Andhra Pradesh is above all a cheerful mix of many things nice. The state of Andhra Pradesh has one of the most important Hindu temples in the world and yet Urdu is as widely spoken and appreciated as the more indigenous Telugu.
Hyderabadi cuisine is all Nizami: delicately flavoured and predominantly non-vegetarian, while the rest of Andhra Pradesh relishes a variety of vegetarian dishes. The spice also includes liberal doses of Buddhist heritage peppered across the state, like the ruined stupa of Amaravathi.
Andhra Pradesh over the last few years has become increasingly important to India in the techno savvy age of cyber optics and virtual reality. Driven by a dynamic government, Andhra Pradesh has taken strides towards development and is today much better off than it was 10 years ago. Not many tourists take the time to discover the treasures of Andhra Pradesh, daunted by its size and the fact that the major attractions are spread across squares of miles of tough terrain. But, if you chose carefully, Andhra Pradesh is as rewarding a destination as its more popular neighbors, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
Best Time of Visit:
- The best time to visit Andhra Pradesh in the winter months between October and March.
Min Days Required: 7 Days
Places of Interest:
- Hyderabad – Charminar , Golkonda, Salar Jung Museum
- Vishakhapatnam – Simhachalam, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakha Museum
- Vijayawada -Undawalli Caves, Prakasam Barrage, Amravati Museum
- Nizamabad- Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
- Guntur – Kondavid Fort, Amaravati Buddhist Site
- Summers in Andhra Pradesh last from the month of March to June. During these months the mercury level is quite high.
- July to September is the season for tropical rains in Andhra Pradesh. The state receives heavy rainfall during these months.
- December, January and February are the winter months in Andhra Pradesh. Since the state has a reasonably long coastal belt the winters are not much cold. The range of winter temperature is generally 13C to 30C.
Things to carry:
- During the summer period, cotton clothes are recommended.
- Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion to escape the heat.
- For the winters carry a light jacket.
- Carry appropriate clothing if you’re planning on visiting religious places.
How to get there:
- Andhra Pradesh has land borders with several states. In the northwest lies Maharashtra, directly north are Orissa and Madhya Pradesh; in the south lies Tamil Nadu and to the southeast is Karnataka.
- There are several entry points from all of these states, and interstate buses run by the government as well as privately operated coach services are a dime a dozen. It is also possible to hire a cab or rent a car at big cities in the neighbouring states.
- Take National Highway 7 or 9 from Maharashtra; NH 9 passes through northern Karnataka before entering Andhra Pradesh. Coming through Orissa will give you a wonderful journey down India’s eastern coast. Take NH 5.
- The main and only international airport in Andhra Pradesh is Hyderabad. Direct international connectivity to Hyderabad is available from many countries.
- The main railhead in Andhra Pradesh is Hyderabad, which has three well connected stations including one at Secunderabad.
- Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada are on the main railway line that runs along the eastern coast. Both figure prominently as major junctions on the Indian Railways network. Another important station is Warangal.
- Tirupati gets some traffic from Mumbai and other cities in south India. Puttaparthi does not have a railway station but is serviced by the one at Dharmapuram.