An Introduction to Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh, one of the states in India, was formed as a result of bifurcation from the state of Madras on 1 April 1953. It comprises three regions namely Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, and Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital city. The major attractions of Andhra Pradesh are historical monuments, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, religious spots, pilgrimage centers, etc.
It’s one of India’s most ancient states and has its roots in Buddhist heritage. It is home to several nature reserves, including Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary, Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, and Nellapattu Saltwater Crocodile Sanctuary. There are also two national parks – Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary and Sri Venkateswara National Park. These are all tourist destinations in their own right. You can visit them as a part of a tour package or separately while on your trip.
Festivals and Events
There are several festivals in Andhra Pradesh that are famous across India. The most famous and important of these is Ugadi, which is celebrated on March 17th every year. It marks the beginning of a new year and new beginnings. Other festivals like Vinayaka Chavithi (July-August), Pongal (January), Sankranti (June), and Dassara(October) – also attract a lot of tourists from all over India as well as international tourists. These attract both people who are seeking some sun and fun in resorts, but also have their share of spirituality associated with them.
Stay in Andhra Pradesh
To get there, you can take an interstate bus from Hyderabad, which will cost you around Rs.1,100 for a one-way ticket. Alternatively, if you’re based in Chennai or Visakhapatnam (the latter of which is within driving distance), grab a train and travel overnight. The safest bet is to reserve your hotel well in advance, especially during holidays and the festival season. While there are several hotels available in various parts of South India as well as large chains such as Le Meridian (expensive) and Country Inn & Suites (affordable), we recommend trying out guesthouses that offer affordable accommodation near some of AP’s famous heritage sites like Tirupati Balaji Temple or Bhuvaneshwari Temple at Bhubaneswar.
Famous Places in Andhra Pradesh
Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala Hills; Thousand Pillar Temple, Mahanandi; Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tirupati; Sri Kalahasti temple; Papi Kondalu Hills. These are some of the major tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh state. We can visit these places while traveling to other parts of India as well. Traveling around Telangana will lead us to a number of famous temples, forts, and palaces in all regions of Telangana State.