Andhra Pradesh Tour
Tirupati: The Lord of Seven Hills
In the extreme south of the State. lies the world famous shrine of Lord Venkateshwar BalaJi. This shrine is the richest shrine in the country. Traditionally the pilgrims get their hair shaved. The Tirumalai Temples is about 22 kms. from the town of Tirupati and there are taxis and buses available frequently. The image of Balaji has the attributes of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple with its soaring Gopurams and gilded Vimana, is a fine example of Dravidian Architecture. There are daily flights to Tirupati from Hyderabad and Chennai. There are regular buses from Chennai (150 kms.), Bangalore (248 kms.) and Hyderabad. Renigunta is the nearest railhead, just 10 kms, away. There are numerous Indian style hotels, rest houses, cottages and dharamshalas and a western style hotel also.
About 141 kms. away from Hyderabad, this town is famous for its fort. The Warangal Fort with its massive walls and gateways is an interesting place. Besides the fort, it has also some ancient Chalukyan temples such as the Thousand Pillard Temple on Hanamkonda Hill and Bhadrakali Temple. It is linked with Hyderahad by road and has many good hotels also.
On the banks of the river Krishna, Vijaywada is famous for many sites of ancient Buddhist remains, Ninety six kms. away from this town is Amaravati, noted for its elegant architectural and sculptural remains of Buddhist origin. Vijaywada is very well connected with Chennai and Hyderabad by road and rail links and has good hotels.
Vishakhapatnam or Vizag is the biggest port town on the east coast and the second biggest navy base of India after Bombay. Waltair, renowned for its hospitals, is its twin city. A 20 km. long marine drive along the beach from Vizag to Bheemunipatnam is very rewarding. The nearby vantage point known as “Dolphin’s Nose” offers a fine view of the Bay of Bengal. About 10 km. north east of Vizag is Simhachalam with a fine Narsimha Temple atop a hill. This 11th Century shrine is dedicated to the man-lion Avataar (Incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. As a pilgrim centre, its ranks with Varanasi and Tirupati. Vizag is air-linked with Vijaywada and Hyderabad. The railway station here is called Waltair Junction. By road Vizag is 640 kms. from Hyderabad. There are very good Indian and Western style of hotels and Circuit House, etc.
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