Celebrated every year on 27th September with the motto of encouraging sustainable tourism, the World Tourism Day commenced in the year 1980 and since then, it has been memorialised by the fellow travellers all over the world. Undoubtedly, it is a great day for travel addicts across the globe and is commemorated with great enthusiasm. Are you one amongst these travellers and explorers? If yes, then where are you planning to be this World Tourism Day? If you haven't decided yet, then let us tell you that a beautiful world of unexplored hidden spots awaits you in the state of Andhra Pradesh. These unknown stoppages are all set to amaze you and provide you with certain perennial experiences.
So, why not plan a trip to Andhra Pradesh and dive into a charming world of waterfalls, islands, hills and temples? Let's move ahead and learn in detail about the beauty of the unexplored Andhra Pradesh. Following is the list of the major places you must explore if you love taking an untrodden path.
Yaganti is located in the Kurnool district at a distance of about 90 km from the main town and is popular for the Yaganti Temple and other ancient monuments. Yaganti Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the 15th century.
Therefore, it is a site of great religious as well as historical importance. The presence of rocky hills, lush vegetation and serene environment paints Yaganti as a picturesque destination which makes for a perfect weekend destination.
Locals usually come to the site to worship Lord Shiva and to take a bath in the temple tank. Other places which can be savoured here include Agastya Cave, Venkateswara Cave and Tulasi Kota Temple.
2) Hope Island
A tadpole-shaped small island in the Bay of Bengal, Hope Island is easily accessible by a ferry or a boat from the coast of Kakinada. If you are looking forward to making your World Tourism Day peaceful, then this mesmerising island is all you need.
From green vegetation to alluring sandy beaches and relaxing waters of the Bay of Bengal to a pleasant atmosphere, it harbours everything that can satisfy your wanderlust and send you to the world of equanimity. Wouldn't you love to just chill and relax amid natural wonders? If yes, then add Hope Island to your travel planner.
3) Pulicat Lake
One of the most beautiful lakes and the largest brackish lagoon in Andhra Pradesh, Pulicat Lake is a perfect stoppage for picnickers and weekend travellers. This is one place where you can laze by the soothing waters, spot colourful species of birds and relish a satisfying atmosphere simultaneously.
How about spending a day at Pulicat Lake and witnessing the best of natural beauties in Andhra Pradesh? There is also an age-old Dutch Cemetery where you can travel back in time and explore the history of the Dutch rule in the region. Pulicat Lake is located at a distance of about 85 km from Tirupati and is easily approachable.
Can you believe the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh is still one of the least-known destinations in the state? Yes, gushing down the terrains of lush forests and towering hills at an elevation of about 270 ft, Talakona Waterfalls is only popular amongst locals and a few seasonal tourists.
However, if you are an offbeat traveller, you wouldn't want to miss out on such an amazing location which is a perfect mix of serenity and divinity. Apart from Talakona Waterfall, you can visit the beautiful Siddeshwara Swamy Temple. As all these spots are located within the boundaries of Sri Venkateswara National Park, you can also savour the beauty of diverse wildlife.
Paderu is a small hamlet in the Visakhapatnam district and is characterised by valleys, hills and streams. It is located at an elevation of about 3000 ft and is an ideal destination to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities amid absolute calmness.
Considering its fresh and rejuvenating atmosphere, it wouldn't be wrong to call it one of the most beautiful places in the state. The region is also rich in coffee estates. You can also go trekking and camping in the surrounding hills here.
6) Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is an ultimate destination for wildlife lovers and nature photographers. Here, you can find hundreds of species of beautiful vegetation and rare and endangered birds, such as long-billed vulture and white-backed vulture.
It is located at a distance of about 18 km from Kakinada amid the estuary of the river Godavari. Do you know Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest expanse of mangrove forest in the country? So, do not forget visiting this marvel of nature.