If, instead of foreign holidays, you prefer to travel within India, go through this new series which explores each of the 28 states and 8 Union Territories, highlighting tourist attractions and the costs involved. Take your pick as ET Wealth unravels each state in alphabetical order, starting with Andhra Pradesh.

Despite its popular pilgrimage centres, historic temples, beautiful beaches and famous caves, the state has not been marketed well as a tourist hotspot. Its natural beauty and rich heritage make for a strong case to explore and allocate 8-10 days to the state. Visakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Tirupati, Kurnool and Guntur are the more well-known cities, but there are various others that you can check out at leisure.






You can either start from Visakhapatnam in the north and travel south ending with Tirupati, or vice versa. Here’s one way to cover the best temples, beaches, caves and other beautiful locales in the state.


The fastest way to travel to Andhra Pradesh from Delhi is by air, which will take about 2.5 hours. The cheapest is by train, but it will take upwards of 30 hours to get to Visakhapatnam, or over 23 hours to Vijaywada. The state has three international airports (Visakhapatnam or Vizag, Vijaywada, Tirupati), three domestic airports, and rail connectivity is good from Delhi.





DAYS 1-2:


Arrive in Vizag, relax at its beautiful beaches, go to Dolphin’s Nose lighthouse and visit Kailasgiri by ropeway. The next day, leave for Borra caves early morning. Spend 2-3 hours in the caves and travel onwards to the scenic Araku Valley. Check out the waterfalls and stay the night at the lovely hill station, or return to Visakhapatnam.

DAY 3: Rajahmundry

Travel to Rajahmundry located on the Godavari river, and visit the Godavari bridge, Iskcon temple, as well as some of the other ancient temples.

DAYS 4-5
: Vijaywada Move to Vijaywada and visit the Kanakdurga temple. Tour the Undavalli caves. Take a trip to Bhavani island on Krishna river and check the Prakasam barrage as well.

DAY 6: Tadipatri Move to Tadipatri in Kurnool district and visit the Belum caves. The Yaganti and Ahobilam temples are also a must-see.

DAY 7: Lepakshi Arrive at Lepakshi in Anantapur district and visit the famed Veerbhadra Swamy temple. Also check out the Penukonda and Ravadurg Gooty forts.

DAY 8: Gandikota Move to Gandikota in Kadapa district and take in the Grand Canyon-like gorge, and the Gandikota Fort.

DAY 9: Tirupati Visit one of the richest and renowned Sri Venkateswara temple. Another must-visit here is the scenic Horsley Hills.

DAY 10: Fly back from Tirupati or travel to Visakhapatnam and fly to Delhi.


You will get a variety of stay options, from 3-5 star hotels, to vacation rentals, even camps. The cost in bigger cities like Visakhapatnam will be around Rs.4,000-7,000 per night, while in smaller cities you can easily get to stay for Rs.2,000-4,000 a night

COST: Rs.40,000-50,000 for 9 days


The Andhra cuisine is popular across the country and here are some dishes you must try: pulihora (tamarind rice), pesarattu (moong dal green dosa), gutti venkaya kura (eggplant curry), gongura mutton, kodi pulao (chicken rice), chepala pulusu (fish curry), punugulu, (deep fried batter), chicken biryani, among others.

COST: Rs.300-1,000 per person, per meal


You can tour the state either by hopping from city to city, or follow a theme-centric itinerary. So if you are interested only in visiting temples, follow a trail that takes in all the famous ones; if you are a caving enthusiast, pick the sites specific to this sport. Here are some of the top options in each category.


Gandikota is a stunning gorge around Pennar river in Kadapa district. The beauty of the place is mesmerising. Also visit to the Gandikota Fort (free entry, 8 am-6 pm), and the Rayalacheruvu lake.


Some of the most famous temples dating back to 12th-16th centuries include: Sri Venkateswara temple (Tirupati), Srikalahasti Temple (Guntur), Kanakdurga temple (Vijaywada), Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, (Srisailam), Lepakshi temple (Anantapur), Ahobilam temple (Anantapur), Yaganti temple (Kurnool), Simhachalam (Visakhapatnam), and Ranganatha temple (Nellore).


The best beaches are in Visakhapatnam (Rushikonda, Yarada, Ramakrishna, Bheemili), while Srikakulam (Kalingapatnam), Guntur (Suryalanka), and Nellore (Mypad) also have beautiful options.



Fee & timing: Rs.3 per person; 9 am – 6 pm

BORRA CAVES (Visakhapatnam)

Fee & timing: Rs.60 (adults), Rs.45 (child);

10 am – 5 pm

BELUM CAVES (Kolimigundla, Kurnool)

Fee & timing: Rs.65 (adult), Rs.45 (child);

10 am – 5 pm


Fee & timing: Rs.5 per person; 9 am – 6 pm

GUTTIKONDA CAVES (Guttikonda, Guntur)

Fee & timing: Free; 6 am – 5 pm

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