|Capital of Andhra Pradesh||Amravati|
|State bird||Indian roller|
|LANGUAGE SPOKEN||Telugu and Urdu (Telugu is the official language and also the classical Language of Andhra Pradesh)|
|Major Cities||Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Nellore|
|TEMPERATURE||Summer 28°C to 45°C (March to June) Monsoon 25°C to 32°C (July to September) Winter 16°C to 25°C|
(October to January)
Andhra Pradesh is famous all over India for its rich cultural heritage. There are historical monuments, some beautiful hill stations, natural caves, and some sacred pilgrimage shrine which makes this state, some of the best places to visit in India. There are lots of famous places in Andhra Pradesh which are the main attraction for the tourist.
If we talk about its geographical location, it is located on the southeastern coast of India. It covers an area of 1,62,970 km making the state as the seventh-largest scale in India and tenth-largest by population . It is bordered by Telangana in the north-west, Odisha in the north-east, Karnataka in the west, Tamil Nadu in the south and the water body of Bay of Bengal in the east.
It is a beautiful state and has a mixture of all the fun activities one can do. It also gives a home to the largest freshwater lake in India that is Kolleru Lake. You can also visit many pilgrimage sites here like Tirupati which is a major tourist attraction. Andhra Pradesh is also ranked in 2nd position in mineral resources in India. The state is also home to many industries such as Information Technology, Biotechnology, Business Management, Pharmaceuticals, and Real Estate. Anantpur city in Andhra Pradesh is also famous for its Diamond mining.
Andhra Pradesh is rich in culture and tradition. The state is also known as the Rice bowl of India. Andhra Pradesh has been ruled by different dynasties and as a result, there is a great influence of different dynasties on culture. Andhra Pradesh was ruled by many rulers and some of them are Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagars, and Mughals. Andhra Pradesh not only has a unique culture but also has unique music, dance, cuisine, and literature. The culture of Andhra Pradesh is very rich and successful. Andhra Pradesh is also home to classical musicians such as Annamacharya and Thyagaraja. Kuchipudi is the main folk dance of Andhra Pradesh and this dance form shows talent and creativity. The Telugu language is widely spoken in the state. Salar Jung Museum is the famous museum of Andhra Pradesh has a wide selection of sculptures, artifacts, paintings, and ancient objects. You will also witness the influence of Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist on Andhra Pradesh.
Famous Places in Andhra Pradesh
There are a number of famous places in Andhra Pradesh. These places have there own beauty. Some of the best places to visit in Andhra Pradesh are –
It is recently announced as a Telangana state. It was the second-largest city in Andhra Pradesh and a major seaport in India. Its various beaches, hilltops and a wildlife sanctuary attract a major tourist crowd. The climate is tropical and humidity is high throughout the year. This city has all the necessary attractions and resources to make it a tourist destination. Araku Valley, Yarada Beaches, Rishikonda beach are the main tourist attractions.
This city is located in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. This town is famous for its temples dedicated to ‘Balaji’, a form of Lord Vishnu. A visit to Tirupati includes various temples, parks, and zoos. The temple is one of the major pilgrimage spots in India and especially in southern India.
The city is an agriculturally rich state and has been recognized as the global city of the future by McKinsey. It was also named as Berawadda. It has been also one of the places the Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang stayed at. This place lies west to the deep jungles of the Kondapalli reserve forests which is home to leopards, jackals, wolves, wild bears, and wild dogs. The city itself is a cultural and religious center with its various temples, religious center with its various temples, religious monuments, rivers, ancient caves and many more.
Nellore means ‘Paddy Place’. The vast paddy fields of Damaramadugu are one of the prime sources of rice in the state and in the country. It also has the Nelapattu bird sanctuary which is a great spot for the photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. The various lakes, temples, forts in the ancient agricultural town of Nellore are to keep you enchanted.
It has the major religious centers of ‘Satya Sai Baba’. The town has a number of religious sites and temples popularized by Satya Sai. The famous Chaitanya Jyoti Museum is a modern architectural marvel and combines a mix of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Gothic style architecture. The Sathya Sai Space Theatre and planetarium is also worth visiting.
The real meaning of Kadapa is ‘Gateway’. The town is famous for its various temples and forts that shown a marvelous Dravidian style architecture and prowess of the artisans when it comes to stone carving. The Shree Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary located here is also a great spot and is rich in flora, fauna and some breathtaking views.
This city is one of the oldest cities and is based on the rock paintings of Ketavaram. The town is surrounded by the running mountains ranges from north to south. The Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary is one of the best places for nature lovers as well as for shutterbugs. The important architectural heritage of the city is its various temples and pilgrimage sites.
It is one of the most famous Hill stations and is a paradise for the people who are living in a hot climate. It is a paradise in Andhra Pradesh. It is located 120 kilometers far from Visakhapatnam. This place is rich in flora and fauna and also has a rich biodiversity. The place is also popular for coffee plantations.
The waterfall is located near the village of Nerabailu. It is the highest waterfall situated in Andhra Pradesh. The area of the waterfall is densely surrounded by forest which results as home to rare and endangered species of animals.
Rama Krishna Beach:
It is one of the popular and a major tourist destination. It is a beach park which is located in Vishakhapatnam. Ram Krishna Mission Beach is most famous for its INS Kursura Submarine Museum.
Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary:
This place is located near the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and is a paradise for bird lovers as well as for the watchers. It is the most famous Bird Sanctuaries in India. The sanctuary is also the second-largest brackish – water lake.
It is located in Andhra Pradesh between the delta of Krishna and Godavari. Atapaka Bird Sanctuary is also located here and is home to pelicans, Siberian crane, ibis, and painted storks.
This place is located at a height of 4100 feet and is located in Mandanapalle. It is surrounded by hills all around and has a picturesque series. It is one of the most famous and is a major tourist attraction.
Major Festivals of Andhra Pradesh
1) Brahmotsavam: This festival is celebrated in the month of September and October. Brahmotsavam is organized at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. This festival is celebrated for 9 days.
2) Visaka: This festival is celebrated in the month of January and is known as one of the most important festivals. Cultural programs, sports activities, and cuisine competitions are held during this festival. A huge number of people attend this festival.
3) Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival: This festival is celebrated in the month of October. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and is known as one of the biggest and most widely celebrated cultural festival.
4) Lumbini Festival: This festival is celebrated in the month of December. This festival is celebrated to relive the Heritage of Buddhism. Lumbini is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites as Gautam Buddha was born here. The festival is celebrated for three days.
5) Shankaranthi: This festival is celebrated in the month of January. This festival is celebrated for the coming of the spring season. Pongal is celebrated on this day.
Things to do in Andhra Pradesh
1) Angling: Secret Lake is the best place to do angling. Angling is also one of the popular activities in Andhra Pradesh.
2) Golf: There are 18 – hole golf course which is beautifully maintained. Golf lovers can practice their swing or polish up on their putting and chipping skills here.
3) Para Sailing: Hussain Sagar Lake is the best place to do this activity. This activity is done with great enthusiasm and enjoyment.
The Cuisine of Andhra Pradesh
1) Andhra style Chicken Curry
2) Panasa Puttu Koora
3) Gutti Vankaya Kora
4) Andhra Pradesh Chicken
5) Crispy Andhra Bhindi
6) Hyderabadi Biryani
7) Shikampuri Kebab
9) Gonguru Mamsam
Andhra Pradesh is also known as Kohinoor of India. Visit Andhra Pradesh will include beaches, hills, caves, wildlife, forests, and temples. Tourists are also provided good medical as well as health, wellness, study, and science centers.
These centers are started by Government of Andhra Pradesh for educational purpose as this field is growing very rapidly and is also creating new centers in this field which are important and needs focus as well as attention. There are many places that are the main tourist attractions. Beach lovers can visit the Baruva and Kalingapatnam Beach as they are the major tourist destinations. Trimula Venkateswara Temple is also one of the popular tourist attractions.
Interesting facts about Andhra Pradesh
1) Pingali Venkayya, the person who designed the Indian national flag was from Andhra Pradesh.
2) The second-longest coastline of India is in Andhra Pradesh.
3) Andhra Pradesh is also known as the rice bowl of India.
4) Lambasingi, A small village in Andhra is the only place in South India that receives snowfall.
5) The state is also known as Ratna Garbha of India.
Best Time to Visit Andhra Pradesh
The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is in winter. The winter season in Andhra Pradesh is between October to February. The temperature in these months is perfect for roaming in Andra Pradesh. But if you want to enjoy the real beauty of the hill stations of this state, monsoon will be the best season for you to visit this place. This is because in monsoon season the beauty of the hill stations is at its best.
How to reach
By Air –
There are a number of international as well as domestic airports in Andhra Pradesh. The main international airports are Visakhapatnam Airport, Vijayawada Airport, and Tirupati Airport. Apart from that, there are some domestic airports as well. Some domestic airports are Kadapa Airport, Kurnool Airport, and Rajahmundry Airport.
By Train –
There is also good railway connectivity in the state. It connects the state with other regions of the nation. The state has a railway route of approximately 5,085 kilometers.
By Road –
The major transport means of Andhra Pradesh are roads. It connects all the villages and major cities of the state. Andhra Pradesh has about, 4,104 km of the National Highways network that passes through the state of Andhra Pradesh. It also connects the Andhra Pradesh with other states of the nation.
By Sea –
There are a number of commercial ports in the state. The most important port is the one at Visakhapatnam. Apart from that there some minor ports. These are at Krishnapatnam, Bheemunipatnam, Machilipatnam, Vadarevu, Kakinada, and Kalingapatnam.