Andhra Pradesh, India’s fifth largest state, situated south of the Vindhyas, shares a common boundary with its neighbours, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. History has left behind a legacy of dynasties going back to 300 B.C, which is evident from the many edifices, monuments and architectural ruins. Traces of the diverse cultures of the Mauryas, Pallavas, Cholas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagar offers imposing vistas and continue to fascinate the observer.
Andhra Pradesh was created by combining the old princely state of Hyderabad with the Telugu-speaking portions of the former state of Madras. The Chalukyas dominated the area till the 10th Century when the Cholas seized power. From the 14th Century the Muslims held command over this southern state for centuries. Finally it was taken over by a General of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. The General’s successors, called Nizams, ruled the state till Independence.
Andhra Pradesh comprises of fertile coastal plains, semi arid Deccan plateau and the hillscapes of the Eastern Ghats. The warm and friendly Andhras are an ancient people who can trace their roots and history to the Mauryan period and have a great interest in arts, crafts and dance.
Exquisite crafts, glorious reminders of the past, vibrant festivities, irresistible delic cacies coupled with charming features of the people and the musical mother tongue Telugu leave behind everlasting impressions. Some of the incredible sights of Andhra Pradesh are the world’s tallest Masonry dam, million year old caves, South Asia’s first lion safari and the world’s richest temple.
Its coastal position and closeness to the equator makes Chennai’s climate humid and tropical all year round. Chennai predominantly has two seasons – summer from April to June (35-42°C (95-108°F)), the highest temperature recorded was 45°C (113°F) in 2003) and the monsoon from October to December. The city barely gets any rain from the southwest monsoon (Jun-Sep), but receives copious amounts from the northeast monsoon from October through to December, every year amounting to between 125 and 150 cm (49 and 59 in) of rain. During some seasons, Chennai gets a greater amount of rainfall if there are depressions in the Bay of Bengal. The period from December through to February is the mildest in terms of temperature, where the daily range on average is 19-28°C (66-82°F). Be sure to take along thin and light clothing.
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