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Andhra Pradesh Tourism

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Ideal duration: 4 - 8 days

Best Time: October to April Read More

Major Airports: Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada

"The 29th state of India"

Andhra Pradesh, India

Blessed with two beautiful rivers, Krishna and Godavari, Andhra Pradesh has the Bay of Bengal to its west, and it boasts of a coastline of 972km, the longest in the country. This state is widely advertised as the Kohinoor of India by the tourism department. The state is most visited for its world famous Tirupati temple. Srisailam Mallikarjuneswar temple is another famous Shiva shrine and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India.

In spite of the recent division of the state of Andhra Pradesh, which resulted in the formation Seemandhra which is what was left of Andhra Pradesh after Telangana region was carved out, Seemandhra seems to have got the better share regarding tourism. Places like Belum caves, Nagarjuna Konda, Borra caves and Pulicat Lake have all come under Seemandhra. Apart from this, it retains the better part of the culture and cuisine of Andhra Pradesh and has an already established tourism development. The state is home to various centres that have quite a lot of Buddhist influence like Dhulikatta, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Amravati, Nagarjuna Konda, etc.

The Vijayanagara dynasty can be credited for constructing some breathtaking structures in the state like Srisailam and Lepakshi temples. One of the famous mosques in the state is the Shahi Jamia Masjid in Adoni of Kurnool district. Rajahmundry city, located on the banks of Godavari River is one of the main attractions of the city. Likewise, Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. A trip to this state will leave you completely mesmerised. 

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Nice place for religious people and nature lovers. Andhra Pradesh might also fascinate architecture and history buffs.

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Geography of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is situated on the southeastern coast of India and is the eighth largest state in India. Hyderabad, although not in Andhra Pradesh after the division, is the capital of both Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana and Amravati is the de facto capital of Andhra Pradesh. It shares its borders with Telangana, Orissa and Chhattisgarh on the north, the Bay of Bengal on the east, Tamil Nadu on the south and Karnataka to the west.

Two main rivers, Godavari and Krishna flow through the state. It also includes the eastern part of Deccan Plateau and some part of Eastern Ghats. Andhra Pradesh can be divided into two regions-Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. There is a total of 13 districts in the state.

History of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh's history dates back to the Vedic period. There is evidence that the coastal kingdom of Andhra Pradesh was quite flourishing during the Satavahana Period. After the fall of the Satavahana Empire, the Ikshvakus of Nagarjunakonda came into power. Under this empire, Buddhism flourished.

Andhra was also under the control of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the Reddy Dynasty, the Vijayanagar Empire and the Mughal rule. In 1792, the British took over this area. Post-Independence, Andhra state was merged with the Telugu-speaking area of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was created in 1965. Soon after the Telangana Movement, the Telangana state was separated.

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