Andhra Pradesh is a state in the southeastern coastal region of India. It has the second-longest coastline after Gujarat about 974 km (605 mi). Andhra Pradesh is renowned as the land of the world-famous diamond Koh-i-Noor and many other globally known diamonds in its Kollur Mine. It is also known as the "Rice Bowl of India" for being a major producer of rice in India.
The recent division of the state of Andhra Pradesh on 2 June 2014, resulted in the formation of two states- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Andhra Pradesh seems to have got a better share regarding tourism. Places like Belum caves, Nagarjuna Konda, Borra caves, and Pulicat Lake have all come under Andhra Pradesh. The state is most visited for its world-famous Tirupati temple.
Srisailam Mallikarjuneswar temple is another famous Shiva shrine and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India. The Andhra Pradesh state has various centers that have heavy Buddhist influence like Dhulikatta, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Amravati, Nagarjuna Konda, etc. Amaravati is the de facto capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh while Hyderabad will remain the official capital till 2024.
The largest city and commercial hub of the state is Visakhapatnam, located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.
Places to Visit in Andhra Pradesh–
- Araku Valley
Telangana is a state in India situated on the south-central stretch of the Indian peninsula on the high Deccan Plateau. On 2 June 2014, the region was separated from the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh as the newly formed 29th state with Hyderabad as its historic permanent capital.
With the separation, Telangana has got a whole new identity, packed with rich history and culture this state is exploring its tourism strengths. Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages, the Telangana region was ruled by lots of dynasties such as the Cholas, Mauryans, Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Delhi Sultanate, Bahmani Sultanate, and Golconda Sultanate. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the region was ruled by the Mughals.
The historic city of Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of Telangana state. The Kuntala waterfalls born out of a love story between a prince and a sage's daughter is one the largest waterfalls in this state and is one of the best attractions here. Warangal is the second largest city in Telangana.
Places to visit in Telangana–
- Kinnersani Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kuntala Waterfalls
- Bogatha Waterfalls