Saturday , December 3 2016

A Gold Mine In lies Neglect in Amaravati

After it was declared part of the state capital region, the number of tourists visiting the old Amaravati, including Amaravati museum &  Undavalli caves has shot up dramatically.

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Visitors have to pass besides these ancient caves and a majority of the people who come to Amaravati capital region stop to admire them.

While both domestic and a foreign tourists visit these places, the state had done little to improve facilities here.

Guntur: After it was declared part of the state capital region, the number of tourists visiting the old Amaravati, including Amaravati museum &  Undavalli caves has shot up dramatically.

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While both domestic and the foreign tourists visit these places, the state had done slightly to improve facilities here. According to the reports, about 48 lakh tourists visited  the Amaravati capital region last year.

The abject neglect by a tourism department has had locals demanding the development of these heritage sites & tourism spots which they rightly point out would provide an extra income to them and revenue to the government.

Undavalli has turned into the “Gate of Amaravati” as it is the main route to reach an Uddandarayunipalem, the Amaravati core capital & Velagapudi, where the temporary Secretariat.

Undavalli caves were carved out of solid with sandstone on a hillside in 4th to 5th Centuries AD. There are several caves and the  best known is a four-storey one, with a huge statue of Vishnu in a reclining posture, sculpted from a single block of the granite inside the second floor.

Visitors have to pass beside these ancient caves & the majority of people who come to Amaravati capital region forcibly  stop to admire them.

The ASI, which maintains Undavalli caves, charges Indians Rs 15 per head and for the foreigners Rs 200 per head.  About 700-800 tourists visit this Undavalli caves on Sunday’s and during holidays and 100-200 on the weekday but almost all express displeasure over the poor amenities.

 

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