The history of Andhra Pradesh goes back to the Vedic period. Its earliest mention is found in the ancient text Aitareya Brahmana. There is evidence to suggest that the coastal kingdom of Andhra Pradesh was thriving during the age of Satavahanas. There is also proof that Buddhism flourished here when the Ikshvakus of Nagarjunakonda came to power.
The Andhra region came under the control of the Kakatiya Dynasty, Reddy Dynasty, Vijaynagar Empire as well as the Mughal rule and then the British Empire in 1792. After independence, the princely state of Hyderabad became a part of India in 1948. The state of Andhra Pradesh was created on linguistic lines and merged with the Telugu speaking area of Telangana in 1956 through the State Reorganisation Act. The Telengana Movement began after that and Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated in 2014.
Other places to visit here include Lake Gangotri, Environmental Park, Horsely Museum and Gali Banda.
Andhra Pradesh is also home to Kolleru Lake, one of largest freshwater lakes in India. It is situated between the Krishna and Godavari Delta. There are various religious and pilgrimage sites as well, such as Tirupati which is visited by millions of devotees year after year. Nellore also has immense spiritual significance. Vijaywada has beautiful heritage sites, caves and hills. Chittor is an agricultural town also famous for its hills, rivers and forts. It is home to the Nagari Hills, Horsley Hills and Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kurnool has several caves and forts; the city is surrounded by mountain ranges. Anantapur is famous for diamond mining. It houses one of the largest trees in the world, the branches of which are spread over 2.5 acres.
Andhra Pradesh holds the second position in India in terms of its mineral resources. Important industries in Andhra Pradesh include Information Technology, Biotechnology, Business Management, Pharmaceuticals and Real Estate. The official language of the state is Telugu. Urdu is the co-official language.
Map of Andhra Pradesh
The map of Andhra Pradesh shows that the state is made up of 13 districts. Given below are the names of all these districts in Andhra Pradesh and important information about these districts:
|District||District Code||Population (2011)||Headquarters||Area (km2;)||Total Female||Total Male|
A district magistrate is appointed to govern each district in the state.
Andhra Pradesh State Information
|Date of forrnation||1st Nov 1956|
|Chief Minister||N.Chandrababu Naidu|
|Tourist attractions||Araku Valley and Borra Caves in Vishakhapatnam, Nagarjuna Konda in Nagarjunasagar, Amaravati in Vijaywada, Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati|
|Festivals||Sivaratri, Pongal, Vinayak Chaviti|
|Major dance and music forms||Kuchipudi, Bhamakalpam, Dappu|
|Arts and crafts||Kalamkari cotton, the Nakashis of Cheriyal village paint vibrantly coloured scrolls.|
|Languages||Telegu, Urdu, English|
|Size||160,205 sq km|
|Population (Census 2011)||49,378,776|
|Rivers||Godavari, Krishna, Penneru, Kunder, Palleru, Cheyyeru, Charavati, Sarada, Nagavati|
|State bird||Indian roller|
|State flower||Water lily|
|Major crops||Jowar, rice, bajra|
|No. of District||13|
Blogs about Andhra Pradesh
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Amaravati – A Dream Turning Into a Nightmare? : Amaravati, which is expected to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, has been grabbing headlines thanks to its major plans as well as the various initiatives being taken by the state government. After Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were divided, Hyderabad was taken away from the state. This was a crucial loss considering how it was the hub of IT and IT-enabled services. The Andhra Pradesh Re-Organisation Act 2014 says that Hyderabad will remain a…
Andhra Pradesh Receives Special Financial Assistance Package : The bifurcation of one of India's largest states, Andhra Pradesh into two states - Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - was achieved after much political lobbying and deliberation. The split has, however, caused much angst among the people of Andhra Pradesh over the economic backlash faced by the state. Ever since, the state has been angling for a number of financial concessions from the centre. The battle against revenue deficit and an acute shortage of capital…
Amaravati: Andhra’s New Capital : On 1 April, 2015, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu announced that the state's new capital city will be named after the historically significant city of Amaravati. In 2014, following the separation of Telangana from the state of Andhra Pradesh, both states had agreed to retain Hyderabad as a joint capital for a decade. It became apparent, though, that Andhra Pradesh would eventually need a new capital. This caused much dissent since Hyderabad,…
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Last Updated on : January 18, 2017