Amaravathi Heritage Town – Reflections on the Historic Cultural Landscape Approach

  • Amareswar GallaEmail author
Part of the Creativity, Heritage and the City book series (CHC, volume 2)


Amaravathi Heritage Town in Andhra Pradesh, birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism, has 2900 years of tangible heritage with distinct layers of significance. It is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in South India. After nearly 1500 years of neglect and degradation, some of the sites are being rehabilitated for tourism. It is part of the Buddhist tourist circuit promoted by the Government of India. Understanding the complex layering of historical landscapes and waterscapes, and their conservation and interpretation has just begun. How well the historical cultural landscapes could be safeguarded will depend on the extent to which negative impacts of rabid tourism are minimised. The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Recommendation provides an aspirational standard. Lessons learnt from Ha Long Bay and Hoi An World Heritage sites in Vietnam are useful.


Ecomuseum Integrated local area planning Sustainable heritage development Buddhism Village goddesses Cultural landscapes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amaravathi Heritage TownAmaravathiIndia
  2. 2.International Institute for the Inclusive MuseumChampaign, UrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Global Change InstituteUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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