While planning for a summer vacation to escape the heat, the quaint valleys and chilling temperatures of popular destinations of the north such as Nainital, Auli, and Kashmir usually take precedence. But, what if we told you there was a place even in South India where it snows? Sounds crazy, right? But believe us! Lambasingi near Vizag has broken all shackles to surprise travellers with its snowy outposts!
Lambasingi- ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’
Situated at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi is the only place in South India to have experienced snowfall in the past. Fondly known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’, it experiences pleasant temperatures throughout the year.
Covered with an ethereal white mist that seems to move with the wind, temperatures here can go below zero degree Celsius in winter causing snowfall. In fact, it is also known as Korra Bayalu in their local language, which translates to “if someone stays out in the open they would freeze like a stick!”. Interestingly, while the temperatures here stay below 10 degrees Celsius throughout the year, nearby villages located just 2 km away have temperatures similar to any typical place in South India.
While you can get plan a trip here just for its charming weather, this stunning destination has a lot more to offer than just that for its visitors.
Things to Do in Lambasingi
Located just 27 km away from Lambasingi, the waterfalls cascade over tiered rocks into a pretty plunge pool below. With a tropical rainforest surrounding it, this dramatic waterfall will make you swoon over the beauty and power of nature. A popular spot for tourists, it is perfect for a relaxing dip and meditation.
The perfect weather conditions here make it an ideal destination for sitting around a cozy bonfire, camping, or enjoying a barbeque with friends. Carry your own tent and supplies to spend a perfect night gazing at millions of stars that light up the clear skies here every night.
Visit Susan garden
On your way to Lambasingi, you can visit the Susan garden to relax and soak in the beauty of some amazing flowers. With a beautiful view of yellow and black flowers, this garden is picture perfect! Open to all, plan a visit here during sunset when the sky turns into a vivid hue of colours adding to the gorgeousness of the surroundings.
Go Rock Climbing
From rappelling to trekking and even recreational rock climbing, there are a lot of activities for adventure enthusiasts. While you try your hand at these activities, observe the beautiful moods of nature and savor the refreshingly cool breeze around you.
Coffee Plantation Walk
The main occupation of the residents here is coffee and pepper farming. In winter, this tiny hamlet is blessed with a sprinkling of wildflowers and silvery clouds. A lazy morning stroll through these cloud-kissed plantations is a perfect way to luxuriate in the lap of nature.
If you are an ardent wildlife photographer, Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary will not fail to disappoint you. A boat ride across the Kondakarla Ava will give you a good glimpse of the vast expanse of nature. Bird lovers will be able to capture stunning pictures of the Red Whiskered Bulbul, Grey Herons. Although, one of the main attractions is the Pheasant Tailed Jacana. It is the perfect place for a day’s picnic and to witness birds in their natural habitat.
Visit the Historical Bojjannakonda
If you plan to throw in a history lesson, then learning about the hill of Buddha will calm down the excited historian within you! Dating back to a time between the 4th and 9th century A.D., it is one of the most ancient Buddhist establishments in India. Numerous rock-cut caves, stupas, and monasteries will take you back in time and give you an insight into India’s rich heritage.
Indulge in Photography
This beautiful halt on your way back from Lambasingi sets up the stage for a perfect end to your vacation. With the backdrop of misty mountains and a river amidst all the greenery makes this mini-reservoir a paradise for shutterbugs. Open to all, Thajangi Reservoir is one of the few places that lets you soak in the stunning beauty of mother nature.
Best Time to Visit
With a blissful temperature all through the year, you can visit it at any time. However, to experience winters here, November-January is the best time to visit the destination.
How to Reach Lambasingi
Lambasingi is well-connected to Vishakhapatnam and is just 100 km. drive from there. Hire a private car or take a state transport bus to reach the town.
If you are planning to reach there by train, then Narsipatnam is the nearest railway station and is located just 31 km away.
If you are flying down to visit the Kashmir of South India, then the closest airport is in Visakhapatnam. It is at a distance of 107 km from the tourist destination.
The hills, the valleys and the dense forests make this scarcely populated hamlet a must-visit during winters. While snowfall makes the experience a hundred times better, there is a possibility of you not catching a glimpse of it during your stay. Irrespective of that, you can however be sure to be awe-struck by its natural splendour and tranquillity that has amazed visitors over the years.
Curated by Neha Bhise