Vijayawada

Tourism circuits, dazzling frills to embellish Amaravati

A view of the Kondapalli Fort near Vijayawada. (Below) Dhyana Buddha statue located in Amaravati.- Photos: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

A view of the Kondapalli Fort near Vijayawada. (Below) Dhyana Buddha statue located in Amaravati.- Photos: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

Implementation of the proposed tourism circuit will entail linking of the existing destinations such as the ancient Amaravati temple and the Buddha statue, Ananthavaram temple, Neerukonda hill.

Tourism is set to be the State’s new economic growth engine, as is evident by the Amaravati master plan released by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) recently. The master plan includes an elaborate tourism circuit design besides an impressive plan to preserve heritage and a series of attractive new features to catapult Amaravati to the list of international tourist destinations.

Implementation of the proposed tourism circuit will entail linking of the existing destinations such as the ancient Amaravati temple and the Buddha statue, Ananthavaram temple, Neerukonda hill, Kondapalli fort, Undavalli caves, Mangalagiri temple and Kanakadurga temple atop Indrakeeladri hill in Vijayawada.

The face of these ancient, many of them in a neglected state, sites will change significantly in the days to come with the Government planning to develop tourist amenities and adding new components to attract visitors. Development of eco-tourism in the cluster of islands and connecting them through the picturesque Bhavani Island on Krishna River and the ancient Undavalli Caves forms part of the master plan.

New features

Amaravatiwill be equipped with all that it takes to pull visitors, both from across the country and abroad. The master plan also safeguards 380 ha for three golf courses for recreation, a central park in the city centre, an international cricket stadium along the waterfront, a multi-disciplinary University campus in 510 ha of land, close to the city centre and numerous green spines and canals weaving through the capital city.

Besides, a transportation hub housing a high-speed rail, MRT and suburban rail is proposed in the north east, an iconic water front Central Business District (CBD) along river Krishna and an iconic bridge to connect the downtown to the cluster of islands also comprises some of the components of the new capital.

Religious

tourism circuit



A separate religious tourism circuit envisages connecting all the important religious and cultural heritage sites to provide tourists with a well-connected tourism experience. This circuit will further tap into the capital region tourism circuit.

Heritage treasure

Identification and development of heritage buildings and districts that are a reflection of a city’s heritagehave been a thrust area to preserve, protect and renovate buildings and monuments associated with our history.

After identifying loopholes in heritage conservation such as lack of proper infrastructure, inadequate marketing and promotion, lack of planning and failure to assess the tourism potential in terms of economic, physical and social impacts, it has been decided to preserve historic structures, tap on the rich, diverse ethnic heritage and expand and improve cultural amenities.





Officials say for effective implementation of heritage conservation, they will study the existing tourism and heritage characteristics, preserve heritage buildings, identify resources and infrastructure, access gaps between the supply and demand of infrastructure a nd identify heritage zones, heritage walks, and other tourism spots.



A slew of proposals for tourism industry to generate revenue through this sector

Government’s pro-tourism strategic vision is aimed at bringing AP into spotlight

Carefully chalked-out tourism plan intends to provide the

much-needed boost

to travel industry



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