Andhra Pradesh – The Pearl City of India
The state located on the southeastern coast of India is the fourth biggest state by area and fifth largest by population. Andhra Pradesh also boosts for being the second-longest coastline in India of about 972 km. Geographically, Andhra Pradesh is divided into major three regions. Telangana region being the northern part of the plateau and Rayalaseema being the southern part of the plateau are separated by the River Krishna. The third region being the coastal Andhra is highly adapted for agricultural. This mesmerizing state is bestowed by Mother Nature and is welcoming round the year. Undoubtedly, Andhra Pradesh is rightly called as the "Koh-I-Noor of India." The state is also well known as “The City of Nizams” and “The City of Pearls” for the reason that of the enormous wealth of its former monarchs, who were once upon a time the richest men in the world, Hyderabad offers a colossal variety of prominent sites.
The state history can be rooted way back 1000 years ago and is a major pilgrimage hub of every foremost religion of India. The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, the holiest place for Hindu, is believed to be the abode of the Hindu god Lord Venkateswara and is a must visit pilgrimage centre for every devoted Hindu. This ancient temple is situated on pinnacle of the seven hills, which is thriving with green foliage and forests. This holy place of worship was patronized by kings and rulers right through its history, including Muslim Nawabs and the British commanders. The other notable temple of Andhra Pradesh are Thousand Pillars Temple, Birla Mandir, and Srisailam and Lepakshi temples are among the other note-worthy temples built by the Vijayanagara Empire, one of the greatest empires of India.
Hazratbal Mosque is one of the major pilgrimage hubs for the Muslims as this mosque houses the sacred relic of the Prophet Mohammed and displays once a year. Mecca Masjid, another stunningly built Masjid of Andra Pradesh was so named as the bricks used to build the central arch were bought right from Mecca. Apart from these, one can also find beautiful Jain temples, Buddhist monasteries and Churches with mesmerizing architecture with rich cultural and historical values. Amaravati is considered to be one of the oldest Buddhist site with the biggest 'stupa' in India. Amaravati, located on the shores of the River Krishna, was originally called 'Dhanyakataka'. This place aids to be one of the most attractive Buddhist sites. Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Nagarjunasagar are few of the best Buddhist sites one can witness in India.
The state is also blessed with beautiful golden beaches, magnificent shoreline stretching nearly 1000 KM across nine districts of Andhra Pradesh. The flaxen sands touching the great milieu of dazzling azure waters of the Bay of Bengal looks adorably picturesque. The one million year old sandstone caves at Borra, quaint Araku Valley, charming hill resorts of Horsley Hills, cascades at Ettipotala, prosperous bio-diversity at Talakona are some of the natural attractions. Visakhapatnam also holds other attractions in its kitty such as the INS Kursura S20 Submarine museum - the only one of its kind in the country, dwells the longest coastal road in India.
The Nehru Zoological Park, spread across 300 acres of lush greenery, is said to be the biggest zoo in India, which dwells about 3000 animals, birds and reptiles. The park has a Lion Safari, Natural History Museum and a fun-frolic children’s train, is one of the must see places in AP. Apart from these Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is another wildlife habitat where one can get to see over different varieties of 50 species of birds, Blackbucks, cheetahs, Wild Boars, small mammals and reptiles.
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