the Year
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :
Air : Tirupati is connected by Vayudoot Services with Hyderabad
Rail : Tirupati is connected by rail with Hyderabad, Madras, Madurai, Puri etc.
Road : Tirupati is well connected by road to Ahobolam-272 km, Bangalore-248 km, Horsley Hill-145 km, Hyderabad-617 km, Kalahasti-36 km, Lepakshi-379 km, Madras-151 km, Srisailam-436 km, Vijayawada-380 km, Renigunta-55 km etc.
Bus Services : There are regular bus services between Tirupati and Hyderabad, Bangalore, Madras, Mysore, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Kanyakumari, Hassan, Vijayawada, Srisailam, Hindupur, Guntur, Madanpalle, Kurnool, Cuddapah, Renigunta, Puttaparthi, etc.
Local : Tourist Taxis, Unmetered Taxis, Rickshaws, City bus services, Transport and buses on hire are available.
The Regional Tourist Information Bureau runs conducted tours subject to sufficient bookings. Contact : 20602. Tours Timings Tariff
Half Full 1. Local Temples 10.00 am to 17.30 pm Rs. 35/- Rs. 25/- (Daily) 2. Bangalore-Tirupati- Daily Rs. 205/-Bangalore 3. Madras-Tirupati- Daily Rs. 185/- Madras 4. South India Twice a month Rs. 2100/- Rs.1550/- (Departure Hyderabad) 12-Day tour 5. Tirupati-Tiruttani- Every Week Rs. 110/- Rs. 65/- Kanchipuram (1 day tour) 6. Tirupati-Talakona- Every Week Rs. 200/- Rs. 125/- Horsley Hills (2 days tour) 7. Bangalore-Mantralayam- Twice in a week Rs. 310/- Rs. 165/- Bangalore (3 days tour)
Lord Venkateswaram Temple : The principal deity of this temple is Lord Venkateswara also known as Balaji. The temple is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture with its gopuram facing east. The vimana is completely covered with gold plate and this is known as Ananda Nilayam. The statues of Krishnadevaraya and his consort can be seen in the temple. The Brahmostavam or annual festival is celebrated in September. Akasaganga Waterfalls,Papanasam Waterfalls, Varahaswamy Temple, Perumallapalli
Nagarjunasagar - the tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world accross the river Krishna, is about 150 km away from the metropolitan city of Hyderabad. It creates the third largest man-made lake in the world. Nearby Nagarjunakonda is known for its extensive ruins of Buddhist Stupas, Viharas and a university that flourished under Acharya Nagarjuna, the great Buddhist savant, scholar and philosopher who migrated to Nagarjunakonda from Amaravati to spread the message of the Buddha. Interestingly excavations conducted here have also revealed Brahmanical temples, which reveal the friendship that existed here centuries ago between the two faiths. Now though the actual site of the excavations have been flooded with the waters of the migty river, the relies of the ruins have been reconstructed and kept in an Island Museum, the largest of its kind in the world and are in an excellent state of preservation-thanks to the efforts of the Archaelogical Survey of India. Today Nagarjunakonda along with Nagarjunasagar attracts many tourists from South East Asian Countries and also from all over India.
Altitude : 244 metres. Area : 39 sq km. Temparature (deg C): Summer- Max 39.4, Min 20; Winter- Max 22, Min 13.8. Rainfall : 89 cms. Best Season : July to March.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :
Air : The nearest airport is Hyderabad (149 kms) connected by Indian Airlines, East West Airlines & Continental Aviation to Bombay.
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Macherla which is 27 kms from Nagarjunasagar. However the convenient railhead is Vijaywada (177 kms) for tourist travelling from Bombay.
Road : Vijayapuri (Nagarjunasagar) is connected by good motorable roads with Amravati 179 kms, Bangalore 619 kms, Bombay 888 kms, Calcutta 1422 kms, Delhi 1602 kms, Ethipothala 11 kms, Guntur 145 kms, Hyderabad 149 kms, Kurnool 261 kms, Macherla 27 kms, Madras 546 kms, Tirupati 493 kms, Vijayawada 177 kms, Vishakhapatnam 543 kms etc.
Bus Services : There are regular bus services to Nagarjunasagar from all important towns in Andhra Pradesh.
Local Transport : Tourist Taxis & Autorickshaws are available. Coaches are also available. Contact the Transport Unit, Andhra Pradesh Travel & Tourism Development Corporation, Project House, Hill Colony Tel: 3633.
Same day tours are available from Hyderabad. Timings: 0630 to 1030 hrs. (Museums remain closed on friday). Fare: Rs.110 (adult), Rs.60 (child).
WHAT TO SEE :
Left Canal (Lal Bahadur Canal) (9.5 km.), Model Dam (8 km.), Pylon, Right Bank Tunnel (Jawahar Tunnel) (13 km.), View Point (4 km.),
Archaelogical Museum : Open daily except Fridays. Timings : 09:00 to 16:00 hrs.Admission free. Mahastupa, Bodhisri Chaitya, Simhala Vihara, Mahisaka Vihara, Brahusutiya, Vihara, Ashwamedha and Royal Bath.
Ethipothala Waterfalls 11 kms. downstream of dam site. The water falls from a height of 70 feet into the gorge. Very good picnic spot with deep valleys and cave temples.
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
Tourist Information Officer, Hill Colony, Nagarjunasagar, Tel.3633.
The temple at Srisailam is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one of his twelve Jyotirlingas. Srisailam, also known as Sriparvata is situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the Southern banks of the river Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Mention of Srisailam as Sriparvata has been made in the immortal epic of the Hindus - the "Mahabharata".
Temparature: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer : 38 Deg.C. 30 Deg.C. Winter : 26 Deg.C. 20 Deg.C. Rainfall : Seasonal. Season : September to February
HOW TO GET THERE :
Air : The nearest airport is at Hyderabad (232 km) which is airlinked with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur, Vishakapatnam. Other private Airlines like East West Airlines & Continental Aviation also connects Hyderabad with Bombay. Fare : Bombay - Hyderabad Rs.1520/-
Rail : Nearest railhead is Markapur Road on the Guntur-Hubli metre gauge line. Nandyal and Kurnool on the same line are also convenient railheads. However convenient railhead is Hyderabad (232 km). Fare : Bombay - Hyderabad Ist class Rs.510/- IInd class Rs.169/-
Bus Services : Srisailam is well connected by APSRTC and Devasthanam buses with Hyderabad, Mahaboobnagar, Nalgonda, Devorkonda, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Ongole, Mahanandi, Mantralayam, Anantapur Tirupati and Chitradurg among other places.
Local Trans. : Cycle Rickshaws are available.
The Andhra Pradesh Travel & Tourism Development Corporation Operates package tours from Hyderabad to Srisailam every week. The tour begins at 11:30 A.M on Saturdays and ends at 09:00 P.M on Sundays. The tour cost is Rs.145/- for Adult and Rs.80/- for Child, which excludes accommodation charges. Accommodation can be arranged on prior notice at tourist cost.