A historic land and melting pot, Andhra Pradesh combines the age-old traditions of the Dravidian Hindus of the South with the Muslim cultural heritage that came from Western and Central Asia many centuries ago. The 'Rice Bowl of India", Andhra Pradesh is today, a land of great rivers and industrious people. A dynamic icon of modem India, here tradition and technology join hands with nature to provide the tourist a rich feast of India's kaleidoscopic splendor.
General information about Andhrapradesh
AREA: 2,75,068 sq kms
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Telugu, Urdu, Tamil
AIRPORTS: Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Cuddapah, Rajahmundry, Ramagundam. Warangal.
WHEN TO VISIT: (CLIMATE) November to March. Summer: 41 °C to 20°C Winter 32°Cto13°C Monsoon: June to December.
Places to see in Andhrapradesh:
Ahobilam : Temples.
Alampur: Temples, Sculpture, Papanasam (2 kms): Temples, Sculpture
Amaravati: Buddhist monuments. Excavations, Temples.
Anakapalle: Buddhist monuments. Excavations at Sankaram (2.5 kms).
Araku Valley: Tribals, Forests, Scenic beauty. Borra (12 kms): Limestone caves with stalagmite and stalactite formations.
Bhadrachalam: Hindu pilgrim centre.
Bhimunipatnam: Beach, Temple, Fort
Chandragiri: Fort, Temples, Ruins of Vijayanagar capital
Chintapalle: Tribals, Forests, Scenic beauty
Draksharamam: Hindu pilgrim centre. Temple.
Ethipothala: Waterfalls, Picnic site.
Eturnagaram: Wildlife sanctuary, Best: November to May-June.
Horsley Hills: Hill station.
Hyderabad: Capital of State .Palaces, Mosques and Museums, Gardens and Parks, Zoological Park (with Lion Safari Park) Handicrafts,
Places to see around Hyderabad
Golconda: (11 kms): Ruins of fort and Capital of Qutab Shah! kings, their tombs.
Himayat Sagar (23 kms): Lake, Picnic spot.
Kondapur: (20 kms): Excavations.
Mahavir Harin Vanasthali (13 kms): Game sanctuary.
Osmansagar (13 kms) : Dam-site picnic spot.
Secunderabad: (8 kms): Cantonment of Hyderabad.
Kawal: Wildlife sanctuary, Best: November to May
Kolleru: Water-bird sanctuary, Best: April to November.
Kondapalle: Hand-crafted wooden toys.
Kuchipudi: Birthplace of Kuchipudi dance, Dance academy.
Lepakshi: Temples, Frescoes, Excavations, largest Nandi in India.
Machillpatnam: Kalamkari textiles, Antiquities.
Machkund: Waterfalls, (Gateway to Araku Valley).
Mahanandi: Picnic spot, Mineral springs, Hindu pilgrim centre.
Mantralayam: Hindu pilgrim centre.
Medak: Cathedral, Fort.
Mukhalingam: Temples, Hindu pilgrim centre
Nagarjuna Sagar: Dam-site holiday resort, Boating, Wildlife sanctuary stretching to
Nagarjunakonda: (2 kms) Buddhist Ruins and reconstructed Monuments, Museum
Nizam Sagar: Dam-site picnic spot.
Pakhal: Lake, Wildlife sanctuary, Fishing, Best November to June.
Palampet: Ramappa Temple and Lake, Sculpture
Papi Kondalu: Magnificent Gorge and Scenery. (Bison Range)
Penukonda: Vijayanagar ruins, Mosque, Fort, Hill station
Puttaparti: Pilgrim centre.
Rajahmundry: Temples, Hindu pilgrim centre, second longest Railway Bridge in India.
Sri Kalahasti: Hindu pilgrim centre, Temples.
Srisailam: Hindu pilgrim centre, a vast lake, the 110 km stretch boatable during June-February.
Tirumala: Major Hindu pilgrim centre, Temples, nearby Tirupati Waterfalls and picnic spots. Kailasanathakona (43 kms): Waterfalls, Mineral-rich waters.
Udayagiri: Ruins of Forts.
Vijayawada: Road and Raff centre. Temples, Mosques. Mangalagiri (16 kms): Pilgrim centre, Temple with tallest tower in Andhra.
Vishakhapatnam: Seaport, Beaches. Simhachalam (20 kms): Temple. Waltair (5 kms): Beaches.
Warangal: Temples and Forts, an ancient capital, Carpets. Hanamkonda (7 kms): Temples, Sculpture.
Yadagiri Gutta: Temples, Hindu pilgrim centre.
Yanam: Part of Pondicherry Union Territory, old French India.
This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel