ANDHRA PRADESH- AN ENTICING BLEND OF TRADITION AND MODERNITY
The Koh-i-Noor of India, Andhra Pradesh is famed for the rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty. It presents a visual treat where you can continuously explore and take delight in it. The state holds magnificent historical monuments, amazing hill stations, natural caves, multiple architecture temples, churches, mosques, and different pilgrimage shrines. Blessed with two great rivers, Krishna and Godavari, Andhra Pradesh has the Bay of Bengal to its west, it boasts of a 972km, which is the longest in the country.
The winter season between October and February is the best time to plan a trip to the state as the temperature remains cool and pleasant. Before planning your visit to the Andhra Pradesh, let’s take a visual experience through its glorious history, cultural uniqueness and wondering places with this article.
The Satavahana dynasty is the earliest dynasty that ruled in Andhra Pradesh. After Satavahana’s reign, the state was ruled by the Pallavas, the Chalukyas, the Cholas, and the Kakaityas respectively. In 1323, the Kakatiya dynasty was uprooted in 1323, following the capture of their ruler by Tughlak Sultan of Delhi. After the end of the Kakatiya dynasty, few local kingdoms rose; amid them, the Vijayanagar kingdom was the most powerful.
In the middle of the 16th century, the Qutb Shahi dynasty emerged. They were defeated by the Mughals, to be precise by Aurangazeb’s son. In the year 1707, Hyderabad was declared independent, and it went under the rule of the Nizams.
The Nizams were great allies of the British rule and they helped the Europeans to defeat Tipu Sultan of Mysore.
When India got independence, Andhra Pradesh was formed as a state; it was the first state to be formed on the basis of language and Hyderabad became the capital of the state.
Culture and Food
Andhra Pradesh is the fusion of different cultures; it is also called the dynamic cosmopolitan or multicultural land. Telugu is the official language of the state, so almost 80 percent of the population speak Telugu and also good to speak Urdu.
Andhra Pradesh is a perfect place for taste buds; here the food is deliciously hot and tangy. Try “Phluhara” and “Tamarind Rice” spiced up with peppery vegetables and fresh green chilies for a lip-smacking experience. Go for Bagara Baingan, Shahi Dahi Vada, and Tomato Quit if you are pure vegetarian. For non-vegetarians, Nahari, Haleem, mouth-watering Kababs are best.
If you are shopaholic, purchase Kalamkari, Bidri Work, Buffalo Hide Puppets and other beautiful crafts.
What to See
The popular spiritual hub of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It houses the famous Hindu temple of Sri Venkateswara and many other religious places. Besides, Tirupati is known for its red wooden toys, parks, zoos and the main educational center in the state.
Vishakhapatnam is among the most wonderful beach destination or coastal cities in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from its natural splendors like lakes, beaches, caves, valleys and hill ranges, the city has architectural grandeurs, the spiritual centers, and temples.
Situated on the bank of Krishna River, “Vijayawada” is widely famous for its juicy mangoes, yummy sweets, heritage monuments, natural splendors. The city is an agricultural rice state and is the third-largest city of Andhra Pradesh. Undavali Caves, Kolleru Lak, Prakasam Barrage are some famous places to visit here.
Nellore is boasted for an incredibly spiritual and religious tradition in Andhra Pradesh. It has wonderful architecture and the cultural history that can keep anyone enchanted. Krishna Mandir, Jonnawada, Penchalakona, Pulicat Lake, Udayagiri Fort, Rangatha Temple, Venkatagiri Fort are some best places to explore here.
If you wish to watch an undiscovered gem of Andhra Pradesh, visit Chittoor. It is one of the most fascinating towns with a rich collection of flora and fauna. It has several hills (Horsley Hills, Nagari Hills), rivers, forts (Kalavagunta, Gurramkonda Fort), grand temples (Sri Venkateswara Temple), etc.
Famous of its religious tourism, Anantapur has a lot of religious spots. The top of all is Sathya Sai Baba Ashramam in Puttaparthi. This beautiful district has several temples Along with being a religious hub, the district is also an exemplary example of architecture. Anantapur is great to do shopping for silk sarees and taste sugarcane in the winter season.
Srikakulam is the place for temples and bird sanctuaries. There are a lot of Hindu temples and Buddhist spots in this place. The city is also popular for beaches like Kallepalli, Baruva, Kalingapatnam, and Mogadalapadu.
The famous Mahabalipuram is situated in Prakasam; besides, there are many temples and architectural marvels that were stone cut and built-in the 7th century.
How to Reach
Andhra Pradesh has domestic and international airports to boast of.
It has an efficient railway network with the major cities of India.
The state has a well laid-out network of national highways and state highways.
There are a number of commercial ports along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh in Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Krishnapatnam, Machilipatnam, Bheemunipatnam and more.
So plan your journey in Andhra Pradesh and explore from the natural splendors to remarkable culture of the state and get an unforgettable travel experience.