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Welcome to Andhra Pradesh

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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. The history of Andhra Pradesh dates back to the epic era of the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha. But the documented history points to 236 BC, when Satavahana established a kingdom and a dynasty around the modern Hyderabad. During the reign of 450 years, Buddhism flourished in the kingdom. The rulers were followers of Brahmanism, but the women folk practiced Buddism. It was during this period that Buddhism spread from these shores to China, The far East and to Sri Lanka. The Ikshvakus succeeded the Satavahanas and ruled the kingdom for 57 years. The Pallavas annexed the area South of River Krishna and ruled till the end of 6th century.

Then came the dynasties of Chalukyas and the Kakatiyas. The Kakatiyas established themselves as rulers of a Telugu speaking people. The glorious reign of the Kakatiyas came to end in the 14th century and for the first time Telugus came under a Muslim regime that brought with it a totally different set of customs, language and religion.

The Delhi Sultanate came in power in 1347 AD, governed by Allahuddin Hasan, claiming lineage to Bahman Shah of Persia, revolted against the Delhi Sultanate and declared himself ruler of the southern part of the territory, comprising mainly the Deccan and Telangana area. It was somewhere around this time that the Qutub Shahi dynasty came into being whenSultan Quli, the Bahmani governor of Telangana, became independent and extend the new kingdom of Golconda right upto Machlipatnam on the east coast. Given the title of Quli-ul-Mulk by the Bahmanis, Qutub Shah, a descendant of a royal family of Hamdan in Persia, took over the reins and ruled till 1548.

Aurangazeb last Mogul king to rule India, conquered the Deccan in 1687 and left his governors, the Nizams, to rule Andhra. The British and French took over from the Nizams. Andhra became a part of Indian Union in 1947. The present state was formed in 1953, merging a part of the then Madras State (present Tamil Naidu) and the princely state of Hyderabad.

1 Hyderabad

Royal, rustic, romantic are just a few terms to describe Hyderabad, but one has to be present here to truly experience the exotic enchantment of this historic city. The piercing calls of the muezzins from the minarets of mosques. The peal of temple bells accompanied by smells of incense. The mesmerizing fragrance of musky Attars (perfumes). Appetizing aromas from Tandoors (ovens), Dekchis (huge pots) and brewing Irani Chai (tea). Teeming crowds flowing in and out of twisting, narrow by lanes. Hyderabad, the vibrant rainbow of cultures and potpourri of faiths, is unique and glorious.


Hyderabad - the territory of the richest man in the world, the Nizam, is also rich in history, arts, architecture and culture. Like the Kohinoor diamond which was mined here, the city is multi-faceted and a shining example of valued traditions. More than 400 years of history is preserved and exists along with the ultra modern infrastructure. Known as the City of Pearls, it is now globally famous as an IT hub.


Founded in 1591, the history of Hyderabad is rooted in romance. Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah of the Qutub Shahi dynasty fell in love with Bhagyamati, a Banjara (tribal) girl and married her. Initially the city was called Bhagyanagar, but after her conversion to Islam she became Hyder Mahal, hence the present name Hyderabad.

Tourist spots:
The Charminar and Mekkah Masjid Mosque:

This ancient memorial dedicated to plague victims was built in 1591, and it serves as a symbol of the city. Located in the old town of Hyderabad, this beautiful monument with its characteristic four minarets is surrounded by a market where locals sell bangles, a decorative wristband worn by women. Right next to the Charminar is the Mekkah Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque, in the city built hundreds of years ago with bricks brought from the holy city of Mecca. It is truly a sight to behold during prayer time.

Falaknuma Palace:

This gorgeous palace, commissioned by one of the famous Nizam's of the city, was built by an Italian architect in the late 1800's. It is built entirely of imported Italian marble and has a unique position overlooking the city. Falaknuma Palace has one of the largest collections of precious jade in the world and is decorated with intricate frescoes and reliefs.

Golkonda:

Golkonda is a ruined city just west of Hyderabad. It was the capital of the medieval state of the same name. Situated on top of a granite hill, the city was famous for its diamond mines, which in its time were the only known ones in the world. Many of the world's largest diamonds were mined and cut here, including the famous Hope Diamond, said to be cursed. The citadel itself is made up of four forts with a ten kilometer long (!) outer wall. At the lowest wall is the iconic "Victory Gate", where an intricate system of acoustics allowed for someone to shout a kilometer away to warn the royalty of impeding attacks. Keep in mind this engineering task was accomplished hundreds of years ago!

Chowmahalla Palace:

Arguably the most beautiful palace in the city, Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of power for the Nizams. Its magnificent chandeliers and vast courtyards should be visited by any tourist visiting Hyderabad. Many suggest visiting the palace at night, as the lighting of it makes for a particularly mesmerizing experience.

Salar Jung Museum:

One of the prime ministers of a Hyderabadi Nizam started this immense collection of over a million artifacts, the passion of his life and a testament to the immense wealth of the city. It is the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world and is the third largest museum in India. It has large collections of virtually everything and has the sword of Aurangzeb, one of the most powerful emperors of Mughal India. There is also the famous clock room, where hundreds of clocks click. Be sure to check out the musical clock, where a timekeeper emerges every hour to hit a gong as many times as it hours of the day.

Ramoji Film City:

Believe it or not the world's largest film studio is, the Ramoji Film City, is located in the suburbs of Hyderabad, and it attracts millions of tourists every year to see its gorgeous gardens, visit its spas, shop, and even see movies in production. For millions of Indians, this is one of the top destinations in the country.

Birla Mandir:

The largest Hindu temple in the city, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, Birla Mandir is made entirely of white marble and towers over the city. It is open to all Hindus, including untouchables. It also provides one of the best views of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

2 Tirupati

Tirupati is located at a distance of about 525 km from Hyderabad. Situated at the southern edge of the Eastern ghats in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati, is surrounded by seven picturesque hills, which have perennial water falls, forests and superb views of valleys.


While Tirupati is the town at the foot of the seven hills, Tirumala is the temple township located on top of the hills. The age old temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara located here, is considered to be the richest temple in the whole world... The outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are covered in a sheet of pure glittering gold...what a splendid sight to behold! The drive up the winding ghat road is a delightful experience as you get to enjoy fresh air and some breathtaking views. Now, Tirupati is a great holiday destination and pilgrimage center, thanks to its serene beauty and the facilities available.


Horsley Hills is a scenic hill-station at about 150 km from Tirupati. Here you can enjoy some great adventure sports, or just sit back and relax amidst the clouds. Visit Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park and wildlife sanctuary or enjoy trekking at Mamanduru, a truly refreshing experience. Visit the historic Chandragiri Fort and marvel at the architectural prowess of the Vijayanagar Dynasty.

3 Visakhapatnam

Sunny, golden, bright and breathtaking... that's Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag. Beautiful blue ocean and sparkling beaches... this second largest city of Andhra Pradesh is gorgeous. But if you think Vizag is all about beaches... you are in for a surprise. Green picturesque hills greet you, wherever you go. Lush greenery, fascinating tribal dance, and historical Buddhist remains will enchant you. And just in case you need some man-made intervention... there are ample entertainment and shopping zones. Vizag is truly a destination for every imagination.

Tourist spots:
The Beach Road:

This is where the locals hang out. Along this road, dozens of parks act as a gathering point for Vizagites relaxing on the beach. It's also one of the cleanest and best maintained beaches in India, making it a top-notch destination for anyone seeking to get off the beaten path, away from the larger crowds of Hyderabad and the Araku Valley. Additionally, one of only two aquariums in the country is located on this strip of road on the rim of the city, and a large temple which fills with some 10,000 people every evening.

Simhachalam:

Located on the outskirts of the city, this ancient shrine dedicated to Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu, was built in the 11th century. Within the temple are some of the oldest known inscriptions of Telegu, the language of tens of millions of people in Andhra Pradesh. It's also located in the middle of a forest, allowing for a scenic nature walk too. Word of warning though: this is a major hub for tourists and locals alike, so don't be surprised if there's a wait.

Araku Valley:

Vizag serves as the gathering point for expeditions to the Araku Valley, one of the most beautiful places in all of India. This hill station, made by British aristocrats to escape the summer heat, is up in the mountains of the Eastern ghats in a dense forest. The drive to the valley is among the most breathtaking roads in the country, too, with a scenic panorama of much of Andhra Pradesh.

Borra Caves:

If you're heading to Araku Valley, be sure to check out the Borra Caves as well. These immense caves are millions of years old and according to local legend, were discovered when a cow fell through the earth itself into the cave system. Made of limestone and featuring a dazzling array of stalactites and stalagmites, these caves are worth the side trip.

4 Puttaparthi

There will be a moment in your lifetime when you see something or experience a rare emotion and you are, for an instant, touched and in some way transformed. You'll be a changed person.


Welcome to Puttaparthi, the abode of peace. This is the home of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba, India's most revered spiritual master of modern times. His home (the ashram) is known as 'Prashanti Nilayam', the abode of peace. One of the most important pilgrim centres of India, the ashram lives up to its name, spend moments here and you will be filled with a sense of peace and calm.


You don't have to be an ardent follower of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba to be here and enjoy the tranquility that this place offers. All you have to have is faith in truth and this holy land will lead you to a world, you never knew existed.

5 Rajahmundry

This picturesque destination is located on the left bank of the mighty river Godavari, in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Surrounded by lush green paddy fields, coconut trees, and winding roads through quaint villages, Rajahmundry and its surrounding places are truly a visual treat.


Raja Mahendri, as it was known in the olden days, was ruled by the Eastern Chalukya ruler, Rajaraja Narendra in A.D. 1022. The remnants of fine palaces and fort walls can be seen standing to this day. The legendary Telugu poet Nannayya, also known as Adi Kavi, belonged to this place. Kandukuri Veeresalingam, a famous social reformer also hailed from Rajahmundry. Asia's largest rail-cum-road-bridge, across the Godavari river, is a major attraction here.


Relax and enjoy a boat cruise down the Godavari and you will be struck by the breathtaking beauty of Papi Hills. Take solace in nature and discover the true meaning of greenery at Pattiseema, another beautiful location. This is also a favourite spot for film makers. Kotilingalarevu (one million Shiva Lingas) is a famous Shiva Temple, which is located here and visited regularly by devotees. Visit Kadiyam nurseries, where you will find some of the most exotic varieties of flowers, in myriad hues, spread over acres of land. A sight that will simply take your breath away.


The Godavari Pushkaralu, is a festival which is celebrated here, once in 12 years. It is supposed to be a holy period, during which, the sins of anyone who takes a dip in the Godavari river will be washed away. Lakhs of devotees visit Rajahmundry during this period and the entire city is gaily decorated to welcome pilgrims.

6 Vijayawada

The third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada also know as Bezawada, is bordered by the scenic Indrakiladri Hills on the west and the Budameru River on the north. Located at a distance of about 275 km from the state capital, this enchanting city has emerged as a major tourist, trading and business center.


Vijayawada translates to mean "place of victory". According to the legends, Arjuna performed penance on these hills to appease Lord Shiva, who appeared before him and bestowed him with the prized weapon 'Pasupathasthra'. Also Goddess Durga is believed to have rested here after slaying the wicked demon Mahishasura in a fierce battle. The famous Kanaka Durga shrine located on top of the hills and overlooking river Krishna, is thronged by hundreds of devotees daily.


The impressive Prakasam Barrage, which is 1223.5 mt long across the river Krishna has created a beautiful reservoir lake, and is also responsible for irrigating lakhs of acres of land. Vijayawada is also home to some of the best varieties of mango, which are available here in plenty during the summer months. The Kondapalli village, which is located close to the city is a favourite picnic spot, and home to the famous light weight Kondapalli toys, painted in vibrant colours.

7 Warangal

Warangal, located in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, is at a distance of about 150 km from Hyderabad. Capital of the erstwhile Kakatiya Dynasty in the 12th century, Warangal was also known as Orugallu and Ekasilanagaram. The city known for its beautiful lakes, ancient temples, and forts, features in the travel dairies of Marco Polo.


The city with its glorious past, has many interesting places to see, especially those of architectural importance. Undoubtedly, a haven for tourists. The grand Kakatiya architecture is visible in the the Thousand PillarTemple built by Rudra Devi in 1163. Richly carved pillars, delicate screens, elaborate and detailed sculptures... you will be awestruck. The Warangal Fort, now in ruins, dates back to the 13th century, it has beautiful archways and fine geometrical intricacies. Also, present are beautiful temples like the Ramappa Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, and many more, which will transport you back into time.