Sri Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
HON'BLE CHIEF MINISTER
GOVT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
The Kondapalli art of crafting is a 400 year old tradition. The artisans who make the toys are referred as Aryakhastriyas (also known as Nakarshalu), who have their mention in the Brahmanda Purana.
Kondapalli Toys are the toys made of wood in Kondapalli of Krishna district, a village nearby Vijayawada in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bommala Colony translates to Toys Colony in Kondapalli is the place where the art of crafting takes place.
A diversion in the road after Ananthagiri Hills leads to the Borra Caves. The approach road to the caves is flanked by small eateries that offer delicious Bengali and Odia meals, serving as a reminder of how close you are to the state's border regions. And if that's not enough, the guides at Borra Caves can speak to you in five different languages.
The drive from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley is so picturesque and rewarding you will want to stop constantly just to soak in the spectacular views that you start wondering if the low-lying, presumably underwhelming (when compared to the Western Ghats) Eastern Chats could offer you anything further. That is when the Araku Valley presents itself, with its pine trees, green meadows, awe-inspiring views of the hills beyond, salubrious climate and unique tribal culture.
The temple town of Lepakshi is seeped in mythological grandeur.The larger-than-life sculptures and exquisite friezes here are a rich repository of stories from Hindu mythology. It has shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Rama and other deities.Whether it is the smaller carvings on the pillars of the Veerabhadra Temple or the monolithic Nandi, said to be the largest in the world.
Fondly called the 'Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh', the little hamlet of Lambasingi is situated at an altitude of 1025 m in the beautiful and lushly forested Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh. One of the best-kept secrets of Andhra Pradesh, the tiny village is known for its majestic hills, quaint valleys, and chilling temperatures. This village is the only place in all of South India that experiences snowfall as the temperatures drop significantly. Lambasingi is also known by another name- Korra Bayalu, which means 'if someone stays out in the open they would freeze like a stick!' in the local language.
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