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Amaravathi

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"Capital City of Andhra Pradesh"

Amaravathi Tourism

Known as the Capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi is a planned city on the banks of the River Krishna. Located 32 kilometres north of Guntur District, the city is a prime hub of pilgrimage and sightseeing. Amaravathi is renowned for being a site of a Buddhist Stupa that is a semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics and often called the Abode of God. The original structure was established during the reign of Emperor Ashoka which is now a meditation site in the city.

Being built on a 217km riverfront, the city is designed to have 51% of green spaces. Its foundation stone was laid on 22 October 2015 by prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the separation into two states in the year 2014, Hyderabad was declared the capital city of the then newly formed state Telangana. It led to Amaravathi being chosen as the Capital of Andhra Pradesh. The word Amaravathi in itself was derived from the ancient capital of Satavahana dynasty. Pilgrims visit this town almost throughout the year owing to the number of temples and shrines that adorn the little town in different parts.

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Amaravati Mahachaitya

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Amaravathi. Constructed during the late Mauryan era, this ruined Buddhist monument was actually a Buddhist stupa, which housed the relics of great Buddhist scholars and thinkers.

Although most of the structure was ripped apart during an excavation in the 1800s by Major Colin Mackenzie, some engravings were carefully preserved and transferred to various museums, both in India and abroad. The preserved remains depict the history of the Mahachaitya, which was possibly an educational abode of its time, with some engravings depicting the life & teachings of Gautama Buddha on the same.

Language and Religion

Though predominantly a Telugu speaking region, Amaravati also has some Tamil and Hindi speaking communities. Hindus form the religious majority, with the rest being made up of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. Amaravathi has two famous Hindu temples - the Amaralingeswara Temple, and the Amaravathi Mahachaitya.

History of Amaravathi

Amaravathi derives its name from the Amaravati village which is a historic temple town located on the banks of the Krishna river in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It was the capital of the Satavahanas kingdom since the 3rd century BCE.

Later it was ruled by several major dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Chalukyas, the Delhi Sultanate and the Golconda empire. It was a part of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s kingdom when it was ceded to the French in 1750.

It was briefly captured by Hyder Ali, but remained under British rule for the majority of the time since the 1780s. Amaravati is currently the de-facto capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, following its bifurcation from Telangana.

Art historians regard Amaravathi art as one of the three major styles or schools of ancient Indian art, the other two being the Gandhara style and the Mathura style. Some of the Buddhist sculptures of Amaravathi betray a Greco-Roman influence that was the direct result of the close trade and diplomatic contacts between South India and the ancient Romans.

Restaurants and Local Food in Amaravathi

Amaravathi is known for the deliciously spicy Andhra cuisine, and it is one of the richest and spiciest in the world. Rice is the staple food of the city, and it also has some savoury tangy chutneys and pickles made from a wide variety of ingredients like mangoes, shrimps, tomatoes and tamarinds. The city offers a range of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians and is also known for its great seafood.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Amaravathi, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go for a stroll at the small but interesting museum at Amaravathi, which houses some rare events of ancient India. 
 Day 2 - You should begin ideally with Amaravathi Mahachaitya, which is a popular Buddhist hotspot. For the Hindu pilgrims, not very far from here, is the holy AmareswaraTemple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Amareswara is incidentally the old name of Amaravathi as well.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A beautiful confluence of history and culture. Soon to be Andhra's new capital.

What's Not So Great?

Not easily accessible.

For Whom?

Ideal for history lovers. Suitable for backpackers touring nearby sites like Nellore, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad etc.

How To Reach Amaravathi

Amaravathi is well connected as a tourist hotspot only by road. Being the site of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, the main connectivity is yet to come up. However, the nearest railway station and airports to this place are less than 60 kilometres away. Guntur railway station is barely 33.1 km from Amaravathi, while the nearest airport is in Gannavaram, Vijayawada, which is 58.9 km away from Amaravathi.

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Q. please does anyone know any email adresses from hotels -guesthouses in Guntur -Amaravathi?

Kiran Kewl 1 year ago
vajrams residency, Brodipet, Guntur or else In vijaywada you have many hotels.

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
- Telugu is the commonly spoken language.
- The common traditional clothing for women is a Saree and for men a Pancha or a Lungi and Uttariyam.
- The airport at Vijaywada is the closest one to reach Amravati.
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