Art-Iculately Andhra
Outlook Traveller|June 2019
Art-Iculately Andhra

At the Andhra Arts & Crafts Hotel in Visakhapatnam, Stuti Agarwal is left enthralled by the kaleidoscopic display, be it a doorknob or an installation.

There are three things that truly move me—hotels (an opportunity to laze in clean luxury), water, and art, and in that order. The Andhra Arts & Crafts Hotel in Visakhapatnam promised to offer me all.

On the tumultuous banks of Bay of Bengal, the newly opened heritage wing of the Palms Beach Resort is the world’s first handicraft hotel and home to all the art Andhra has to offer. A sculpture of Hayagriva greets you as you walk through the resort to the crafts wing. Neatly carved wooden monkeys steer you, and a mural of Telugu thalli welcomes you into what guarantees to be an artful experience.

The colourful doors, popping out against the white of the walls, strike you first. The rooms inside are as colourful a vision. The hotel interiors are a harmonious amalgamation of modern architecture and the state’s arts. And if you thought it stopped at one crafty design across the 24-room property, the hotel surprises you with its four wings, each dedicated to one significant handicraft form from the State—Etikoppaka woodcraft, Budithi brassware, Tholu Bommalata (leather puppetry), and Kalamkari.

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June 2019