- Not to be confused with Amaravathi.
Amaravati (అమరావతి) is the legislative capital and the de facto seat of government of the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in Southern India. It is one of the three capital cities in Andhra Pradesh, the other two capital cities being Kurnool and Visakhapatnam.
Amaravati is a planned capital city established in 2015. It was established as the seat of government of Andhra Pradesh in 2019. However, the state government passed an act in 2020 to establish three capital cities in AP for inclusive development of all the regions.
Its name was derived from nearby historic town named Amaravathi. The region was once a capital of the Satavahana dynasty. The city is located on the banks of Krishna River and the capital region of the city is spread over the districts of Krishna and Guntur.
The city is not much visited for tourism and is mostly travelled for being the de facto seat of government of Andhra Pradesh.
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada.
Buses operated by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation can be seen in this city. Auto rickshaws operate in the region between Vijayawada and Guntur.
Road is the only option to get around the city. The government has proposed to build tramways to get around the city.
- 1 Anna NTR Statue Velgapudi.
- 2 Bhavani Island. Bhavani Island is on Krishna River close to the city. AP Tourism is converting this 133-acre (54-hectare) island into a tourist spot and a river-front resort. The island offers some cottages to stay in and some adventure and fun sports. The journey to the island by boat is very pleasant.
- The Dhyana Buddha Statue is widely cited to be situated in this planned city. However, it is listed under the historical town of Amaravathi instead.
- 3 Prakasam Barrage. Built across the river Krishna connecting this city with Vijayawada, Prakasam Barrage has created a panoramic lake.
- 4 Undavalli caves. These caves are said to be carved in 7th century AD. Buddhist monks used this two-storeyed cave structure as a rest house during the monsoon. A huge monolith of the Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in reclining posture is a magnificent sight.
- 1 Andhra Bank, Thullur. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, closed on Sunday.
- 2 Lemon Market, Rayapudi. Sa-Th 9AM-5PM, F open 24 hours.
- 1 Pragathi Wines, Penumaka - Amaravathi Rd, Amaravati. Daily 10AM-9PM.
Amaravati is still under construction and there are few facilities for travellers. Therefore, it is recommended to bring all the essentials with you.
- Amaravathi — a historical town west of Amaravati that is often confused with this city.
- Guntur — the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh and home to many ancient and archaeological sites and temples. It is south of Amaravati.
- Vijayawada — the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh. It is north of Amaravati.