Must see attractions in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

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    Buddha Statue & Hussain Sagar

    Set magnificently on a plinth in the Hussain Sagar, a lake created by the Qutb Shahs, is a colossal stone statue of the Buddha (18m tall). The Dalai Lama…

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    Ramakrishna Beach

    Ramakrishna (RK) Beach stretches 4km up the coast from the large port area in the south of town, overlooking the Bay of Bengal with its mammoth ships and…

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    State Museum

    This sprawling museum is in a fanciful Indo-Saracenic building constructed by the seventh nizam as a playhouse for one of his daughters. It hosts a…

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    Birla Mandir

    The ethereal Birla Mandir, constructed of white Rajasthani marble in 1976, graces Kalapahad (Black Mountain), one of two rocky hills overlooking the lake…

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    Salar Jung Museum

    This vast collection was amassed by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), who was briefly grand vizier to the seventh nizam. The 39 galleries include…

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    Borra Caves

    Illuminated with fancy lighting, the huge million-year-old limestone Borra Caves are 38km before Araku town and can be combined with a visit to the Araku…

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    Museum of Habitat

    This museum has extensive exhibits on the tribal peoples of eastern Andhra Pradesh, including full-scale mock-ups of hunting, ceremonial and other scenes,…

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    Mir Alam Mandi

    On the east side of Patthargatti, the (mainly) wholesale vegetable market of Mir Alam Mandi has all kinds of fresh produce sold by market traders. There…

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    Coffee Museum

    Small museum inside the Araku Valley Coffee House. The origin of coffee in East Africa and its cultivation in the Araku Valley are explained. Most local…

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    Birla Science Centre

    The Birla Science Centre comprises a museum of science, dolls and archaeology, plus a planetarium. Displays are somewhat dated, but the Dinosaurium has…

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    Dargah Hazrat Shah Khamosh

    This large dargah (Sufi shrine), dedicated to Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Khamosh, dates from the late 19th century and is an unusual blend of Islamic and…

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    Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum

    This museum exhibits photographs, dioramas of village life, musical instruments and some exquisite Naikpod masks. It’s basic, but you’ll get a glimpse…

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    Health Museum

    A throwback to a 1950s classroom, this well-maintained museum houses a bizarre collection of medical and public-health paraphernalia, including a scary…

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    Ramoji Film City

    The home of 'Tollywood' (the Telangana/Andhra Pradesh film industry) is a massive attraction for domestic tourists. Films and TV shows in Telugu, Tamil…

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    Mehboob Chowk

    Laad Bazar opens into Mehboob Chowk, a square with a 19th-century clock tower and mosque, shops selling antiquarian books and antiques and a livestock…

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    Sudha Cars Museum

    Crazy creations here include cars and bikes in the shape of a sofa and stiletto shoe, among other wacky designs. And they all work. The museum is 3km west…

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    Nirmala Birla Gallery of Modern Art

    This skilfully curated collection of modern and contemporary art includes paintings by superstars Jogen Chowdhury, Tyeb Mehta and Arpita Singh.

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    High Court

    A landmark structure built by the seventh nizam in Indo-Saracenic style on the south bank of the Musi River.

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    Kailasagiri Hill

    Kailasagiri Hill, rising above Beach Rd in the north of town, is a landscaped park with panoramic views and jogging tracks. You may want to avoid the…

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    Taramati Baradari

    According to legend, this elegant pavilion atop a hill 4km from Golconda Fort was built by Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah for his courtesan, Taramati, whose…