The fifth largest state of India, Andhra Pradesh, situated on the Deccan (south) plateau is rich in natural resources, cultural heritage and charming countryside. It has a 1000 km. coastline with rivers like Godavari and Krishna forming large deltas before entering the Bay of Bengal. The state is aptly termed as the 'Rice Granary of India'.
Rich flora, golden beaches washed by the sea make Andhra Pradesh a captivating state and one that is ideally suited for wildlife and is up teem in wild life sanctuaries
The skyscrapers of the state and magnificent edifices epitomize the great architectural styles left behind by several dynasties. Hyderabad, the state capital, is a historic city, and is famous for the wealthy Nizams.
Places Of Interest
Charminar - A Rectangular Four Arched Monumental Gate , also known as 'The Arch of Triumph of the East', is situated in the midst of the old city and was built by Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah in 1591 to commemorate the end of a plague in Hyderabad
Golconda Fort - is a massive fort of granite and gave world some of the best known Diamonds, including Kohinoor Lepakshi has become a major tourist attraction because of the architecture and paintings found in the temples here.
Nagarjunakonda - Upstream of the Krishna river is Nagarjunakonda associated with the famous Buddhist scholar of 2nd century, Nagarjuna. It was an important Buddhist monastic institution and has stupas with sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. Indian archaeologists have salvaged the precious ruins from their ancient site, lifting them atop a hill and setting them up in a Vihara style museum. Nagarjunakonda is the site of ongoing excavations.
Tirupati - is one of the most revered and ancient shrines in India of Lord Venkateswara and supposedly the world's busiest holy site. Actually, it is a town, best known for the shrine on the 'Seven Hills' of Tirumala which attract millions of pilgrims from all over India.
Amravati - has majestic carvings, murals and panels of Buddhist time. Much of the vast archaeological findings from the site are exhibited in the British Museum, London, and the National Museum, Delhi. There is a Great Stupa, which dates back o Emperor Ashoka reign, who went on to propagate Buddhism in the region.
Wild Life Sanctuary
Life Sanctuary - situated in Godavari Delta and spanning 235 sq. km. of area was established in 1978 and is home for water birds, crocodiles and other animals
Sanctuary - situated along Papikonda range, cater to animals like tiger and birds