Pradesh, India's fifth largest state, situated south of the Vindhyas, shares
a common boundary with its neighbours, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil
Nadu and Karnataka.
History has left behind a legacy of dynasties going back to 300 B.C,
which is evident from the many edifices, monuments and architectural
ruins. Traces of the diverse cultures of the Mauryas, Pallavas, Cholas,
Satavahanas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagar offers imposing vistas and continue
to fascinate the observer. Andhra Pradesh was created by combining the
old princely state of Hyderabad with the Telugu-speaking portions of
the former state of Madras. The Chalukyas dominated the area
till the 10th Century when the Cholas seized power. From the 14th Century
the Muslims held command over this southern state for centuries. Finally
it was taken over by a General of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.
The General's successors, called Nizams, ruled the state till Independence.
State Capital - Hyderabad
Population - 74 million
Area - 275000 sq. km
Languages - Telugu and Urdu
Season - October to February
Andhra Pradesh comprises of
fertile coastal plains, semi arid Deccan plateau and the hillscapes of the Eastern
Ghats. The warm and friendly Andhras are an ancient people who can trace their
roots and history to the Mauryan period and have a great interest in arts, crafts
Exquisite crafts, glorious reminders of the past, vibrant festivities,
irresistible delicacies coupled with charming features of the people and the musical
mother tongue Telugu leave behind everlasting impressions. Some of the incredible
sights of Andhra Pradesh are the world's tallest Masonry dam, million year
old caves, South Asia's first lion safari and the world's richest temple.
major Tourist centres in the state are:
: Temples, Sculpture.
Amravati : Buddhist Monuments, Excavations
Bhadrachalam Hindu pilgrimage centre.
Hyderabad : Palaces, Mosque Museum including Salar Jung Museum.
Golconda : Ruins of ancient Fort, Tombs : Osman Sagar : Dam site, picnic
Secunderabad :Twin city of Hyderabad.
Karimnagar : Handicrafts.
Kolleru : Water bird sanctuary.
Lepakshi : Temples, Frescoes excavations.
: Kalamkari textiles, antiquities.
Medak : cathedral, fort, Pocharam
Nagarjunasagar : Dam-site holiday resort, lake, Buddhist
university, Wildlife sanctuary, Tiger reserve.
: Buddhist ruins and reconstructed monuments, island Museum.
: Temples, Hindu pilgrimage centre.
Pakhal : Lake, Wildlife
Penukonda : Vijayanager ruins, mosque, fort, hill
Puttaparti : Pilgrimage centre.
: Major Hindu pilgrimage centre, temples, nearby waterfalls, picnic spots, city
of seven hills, one of the richest temples in the world.
: Temples, mosques, Mangalagiri.
Sri Venkateshwara Sanctuary
: Wildlife sanctuary.
Udayagiri : Ruins of Forts.
Vishakhapatnam : Commercial and industrial heart of Andhra Pradesh,
Warangal : Temples, forts, ancient capital, carpets.
Hanamkonda : Temples, Sculpture.