Tourism Policy
About the sector

Andhra Pradesh is uniquely blessed with diverse and beautiful natural assets, virgin beaches, backwaters, pristine forest areas, national parks, historical locations, and religious destinations, complemented by world-class tourism infrastructure.

The State is one of the preferred tourism destinations in India. Andhra Pradesh reported 93.2 million domestic tourist visits in the year 2021. The State ranks third in the country in domestic tourism contributing to an overall 13.8 percent of India’s tourist footfall. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) is the most visited religious center in Andhra Pradesh, attracting over 36 million tourists annually.

The State has received multiple awards in tourism including the coveted National Tourism Award, 2017-18 for the Best State for Comprehensive Tourism Development.

Andhra Pradesh provides multiple opportunities for developing tourism projects and related services to cater to the vast potential and avenues that the state provides.

Sector Highlights & Key Initiatives

Andhra Pradesh has ~108 temples (with an average daily footfall of 3000 tourists), 30+ beaches, 23 Buddhist Sites, 30+ Forts, 8 Caves, 7 Museums, 13 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 3 National Parks, 3 Hill Stations, 2 Perennial Rivers and religious & leisure sites, totalling to 495 heritage sites.

The State’s popular Rushikonda Beach in Visakhapatnam district is conferred with the coveted eco-label ‘Blue Flag’ by the Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in addition to 10 other shortlisted beaches.

Andhra Pradesh attracts tourists to popular hill stations such as Lambasingi, Vanjangi, and Araku.

The State is home to the largest stretch of Mangrove Forests in India at the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary with 24 mangrove tree species and more than 120 bird species. Situated in the estuaries of the Krishna and Godavari rivers, the Mangrove forests host a staggering wealth of biodiversity, including the endangered oriental critically endangered white-backed vulture, long-billed vulture, and painted stork.

The State has the second largest brackish water lagoon in India, the Pulicat Lagoon situated at Pulicat Lake (USD 5 Bn.).

Andhra Pradesh has allotted a dedicated berth by Cordelia Group to promote Cruise Tourism from Visakhapatnam.

Sector Highlights & Key Initiatives

Promotion of theme-based tourism i.e., Heritage Tourism, Buddhist tourism, Eco-tourism, Rural tourism, etc.

Accorded ‘Industry’ status to Mega Tourism Projects/5-star and other similar large projects.

Marquee Investments