HYDERABAD - Andhra Pradesh is planning to cash in on its sprawling coastline to attract domestic and international tourists. The state government has drawn up plans to identify new locations along its 972 kilo metre coastline to develop new beach resorts, official sources said. The government has taken the decision in view of some recent reports that Andhra Pradesh has the best beaches not only in the country but in entire world and they offer prospects for tourism economy not only in India but beyond too.
Though beaches in Goa and Kerala are quite popular among foreigners, Andhra Pradesh offers wide variety and tourist friendly beaches in the country, sources in the tourism department said. About 50 such beaches have already been identified and the potential is to develop 50 beach resorts, they said. "We are actively focused on the development of beach resorts as the state has the second longest coastline in the country after Gujarat. The potential is immense and vast," a senior official of the tourism department told PTI here. A total of Rs 5 crore would be spent for the project, sources added. (PTI)