Destinations of Andhra Pradesh
One of the biggest states of India, Andhra Pradesh occupies a great part of eastern India, stretching above 1,200 kms along the Bay of Bengal from Orissa to Tamil Nadu.
Bordered by the Maharashtra on the west, Orissa to the north and Tamil Nadu to the south, Andhra Pradesh is gateway to almost all the tourist destinations of South India.
Andhra Pradesh, itself is bestowed with so many charming destinations, which draws tourists from all over the world.
Often referred to as the 'Rice Bowl of India,'Andhra Pradesh an amazing blend of varied societies, culture and traditions. Besides, the marvellous architecture and beautiful handicrafts of the state mesmerize the visitors. In fact, the beauty of Andhra Pradesh is hidden in its diversity and every city of the state has its own distinct charm.
Hyderabad is the state capital, which houses several attractions for the tourists. Founded in the late 16th century, the city has endless lively bazaars, magnificent monuments, temples, parks and gardens.
Other important cities include Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Warangal. All these cities are home to a number of tourist attractions, that will surely fascinate you a lot.
Charminar, Hyderabad The Charminar is the one of the biggest tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh.
The legend says Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of the city built this magnificent square shaped edifice to ward of ward off the break out of an epidemic at the center of the original city in his time. Four 48.7metre high minarets built of Granite flanking four grand arches explains the name Char (four) minar. A lotus leaf structure, which was a special recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings, supports the base of each minar.
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad It is one of the famous forts of India and derives its name from the Telugu words "Golla Konda" meaning "Shepherd's Hill". Golconda was originally a mud fort and the origin dates back to the Kakatiya period. Later in course of history it passed to the Qutb Shahis (1518 to 1687 A.D).