Sangeetha Pulapaka

South India is loved for many things, be it its rich Dravidian history, the breathtaking coasts or its delectable cuisine!

But one thing that is never associated with south India is snow. When we think of snowfall, we promptly think about Gulmarg, Nainital and Manali. But South India isn’t always dry and humid!

There’s a small village in Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi, where you can catch a sprinkling of snow.

It is known as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, with its valleys and chilling temperatures, Lambasingi is the only place in the southern region that sees snowfall. It is located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, this misty hill station in Visakhapatnam’s Chintapalli town, is also fondly known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’.

Another name for Lambasingi is Korra Bayalu, which in translation means “if someone stays out in the open at night, by morning they would freeze like a stick”.

Throughout the year, the tiny village is covered with an ethereal white mist that swirls and moves with the wind, but in the winter (from November to January), the temperature in Lambasingi goes as low as zero degree Celsius

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. So, we can taste the authenticity while giving ourselves a memorable sight.

There are a few places that you can pay a visit to in Lambasingi such as the Kothapalli waterfalls, overnight camps and the Thajangi reservoir.