Tourist Places in Andhra Pradesh India

Andhra, a fascinating blend of antiquity and modernity is a beautiful panorama of magnificent monuments, great ancient shrines, splendid natural beauty, exotic wildlife and modern temples of progress like Nagarjunasagar and Hitch City of Hyderabad.  This land of Krishna and Godavari also noted for its rich cultural heritage of literature, art, music, dance and drama, caters to the demand of every visitor.
The antiquity of Andhra Desa, dates back to 236BC the year of Mauryan emperor Ashoka’s death.  During the following centuries, Satvahanas, Sakas, Ikshvakus, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas held sway over the region.  It also came under the ruled of Vijayanagr Empire and Qutub Shahis followed by the Nizams.  17th century onwards, the British annexed the territories of the Nizam and constituted the province of Madras.  The charms of Andhra are rich and varied.  Besides the famous archaeological, historical, pilgrim and leisure centres, the State is also studded with numerous attractive off-beat tourist centres.  The coastal Andhra extends for over 960km making it the State with longest maritime boundary in the country.  It is dotted with some of the most fascinating virgin beaches which have a potential of making Andhra one of the most exciting sea-side destinations of the world.  The northern areas are mountainous and have some beautiful hill and health resorts.  The State also known for its excellent communication network and hospitality is rapidly emerging as the tourist destination of the new millennium.

Hyderabad

Capital of Andhra Pradesh and the fifth largest city of India, being the former seat of one of the world's richest monarches, namely the Nizams.  The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are separated by the Hussain sagar lake.

Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh

The Charminar

Situated in the heart of the old walled city, this edifice is the best-known landmark with bustling bazaars all round.  Built in 1591 AD by Quali Shah, as the name suggests Charminar has four minarets rising 49mts high.

Mecca Masjid

  Close to Charminar, it is the largest mosque, completed by Aurangazeb in 1687 AD.  The columnade and doors are of granite.

Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort is about 11km from Hyderabad, the Kakatiya rulers of Warangal originally built this fort in the 12th century.  Designed with a wonderful acoustical system, that a clapping sound at the entrance agate is echoed in the Durbar hall of the Citadel at the very top of the hill.

The Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum is located on the banks of the river Musa, this museum is acclaimed as one of the finest one-man collections in the world.  This museum is named after Mir.  Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III.  The Prime Minister of the Nizam.  It houses 35,000 exhibits collected from all corners of the world.  The exhibits include illuminated manuscripts, bejeweled armories, woodcarvings, exquisite cut glass collections, sculptures in marble, oil paintings, watches and clocks, rich Persian silks and wall hangings, floor coverings and Chinese tapesty.

Government Archaeological Museum

This museum has a small collection of archaeological finds, such as ancient coins, arms, an Egyptain mummy and copes of Ajanta Frescos.

Birla Mandir

This temple built in pure marble is dedicated to Lord Balaji and is a popular attraction.

Nehru Zoological Park

This is one of the largest park in India.  Spread over 120 hectres of landscaped gardens  and houses about 250 species of animals.

Nagarjunakonda and Nagarjuna sagar

Nagarjuna sagar is located 149km from Hyderabad, lies the ruins of the lost city in the shadow of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam.  Some outstanding remains of Stupas, marble carvings, sculptures are excavated and preserved in a museum in the nearby island which can be reached by a boat.
NagarjunaSagar:  Nagarjuna Sagar an artificial lake created by a dam across the river Krishna.  This dam is one of the largest masonry dam in the world with a height of 124 mts.