Hyderabad - Secunderabad
276 755 km²
Telugu & Urdu
Best time to visit
October - March
April - June: warm
November - February: colder
Andhra Pradesh is a state rich in natural resources and cultural
heritage. It has 34 rivers running through its countryside and a
1000 km coastline. Andhra is located in the southof India and is
the third largest state in India.
How to get here
The capital is well connected by air, rail and road to all major
cities of India.
Trains go to all the big cities - Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi.
There are 3 main bus stations in addition to privately run companies.
They run both interstate and out of state.
Places to visit
Hyderabad - Amaravati - Charminar - Golconda
- Hussain Sagar Chandavaram - Guntupalli - Nagarjunakonda - Salarjung
The fifth largest city in India. It has a Hindu-Muslim culture with
a number of monuments of historical importance. Some of them are
Charminar, Golconda, Salarjung Museum, Mecca Maszid, Osman Sagar
and Osmania University. The capital is actually the twin cities
of Hyderabad and Secunderabad linked together by the Hussain Sagar
An important Buddhist site located near the ancient Satavahana capital,
Dhanyakataka. Amaravati is famous for a Buddhist stupa and antiquities
of the 2nd century B.C. The Stupa here is the biggest with its dome
measuring 49 metres and it rises to a height of 29 metres.
The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed
to its immense beauty and tourist attraction.
Constructed in 1591. It is worth seeing for its magnificent architectural
beauty. The minarets are 48.77 metres high. Mecca Maszid is to the
south of Charminar.
.: Golconda Fort
Is located about 8 km from the city. The capital of the Qutb Shahis
in the 16th century, is rich in historical monuments. Some of them
include the famous Golconda Fort. Golconda was known the world over
as a rich mine of diamonds in medieval times.
.: Hussain Sagar
The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed to its boundless
beauty and tourist attraction. The lakes offer a fantastic time
for tourists. Its beauty lies in the fact that it connects the twin
cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is an artificial lake that
holds water continuously.
Is located in Prakasam District 50 km north of Vijayawada. It an
important Buddhist site, nearby the river Gundlakamma. It has a
unique double terraced stupa at the top of a hill, known as Sinarakonda
or beautiful hill. Diggings have exposed more than 30 beautifully
carved limestone panels once decorated over the dome of the stupa.
The monastic complex and several smaller stupas are situated nearby.
Located 85km from Vijayawada, is said to be the most beautiful Buddhist
site in the Eastern Deccan.
This is one of India's richest Buddhist sites, known in the ancient
times as Sri Parvata. It now lies almost entirely under the Nagarjunasagar
Dam. The monasteries and chaityas were reconstructed on top of a
hill called Nagarjunakonda (konda means hill in Telugu), which rises
from the middle of the lake. The island takes its name from the
Buddhist monk, Nagarjuna, who lived here around the turn of the
2nd century AD. The site was discovered in 1926. Consecutive diggings,
in the '50s and '60s, have exposed the remains of stupas, viharas,
chaityas and mandapams.
.: Salarjung Museum
Salarjung Museum was constructed by the Prime Minister Salarjung
III of the erstwhile Nizams, but was in 1968 shifted to the new
building constructed on the southern bank of the river Musi. The
museum consists of a vast and varied art mass collected from several
countries in the world.