Andhra Pradesh is one of India’s Southern states and is situated on the southeastern coast of the country. Also known as the Rice Bowl of India, because of being one of the highest producers of rice in the state, Andhra Pradesh is India’s fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. Discerning traveler finds a wide range of tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh.
The Charminar is the one of the biggest tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. The legend says Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of the city built this magnificent square shaped edifice to ward of ward off the break out of an epidemic at the center of the original city in his time. Four 48.7 metre high minarets built of Granite flanking four grand arches explains the name Char minar. A lotus leaf structure, which was a special recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings, supports the base of each minar.The arches support two floors and gallery of archways. The first floor housed a madarasa during the Qutub Shahi period. The second floor houses a mosque on the western side.
It is one of the famous forts of India and derives its name from the Telugu words Golla Konda meaning Shepherd’s Hill. Golconda was originally a mud fort and the origin dates back to the Kakatiya period. Later in course of history it passed to the Qutb Shahis. First three Qutb Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, factories, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell. An evening light and sound show brings alive the history of the Golconda Fort.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
The tombs of the Qutb Shahi kings are the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. The uniqueness lies in the fact that this is a graveyard where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place. Located close to the Golconda Fort, the tombs, built of gray Granite with with stucco ornamentation, reflect a unique blending of Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles.
Ramoji Film City
The South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh presents one with an wide range of attractive tourist “Destinations” that enthralls and enchants the tourist. Andhra Pradesh is blessed with the bounty of nature that is very appealing to the tourist. The natural and scenic beauty of the place overwhelms the tourist and fills them with an utmost sense of satisfaction.