Andhra Pradesh, the symbol of true spirit of Indian
secularism where people of all faiths -Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu
form a symphony of religions. History has forged, and left behind
vital links with the state, as is evident from the many edifices,
monuments and architectural ruins, the legacy of dynasties as old
as 300 B.C. Traces of the diverse and variegated facets of the
culture of the Mauryas, Pallavas, Cholas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas
and Vijayanagar, offer imposing vistas, that continue to
fascinate the observer. Situated south of the Vindhyas, it shares
a common history with its neighbours, Maharashtra , Orissa ,
Madhya Pradesh , Tamil Nadu and Karnataka . The medieval city of
Hyderabad is its capital.
Andhra Pradesh is known for the famous Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirupati, Charminar, Salar Jung Museum, Golconda Fort in Hyderabad and Buddhist viharas at Nagarjunasagar. Also visit the wildlife and bird sanctuaries of Kolleru, Manjira, Kawal and Papikonda. Andhra has a nearly 1000 km-coastline with eight of its 23 districts having direct access to the sea. Famous beaches are Visakhapatnam Bheemunipatnam, Kakinada, Chirala, Kalingapatnam and Mypad.