Welcome to Andhra Pradesh...
Andhra Pradesh is rich in historical monuments and amny holy
temples. Tirupati in Chittoor district hoses one of the most
famous temples in India. The presiding deity is known as the
Venkateswara. The main temple is situated on a hill top,
Tirumalai, and is a masterpiece of south Indian
architectucture.The main tourist attractions is the capital of
the state, Hyderabad. The capital is in reality the twin cities
of Hyderabad and Secunderabad linked together by the Hussain
Sagar Lake. Places of interest are the Char Minar built in 1591,
Osmania University, State Museum and Art gallery, Salarjung
Museum, Health Museum, Public Gardens, Birla Mandir and Macca
Masjid.The Nehru Zoological Park, near the Mir Alam Tank in
Hyderabad is a natural habitat, supporting a teeming wildlife
population. It has to its credit the first lion safari park of
South Asia. The Pakkal, Tadvai and Ethurnagaram sanctuaries
abound in tiger, panther, wild boar, jackal, muntjack, fox,
gaur, wild dog and the sloth bear. Kawak Wildlife Sanctuary in
Adilabad district lies 50 km from Mancheral railway station.
The largest of the country's Tiger Reserves, the
Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary is spread over an area of
3568 sq. km. Adjoining the reserve is the great reservoir of the
Nagarjunasagar Dam on the Krishna river.
Another important centre of tourism is Golconda, about 8 km from
Hyderabad. The capital of the Qutb Shahi Sultans in the 16th
century, Golconda is rich in historical monuments which include
the famous Golconda fort. Golconda was known the world over as
rich mine of diamonds in the medieval times. The famous diamonds
Kohinoor and Pitt came from the mines of Golconda.
Society and Culture ...
Over 85% of the population of Andhra Pradesh speak Telugu.
However, there are important minorities. Tamil is widely spoken
in the extreme south region, and on the border of Karnataka
there are pockets of Kanarese or Kannad speakers. In Hyderabad
there are large numbers of Urdu speakers who make up about 7% of
AP's population.Hindu festivals such as Dasara, Deepavali, Sri
Ramanavami, Krishna Janmastami, Vinayaka Chavithi (Ganesh
Chaturthi) and Maha Sivarathri are celebrated in the State.
Similarly, Muslim festivals such as Bakrid and Id-ul-Fitr and
Christian festivals like Christmas, Easter and New Year's Day
are also celebrated with gaiety. But the celebrations of Ugadi
(Telugu New Year's day), Sankranti, Dasara, and Vinayaka
Chavithi in the state are unique.As the home of rich folk
tradition, Andhra Pradesh offers a variety of performing arts
unique to its culture. Kuchipudi is the classical dance form of
Andhra Pradesh. Lacquer toys, anakapalli articles, nirmal
painted pottery, bidri-lead inlaid black metal trinklets, palm
and slate articles, as well as Gadhwalk, Pochampalli and
Dharmvaram silk saris are some of the amazing handlooms and
handicrafts the state is renowned for.