Pristine, peaceful and lush – these are some adjectives that capture the image of rural Andhra Pradesh. Viewing the simple lifestyle and traditional practices of the people in rural areas can be an enlightening experience. The people are warm-hearted, simple and honest. They welcome visitors with a broad smile and are ever ready to help strangers.
The long stretches of lush green paddy fields, the dusty roads and the thatch-roofed homes reveal the true beauty of rural Andhra Pradesh. Sitting at tradition roadside eating points and enjoying the local fare can be an adventure for the taste buds.
Rural Andhra Pradesh is colourful, vibrant and rich in natural beauty and culture. There are many opportunities to enjoy bird watching, fishing, bullock cart rides, boating, trekking and experiencing firsthand how the artisans weave baskets and create pottery and other handicraft. The ancient forts and temples, the placid lakes and shimmering rivers and streams are other delights that rural Andhra Pradesh has to offer.
The quaint yet charming district of Guntur is paradise for visitors who want to experience rural Andhra Pradesh at its best. The serene temples, mysterious caves, vibrant sanctuaries and the beautiful beaches can be a refreshing experience. The beautiful Undavalli Caves, which were constructed sometime during the 4th and 5th century, are a striking example of rock-cut architecture. Then, there is Bhattiprol, a village that was a business hub and centre for clothes production during the 5th century, has many Buddhist ruins. The scenic village of Nizampatnam is the site of Uppu Mahal. And, trekking enthusiasts will love Kondaveedu, which is 25 kilometres from Guntur. There is even an ancient fort on top of the hill that trekkers can explore.
The district of Kadapa, in south-central Andhra Pradesh, is renowned for its rural tourism as well as temple tourism. It is considered the gateway to Tirumala, which is where the famous temple dedicated to Sri Venketswara is located. The lush greenery of the Eastern Ghats can soothe a tired soul. The Ghats give the district diverse topography, right from low plains to high plateaus. The town of Kadapa is surrounded by the Nallamalai and Palkonda hills; and Pennar River is just 8 kilometres from the town. The attractions in the district include Masjid-e-Azam, Chand Phira Gumbadh, Bramham Gaari Matham and Devuni Kadapa. Of course, the beautiful temple town of Tirupati is another must-see attraction of the district along with Gorge Fort, Pushpagiri and Gandi.
Gandi Resort, Kadapa
Perfectly located to discover the treasures of Kadapa, Haritha Hotel boasts of outstanding and courteous service. It has a banquet hall and conference hall, along with air-conditioned suites, air-conditioned rooms and rooms without air-conditioning.
Situated in the delta region of Krishna and Godavari rivers, West Godavari is rich and fertile district is Andhra Pradesh. It offers a veritable rural tourism experience with its beautiful Kolleru Lake, which has the honour of being the largest fresh water lake in India. Kolleru Lake and its surroundings are replete with rich wildlife and the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is paradise for bird watchers and nature lover. With many migratory, aquatic and land birds make the area their feeding and nesting grounds, it can be a paradise to spend time and enjoy the vividly coloured plumes and feathers. Flamingoes, teals, herons and egrets are some birds that can be spotted here. The forests around the lake are home to many animals and reptiles, including panthers, bears, wolves, jackals, hyenas, snakes and lizards.
The district of Nellore is closer to Chennai in Tamil Nadu than the capital of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. Its rich historical legacy has made Nellore one of the most visited districts in the state. Besides gorgeous temples, Nellore is home to lakes, rivers and beaches that offer a unique opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate. The Kandaleru Dam is about 60 kilometres from the city of Nellore. It spans the Kandaleru River, which starts from Velegonda Hills. This dam is an earthen dam and with the surrounding hillocks and forests creates a panoramic view. The Pulicat Lake, a brackish water lagoon spread over an area of 600 square kilometres, is home to many migratory birds, such as storks, flamingoes, grey pelican, pintails, terns, egrets and painted storks. The vista and beauty of the lake and its surroundings can overwhelm visitors.
Haritha Hotel, Nellore
This modern hotel offers an air-conditioned banquet hall, executive suites with air-conditioning and a multipurpose hall. It is not only a great place to spend holidays, but also ideal for corporations and businesses to hold conferences and meetings.