Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and has recently seen expansion by the inclusion of ten surrounding villages. The city forms the centre for commercial, educational and agricultural activities in the district. The city is also a gateway to the many places that travellers would love to explore. Located at a short distance of just 40 km from the Bay of Bengal, there is much to see in and around this quaint city. Here is a peek into its attractive offerings.
In the immediate vicinity of the city, travellers can explore the Brindavan gardens and other such parks that dot the city. Tourists can also head to the Manasa Sarovar and Krishna Barrage, both located in the eastern part of the city. Among the more popular places of interest are those scattered at short distances around Guntur.
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Among the places to visit around Guntur is the town of Amaravathi named after the famous temple located here. The attractions also include the Buddhist relic of Mahachaitya Stupa that belongs to the 2nd century. Travellers can observe and enjoy the carvings and paintings as well as a tour through the museum here.
Popular as a tourist place around Guntur for the Kondaveedu Fort built in the 14th century by the Reddy Kings, the fort has ruins that are located atop a hill and surrounded by scenic trails. It offers a great place to go trekking. The foothills also has a few temples that are worth visiting.
Among the tourist attractions near Guntur is Sitanagaram, located at a short distance of 26 km from the city. The main attraction is sandy banks of River Krishna and the Someshwara Swamy Temple located here.
Another place to visit near Guntur is the Undavalli Caves located in Mangalagiri at a distance of 21 km from the city. The place is also famous for the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, legends associated with the temple date back to the time of Mahabharata.
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Uppalapadu Nature Conservation
A sightseeing place in Guntur city is the Uppalapadu Nature Conservations, which is actually a large water tank. The water-body has received unique status with the variety of avian life that it attracts. Nature lovers and bird watchers can indulge in the sight of endangered birds including; the Painted Stork, Spot-Billed Pelican, etc.
How To Reach Guntur
By Road: Guntur is easily connected to places both within the state and outside by a network of roads including national and state highways.
By Rail: The new Guntur Railway Station is a major junction with trains to all major destinations in the region. Regular trains are available to most of the metropolitan cities.
By Air: The nearest domestic airport to Guntur is Vijayawada (50 km) and the closest international airport is Hyderabad (283 km).