Andhra Pradesh is situated on the South-eastern coast of India. Its capital and largest city by population is Hyderabad. Historically called the "Rice Bowl of India", more than 77% of its crop is Rice.Andhra Pradesh has a rich historical past. It dates back to the epic age. It was an integral part of Emperor Ashoka's vast kingdom and not surprisingly an important Buddhist centre as well. It was then ruled by several dynasties and prominent among these were the Pallavas, the Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas and the Mughals.
A significant number of tourists visit this state being attracted by the large number of tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh has many important places that can be visited like the Char Minar, Salar Jung Museum, Golconda, Mecca Masjid, Osmania University, Osman Sagar etc.Vijayawada which is called the “political capital” of Andhra Pradesh is also known as the “city that never sleeps”. Vishakhapatnam is the “land of golden beaches”.
The various historical sites in Andhra Pradesh that attracts a lot of tourists are Palampet, Bhadrachalam, Lepakshi, Warangal and Vemulavada.The revered temples of Andhra Pradesh include Venkateswara temple, Tirupati, Bhadra Kali temple, Warangal and Birla Mandir at Hyderabad. Other than these the state also has various pilgrimage sites, mosques, churches etc like the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Sai Baba Ashram at Puttaparthi and Buddhist viharas in Nagarjunasagar. The pilgrimage sites consist of Tirupati, Basara, Srisailam, Srikalahasti etc.
The waterfalls at Kuntala, Ettipothala, Gandpet, caves of Undavalli and Borra, wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, beautiful beaches are among the major tourist attractions of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh is also the land of festivals where diverse festivals irrespective of cast, creed and religion are celebrated with excitement and love. Be it Dussehra, Deepavali or Ganesh Chaturthi, Bakr Id, Id-ul-Fitr or Christmas and New Years, every festival is celebrated with gaiety. Nevertheless, Ugadi (Telugu New Years) and Sankranti celebrations are unique in Andhra Pradesh.
So if you want to free yourself in the wonders of the state, wander through the lands of graciousness, explore the cities, pay a visit to holy shrines, play on the golden beaches, get lured by the dense forests etc, then surely pay a visit to Andhra Pradesh