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Andhra Pradesh

Rich cultural heritage, ancient architecture and historical importance, are just few ways to describe the beautiful state of Andhra Pradesh.

Cuddling the south-eastern coast of India, Andhra Pradesh is a culturally rich Indian state. Earlier the Hyderabad was the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. However, on 2 June 2014, a new state of Telangana was formed, separating Hyderabad from Andhra Pradesh.  

Andhra Pradesh has a deep past. It finds its mentions in the Sanskrit Epics like Aitareya Brahmana and Mahabharata in 800 BC. The native language of the state is ‘Telugu’ which had links with the Early Cholas. Geography of Andhra Pradesh is rich with prosperous natural resources, ancient temples and gushing rivers. Its rich heritage reflects in the fact that some of the most significant dynasties like the Pallavas, the Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas and the Mughals once ruled here.

TOP CITIES

Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vizag, Anantapur, Kakinada, Kurnool, etc.

MAJOR PLACES TO VISIT

Tirupati
Out of all the places in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is the most visited one. This pilgrimage town sits at the southern corner of the state and is known for its temple, Venkateswara Temple, dedicated to ‘Balaji’, a form of Lord Vishnu.  The temple is built in Dravidian architectural style and it remains the richest temple in the world. Also explore Talakona Waterfalls, Deer Park, Sri Vari Museum, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, etc. in Tirupati.

Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the largest city and also the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It enjoys a tropical climate and is blessed with some beautiful attractions like Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Rishikonda Beach and Katiki Waterfalls.

Vijayawada
The rich and historic city of Vijayawada is known for being ‘The Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh’. Here you will spot some beautiful ancient caves like Undavalli Caves and Mogalarajapuram Caves. Other prominent places to explore in Vijayawada are Prakasam Barrage, Bhavani Island, Victoria Museum, Kondapalli Fort, etc.

Nellore
Nellore has seen significant development in the past few years. Its highlight remains in its rich cultural past which reflects in Udayagiri Fort standing 3079 feet above sea level. Venkatagiri Fort is another historical edifice built by Recherla rulers during 1775. For a serene escape, visit the Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary home to over 1500 pelicans. Beach buffs must spend some time at the Mypad Beach where nature plays its charms.

Chittoor
Chittoor remains drenched into every facade of history. Horsley Hills here look extremely beautiful with picturesque surrounding and a serene atmosphere.   Gurramkonda Fort also remains on the itinerary of all. The fort has seen rise and fall of many dynasties.

SHOPPING
Shoppers can have a whale of a time in Andhra Pradesh shopping around the state. Here you can find everything from jewellery to handicrafts, old antiques and beautiful silk and cotton fabrics. Kalamkari work on fabrics remains a must buy. Pearls of Hyderabad charm every visitor due to their beauty and authenticity. In Warangal district, you can find beautiful paintings in Cheriya. The art and crafts village of Shilparamam is also worth appreciating. Always visit main market places or Government Emporiums to buy authentic stuff at great prices.  

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Summer months from March to May are hot in Andhra Pradesh with temperature rising as high as 40°C. The state receives rainfall from June to September which is a great time to explore its washed hill stations. However, the best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is from November to February when winter winds make sightseeing worth enjoying.

HOW TO REACH

By Air : Travellers coming from international destination can land at the Begumpet Airport (Hyderabad Airport). The state also has many domestic airports like Vishakhapatnam Airport, Warangal Airport, Rajahmundry Airport, Vijaywada Airport, Tirupati Airport and Cuddapah Airport. Apart from this, domestic travellers can also land at airports like Vishakhapatnam Airport, Warangal Airport, Rajahmundry Airport, Vijaywada Airport, Tirupati Airport and Cuddapah Airport.

By Rail : The main railhead in the state is Hyderabad, which has three well connected stations located at Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada.

By Road : Andhra Pradesh shares land borders with several states, including Maharashtra in the northwest, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh in the north, Tamil Nadu in the south and Karnataka in the southeast.



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