If geographical stereotypes of India are to be considered we all know the generalized idea that the North & North-East sides of the country are considered as the cold regions and the remaining part of the whole country is the hot region. While it’s true on the broader spectrum, when we narrow down individually there are some facts defying locations in parts that are not North or East which provide a similar experience as the previous ones. Snow is not a national luxury to our country, but can only be enjoyed in Gulmarg, Nainital & Shimla. Well, maybe you might want to rethink on that because there is a place in South that also has Snow for its country. The place is small village in Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi.
With its rarity the location is also known as “The Kashmir Of Andhra Pradesh” with quaint valleys and chilling temperatures, Lambasingi is the only place in the Southern region that sees snowfall. Perched at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, this misty hill station in Visakhapatnam’s Chintapalli town is also known as ‘Korra Bayalu’ which translated means “if someone stays out in the open at night, by morning they would freeze like a stick!”
The quaint village peacefully swirls in wrapped in a blanket of ethereal white mist, but in the winter that is from November to January, the temperature in Lambasingi drops as low as zero degree Celsius with bouts of snowfall intermittently.
Apart from being the only place in the southern region that sees snow, Lambasingi is also home to an isolated tribal community that works at the pepper and coffee plantations. The vast expanse across which these plantations are spread is a sight to behold!
Kothapalli Waterfalls will make you realize that there are very few geographical features that exemplify the beauty and power of nature as dramatically as waterfalls! Located 27km away from Lambasingi, Kothapalli Waterfalls cascade over a series of rocks and plunge into a pool. It’s also a popular picnic spot for locals and visitors.
The idea of sitting by the campfire with your pals and enjoys the flares of fire to fight the chills of low temperature is a pleasure that no humankind must say No to. Sleep under the sky as Lambasingi has the perfect surroundings for overnight camping. Make sure you pack yourself with the desired camping equipment as the Village shops aren’t to be depended upon with it.
Located just 6km away from Lambasingi, you can halt at the Thajangi Reservoir while going back from Lambasingi to Vishakhapatnam. The reservoir, with hills in the background and the light flowing water, provides a beautiful setup for photographers. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is planning to open a state-run resort in Lambasingi to promote the destination as a tourism hub. “The initial project cost has been sanctioned and will be around Rs 5 crore. All the required permissions for developing it into a tourist spot have been acquired,” G. Bhima Sankara Rao, Special Officer, and General Manager, APTDC, told The Hindu.
How To Reach Lambasingi:-
The closest airport to Lambasingi is Visakhapatnam Airport, which is 107km from Lambasingi. From Visakhapatnam, there are government and private buses which you can opt for to reach Lambasingi.
Best Time To Visit Lambasingi:-
November to January is usually considered the best time to visit Lambasingi. Nearly four years ago, on January 15, 2012, Lambasingi experienced snowfall. That’s right. Temperature does not go below 0° C every year, but when it does, Lambasingi gets an all-white snowy cover!