Andra pradesh with an area of 275,068 Sq Km, the state is
geologically one of the most ancient parts of Peninsular India.
The fifth largest state of India, Andhra is rich in historical
monuments and natural beauty. Having a number of holy temples,
the state constitutes a great attraction for pilgrims, besides
other visitors. Tirupati, Having presiding deity Venkateshwara,
the temple of Sriramchandra, Bhadrachalam, Mallikarjunaswami,
temple, Srisilam, and srikummam temple are among the most
famous temples of Andhra Pradesh. The capital of Hyderabad
is beyond doubt, the main tourist attractions be it Char Minar
or state Museum, Art Gallery or Salarjung Museum - All of
them have expositions connected with history, art and culture,
especially of the Nizam Period. Once noted for its mines of
diamond, Golconda has some famous historical monuments. Alas!
the place from where the Kohinoor and Pitt diamonds came,
does not have these precious pieces to put an exhibit. The
Nagarjuns Sagar dam is also a popular tourist spot. So are
the Yadagir Gutta, Nalgonda, Thousand Pillar temple, Warangal
and Vemulwada, Karinagar. Last but not the least, the largest
tiger reserve in India. Nagarjuna Srisailam Sanctuary, is
the perfect travelmasti for wildlife freaks
Andhra Pradesh is situated on the Deccan plateau - one of
the oldest geological formations in India. With its recent
foray into information technology, through the new hi-tech
centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The capital Hyderabad-Secunderabad
is naturally a magnet due to its Muslim heritage. Nagarjunakonda
provides evidence of early Hindu-Buddhist societies and in
the south , Tirumala and Puttaparthi are two of the most visited
pilgrimage sites in the world.
The State of Andhra Pradesh which covers a large part of the
Deccan, extends over an area of nearly 3 lakh sq.km. and has
a population of more than 6 crores. Bounded by Orissa and
Madhya Pradesh on the North, Bay of Bengal in the East, Tamil
Nadu on the South and Karnataka and Maharastra on the West,
Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest State in the Indian Union.
It has a long sea-coast extending nearly 1000 km. The State
today with 23 Districts has three distinct geographical regions
– Rayalseema, Coastal and Telangana. Known familiarly as Annapurna
for its bounty, Andhra Pradesh has been the rice-bowl of the
country with its most fertile Krishna and Godavari delta.
Andhra Pradesh, in addition to its natural beauty has a very
chequered and hoary past.
The State is surrounded by Madhya Pradesh and Orissa in the
north, the Bay of Bengal in the east, Tamilnadu and Karnataka
in the south and Maharashtra in the west. Andhra Pradesh forms
the major link between the north and the south. The northern
area of Andhra Pradesh is mountainous with an annual rain-fall
of 110 to 125 cm. The highest peak Mahendragiri rises 1500
m. (4,920 ft.) above the sea level. The climate is generally
hot and humid. The State is principally fed by the southwest
monsoon. The northeast monsoon contributes about one-third
of the rainfall.