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Monday, February 6, 2012

Andhra Pradesh - River Tourism

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju
                                      Andhra Pradesh has two major rivers, Godavari and Krishna flowing through many districts in the state. AP Tourism is taking many initiatives to promote river tourism, by conducting river tours, river side camps and also planning to promote Konaseema as an alternative to Kerala. In this post I'm going to give a brief introduction about all AP Tourism River tourism projects in Andhra Pradesh.
(Source:http://discoverap.wordpress.com/category/general-info/)
Konaseema:
Konaseema is located in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, surrounded on all sides by wateers of Godavari and Bay of Bengal. Amalapuram is the only major town in kakinada. Rajahmundry is the only airport near to Konaseema. Other accessible airports are Vijayawada (160 Kms – 4 Hours) and Visakhapatnam (200 Kms – 6 Hours). Rajahmundry is also well connected with Road & Rail. AP Tourism is organizing a resort at Dindi, called Haritha Coconut County Resort, It offers well-furnished 28 air-conditioned rooms and four suites which face the riverside and which provide a breath-taking view of the cocooned place. It also offers its visitors conference facilities, a swimming pool for recreation, a gym for fitness buffs, and children’s play area.There is also another resort at Dindi, that offers 3 cottages: 1 Individual Cottage (A.C) to accommodate 2 Adults + 2 Children and 2 Double Rooms (A.C).


Even though there are many attractions in and around Dindi, House Boats are the best among them. APTDC is organizing House Boats @ Dindi, which offers air conditioned houseboats for cruises which are fully furnished with attached bathes, and a sit out-cum-dining area on the deck. The boat will drop anchor at Dindi Resorts (both starting and ending point). From Dindi resorts the cruise will sail upstream from Rajolu Town and to downstream upto Narsapur town. For those who wanted to have a night stay at boat, the boat will be anchored near the resorts. A House Boat costs around Rs.5000 for full day, Rs.3000 for 12 hrs and Rs.1800 for 6 hrs.


For Bookings contact: Rajamundry Office - 9848780524, 9848629341 or Vijayawada Office: 0866 2571393. For more information visit: http://www.konaseematourism.com/,http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/104464-konaseema-calls-us-again-highly-detailed-travelogue.html
(Source:http://www.konaseematourism.com/stay.php)
Papikondalu:
Papikondalu are a series of  hills on the banks of river godavari near to rajamundry which is located at a distance of 400km from Hyderabad. We can have an spectacular view of these mountain ranges while passing through the godavari river, which became famous after the 'Godavari Movie'. APTDC and also many private operators operates boat ride passing through papikondalu from rajamundry. We can select one from the three available options for the boat ride, First option is one day trip to papikondalu, second option is two day trip to papikondalu- where we can stay at log huts on the banks of river godavari and also they will arrange trekking into the forest, the third option is a two day trip from rajamundry to bhadrachalam through papikondalu and also night stay at log huts, dropping at bhadrachalam. Personally i will recommend second option as we can spend weekend leisurely enjoying the beautiful mountain ranges and godavari river. APTDC has packages that starts from Hyderabad - Badrachalam - Papikondalu (2 days).



For Bookings contact: Rajamundry Office - 9848780524, 9848629341 or Vijayawada Office: 0866 2571393. For more information visit: http://www.konaseematourism.com/,  
http://www.maruthitourism.co.in/.
(Source:http://www.indiamike.com/india-images/pictures/papikondalu-andhra-pradesh-1)
Nagarjunasagar:
Located at a distance of 150 km from Hyderabad, Nagarjunasagar is an important irrigation dam on river Krishna. This is the tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world, creating the third largest man-made lake in the world. Apart from this, some remains of the Buddhist civilization dating back to the 3rd century A.D, are seen on an island called Nagarjunakonda located in a man-made lake on the other side of the river Krishna.Ethipothala is a mountain stream cascading down the hills from a height of 21.3 meters into a lagoon. This waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu & Tummala Vagu. The dazzling lagoon formed by the falls has a crocodile-breeding centre. After flowing for 3 km, this stream joins with the river Krishna. Ranganadha and Dattatreya temples are found near the waterfalls. People believe that the caves near the waterfalls go to Srisailam. It is just few distance from dam site and if you want to watch it closely, we have to do some unofficial trek down the hill. AP tourism organizing hotels as well as restaurants for the tourists visiting nagarjuna sagar. Main attraction will be the dam and the waterfalls. AP tourism organises boat ride on the krishna river which will take us to the nagarjuna konda. Nagarjunakonda is an interesting island museum located in the midst of the Nagarjuna Sagar Lake. The museum houses significant relics of Buddhist culture and art that make it an important place to visit during a tour to Nagarjuna Sagar. There is another boat ride from nagarjuna sagar which will take us to srisailam on the river Krishna, which is also a worth visiting.


For Nagarjuna Konda boat ride, APTDC is charging Rs.60 per adult and Rs.40 per child. For more information contact: Haritha Hotel, Vijaya Vihar - 08680 277362/63 or Launch Unit, Nagarjuna Sagar: 08642 242357, Divisional Office, Nagarjuna Sagar: 08680 277364.
(Source:http://suchintya.blogspot.in/2007/10/nagarjuna-sagar-dam-n-ethipothala-falls.html)
Srisailam:
Srisailam,which is located at a distance of 250 km from Hyderabad is famous temple of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy(shiva) which is one among the twelve Jyothirlingas in India and also for Goddess Bhramaramba Devi temple which is one among the eighteen Mahasakthis. Many people have an wrong impression that it is only a holy place and just need a couple of hours to complete the trip. As it was situated in the Nallamala forest region it offers many scenic views and also we can spot some animals, even a tiger as it is an tiger reserve forest. The important Places to interest in srisailam are Shiva Temple, Ista Kameswari temple which is situated 20 km deep inside the forest only be accessed through commander jeeps, Srisailam dam, Rope way to patalaganga - we can enjoy the beautiful view of Krishna river and nallamala forest, Boat ride to Akkamahadevi Caves on the backwaters of Krishna - worthy boat ride, shikaram - highest point in srisailam. The best among these places are road trip to ista kameswari temple and boat ride to akkamahadevi caves. For boat ride to akkamahadevi caves, we have to book the tickets in advance in case if you are going in weekend. Tickets are available at the counter near patalaganga ropeway. 
Hussainsagar:
If you visiting Hyderabad, then you must try boat ride on Hussain Sagar. Boating is available at lumbini park. There are speed boats as well as mechanized boats. There will a stop at Buddha statue and the round trip will take atleast 15 mins in speed boat and 30mins in mechanized boat. AP Tourism is organizing parasailing at lumbini park and for availability contact: 040 65510372, 9912233248. For private parties and seminars on the boat, AP tourism has 3 special boats, which has many facilities with an affordable rates.
(Source:http://sateesh-mane.blogspot.in/2011/07/hyderabad-programme.html)

Most of the information present in this post is copied from the AP Tourism Brochure, as I never visited some of the places listed above. 

For more information about these places, please contact: 
Corporate Office: Hyderabad - 040 - 23262151/52/53/54/57
Central Reservation Offices- Hyderabad - NSF Shakar Bhavan, Opp. Police Control Room, Basheerbagh,Hyderabad-  040 - 23298456/8457.

Refer http://aptdc.in/contact/contact.php, for more AP Toursim offices. 



Happy Traveling........

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju / Author & Editor

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