Suryalanka Beach and Haritha Beach Resort, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India

About

Suryalanka is the nearest beach from Hyderabad and is located at a distance of 8.5 kilometers from the town of Bapatla, in Guntur district. This beach overlooks the blue water of Bay of Bengal.

http://www.aptdc.gov.in/accommodations.html

Route

There are multiple ways to reach Suryalanka. Below is the route taken by us:

Hyderabad – Suryapet - Vijayawada – Guntur – Bapatla – Suryalanka

Total Distance from Hyderabad

Approx. 380 kms. By road From Hyderabad

Trip Abstract

The bookings can be made online from APTDC site for Haritha Beach Resort which is operated by AP Tourism. The rates are 2500/= per night for sea-facing cottages.

It took us close to 7.5 hours after we headed out from Hyderabad at 7:30 a.m. in a Tempo Traveler. The roads were good which gave a smooth drive. There is four lane road till Guntur with few diversions in between Vijayawada and Guntur due to road work in progress.  We stopped for half an hour midway to have breakfast which we had carried along. There are multiple good restaurants/coffee joints in between Hyderabad to Vijayawada. You can also find an Udupi hotel on the way where you can freshen up and have tea/breakfast.

We reached the resort at around 3 p.m. The resort was decent enough and located right on the beach. The rooms were clean with basic amenities. There are 2 types of room: One is sea facing and the other type is behind these cottages. The property has a sit-out area, a restaurant and ample open space.

Rooms were provided with 2 soap chips, 2 shampoo sachets and only one towel. The A.C took some time to cool the room. T.V had both Telugu and Hindi channels. Room service is available. Bathrooms have hot water facility.

After relaxing for an hour we all headed to the beach. It was a crowded public beach with trash all around. Same beach is used by fishermen’s which makes it even more crowded. The beach stretch was small as south side is barricaded off to the public as an Indian Air force restricted area. The beach does not have toilets. Vehicle is allowed right till the beach, so if you have kids along you will have to be vigilant. We ignored these set-backs and went into the water. The waves were awesome. Enjoying the strong waves was the best part of this trip.

In the evening we ordered dinner as part of room service. The staff takes some time to understand the order. You might have to repeat the order many times. It’s also better to order everything in one go as the room service is bit slow. Food is very spicy there so you will have to give special instruction to prepare the food without chilies.  Food is available at reasonable rate. You will have to specifically ask for bottler water. Poker after dinner added to the fun.

We woke up early next day to watch sun-rise but unfortunately cloudy sky spoilt our plan. We got to see fishermen wrapping up their night’s job and filtering out the fishes off the net. It was something new to watch.

Breakfast was ordered in the room. Afternoon was lazy and we just lingered around and stayed in the room after lunch. Evening was spent in the waters again. At night we had asked the resort to arrange a bonfire for us which they did. The cool breeze, waves sound, fire, music and some booze added to the fun.  We started back for Hyderabad at 10:30 p.m. after dinner.

Tips

  • Carry breakfast as you will not get many options on the way
  • Carry some snacks for the stay at resort as the food they provide is very spicy. Even after giving them instruction to not add spices there is no guarantee that you will find them as per your taste buds. This will also be used if you are boozing.
  • Carry extra towels as they provide only one towel during the stay
  • Carry toiletries
  • Carry bathroom slippers
  • Since the beach is public and very crowded with local people you might not be able to wear your short swimming costume. So carry something which covers more.
  • You should carry a laptop with speakers if you want to enjoy some music during bonfire
  • Make the booking in advance for this resort and ask for sea facing cottage.

29 thoughts on “Suryalanka Beach and Haritha Beach Resort, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India

  • November 13, 2012 at 12:25 am
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    please let me know the contact information to book in advance

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  • July 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    Need th details for booking rooms for ths weekend call me
    Dilip reedy-9***
    Padmaja-9***

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    • December 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm
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      Hi,

      I need the room booking details.

      I am planning to come with my family in the month of January

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      • January 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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        Hi Satish, I have already given the required booking details in my other comments. Please refer them.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm
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    Hi friends,is it safe to stay in the cottage in the night for a girl.As i have no company i am planning to go with a boy.Please i need to visit this place before i leave USA.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm
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      Hi nidhi,
      As mentioned we went with four family and we never felt any issue but not very sure if its safe for single girl. For your information this place is next to air force station and police station is also close by. There are 7-8 cottages in same campus and in night also 2-3 care taker will be available in the campus. I hope this information will be helpful in your planning.

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  • August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am
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    can i book the rooms through phone…………………

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  • August 27, 2013 at 12:26 am
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    can newly married couple come and stay
    do we have any problem with police and out or local people

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    • January 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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      There should not be any problem as such. We found the place to be safe.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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    will there be any problem coming wid a girl to stay tonight in the cottage…..????
    is it secured…????

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  • November 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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    hi, plzzzzzzzz provide transpotation details and,how many days adv to book cottages.thanks

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    • January 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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      Hi Shaiksha, the resort is usually sold out over the weekends/holidays. So its better to plan your trip well ahead in advance. We booked the vehicle through one of the agents found on just dial. You can do the same. Sorry I don’t have the contact number of agent saved with me.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm
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    Hi,

    I would like to know whether I can bring my pet along with me or not?

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    • January 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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      Hi Rita, pets are usually not allowed in hotels/resorts. But it would be best to enquire from the reservation desk itself. Please refer the contact details I have mentioned in my earlier comments.

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  • January 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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    I need contact number to book the hotel room in Haritha resort on 12th Jan.

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    • January 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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      The contact numbers of different cities are:
      Information & Reservation Offices
      Hyderabad

      Tank Bund Road,
      Ph: +91 40-65581555, +91 40-23450165.

      Tourism Plaza, Green Lands
      Ph: +91 40-23414334 Cell: +91 9848540374.

      Yatrinivas, S.P. Road Ph: +91 40-64577598.
      Tirupati

      Srinivasam Complex
      Ph: +91 877-2289219, +91 877-2289216.
      Visakhapatnam

      Railway Station
      Ph: +91 891-2788821.
      Chennai

      31/14, Burkit Road, T.Nagar Ph: +91 44-65439987, Tele Fax : +91 44-24353373.
      Kolkata

      4/1, Sikkim House, Middleton Street Tele/Fax: +91 33-22813679 +91 9330999811.
      Bangalore

      24/1, Race Course Road Ph: +91 80-41136373 Fax: +91 80-22385513.
      Delhi

      A.P. Bhavan Ph: +91 11-23381293

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  • January 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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    Kindly let me know the procedure to book the resort or room in suryalanka beach.

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  • January 24, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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    How many persons can accomodate in one room ?

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    • March 26, 2014 at 7:35 am
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      Its double bed room but size is good enough.

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  • February 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    1. Is it possible to stay on beach during late night hours like 3-4 AM?
    2. Boozed is allowed on beach? If yes, then till what time?

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    • March 26, 2014 at 7:34 am
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      Yes you can stay on the beach but I will not recommend that due to safety. Yes you can booze on the beach.

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  • February 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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    I am planning to visit along with my girl friend, is it safe ? because I have never been Der before .,..

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    • March 26, 2014 at 7:34 am
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      Its safe if you are staying in the AP tourism guest house.

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