Alampur Tourism & Travel Guide

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ALAMPUR - DAKSHINA KASHI (Into 7th Century & Back in 12 Hours flat)

India is one country which is soaked in the beauty of the bygone era. Kings came and Kings went, ...

Karim S A
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Alampur ~ the Dakshin Kashi of India

It’s been quite a long time since we are out on a road trip. The scorching heat of the summer con...

Madhumita Banerjee
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Jogulamba & Confluence of Krishna and Tungabhadra

Want to chill out on a dreary long journey from Bengaluru to Hyderabad? Little more than 300 kms ...

Bhargav KVRK
3 Days
Exploring Rayalaseema & Telangana Temples for New year

ExplAs the New Year is approaching We stayed Confused whether to Welcome the fresh year in a Pub ...

Sairaj Mahesh
5 Days
Get Set Go.. Trip to Hyderabad - Warangal -Lepakshi

It was supposed to be a West Rajasthan tour, we had booked the train tickets almost 3 months back...

Sonya V. Anchan
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Camping On A Cliff

Last Friday, when as I was wondering where to go this weekend, the idea of camping on a cliff cal...

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Hyderabad
A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, pulsates with vivid heritage. The metropolitan section of the city comprises of the hilltop Golconda, the modern city of Secunderabad and the old city of Hyderabad which are separated by an artificial lake - Hussain Sagar. On the western end lies the Hi-Tech city or the cyber hub of the city. One of the main attractions of the old Hyderabad city are its frantic bazaars swarming with chai and spice traders. This is a major contributing factor to Hyderabad’s tourism. Among the other places to visit in the city, the iconic Charminar built in 1591 to commemorate Hyderabad’s founding, the opulent Chowmahalla palace and one of the world’s largest mosques - the Mecca Masjid are the most popular. The art enthusiasts could head to the Kalakriti and Birla art galleries. As one of the must-dos in the city, plan a day trip to the Ramoji Film City (Telangana’s film industry - Tollywood). Also, no trip to Hyderabad city will ever be complete without the delectable trifecta of Irani chai, Osmania biscuits and the quintessential biryani.
Hampi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi in northern Karnataka, India. It is situated within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. It is 353 km from Bangalore. The extant monuments of Vijayanagara or Hampi can be divided into Religious, Civil & Military buildings. The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines and some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi tourism has special importance for the Hanuman devotees, as mythical Kishkinda, the monkey kingdom was located here. You can see plenty of motifs and carvings of Hanuman all around the sites of which some are brilliantly colourful.
Tirupati
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Known all over the country for the sacred Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is actually located in Tirumala along with a number of other temples, though Sri Venkateshwara Temple or Tirupati Balaji is the main attraction for visitors. Tirumala is always bustling with energy owing to the many tourists as well as the number of festivals celebrated here. Legend has it that one should visit Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting Sri Venkateswaraswami. Varahaswami owned the seven hills and agreed to give them to Sri Venkateswaraswami with the demand that he too should be worshipped. And for this, Sri Venkateswaraswami asked his pilgrims to visit the Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting him. For first timers there are a few things you should keep in mind including appropriate clothing, no alcohol and carrying extra locks for your rooms as well as vehicles. Before visiting the temple, you'll need darshan tickets, which are available at various TTD counters across the country. A beautiful place with immense spiritual energy, Tirupati is a must visit.
Vijayawada
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Think serene springs, juicy mangoes and mouthwatering deserts and Vijayawada is the name that will come to mind. The name Vijayawada literally means 'the place of victory' and it has the biggest railway junction in the south. Vijayawada is also very important in religious terms. The Kanaka Durga Temple has magnificent architectural wealth and will leave you spellbound. Amravati, a town at a distance of about 33 kilometres from Vijayawada, is a growing tourist destination. It has a stupa that is perhaps bigger than the one at Sanchi. There are also some great examples of rock-cut architecture at the Undavalli Caves. A visit to Vijayawada is not only inspiring but also educating. It is famous for its heritage and grand history. Treat yourself to some good food and delicious sweets, and do not forget to buy at least four to five kilograms of juicy mangoes – an intrinsic part of the experience of Vijayawada.
Warangal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Warangal is a land famous for its architectural feats. Though not really a tourist spot, the ancient city has multitudes of experiences to offer by way of its beautiful temples, wildlife sanctuary, a grand fort and a serene lake to satisfy the thirst of travellers. The most famous spot is the star-shaped, 800-year-old Thousand Pillared Temple with its uniquely carved stone pillars. Warangal is replete with temples such as the Ramappa temple, Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani temple, Sri Veeranarayana temple, the most beautifully located being the Bhadrakali Temple. The exquisite carvings, arches and pillars of the Warangal fort are noteworthy along with its South Indian architectural style. The turquoise blue manmade lake of Pakhal amidst the lush greens forests is where you want to be for the most breathtaking sceneries. If you’re visiting during September or October, you may get to witness the vivid festival of flowers celebrated by the Hindu women, Bathukamma. You may not find the most opulent hotels, but there are decent ones to spend a night at, such as City Grand or Grand Gayathri. Try the local eateries for their lip-smacking ghee idlis and dosas.
Anantapur
Lepakshi is located in Mandal, a small village in Anantpur district, which is 120 kms from Bangalore and 15 kms from Hindupur. When one travels from Bangalore, except the last 20 kms into the village, the remaining roads are tolled highways and it takes around 2.5-3hrs to reach Lepakshi from Bangalore city.Local Legend There are two interesting myths associated with Lepakshi’s origin. This place has a significant role in one of the great Indian epics Ramayana. It is said that the bird Jatayu, was wounded by the King of Lanka, during Jayatu’s futile attempt to save Sita from Ravana. As the result of the battle, Jatayu’s wings fell off on the rocks here. When Rama reached the spot, he saw the suffering bird and said affectionately, “Le Pakshi” (meaning “Arise, bird”) in Telugu.

About Alampur

The history of Alampur dates back to 7th Century. And for you, people from Hyderabad, you can go back into the 7th Century and come back into 2017 in just 12 hours flat. How? If this is your question, then you are true lover of history. The answer is, Tungabhadra Express takes you to Alampur and back in 12 hours flat.Alampur is on the left bank of River Tungabhadra. This place is the meeting point of two rivers Krishna and Tungabhadra and is called the Dakshina Kashi. Interestingly, with the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, this point may well be also called the meeting point of two states too, since on the left side of river Tungabhadra is Telangana and on the right side, Andhra Pradesh starts. It is also the meeting point of two different time zones on the time machine. History and the present times.Alampur was under the rule of Shatavahanas, Ishvakus of Nagarjunakonda, Badami Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Vijayanagara Empire, Kakatiyas, and the rulers of Qutub Shahis of Golconda.As soon as we enter Alampur first let's visit the Sangameshwara Temple. Temples built by the Kings of the bygone era were always magnanimous and architecturally very elaborate, intrinsic and beautiful. Stories were sculpted into temples. Each Era had it's own style of architecture.There are nine temples dedicated to Lord shiva and they are called the Navabrahma Temples which were built by the Badami Chalykyas during the 7th Century. (Now, as promised didn't I take you into the 7th Century?. I kept my word!).Tungabhadra Express starts back it's return journey from Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) at 15.00 Hrs and reaches Sbb Jogulamba H Railway Station (SBBJ) at 15.11 Hrs. Get into the train, sit by the window and see the landscape of the setting Sun, and reach Secunderabad by 08.00 PM.Cover Picture credits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alampur,_Mahbubnagar_district and http://www.quotehd.com/quotes/patricia-greenspan-quote-it-was-like-stepping-back-into-history-it-was-a
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