Andhra Pradesh with Essence of East India
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations covered : Hyderabad - Warangal – Khamman - Vijayawada – Kakinada – Vishakhapatnam – Gopalpur – Puri – Konark - Bhubaneshwar
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Day 1: Arrival in Hyderabad
Meet our representative on arrival at Hyderabad airport & get transferred to pre booked hotel. Our representative will assist you to checkin. Spend the day either relaxing at the hotel or exploring the local area. Enjoy the delicious and world-famous Hyderabadi Biryani, indulge in some shopping at the local markets. Overnight stay at the respective hotel in Hyderabad.
Day 2: Hyderabad
Today morning after breakfast proceed for the guided city tour of Hyderabad. Visit the magnificent Charminar Gate, which was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1591. Next visit the nation’s third largest museum, named Salar Jung Museum. After this, we shall travel to one of the oldest, as well as the largest in the country, Charminar Mosque. Later in the evening, enjoy Sound & Light show at the Golconda Fort. Overnight stay at the respective hotel in Hyderabad.
Day 3: Hyderabad - Warangal
Today morning, we depart by road for Warangal. On the way, a stoppage at the Carpet weaving centres in Pembarthi Village. Next, we visit the Kolanupaka Temple, a 2000-year old Jain religious site, which lies en route to Warangal. On reaching Warangal, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure activities. Stay overnight at the respective hotel in Warangal.
Day 4: Warangal – Khamman
Today after breakfast, in the morning, we shall pay a visit to the Ramappa Temple, which was constructed during the reign of Kakatiyas in the 12th century. Next, we visit the Thousand Pillared Temple, which was built in 1163 AD by King Rudra Dev of Kakatiya dynasty. Later, we explore the Warangal Fort - constructed during the 13th century and where you can marvel at its delicately carved arches and pillars. We continue travelling to Khammam by road. On arrival, check into your pre-booked hotel. Stay overnight at the respective hotel in Khammam.
Day 5: Khamman - Vijayawada
Before starting our journey to Vijayawada, we shall visit the Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Temple, which is situated on the banks of Godavari River. Lord Ram is the presiding deity of this temple, which was constructed during the 17th century. Later, we continue driving to Vijayawada. Upon arrival, check in to your pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day can be spent interacting with the locals, exploring the surroundings on foot. Stay overnight at the respective hotel in Vijayawada.
Day 6: Vijayawada
Today morning we start with a day trip to Kondapali Village. It is widely known for its wooden toys that are made from a unique wood that is native to this region only, named Tella Poniki. We then visit Kanaka Durga Temple, located on the banks of river Krishna, with Goddess Kanaka Durga as the presiding deity. The evening is for exploring the Undavalli Caves, which have been carved out of solid sandstone in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D. Stay overnight in the respective hotel in Vijaywada.
Day 7: Vijayawada - Kakinada
Today, after breakfast, hit the road to go to Kakinada. On the way, halt to explore a beautiful and serene French Church made during the 18th century and later visit the Cemetery. The last en-route visit is to Draksharamam Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. There are various inscriptions carved on the temple walls and pillars, related to the Chola and Chalukyan dynasties. On arrival in Kakinada, check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. If time and energy permit, you can explore the surroundings on foot.
Day 8: Kakinada - Visakhapatnam
Today morning, hit the road to Visakhapatnam. On the way, stop at Sankaram- an important site for Buddhist devotees, where one can see unique images of Lord Buddha as well as the stupas that were constructed in the 1st century A.D. Nearby are some rock-cut temples that are also worth visiting. Later, visit the Simhachalam Temple situated on a hilltop, a beautiful temple with 16 intricately carved pillars. On reaching Visakhapatnam, check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Visakhapatnam
Today morning, after breakfast, we shall visit the Araku Valley, where you can undertake leisure activities and enjoy the sights of the picturesque waterfalls and gardens. The next visit is to the Borra Caves, which are popular for their Stalactite and Stalagmite formations. Later, we visit the Bheemili Beach, where you can indulge in activities of your interest. Stay overnight at respective hotel in Vishakhapatnam.
Day 10: Visakhapatnam – Gopalpur
Today, you hit the road to go to Gopalpur on Sea. On the way, halt at Arasavalli temple, which is dedicated to Suryanarayana Swamy. The deity’s idol has been made in such a manner that the first rays of the sun adorn his feet twice a year. Later, continue driving through some of the most fertile rice fields, banana and jackfruit plantations. On reaching Gopalpur on Sea, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. Enjoy the nature and beauty of the beaches of Gopalpur. You can explore the surroundings on foot or visit the beach as the day is at leisure. Stay overnight at respective hotel in Gopalpur On Sea.
Day 11: Gopalpur - Puri
Morning after breakfast drive to Puri, en route visit Chilika Lake. Chilika Lake is shallow and one of the largest brackish water lake in the subcontinent. You would enjoy at the beach. Later proceed towards Puri, check-in the hotel and rest. Rest of the day is free to relax, you can visit the local markets also. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 12: Puri
Early morning visit to the Jagannath temple, which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. This temple was constructed in 12th century A.D by Raja Anantavarman Chodaganag Dev. You can see the wooden images of Subhadra and Jagannath Balabhadra were set up in the temple. Spend your evening at the beautiful beach in Puri. The beach is located on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. At this beach you get an opportunity to observe the beautiful sunset. You can walk on the sand at the beach and enjoy various water sports. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 13: Puri - Konark - Bhubaneshwar
Morning after breakfast drive towards Bhubaneshwar, En-route visit the world famous Sun Temple at Konark. This temple is dedicated to Sun God. This temple was built in the 13th century & it is a world heritage site. The finishing touches of the twelve pairs of stone wheels are wonderful. Later proceed towards Bhubaneshwar. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 14: Bhubaneshwar
Morning after breakfast the full day is for sightseeing of Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneshwar is popularly known as the “Temples City of India”. You can visit the most famous temples like the DhauliGiri Shanti Stupa which is also known as Peace Pagoda. This is situated on the opposite hill of DhauliGiri. This was constructed jointly by Kaling Nippon BuudhaSangh and Japan Buddha Sangh. Lingaraj Temple is one of the biggest and oldest of all temples in the city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Mahavira Jain Temple near Khandagiri is in pink transparence. The inspiring feeling of wonder at their abrupt beauty and their cross- cultural modifications. You can visit the Khandagiri and Udayagiri twin hills. The tribal Research Insitute Museum looks like the genuine tribal home, it was created by the tribal craftsmen. You can enjoy the beauty of the village in this museum. Return to hotel and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 15: Departure from Bhubaneshwar
In the morning a drive to Bhubaneswar airport/ railway station to your onward destination.