01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer
to prebooked hotel.
DAY 02 : CHENNAI
After breakfast, day return trip to Kanchipuram
DAY 03 : CHENNAI-HYDERABAD
(FLIGHT, IC 945, 0800-0900 HRS)
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer
to prebooked hotel. Afternoon, half day city tour to
include Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi tombs or visit of
Charminar, Salarjung Musuem, Mecca Mosque and Bangle
DAY 04 : HYDERABAD-WARANGAL
After breakfast, leave for Warangal.
Arrive Warangal and check in at prebooked hotel.
Later city tour of Warangal.
the Bhadrakali Temple - Set on a hilltop between
Hanumakonda and Warangal, the Bhadrakali temple is noted
for its stone image of the Goddess Kali. She is depicted
with eight arms and carries a weapon in each hand. Bhadrakali
Cheruvu is adjacent to this temple.
1000 pillar temple : One of the most famous monuments
of Andhra Pradesh, the Thousand Pillar Temple, located
in Hanamkonda, was built in 1163 AD by the Kakatiya
King Rudra Deva, following the Chalukyan style of temple
architecture. The star shaped, triple-shrined temple
- dedicated to lord Shiva, lord Vishnu and Surya - with
its perforated stone screens, richly carved icons, meticulously
designed pillars, stands testimony to the highly evolved
brilliance of Kakatiya architecture. The
six feet high monolithic Nandi is another major lure
of this temple, also known as 'Trikutalayam', because
of the three shrines within.
Warangal Fort : This fort was built during the
13th century by the Kakatiya ruler Ganapathi Deva and
his daughter Rudramma. The remains of four massive stone
gateways, similar to those of Sanchi and several exquisite
pieces of sculpture can be seen. The fort comprises
three rawports, among which two are of mud, as the third
and the inner most one is built of stone. Inside the
fort are Sambhuni gudi, Venkatesswara temple, Keerthi
Toranas and Kushmahal. A testimony to a glorious past
is the Khush Mahal , a masterpiece built by Shitabh
Khan. Located close to the Warangal Fort, this magnificent
edifice houses idols excavated in the surrounding areas.
DAY 05 : WARANGAL-VIJAYAWADA
After breakfast, leave for Vijayawada. Enroute visit
Pillalamarri village is well known for the beautiful
Temples built by Kakatiyas adorned with frescoes,inscriptions
& exquisitely carved stone pillars. The Erukasanamma
Temple and the Trikuta Temples are the tourable attractions.
The Shrine of Lord Chennakesava Swamy is most worshipped
and annul celebrations are held during February - March
which attracts a large number of devotees.
Kondapalli Fort : The fort is located 16 km before
reaching towards West from Vijayawada City and is built
on a hill. Prolaya Vema Reddy, constructed this fort
during 14th Century. Later came under the rule of the
Qutubshahis who strengthened and eloborated by adding
new structures. Near the fort, there is a Dargah of
a Persian Saint, Gareeb Saheeb. A legend goes that the
palace women and the saint were always at loggerheads.
Unable to bear the trouble, the queen of the palace
ordered the beheading of the Saint. Even after he was
beheaded the Saint fought valiantly and dragged the
fort soldiers to a distance of 20 km without his head.
drive to Vijayawada. Arrive Vijayawada and check in
at prebooked hotel.
DAY 06 : VIJAYAWADA
After breakfast, excursion to Chirala & Amravati.
is well known for its textiles . A large quantity of
oil is used in preparing yarn for weaving . Once the
fabric is ready it is wrapped with wax & clay before
being dyed in selected colours . Bedspreads, curtains,
tapestry fabrics & sarees are popular offerings.
is a Coastal Town in Andhra pradesh once called as "Small
Bombay". This town also famous for exporting hand
made cloths, cachew nuts, fishes etc.
Later, drive to Amravati - 70 kms to visit the
Indias largest stupa and the bhuddist museum and later
visit of Kanadurga Temple and Archaeological Museum
Amravati is located on the banks of river Krishna
about 35 kms from Guntur. During the reign of the Satavahanas
from 2nd century B.C. to 2nd century A.D., Buddhism
flourished in Andhra Desa. Dharanikota or Dhanyakataka
whose modern name is Amaravati was the capital of the
Amravati museum has a collection which includes the
antiquities from other Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh
belonging to the 3rd Century BC to about the 12th Century
AD, a gold necklace from Gummadidurru, relic-caskets
with bone-relics and gold flowers. The exhibits in the
Museum are arranged in three different galleries.
DAY 07 : VIJAYAWADA-RAJAMUNDRY
After breakfast, leave for Rajamundry. Enroute visit
Guntapalli & Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple
GUNTUPALLI - This historic Buddhist site, a hamlet
of Guntupalli is located at a north distance of 120
kms from Vijayawada. On an adjacent hill,visit the rock-cut
caves where you can see more than a dozen stupas ranging
in height that reaches up to 10 feet and circumference
of 30 feet. Dating back to the 3rd century B.C., the
structures include a circular rock cut temple containing
a monolithic stupa, a huge monastery, a brick chaitya,
reamins of a large pillared hall and 6 feet tall marble
idols of Lord Buddha. The caves are more intricate in
thier entrance ways with arch resembling the Ajanta
time permits you could also visit:
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple also Known as Chinna
Tirupati Or Second Tirupati is situated here
in Dwaraka Tirumala. According to a legend, The temple
dates back to the rein of Raja Dasaratha and Lord Srirama
and Sidha Nagarjuna. Unique for being the only temple
with two idols under one Vimana Sikharam, this is where
you can have a glimpse of south indian architecture
at its finest with the eye-catching 5-storey Gopuram.
The prakara Temple is adorned with idols of various
drive to Rajamundry. Arrive Rajamundray & check
in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 08 : RAJAMUNDRY-KAKINADA
After breakfast, leave for Kakinada. Enroute visit Biccavolu,
Bhimeswara Swamy temple, Pitapuram & Samarlakota.
is known for beautiful stone temples of the Eastern
Chalukyas during the 9th - 10th centuries , the temples
are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that
was typical of the Dravidian style. A stone Sculpture
of Ganesa in the village is a masterpiece of chalukyan
Bhimeshwara Swamy Temple, also known as Dakshin
located here. It is one of the trilingas of the state.
The temple is noted not only for its architectural beauty
and historical importance, but also for its sanctity
and holiness which attracts pilgrims in large numbers.
The architecture is a perfect and harmonious blend of
both Chalukya and Chola style of temple architecture.
There are 381 inscriptions ranging from 1080 A.D. to
1434 A.D. The shape of the Linga is a long cylindrical
pillar of about 20 - 25 feet height
Pitapuram - It is famous for the temples of Knkkuteswara
Swamy, Kunthimadhava Swamy and Puruhutika Devi, built
here uduring the 10th century A.D.
Samarlakota : Famous for a Sivaite Temple, considered
to be one of the Pancharams. Arrive
Kakinada and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 09 : KAKINADA-VISAKHAPATNAM
After breakfast, leave for Visakhapatnam. Enroute
visit Annawaram & Sankaram
- famous for Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy
temple, situated atop the Ratnagiri Hills on the banks
of the river Pampa. One of the most popular temples
in Andhra Pradesh. The shrine is constructed in two
storey, the lower one containing a Yantra and upper
one housing of the Idol of the Lord.
Sankaram - The Buddhist ruins are located on
the contiguous hills locally known as Bojjanakonda
and Lingalametta consist of numerous monolithic stupas,
caves and structural buildings. Monuments & Antiquities
During excavation several antiquities like the seals,
inscribed tablets, pots, copper coins mostly of seventh
century AD were found. A gold coin of Samudragupta
of the 4th century AD is a significant find. A seated
image of Buddha termed as Buddhanna or Bojjana is
found in one of the caves on the hill. Sankaram has
numerous monolithic votive stupas, rock-cut caves
buildings and images of Buddha and non-tantric form
of Hariti. There are a few plain and small caves on
the same hillock, which formed the Viharas for the
monks and students. On facade of the cave is a life
size statue of Buddha in meditation.
In the evening hourse visit:
A charming hill on the northern side of the city,
Kailasagiri offers a spectacular view of the long
shoreline and the cityscape of Vizag. Kailasa Giri
is located on a hilltop and is a must to visiting
place for all people visiting Vishakhapatnam. The
charming hill on the seafront, affords a breath taking
scenic view, especially towards Bheemunipatnam. Viewpoints
with roof and cement seats are located at different
places on the hill to enjoy the serene atmosphere
and scenic beauty. It has been developed as an attractive
picnic spot. The magnificent Shiva Parvati statues
with lighted mountains in front are worth seeing.
'Sankaram', 'Chakram' and 'Namam' fully lighted in
the night are visible from almost all parts of the
Arrive Visakhapatnam and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 10 : VISAKHAPATNAM
After breakfast visit of these places in order
1st visit Simhachalam
:One of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra
Pradesh, Simhachalam temple is situated 35 km from
Vizag among thickly wooded hills. This temple was
built by the Eastern Gangas in 13th Century A.D. The
beautifully-carved l6-pillared Natya mantapa and the
96-pillared Kalyana mantapa bear testimony to the
architectural brilliance of the temple. The image
of the presiding deity, Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy,
is covered in a thick layer of sandalwood paste. The
real shape of the deity can be viewed only during
Chandanayatra Festival (March - April).
2nd visit Borra
Caves are located at distance of 90 km from Visakhapatnam
toward west. They are spread over the Eastern Ghats
and occupy an area of 2 square kilometers. The one-million-year-old
Borra Caves are situated at a height 1400 feet above
the sea level. These limestone caves were formed as
a result of the action of Gosthani River. The river,
which now flows through these caves, was once upon
a time flowing over the limestone area. Due to the
pressure exerted by the river water on the mineral
deposits, the limestone dissolved and gradually the
caves were formed. In the process, giving rise to
several interesting structures like - a mushroom,
a temple, a mosque, a church and many more.
3rd visit The
picturesque Araku Valley popularly called as
Andhra Ooty is situated at an altitude of 3,100 feet
on the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 22 km.from Borra
caves. A visitor to the valley will be greeted by
smooth flowing silvery streams and 46 tunnels &
bridges by a train journey. Drive back from Araku
directly to Visakhapatnam is 120 kms / 3hrs
DAY 11 : VISAKHAPATAM-GOPALPUR
After breakfast, leave for Gopalpur which is aprox
350 kms enroute visiting these interesting places.
SALINHUNDRM : This village shot into prominence
because excavations revealed the existence of an ancient
Buddhist settlement. Situated 18 Kms from Srikakulam
on the banks of the river Vamsadhara, a maha stupa,
votive stupas, chaityas, platforms and viharas have
been unearthed here with inscriptions dating back
to the 2nd century A.D. The main stupa on a hilltop
measures 46 ft in diameter while the Maha vihara salipethaka
has an entrance in the shape of a swastika. Significantly,
this was the place from where the message of Buddhism
spread, to Sumatra and other eastern countries.
: At Arasavalli, is located the Suryanarayana Swamy
temple dedicated to the Sun God.Constructed by the
Ganga Kings around the 7th century A.D., this remarkable
temple is built in such a way that the early morning
sun's rays fall on the feet of the deity twice a year,
in February and June, even when the 5 main entrance
gates are closed. The idol depicts Lord Surya standing
on the chariot holding a lotus in each of the raised
hands. The head is crowned by fully spread hood of
Adisesha serpent. The other temples in the complex
are dedicated to Siva, Vinayaka, Anjaneya, Kala Bhairava,
Subramanya and Durga Mahalakshmi Arrive
Gopalpur on Sea and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 12 : GOPALPUR ON SEA
DAY 13 : GOPALPUR ON SEA-PURI
After breakfast, leave for Puri.
Enroute visit Chilka Lake. Arrive Puri
and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 14 : PURI
Day free to relax on the beach.
DAY 15 : PURI-BHUBANESHWAR
After breakfast, leave for Bhubaneshwar.
Enroute visit Konark Temple. Arrive Bhubaneshwar and
check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 16 : BHUBANESHWAR
After breakfast, full day visit of local temples
DAY 17 : BHUBANESHWAR-KOLKATA
(FLIGHT, S2 6143, 1355-1455 HRS)
After breakfast, free. Afternoon, transfer to the airport
to board flight for Kolkata.
and transfer to Hotel.
DAY 18 : KOLKATA
After breakfast, full day city tour of Kolkata.
DAY 19 : DEPART KOLKATA
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home.