Andhra Pradesh is promoted by its tourism department as the Koh-i-Noor of India.
Beaches Visakhapatnam has many beautiful beaches along the Bay of Bengal namely R.K.Beach, Rishikonda Beach, Lawsons Bay Beach etc. There are other beaches too along the long coastline of the state. They are Suryalanka Beach, located 9 km from Bapatlain Guntur District.
The Borra Caves in the Anatagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats, near Vishakapatnam at an altitude of about 800 to 1300 metres are famous for million-year-old stalactite and stalagmite formations. They were discovered by British geologist William King George in 1807. The caves got the name from a formation inside the caves that looks like the human brain, which in Telugu language is known asburra.
Araku Valley, a famous hill station in Visakhapatnam district. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity. It has beautiful thick forests, coffee plantations, waterfalls. The place also offers trekking tours and exploration tours in the caves located here. This scenic beauty attracts large number of tourists. The valley is inhabited by different tribes and is a less commercialized tourist destination.
Horsley Hills, a summer hill resort in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of 1,265 metres and attracts lots of tourists owing to its natural flora and fauna magnificence. The town of Madanapalle lies nearby. The major tourist attractions in this place are Lake Gangotri, high view seeing place, EEC Centre Environmental Park, Mallamma temple, Horsley Hills Museum and the Rishi Valley School. Horsley Hills offers adventure activities like Zorbing, Rappelling and Trekking. Horsely Hills is the departure point for the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 87 km (54 mi).
The Belum Caves in Kurnool District have a length of 3,229 metres (10,594 ft), making them the second largest natural caves on the Indian subcontinent. The Belum Caves derive their name from Bilum, the Sanskrit word for caves. The caves have long passages, spacious chambers, freshwater galleries, and siphons. The caves deepest point is 120 feet (37 m) from the entrance and is known asPatalganaga.
· Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a located between Krishna and Godavari delta. The lake was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 km².During the winter season, many birds migrate here to nest at the sanctuary from Siberia, the Philippines, Australia and Egypt, such as Siberian crane, ibis, and painted storks. The lake is visited by an estimate of 20,00,000 birds.
Pulicat Lake is located at the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Sanctuary covers an area of 500 square kilometres. It is a brackish water lagoon, the second largest in India, and is situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal. The barrier island ofSriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary attracts many migratory birds and also is a feeding and nesting ground for aquatic and terrestrial birds such as flamigoes, pelicans, storks, ducks, sandpipers etc.
Lush green farms in Konaseema(East Godavari)
Konaseema is another place in East Godavari for nature lovers with scenic greenery of lush paddy fields and coconut groves. All along the banks of river Godavari and its canals.
Papi Hills are located in Khammam district, near Bhadrachalam. Boat cruises are available on which tourists enjoy the scenic beauty of the location in the river Godavari.
Nirmal is famous for its handicrafts and paintings. Kuntala Waterfall located in Kuntala, Adilabad district, at 45 metres (148 ft), is the biggest in the state.
· Visakhapatnam The city has many tourist attractions namely Kailashagiri park near the sea, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, the INS Kursura S20 Submarine museum, the Dolphins Nose, a 358 m (1,175 ft) long rocky mountain outcrop that rises 175 m (574 ft) above the sea. .
· Hyderabad Charminar, Golconda Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Chowmahalla Palace, and Falaknuma Palace.
- Diguva Mangalagiri Templ
- Durga Temple in Vijayawada
- Ramappa Temple
- Mounagiri Hanuman Temple in Anantapur
Andhra Pradesh is the home of many religious pilgrim centres.
· Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in the town of Tirumala in Chittoor district is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is one of the richest pilgrimage temple of any religious faith in the world.
· Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple situated at Srisailam in the Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district is the abode of lord Mallikarjuna Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines in India.
· Kanaka Durga Temple of goddess Durga is situated on the Indrakeeladri Hill in the city of Vijayawada on the banks of Krishna River. Pilgrims turn out in huge numbers for the festival of Dusshera for the colourful celebrations of Tepotsavam, and take a holy dip in the Krishna river.
· Simhachalam is a popular pilgrimage site located on a hill 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Visakhapatnam city centre. Simhachalam is said to be the abode of the savior-god Narasimha. It has a beautifully carved 16-pillared Natya mantapa and a 96-pillared Kalyana mantapa. The temple was built in 11th century by Kullotunga chola.
· Bhadrachalam Temple is a temple to Lord Rama in the town of Bhadrachalam in Khammam district. It is situated on the banks of theriver Godavari. It was believed that lord Rama spent some years on the banks of river Godavari in Treta Yuga. Kancherla Gopannaconstructed the temple during the reign of Tanisha in the 17th century. Sri Rama Navami, a celebration of the Marriage of Lord Rama and Sita, is celebrated here every year. Government of Andhra Pradesh sends pearls for the event.
· Thousand Pillar Temple is one of the oldest temples of South India that was built by the kakatiya located in the town of Hanamakondain the Warangal district. It comprises one temple and other building. There are one thousand pillars in the building and the temple, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the god in the other temple.
· Raghavendra Swami Mutt in Mantralayam is a town in Kurnool district. It lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra river borderingKarnataka state. It is also called Manchale. The town is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint and follower of Madhwacharya.
· The five ancient Hindu temples of Lord Shiva, known as Pancharama Kshetras, are located at - Amararama, Draksharama, Somarama,Ksheerarama and Kumararama. The Sivalingas at these temples are made from a single Sivalinga.
Other religious places include, Venkateswara Temple in Dwaraka Tirumala, West Godavari District, Annavaram Satayannarayana Swami temple inEast Godavari and Surya temple in Arasavelli in Srikakulam District are also religious places to see in Andhra Pradesh.
The state has numerous Buddhist centres at Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda, Bhattiprolu, Ghantasala, Nelakondapalli, Dhulikatta, Bavikonda,Thotlakonda, Shalihundam, Pavuralakonda, Bojjannakonda (Sankaram), Phanigiri and Kolanpaka.