The Hidden Gem Attractions of Andhra!

You’ll be surprised with what this state has in store for you.

From century-old temples to a hill station that freezes in winters to mangrove forests, Andhra Pradesh is full of surprises and here we have put together a list of places you should visit if you want to go off the beaten path in Andhra Pradesh.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, located off the coast of Kakinada, offers a fantastic mix of fun and education. The Coringa mangrove, India’s second-biggest mangrove forest after the Sundarbans, is well-known for its flora and wildlife. It was declared a sanctuary in 1978 because it was home to a variety of endangered Mangrove species as well as uncommon birds and animals. The bushes and herbs here are also abundant.

Ethipothala Falls: The Ethipothala Waterfalls, a popular picnic destination 11 kilometres downstream of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, are set in a beautiful valley. The Chandravankas stream flows into a pond here. From a height of almost 60 feet, the river cascades. The best time to see Ethipothala Falls is immediately following or during the monsoon season when the water levels are at their highest. It is not authorized to visit the waterfall’s end, although the view of the fall is rather lovely.

Gandikota: Gandikota is a settlement in the Kadapa district that is noted for its fort, which is located between the Pennar River Canyon and the Erramala Hills. It has recently gained in popularity as a result of the canyon. Within the fort complex, there are two temples and one masjid. There are also beautiful gardens. The Rayalacheruvu, with its permanent springs, is also nearby. Another interesting sight near Gandikota is the Mylavaram reservoir.

Lepakshi: Lepakshi is known for three temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Another notable feature is a massive Nandi bull carved out of monolithic rock. A little hilltop fashioned like the back of a tortoise is also worth visiting. The temples of Lepakshi are well-known for their varied specializations, and many episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted on the walls of these temples. Lepakshi, a town of architecture and colours, welcomes travellers to explore and discover.

Orvakal Rock Garden: Orvakal Rock Garden is a fantastic location with a lot of natural beauty in the form of rock formations. It’s a spectacular silica and quartz rock structure with lovely surrounds. The rocks are shaped around a natural lake in the centre of the site, which adds to the beauty of the location. The rocky outcroppings cover a 50-acre area. The greatest time to visit is from September to February, when the lake is full of water, adding to the beauty of this gorgeous location.

Yaganti: Lord Shiva’s Uma Maheshwara Temple is well-known in Yaganti. This is perhaps the only spot in the world where Lord Shiva is worshipped as an idol rather than as Shiva Linga. The temple’s Nandi statue, which has been growing in stature, is another unique feature. Yaganti is situated in the Yerramala hills, which provide the area with immense natural beauty and an unrivalled setting.

If you haven’t been to any of these places, now is your chance. Don’t miss it for the world!