Andhra Pradesh Travel
Andhra Pradesh offers a heady mix of history, pilgrimage, natural wonder, scenic beauty. Of late, it has started drawing huge number of tourists from across the world.
Andhra Pradesh is one place which has something for everyone. Right from enthralling beaches, historical places, sacred temples and mosques which also are architectural wonders in themselves, the city has it all. Andhra Pradesh is the only state in India where most of the tourists are the pilgrims who visit the state with an aim of offering prayers at the numerous temples and mosques of the state. The capital city of Andhra Pradesh is Hyderabad, which also is the largest city in the state.
Andhra Pradesh Demographics
|Latitude||Between 12°41' and 22° North|
|Longitude||Between 77° and 84°40' East|
|Area||2,75,069 sq km|
|Climate||The state has tropical hot and humid climate and witnesses 2 rainy seasons in a year: mid June till September and October-November. Coastal areas are prone to Cyclones|
|Max temperature||42 degrees|
|Min temperature||16 degrees|
|Average annual rainfall||Between 87.5 - 31 cm|
|Languages||Telugu, Hindi, Urdu|
|Clothing||Light Cottons are favourable throughout the year due to the climatic conditions.|
|Time Zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
Best Time to visit Andhra Pradesh
If you are allured by the beauty of Andhra Pradesh and are scheduling a trip to the state, it is very important to keep an account of weather conditions of the state so that you can make maximum out of your visit without being bothered by climatic conditions. The weather in the state of Andhra Pradesh is at its best in the months between October and February when otherwise hot and humid state receives some winter rainfall which makes it cool and comfortable. It is advisable not to travel to the state in summers and monsoons as the humidity and hotness can make you really uneasy.
The state is well connected with rest of India and you will easily find good accommodation options suiting your budget. Travelling to Andhra Pradesh is, therefore, not cumbersome.
Andhra Pradesh Food
The state of Andhra Pradesh is famous for its spicy Andhra and Hyderabadi cuisines. Known as the 'Rice Bowl of India', Andhra Pradesh has rice as a major food crop and it is used quite liberally in the cuisine of the state. When in Andhra Pradesh do try the Hyderabadi Biryani, famous all across the world for its rich and traditional flavor. The spicy curries of Hyderabad are absolutely not to be missed. You can also try various other Mughal delicacies that will transpose you to the royal Mughal Era through their taste. Along with traditional dosas and idlis, the pickles and chutneys found in the state are also quite popular for their mouth watering taste.
Andhra Pradesh Travel Tips
- Avoid going to the beaches alone after late in the evenings. There may not be a lifeguard available at that time in case of an emergency. It is advisable for female travellers not to travel alone to any place at night.
- Always travel with a guide approved by the State Government to ensure your safety.
- Never pass any racial or religious comments in public places. Presence of people from various religions and communities in the state makes it absolutely necessary to keep this in mind.
- Always keep a water bottle handy if travelling to the state in summers as the humid climate may leave you drained and dehydrated.
- There is a large conglomeration of people in numerous temples and mosques of the state and there have been incidents of chaos which have resulted in many fatal accidents. Do not panic in any situation and let the authorities take the essential measures in any chaotic situation.
Andhra Pradesh is the most visited tourist destination in India. Numerous temples and architectural wonders, beaches and panoramic sights are some of the factors that attract tourists to the state of Andhra Pradesh. The state is well connected by air, rail and road thus making it easily accessible. 'How to Reach Andhra Pradesh' will help you reach the state.
Andhra Pradesh has one international Airport in the capital city - Hyderabad. Other important airports are located at Tirupathi and Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada. Several Airlines operate regular flights to and from Andhra Pradesh to the other important cities and states in India.
Nearly 5,085 km of the railways route cover the state Andhra Pradesh out of which 4,362 km is broad-gauge, 686 km is metre-gauge and 37 km is narrow gauge. The major Railway Station at the capital city- Hyderabad receives trains from all parts of the country, thus, connecting the state to rest of India.
Around 4,104 km of the National Highways network pass through the state of Andhra Pradesh. State highways measure up to nearly 60,000 km and there is another 1, 04,000 km of Panchayati Raj road network. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates regular buses to and from the state to other important cities and states in the country. Tourists can also hire private taxis or cabs to reach the state.
Shopping in Andhra Pradesh
Along with the great holidays, shopping in Andhra Pradesh is also an exciting experience. Andhra Pradesh boasts of its exquisite jewellery of pearl and diamond, amazing handicrafts by the rural artisan, old antiques reminding of a bygone era and the fantastic silk and cotton weaves which would leave you spoilt for choice.
Before going into a shopping spree, please take look at the striking range of specialties of Andhra Pradesh :
- Pearls: Pearls of Hyderabad are the most famous all over India and the world.
- Silver Filigiri: extremely intricate designs on polished silver demanding great patience and craftsmanship
- Banjara Mirror Work: mirror work done by the local Banjara gypsies on clothes and other cloth products
- Aatar: Exotic perfumes of Hyderabad are world famous
- Fabric: Himroo, Ikat, Uppada, Mangalagiri sarees are distinguished fabrics of Andhra Pradesh Hand-woven carpets are also available with exotic designs
- Kalamkari: Pen-painted fabric from Machilipatnam embellished with mythological depictions on clothing
- Bidri : Art of inlaying silver on black metal originally from Bidar (now in Karnataka)
- Nirmal Toys: Brightly coloured life like replicas of vegetables, fruits, animals, dolls carved out from locally available soft wood
In Hydearabad Laad Bazaar and Shilparamam, The Arts & Crafts Village are popular shopping joints, which houses a number of shops.
Places to See in Andhra Pradesh
- Charminar, Hyderabad
- Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
- Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad
- Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
- The Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
- The Nizam's Museum, Hyderabad
- Araku Valley and Borra Caves, Vishakhapatnam
- Belum Caves, Belum
- Nagarjuna Konda, Nagarjunasagar
- Amaravati, Vijaywada
- The Statue of Lord Buddha, Hyderabad
- Lord Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
Last Updated on : 04/09/2013