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Andhra Pradesh
Area   2,75,068 sq kms. The Capital of this state is Hyderabad.
Boundaries   To the East of Andhra Pradesh is the Bay of Bengal. To the West is Karnataka. To the South is Tamil Nadu, to the Northwest is Maharashtra, to the Northeast is Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.
Important Cities and Towns   Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Visakhpatnam, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Mahaboob Nagar, Nalgonda, Khammam, Kotha Gudem, Godavari Khani, Bhadrachallam, Rajahmundry, Sri Kakulam, Vijay Nagaram, Tirupathi, Tenali, Warangal, Nellore,Chira, Ananthapuram, Kurnool, Guntur.
Places of Tourist Interest  
Tirupati, Kona waterfalls, Pulicat lake, Nellore, Amravati, Vijaywada, Dwarka Tirupati, Hoysala Devi, Vishakhapatnam, Horseley Hills, Nagarjunasagar, Mahanadi, Lepakshi, Hyderabad, Warangal, Sreekakulam.
Best Time To Visit   November to June.
Airports   Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer
This region experiences north-east monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year.
Required Clothing  
Lightweight cottons and linens. Warmer clothes in winter particularly in hills.
Food culture

The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh is reputedly the spiciest and hottest of all Indian cuisine. The cuisine includes both the original Andhra cooking and the Hyderabadi cuisine with its Mughlai influence. It is the former which is red hot.

The vegetables and greens are prepared with various different masalas giving the same vegetable different flavours. Traditional Andhra cuisine also has many non-vegetarian dishes which are also spicy and unique in taste.

Hyderabadi cuisine is rich and aromatic with a liberal use of exotic spices and ghee, not to speak of nuts and dry fruits. Lamb is the most widely used meat in the non-vegetarian dishes. The biryanis (flavoured rice with meat or vegetables) is one of the most distinct Hyderabadi food.
Some of the famous dishes include; Bhindi Fry, Hyderabadi Bhagare Baigan,Chicken Fry, Chicken Korma, Ghost Aur Mirchon Ka Salan, Haleem, Ghost ka Salan, Hyherabadi Fish Curry, Double Ka Mittha, Sheer Khorma.
Some of the must visit cities are - Hyderabad, Tirupati, and Vijaywada
Hyderabad, also called the city of two aspects: The city is cosmopolitan, and is richly endowed with a variety of cultures. Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The physiography of Hyderabad is dominated by hills, tanks, forests, and rock formations. The city of Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and its pearl bazaar. Pearls from all over the world are said to come to Hyderabad because the artisans here are skilled in piercing and stringing pearls without damaging them
Some of the places to see in Hyderabad
Charminar : is the symbol of Hyderabad and was built by the ruler Quli Qutab Shah in honour of his Hindu wife. The monument is surrounded by a very busy market place and falls in what is known as the old city.
Golconda fort : is a majestic monument, which lies on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting.
Birla Mandir : is a beautiful modern temple overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar, in Hyderabad. It provides an excellent view over the city from the summit. This magnificent structure built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan, stands atop the 'Kala Pahad', the twin hillock of 'Naubat Pahad'. Built by Birla foundation over a span of ten years, the main temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara or Venkateswara. >>TOP
Tirupati (a divine destination) located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh State. It lies about 152-km northwest of Chennai in the Palkonda Hills. Tirupati is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara (also spelt as 'Venkatesvara'), "Lord of Seven Hills". About 10-km northwest of Tirupati, at an elevation of 750m, is the sacred hill of Tirumala, which was considered so holy that before 1870 non-Hindus were not permitted to ascend it.
Some of the places to see in Tirupati
Lord Venkateswara Temple At Tirumala
Tirumala has the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara (also known as Balaji), "the Lord of Seven Hills", who is famous all over the country.
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple
12-km to the west of Tirupati at Srinivasa Mangapuram one can find Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami temple, where it is believed that Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala. >>TOP

The name of Vijayawada is derived from the goddess Kanakdurga, the presiding deity. There are several caves and temples with inscriptions from the first century Ad. The Mogalarajapuram Temple has an Ardhanarisvara statue which is thought to be the earliest in South India. There are two 1,000 year old Jain Temples and the Hazratbal Mosque which gas a relic of the Prophet Mohammed. The Qutb Shahi rulers made Vijaywada an important inland port. It has retained its importance as a commercial town, and has capitalized on its position as the link between the interior and the main north-south route between Chennai and Calcutta.>>TOP

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