Amaravathi Tourism

AMARAVATHI, Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati is the de facto seat of government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of river Krishna in Guntur district.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone at a ceremonial event in Uddandarayunipalem village on 22 October 2015.

Amaravati was founded more than 2,200 years ago, serving as an ancient capital.Amaravati was later an important Buddhist holy learning site. Under the British Raj, many ancient Buddhist relics were taken to other museums in Britain and India.

The office of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has operated from Velagapudi since April 2016. The Andhra Pradesh Legislature remained in Hyderabad until March 2017, when it was relocated to newly constructed interim legislative buildings in Velagapudi.

History of Amaravathi

Amaralingeswara Temple in the Amaravathi temple town

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.

Entrance View of Amareswara Temple, Amaravathi

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.

Language and Religion

Amaravathi Dam – Constructed Across River Cauvery

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.

Amaravati Mahachaitya

Entrance of Amravati Museum

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.

Dhyana Buddha Statue at Amaravathi Mahachaitya

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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Suggested Itinerary for Amaravathi

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.

What is the best time to visit Amaravathi?

Amaravathi is situated in Andhra Pradesh, and thus experiences a tropical climate, with mild winters. The best time for a visit to Amaravathi is in the winters, especially the months from October to March. The summers are unbearably hot, and the monsoons, although lovely and inviting, might dampen your plans if the rainfall is more than normal.

Monthly Weather in Amaravathi

MonthHigh/Low (°C)Rain
January30°/ 19°5 days
February32°/ 19°2 days
March36°/ 22°1 days
April38°/ 24°5 days
May42°/ 27°2 days
June38°/ 27°14 days
July33°/ 25°25 days
August32°/ 24°26 days
September31°/ 24°26 days
October31°/ 23°25 days
November31°/ 21°1 days
December30°/ 20°1 days
Monthly Weather in Amaravathi

More about Best Time to Travel to Amaravathi

Amaravathi in Winter (October – February)

Beginning from October, the winter season is the most advisable time for a visit to Amaravathi. The months from October – February is a nice time for a visit when the climate is pleasant and the ambience lovely. This is also the peak season for travellers visiting this Buddhist pilgrimage, soon to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.   

Amaravathi in Monsoon (July – September)

Although the monsoon season receives moderate to heavy rainfall, this is not exactly the most advisable season for a visit, owing to torrential downpours. This is, however, the best season for budget travellers, who prefer heavy discounts.

Amaravathi in Summer (March – June)

This is the least advisable time for a visit to this destination, with the temperatures going as high as 43 degrees Celcius. The days are unbearably hot and humid if you’re visiting in the months of May & June.  

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