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ANDHRA PRADESH GUIDE

 
Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest state of India, irrigated by the Godavari rivers and is aptly termed the Rice Granary of India. Muslim rule paved the way for Urdu as well, but the main language of communication remains Telugu. Andhra Pradesh sometimes appears as a dry area, both that does not have to offer that many sights for travellers. The city has a dualistic character and whether you visit markets and shops, sights or public buildings, you’ll always face the dualistic melange of Hindu culture on the one hand and Muslim culture on the other hand.


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  ANDHRA PRADESH INFORMATION

 
Located in South India, Andhra Pradesh is surrounded by Tamil Nadu in the south, Maharashtra in the North and North-West. Besides, Madhya Pradesh encircles it in the North-East, Karnataka in the West, and the Bay of Bengal in the East. It has a long coastline of 1000 kms with eight of its 23 districts having direct access to the sea. Andhra Pradesh is the third largest state in India with Hyderabad as its capital. The landscape of the state is varied having fertile coastal plains, semi arid Deccan plateau and the lofty hills capes of the Eastern Ghats. The fertile coastal plains of Andhra Pradesh, make it one of the largest producer of rice in India. Thus, it is also known as the "Rice Granary of India". Apart from this, the state is also known for its historical monuments and rich culture.
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Andhra Pradesh at a Glance ...

     
 

Area:    

275,068 Sq. kms.

 

Languages:

Gujarati,Hindi&English

 

No of District: 

23
  Best Time to visit: October to march
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH HISTORY

 
Centuries ago, Andhra Pradesh was a major Buddhist centre and part of Emperor Ashoka's sprawling kingdom. Not surprisingly, traces of early Buddhist influence are still visible in several places in and around the state. After the death of Emperor Ashoka, the Satavahanas established their kingdom in this region.

During the 7th century, the Chalukyas held sway over Andhra Pradesh until the 10th century, when the Cholas seized power. In the 14th century, Muslim power reached this southern state and for centuries ruled over this princely state and finally was taken over by a General of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1713.

The successors of the General, known as Nizams, ruled the state till Indian Independence.

Successive dynasties from the Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagaram kings, Qutb Shahis, Mughals and the Asaf Jahis, have contributed significantly to the State's rich cultural tapestry and have left behind a heritage studded with spectacular monuments, temples, mosques, palaces all vibrant with arts, crafts, dance and literature. 
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 
Charminar (Hyderabad) » Simhachalam » Ethipothala water falls » Goleconda Fort (hyderabad) » Thousand Pillar Temple » Harsely Hills » Jama Masjid(hyderabad)
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

 
Andhra Pradesh has rich culture and traditions, where many colorful festivals are celebrated. Some festivals are religious whereas some are organized by the state. These festivals depict the vibrant and varied culture of the state. Many of these festivals such as Deepavali, Dashara, Mohurrum, Shivratri, etc. are celebrated nation wide. Some of the popular festivals of Andhra Pradesh are Sankranthi celebrated in the month of January, Ugadi or the Telugu New Year in March/April,Vinayaka Chavithi in August, Dasara in October and off course Deepavali in November.Besides, there are many state festivals celebrated here. These festivals are organized by the state government to promote tourism in the state. To name a few are, the Deccan Festival, Lumbini Festival, Visaka Utsav and the Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival.
 
   

  HOW TO REACH

 
By Air : The Begampet airport is situated 8 km north of Abids. This airport is the nearest from the capital city of Hyderabad. It is well connected to most major Indian cities and some cities in abroad. Other important airports of the state include Tirupati, Vijaywada, and Vishakapatnam.

By Rail : There are three railway stations here - Hyderabad or Nampally, Secunderabad and Kacheguda. Secunderabad is the main station from where one can get trains to all major towns/cities of the country.

By Road : of the several bus stands in Hyderabad, the main one is the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) Hyderabad/Imlibun complex at Gowliguda.
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH MAJOR CITIES

 
Hyderabad » Tirupati » Visakhapatanam » Warangal »Nagarjuna » Vijayawada » Plamu » Hatiya
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH WILDLIFE AND BIRDS

 
The fifth largest state in India, Andhra Pradesh is the ideal destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Blessed with an enormous variety of flora and fauna, dense forest cover that derives sustenance from the mighty rivers flowing by.

Unlike other 'wildlife' destinations, which are overrun with visitors and have lost their charm, Andhra Pradesh has chosen to open up its natural treasures gradually and selectively. For you this means that you can still experience an environment that has practically remained untouched over the centuries.

Get a glimpse of rare species of animals, birds and plants in their undisturbed natural habitat. Come, let's set off on an exciting journey of discovery and exploration of Andhra Pradesh's natural riches.
 
 
   

  ANDHRA PRADESH ARTS AND CRAFTS

 
Andhra Pradesh has given the world a number of forms of performing arts, handlooms and curios. The world famous Kuchipudi classical dance was born in the state. Kalamkari, the art of dyeing with vegetable oils and colors, still flourishes and silk sarees woven in the state rank among the most beautiful in the world. The handicrafts occupy s special place and possess a timeless charm.