On the east coast of Indian peninsular, Andhra Pradesh may not be among the top states in terms of tourism and attracting more travelers, but that does not mean the state has nothing to offer at all. I believe sometimes the best destinations that you find around are in places that are not really popular; mainly because no one has ever talked about them, or there is not much information about these places on the internet that can encourage more people to go there and experience the untouched nature that is waiting for them to offer some spectacular landscapes and views. After the first few showers, Andhra Pradesh really has so much to offer and you will be amazed at the natural beauty that this state has to offer. Of course, the state tourism board might not be aggressively promoting the places, but a little bit of research and you will find some of the best places and hotels here that offer you a great holiday experience. It offers some of the best monsoon destinations that one should visit on an affordable budget that won’t cut through your wallet. Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 must visit monsoon destinations in Andhra Pradesh that can really offer value for money holiday experience.
Located in the Chittoor district and named after the British Collector of Cuddapah district W.D. Horsley, this hill station can simply take your breath away with the stunning landscapes and untouched natural beauty that it holds. This one is right on the top in my list for its natural beauty and landscape. You have to visit this place personally to understand what I mean to say. Although, it is a summer hill station for many locals here, Horsley Hills is a great monsoon destination in Andhra Pradesh that you cannot afford to miss. Enjoy the cool pleasant climate here during the monsoon season and some great time with your friends and loved ones.
Visit the Mallama Temple and Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary if you are interested in nature and photography. Trekkers and adventure lovers can enjoy rappelling and zorbing here. A better way to reach Horsley Hills is through Bangalore rather than Hyderabad. This place is just 144 kilometers from Bangalore while 522 kilometers from Hyderabad so take the Bangalore route to reach faster. After you are done with all the adventure, take some time to unwind with your loved ones and feel yourself right in the midst of nature.
One of the least commercialized tourist destinations in South India, Araku Valley offers a great monsoon holiday experience for the travelers. Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley is a hill station in the Vishakhapatnam district almost on the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (Orissa) border.
This place is a paradise for nature lovers as they can explore the local fauna and flora and roam around the coffee plantations. From Hyderabad it will take you around 12 hours journey to cover a distance of 708 kilometers, so plan your holidays accordingly to ensure that you don’t get tired during travel. Araku Valley is well connected through road and railways, so you have many options to choose from without any inconvenience. Pick the Kothavalasa Kirandul railway of the East Coast Railway to reach here which is an convenient option.
Around 3 hours drive from Hyderabad can bring you to Ethipothala Falls which is definitely one of the top monsoon destinations in Andhra Pradesh. This 70 feet high river waterfall offers a spectacular view that you would want to capture on your camera for sure. The waterfall is located on the Chandravanka River which is a tributary of the Krishna River. Located in the Guntur district just 172 kilometers from Hyderabad this waterfall attracts thousands of locals every monsoon where they can see huge stream of water flowing down symbolizing the power and beauty of nature. Although, you can’t go jump in the water, (I won’t recommend it), but the place is good for mild trekking and camping with natural beauty around you. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has also come up with a nice strategic viewpoint on the adjacent hillock that can offer you a great view of the waterfall.
Monsoon is the best time to beat the heat with the cooling water effect and what better way than getting under the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh. This waterfall is located in Sri Venkateswara National Park in Chittoor district and offers the best monsoon experience that you can enjoy.
Around 10 hours drive and 600 kilometers from Hyderabad this place is close to Tirupati, so you can also access it easily through Bangalore with just 5 hours drive. Talakona waterfalls in Talakona offers much more than waterfall experience that we normally enjoy.
You can enjoy the local flora and fauna in the forest. Locals believe that these waterfalls have medicinal properties. Adventure lovers can also look out for 240 meters canopy walking almost 40 feet above the ground to enjoy the breathtaking landscape.
When you are in Andhra Pradesh don’t miss out visiting the Nagarjuna Sagar that also has Nagarjuna Sagar Dam on the border of Nalgonda and Guntur district. This dam was the world’s largest stone masonry dam when it was built in 1967 that also fueled the initial Green Revolution in India. The dam provides water to five major districts in the state for irrigation and also offers electric power to the national grid. There is a strategic viewpoint that Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has come up with that offers you a great view of the dam. While this location is a great destination for summer holidays I certainly rate it among the must visit top monsoon destinations in Andhra Pradesh that you must check out.