Andhra Pradesh, also known as Andhra Desam, is known for its rich cultural ethos and heritage that encompasses several heritages of other Indian States. Why so? Several dynasties made spectacular contributions in the field of art, culture including architecture, music etc. and this has definitely enhanced the image of the Andhra Pradesh not only nationally but also globally.
Historically, the early Andhras made their appearance in the Aitareya Brahmana (B.C. 800). It was referred to as Dakshina Padh in earlier days who lived in Dakshina Padh. It was during the Mauryan period that the Andhras gained much prominence in the Southeastern Deccan.
During the ancient period the following popular ancient dynasties made their respective contribution towards rich cultural evolution.
Cultural Richness of Andhra Pradesh
Annamayya, Kuchupudi, Tyagaraja, Annamacharya as well as Tyagarajay made proud the Andhras for their ability in making rich cultural contributions. The legendary city of Amravati ruled by Satyavahanas.
1. Charminar area of Hyderabad
The Charminar, constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. Charminar is a historical place with mosque on top floor since 400 years and also famous for its surrounding markets.It is one of the tourist attraction in hyderabad. Bangles can be found at cheaper rate. Many local festivals are celebrated grandly in charminar like Ramzaan and other festivals.
The Charminar is situated on the east bank of Musi river, to the west lies the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest lies the richly ornamented granite Makkah Masjid. It is listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The English name is a translation and combination of the Urduwords Chār and Minar or meenar, translating to “Four Pillars”; the eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches.
2. Kadapa Heritage Tourist Circuit
Kadapa (formerly known as Cuddapah) is a city in the Rayalseema region of the south-central part of the Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the district headquarters of YSR Kadapa district. The city is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palkonda Hills lying on the tectonic landscape between the Eastern and Western ghats. Black and Red ferrous soils occupy the region. The city is nicknamed “Gadapa” (‘threshold’) since it is the gateway from the west to the sacred hills of Tirumala.
3. Tirupati Heritage circuit
Located at the southernmost corner of the Eastern Ghats, the town of Tirupati is about 525 kilometres from Hyderabad. The town is surrounded by seven scenic hills, which are home to perennial waterfalls, verdant forests and picture-postcard perfect valleys.
The temple township of Tirumala is located on top of the hills and the age-old temple dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara is based here. This temple is said to be the richest in the world, with the outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum are enveloped in a sheet of pure gold! Driving to Tirumala offers an opportunity to experience panoramic vista and fresh countryside air. Not only is Tirupati an outstanding pilgrimage site, it also offers a unique getaway where visitors can enjoy modern amenities and enchanting natural beauty. About 150 kilometres from Tirupati is the pictorial hill station of Horseley Hills. This beautiful town is nestled amongst clouds and offers an opportunity to visit the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandragiri Fort and refreshing trek through Mamanduru.