Guntur – Land of Chillies 

Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh is a very famous chili market yard in Asia. It is the 3rd most populous town in Andhra Pradesh. It is located at a distance of 30 km from the newly built city Amaravathi. It is also well known for its industrial activities and is part of the prominent Vishakhapatnam-Guntur Industrial corridor.

It is also regarded as one of the most famous textiles and transport hubs in India. The city deserves the credit for housing the only Buddhist pilgrimage site in South India – the Nagarjunakonda, and the captivating relics of Amravati Caves.

Guntur is well-known for its chili production and exports around the globe. It is worth it weekend gateway from Hyderabad and is preferred for history geeks and industry experts.

Places To Visit In Guntur

Nagarjunasagar Dam

It’s the world’s largest masonry dam. It is protected with 26 gates measuring 14m in height and 13m in width. This iconic dam is located in Nalgonda District and is built across the Krishna River. It has a storage capacity of 11,472 million cubic meters and an irrigation capacity for 10 acres of land. The most interesting fact about this dam is that it is among the first irrigation projects started by the Indian Government as part of the renowned Green Revolution Movement. This dam is also a great source of hydroelectricity. The dam is a major attraction for many tourists due to the greenery around it.

Weather – Visit preferred in winters

Best time to visit -October to February

Entry fee– INR 20 for Adults and INR 15 for Children

Duration – 2- 3 hours

Things to do -Boating

Timings of Boating -All days except Friday,9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 01:30 PM

Location – Nalgonda District, across Krishna River

Kondaveedu

This beautiful tourist attraction is located 17 miles from Guntur City It is well known for an ancient fort to build in the 13th century by Reddy Kings. It comprises 21 magnificent structures. A source of pure admiration Kondaveedu fort is situated at the top of the hill.

It is also an ideal place for trekkers. Some beautiful temples are also located at the bottom of the hill which is worth visiting. Kathulabave and Gopunatha Temple are the two prominent temples of this area.

Weather– Visit preferred in Winters

Best time to visit – October to March

Timings– Remains open all days

Entry Fee – Free

Time required – 1 hour

Constructed by – Prolaya Vema Reddi

Uppalapadu Nature Conservation

You can find a large number of bird species at this place. This bird sanctuary is situated in the southern parts of the city. The amazing reserves located in Gunthur attract lakhs of tourists every year.

Some of the prominent birds you will see at this place are Spot-Billed Pelicans and Painted Storks. However, the number of bird species has been reduced from 7000 to 12000 in the last few years.

Weather -Visit preferred in winters

Time required -30 minutes (approx)

Best time to visit -October to March

Things to do– Bird watching and wildlife photography

Entry fee-INR 30 per person

Kotappakonda Trikutaparvattam

Kotappakonda or Trikutaparvattam is a three-peaked hill located in Guntur. It is originally called Kondakavuru. This popular city is located 25 miles away from Guntur. It offers a panoramic and beautiful view from all directions.

The popular 3 peaks got their name from  Hindu mythology namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Maheswara. Guthikonda Cave one of the captivating places to explore is also worth visiting. Someswara Swamy Temple in Sitanagaram is also a worth visit. It is located 16 miles from the northeast part of Guntur.

Weather– Visits preferred in Winters

Best time to visit– October to March

Timings – Open all days,6:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Grand Celebration– Thirunallu Festival

Entry fee– No entry fee

Mangalagiri

A temple town located in  Guntur, Seemandhra (Andhra Pradesh) Mangalagiri is one of the best cities in Andhra Pradesh. Also known as ‘The Auspicious Hill’, Mangalagiri is one of the 8 important Mahakshetrams or sacred destinations in India.

This place holds religious importance among the Hindus as Lord Vishnu did his manifestation on the soils of Mangalagiri and Goddess Lakshmi performed penance on the peak of the hill.

Weather – Visit preferred throughout the weather

Time required – 3 to 4 hours

Famous for– Temples and Religious Beliefs

Best time to visit– Throughout the year

Downtown, Guntur

The city of Guntur is comprised of the downtown area, midtown, and residential areas. This place has a plethora of tourist attractions which include the Center of Brodipet, Arundelpet, Jinnah Tower Center, Naaz Center, Brindavan Gardens, Old Guntur, and Inner and Outer Ring roads.

One of the most prominent tourist attractions of this place is Manasa Sarovar that is a man-made park and lies in the eastern part of the city.

Weather -Visit preferred in winters

Best time to visit-October to March

Viswa Nagar

Viswa Nagar is situated in the northwest part of the city and can be easily approached via National Highway 5 i.e. GNT-Chennai Expressway. This place is well-known for  Viswayogi Viswamji and  Universal Integration Pillar. Viswayogi Institute of Medical Sciences or VIMS is also located in proximity.

Weather – Visit preferred in  Winters

Best time to visit – October to March

Time required– 5 to 6 hours

Bhattiprolu

Bhattiprolu is a small village located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is prominent for its Buddhist stupa that is a significant monument centrally protected. This village is an ancient Buddhist town that has a rich and diverse history.

The main crowd here is Buddhist monks and devotees. Every year thousands of tourists visit this place and admire the beauty of the magnanimous Buddhist Stupa.

Weather-Visits preferred in Winters

Time required– 1 to 2 hours

Entry fee– No entry fee

Final Note

Guntur popularly known as the chili district of Andhra Pradesh is one of the most popular districts of Andhra Pradesh that is definitely a worth visit.

Be it chili market, industry relevance, or religious importance, this place has to offer you something beautiful in every area. Apart from those mentioned above, some other places that are a must-visit in Guntur are Amaravathi, Krishna Barrage, Suryalanka Beach, and Amaravati Stupa.

So what are you waiting for? Get up and plan a trip to Guntur!

 

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