Tourist Places to Visit in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Guntur is located on the coastal region of Indian continent in the Andhra Pradesh state. Guntur is the headquarters of the Guntur district. The geographical coordinates puts this place at 16.30080N and 80.44280E. Guntur is 30m above sea level. The place Guntur spans over an area of 230km2. In the summer season the temperature ranges from 22 0C to 40 0C and in winter season the temperature ranges from 17 0C to 23 0C.
Best time to visit Guntur is during the month from November to February.
History of Guntur
According to historians, the Bhattiprolu Kingdom ruled Guntur being the first rulers in the whole of south, of the nation. Scriptures dating back to the year from 921-928, mentions that Ammraja Vengi Chalukyan King ruled the lands. Inscriptions in one of the temples in Guntur dates back to the 1100 year indicating that the temple in which Lord Shiva presides was the oldest of the temple in the district. There is proof pointing to the fact that Buddha performed Buddhism in the place Guntur. Ancient texts belonging to the Treta Yuga and Dwapara Yuga also mentions about the names of two caves present in Guntur.
During the colonial period, the Europeans especially made Guntur their center of administration in the Guntur district in the year 1752. In 1788 the place was ruled by Nizams and Haidar Ali. After their defeat, the East India Company took over the place. Guntur was again the centre of administration of the district under the British Raj. The city, Guntur thrived under the British government. It became one of the important trading centers. Agriculture flourished and this led to exporting of huge amounts of food grains and food products to other parts of the country. The city witnessed the construction of rail links during the British Raj.
After Indian Independence, in the year 1947, villages were merged to expand the district of Guntur.
Food and Shopping at Guntur
There are restaurants serving delicious continental and non- continental foods to tourist.
There are shopping malls in Guntur. The names are
- Kothamas Shopping Mall
- Vasundara Shopping Mall
Tourist Places in Guntur
There are religious places with beautiful architecture and places with amazing landscapes in and around Guntur. Some of them are mentioned below
There is a famous temple named Amareswara Temple in this town. The idol of Lord Shiva is housed in this temple.
- Guntur Museum
The museum has a huge collection of antiques dating back to the medieval times.
A fort dating back to the 14th century A.D, created at the time of the Reddy kings rule is located in Kondaveedu which is at a distance of 25 km from Guntur.
Diguva Mangalagiri temple at mangalagiri is a major attraction in this town which is 21km away from Guntur city.
- Uppalapadu Nature Conservation
One can view endangered species of migratory birds which appear with the changing seasons at this conservation.
There are other interesting tourist spots in Guntur district. These are
- Viswa Nagar
- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam & Ethipothala Falls
- Krishna Barrage
- Kotappakonda Trikutaparvatam
Means of Commutation to Guntur
Guntur is well connected to various places in India via roadways, railways and airways.
The distance of Guntur, via road, from cities within the state and Neighboring cities are mentioned below
- Hyderabad is located at a distance of 268km
- Chennai is located at a distance of 415km
- Bangalore is located at a distance of 614km
- Nagpur is located at a distance of 754km
- Coimbatore is located at a distance of 851km
For the commuting within the city, one can board city bus or hire auto rickshaws and taxis.
Trains from all over India arrive and depart at Guntur railway station on a daily basis.
Guntur is also connected to the rest of the world via airways. The airports which connect Guntur to the rest of the world along with their distances are given below
- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is located at a distance of 286km
- Gannavaram domestic Airport is located at a distance of 54km
Accommodation Options at Guntur
Guntur has hotels such as four star, five star, three star and economy hotels. The Four star, five star and three star have luxury as well as suites with initial price beginning at Rs. 3000/- and Rs. 4500/- per day. The economy hotels rent out room at Rs. 400/- per day.
- Haritha Beach Resort Suryalanka
- Sindoori Hotel
- Geetha Regency Hotel
- Vajram Residency
- Grand Nagarjuna Hotel
- Swagruha Hotel
- Siddartha Hotel
- Vijayakrishna International Hotel
- Mayuri Lodge
- Rcr Orchid Business Hotel
- Hotel Sarovar
- Viceroy Hotel
- Hotel Amarawathi
- Hotel Aditya
- Hotel Garuda