"Andhra Pardesh" State of Andhra Pradesh by dsantosh

State of Andhra Pradesh Travel Guide: 423 reviews and 816 photos


Location: On The Deccan Plateau And Musi River.
Hydearabd is famous for bangles, minarets, Pearl & Cuisine
Recently Called: Second Silicon Valley In India. This has a history of 400-years.

Interesting Places to visit

Historical Places
Charminar, Golconda, Falaknuma
Qutub Tombs, Raymond Tomb
Salarjung Museum,Taramati Tomb
Places Of Worship
Birla Mandir,Mecca Masjid,Moula Ali Darga,St. Josephs Cathedral, Jamma Masjid, Sanghi Temple
Temples in Andhra Pradesh
Hussain Sagar (Tank Bund/Buddha Statue)
Himayat Sagar
Gandipet / Osman Sagar
Lumbini Park
Indira Park
Public Gardens
Nehru Zoological Park
Sanjeeviah Park
Lad bazaar
Begum bazaar
Sultan bazaar
General bazaar
Fun & Frolic
Treasure Island
Film City
Thunder Bowl
Yatri Nivas
Stop Over
Coffee Day
Birla Planetarium
Ramoji Film City
Ocean Park
Bowling Alley's
Country Club
Falaknuma Palace


The, Charminar stands within the four arches of the Charkaman. It is said that Sultan Quli knelt at a crossroads and prayed to the gods when a terrible pestilence swept his kingdom. After it subsided he decide to build a structure at the very spot as thanksgiving to the gods. The structure built in 1591 was the Charminar. Often referred to as the 'Arc of the Triumph' of the East, the Charminar comprises four graceful minarets with its central structure soaring to a height of 180 feet. Centuries old bazaars surrounding the monument throb with the hectic trading of pearls, lac bangles and other accessories fit for a bride.

Golconda Fort

Constructed by the Kakatiya kings in the year 1140, Golconda was expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite with walls and ramparts extending to a length of 5km in circumference. From this fort they ruled the nearby areas even when their capital was based in Warangal. This massive fort is 11 km in perimeter and its walls are 15 to 18 ft high. The whole fort is built in granite and is flanked by 70 ramparts and 8 huge gates. Previously the whole fort was surrounded by a deep gorge but slowly this was filled up. While entering from the main gate of the fort, if one claps below the Grand Portico, echoes are heard in a Darbar hall some 128 meters away.

The fortress city within the walls was famous for the diamond trade and is said to been the origin of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond. The historic fort lies 11kms west of the city of Hyderabad. The name originates from the Telugu words "Golla" meaning Shepard and "Konda" or hill - The 'shepherd's hill'. The fort was later taken over by the Bahamani kings, subsequently passing into the hands of the Qutub Shahis, who held it from 1512 to 1687 AD. The first three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda over a span of 62 years.

Famous features of Golconda include it's system of acoustics, palaces, factories, the water supply system. The famous Rahban cannon was used during the last seize of Golconda by Aurangazeb to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice place to stay with lot of good hotels for every tourist...
  • Cons:extremly hot during summer....use only bottled water ( mineral water )
  • In a nutshell:Nice and exotic place....
  • Last visit to State of Andhra Pradesh: Mar 2003
  • Intro Written Mar 6, 2003
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  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2009 at 3:20 AM

    Hi Santosh, I'm at present working on my Andhra Pradesh pages, so much enjoyed my stay and travel there. Found your pages very interesting and full of info. Greetings from West Cork!

  • 11dana's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 11:00 AM

    A very professional VT pages.But,do you have a ..face to show us?

  • Sobha's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 7:34 AM

    Nice page , photographs and tips.

  • Nantosvelta's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2004 at 12:19 AM

    Beautiful photos! Greetings, Nantosvelta

  • Antji's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2004 at 10:06 AM

    very informative page & lot´s of interesting places there!

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2004 at 3:50 AM

    Wonderfully informative!! Good work

  • was_the_beav's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2004 at 6:24 AM

    Ohhh...I do miss the iddli...thank you for your kind birthday wishes.

  • dabuwan's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2003 at 9:31 AM

    Excellent and complete information about this wonderful country.

  • aphrodyte's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2003 at 1:23 AM

    Hey dsantosh...always love visiting your pages. Brilliant picture of Charminar, and the wealth of information you possess is astounding!

  • coceng's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 7:40 PM

    Amazing place ! Your TIPS are mega excellent ! :) Regards.


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