Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
The states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana trace back their roots to the Vedic Periods of around 800 BCE. From those times they evolved as various strong and prosperous kingdoms – the principal among which being the Vijaynagar Empire that spanned over 3 centuries from 1336 to 1646. The region benefited to a huge extent due to the long coastline as fishing and trading helped build some strong coffers – so much so that the mint was already active since the 1st century BCE. Until 2013 Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were one and known as Andhra Pradesh. On 2nd June 2014, the region was divided into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This is not the venue to write about the circumstances that led to such an event.
Visiting this region does revolve around Hyderabad, the cultural and political capital of the states. The Nizam’s erstwhile city, Hyderabad is known for hectic markets, grand monuments & gateways, and opulent palaces – one of which has now been converted into a hotel.
From Hyderabad you can then move on to the more rural parts of the region as well as the coast. Andhra Pradesh is known for it’s excellent cuisine, the beautiful classical dance form of Kuchipudi, Carnatic Classical Music and some unique forms of storytelling where stories are told by performers or through songs.
The region is also known for the temple town of Tirupati. Attracting around 75,000 pilgrims a day, it is very interesting to see devotion, acts of devotion or facades of devotion. It is one excellent place for people watching. The temple itself is an excellent example of Dravidian Architecture as well and can be an interesting visit.
Combine your journey with Karnataka and Kerala for a truly Southern Indian experience. All you have to do, is wish for it.