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Andhra Pradesh is a state located on the southeastern coastal area of India. Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and the language spoken is Telugu; some other languages spoken in the state are Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Hindi. The state is also called as the ‘Rice bowl of India’, owing to its huge production of rice.

The state of Andhra Pradesh was formed on the 1st of November, 1956 by the States Reorganization Act. The major rivers running across the state are Krishna and Godavari. Recently there have been protests in the state demanding a different state called Telangana. The state was home to the Nizams and the French until 1954.

Why Visit Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has many pilgrimage sites, some of them being the Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupati, Srisailam located in the Nallamala Hills, Shiva temple at Amaravati, Ramappa temple. Famous Buddhist centers in the state are Nagarjuna Konda, Amaravati, Ghantasala, Bhattiprolu, Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Phanigiri, Shalihundam, Kolanpaka and Dhulikatta.

The golden beaches at Vizag and the captivating Araku valley are major tourist attractions. The INS Kursura S20 submarine museum in the state is the only museum of its kind in India. The Borra caves and the Belum caves are also very famous in the state.

The Horsely hills are a popular summer resort in the state which is also home for the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mallamma temples are located near the Horsely hills. Some of the forts in the state are the Golconda fort, Char Minar, Chowmahalla Palace, Faluknama Palace and the Chandagiri Fort.

Some pilgrimage sites for Hindus are the Venkateshwara Temple located in Dwarka Thirumala, Kanaka Durga temple located in Krishna and the Surya temple located in Arasavelli.

Exploring the Culture of Andhra Pradesh

Telugu culture is defined in Bapu’s paintings. Durgi, a village in Andhra Pradesh, is known for its stone carvings. Doll making is considered one of the best art forms in the state and these dolls are made of anything from dry grass, mud, lightweight metal toys and wood. Some folk dances in Andhra Pradesh are Burra Katha, Yaksha Ganam, Hari Kathalu, Jangama Kathalu, Uruma Natyam, Chekka Bajana and Ghanta Natyam.

The Salar Jung museum located in Hyderabad features a huge collection of paintings, religious artifacts and sculptures. The Vishakha museum at Vishakhapatanam (Vizag) and the Archeological Museum located in Amaravati also have exquisite works of art and various crafts.

The Andhra cuisine is the spiciest among all Indian cuisines. Rice is the staple food of the Telugu people and chutneys, pickles, thoku are consumed along with the meal. Chutneys are made from tomatoes, roselle, eggplants and mangoes.

Kuchipudi is the state’s most popular dance form. Some other dance forms are Chenchu Bhagotham, Dappu, Bonalu, Burrakatha, Butta Bommalu, Dhimsa, Lambadi, Cindu, Kolattam and Jaanapadam Theenmar.

Facts for Tourists

Andhra Pradesh has a very hot climate and the food is generally very spicy. Cotton clothes would a preferable option. Women are advised not to wear body hugging clothes or those with lower necklines. Consumption of drugs is prohibited in the state and is a punishable offence.




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