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Anantapur

The region of Anantapur is a blend of modernisation and preserved ancient history in the form of ancient forts and pilgrimage spots. Anantapur is known for its silk industries and modern mills. Apart from the modern silk industries, handicrafts are a major source of revenue. There are many agro-based industries in Anantapur that deal in rice, jowar, cotton, chillies and sugarcane.
 
The minister of Bukka -I, Chilkavodeya, constructed both the villages of Bukkarayasamundaram and Anantasagaram. The region of Anantapur came under the rule of Tipu Sultan, who assassinated all the male members of the Siddappa family except the head who escaped. This region later on was handed off to the Nizam and later on to the British Empire after the Nizam left.
 
Some of the well known places in Anantapur include Puttarparthi, which is considered the place of reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Thimmamma Marimanu is also one of the popular places visited by tourists throughout the year. The speciality of this place is the 500-year-old huge banyan tree that has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Penna Ahobilam, located near Anantapur, is known for the Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The other places of tourist interest include Rayadurg, Gooty and the Penukonda Fort. Iskon Temple, Kadiri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kasapuram Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Lepakshi are most visted places in Ananthapur District.

Bangalore

Bangalore or Bengaluru, popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India, is the capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the Deccan Plateau, in the south-eastern part of the state, the city experiences a moderate climate.
 
Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada words ‘benda kalluru’, which means the land of boiled beans. According to legend, Veera Ballara, the Hoysala king, once lost his way during a hunting expedition. Wandering around, he met an old lady who gave him boiled beans to eat. In order to show his gratitude, he named the place, Benda Kalluru. 
 
Bangalore, as we know it today, was formed by Kempe Gowda. Formerly, Bangalore was ruled by a number of rulers and dynasties, including the Vijayanagara Empire and Tipu Sultan. A number of temples and monuments, which were built in the earlier days, are still a part of the city’s landscape. Major towns and subdivisions were formed during various rules. The city was sold to the rulers in Mysore in the earlier days and was later in the hands of the British whose rule continued till Independence.

Coimbatore

Coimbatore is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and the 15th largest urban agglomeration in India. It is a major commercial centre, referred to as the "Manchester of South India". The Coimbatore region has been ruled by the Cholas, the later Pandyas, and the Vijayanagar Empire. Madurai Nayaks are believed to have been named after a chieftain called Koyan. In the 17th century, the city became a part of the Kingdom of Mysore until conquest by the British East India Company. The history of modern Coimbatore dates from the 1930s, when the city grew rapidly capitalizing on a textile boom.

Gangtok

Gangtok is the largest town of Sikkim, located in the eastern Himalayan range. The town belongs to different ethnicities such as Indian-Nepalis, Lepchas and Bhutia. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim’s tourism industry. Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery. After the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok, it became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as. After India won its independence, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital until 1975, when it became India's twenty-second state capital.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital city of the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh of South India. Located on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is the fifth largest city of India. The 400 year old city is located on the banks of the River Musi.
 
Hyderabad was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah, the fifth sovereign of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, in the year 1591. Initially, Golconda was the capital of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, who ruled over Deccan during the period 1512 – 1687.
 
The name Hyderabad literally means ‘city of Hyder’ since it was named after Queen Hyder Mahal, wife of King Qutab Shah. With the help of Iranian architects, Hyderabad was erected in a grid format. The city was modeled on the city of Isfahan of Iran. With the construction of Hyderabad city, it became the capital city of Qutb Shahi rulers.
 
Today, Hyderabad is one of the leading centres of information technology. The emerging Biotech and IT industries have given the city a global platform. 
 
Tourists who visit Hyderabad can witness the blend of ancestral heritage and modern technology.Charminar,Jama Masjid,Golconda Fort,Salarjung Museum,Osmania University, Paigah Tombs,Qutub Shahi Tombs,Raymond Tomb,Birla Mandir,Hussain Sagar,NTR Garden, Buddha Statue, Shilparamam, Ramoji Film City, etc. are some of the popular attractions of the city of Hyderabad

Kalimpong

Kalimpong, a hill station in the Lesser Himalaya is the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision, a part of the district of Darjeeling. Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions and is used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India prior to China's annexation of Tibet. Kalimpong, located on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong as it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes.

Kurnool

Kurnool is well connected by rail and road with other parts of the state.
This district has Historic importance. Once this district is called as Kandhanaole and later it is named as Kurnool. This place was under the rule of Telugu Chola, kakathiya and Vijayanagara Kings, Delhi Sultans and Nizam Nawabs. The king Polamavema Reddy developed Pilgrimage places for the convenience of the pilgrims during his period. The river Krishna at Srikalahasti is called as Pathala Ganga.

Forest area caters quality timber. District hosts one of the biggest wildlife sanctuary by project name "Operation Tiger". Iron ore and some amount of copper deposits are present in these lands. The clays used as the drilling mud and white clay is also found in these areas. Handloom Industry is picking up its pace in this district for the past decade. Groundnut oil mills are to be seen in many parts of the district. With financial aid from Netherlands and Switzerland, Silk industry and Self-employment schemes for women are being taken up swiftly in the district. Delicious Mangoes of Banginapally are from this district. Ladies finger is the main Vegetable Crop in this district. Kurnool - Cuddapah canal abbreviated as KC canal, Thungabhadra and Krishna Rivers are the water sources to the district. Srisailam Hydro Power Project on the River Krishna is a major power project of the state. The power supply to this district is mainly through Humpi power project on river Thungabadra and Srisailam Hydro power project. All colleges in this district are affiliated to Sri Krishna Devaraya University.

Industries:
Textile Industry at Emmiganur, Panyam and Suvarna Cements, Rayalaseema Paper mill.

Tourist Places:

·         Belum Caves

·         Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

·         Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary

·         Kondareddy Burz

·         Mahanandi

·         Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary

·         Nallamala Hills

·         Peta Anjaneyaswami Temple

·         Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary

·         Saibaba Temple

·         Srisailam Dam

 

Mangalore

Mangalore is the chief port city of Karnataka, located about 350 kilometres west of the state capital, Bangalore. Mangalore lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore derives its name from the Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi and developed as a port on the Arabian Sea. Lying on the backwaters of Gurupura River, the city is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. Mangalore was ruled by several powers, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, and the Portuguese. The city witnessed contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Mumbai

Mumbai was originally built on an archipelago of seven islands, namely Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli and Old Woman's Island (Little Colaba).The region was ruled by dynasties like Satavahanas, Konkan Mauryas and Rashtrakutas, from the 2nd to 9th century BC.
 
The islands came under the control of the Silharas (810 to 1260), King Bhimdev (1261 to 1346), and the Delhi Sultanate (1347 to 1407). An independent Gujarat Sultanate governed the islands from 1407 onwards. Bahadur Khan Gilani of the Bahamani Sultanate tried to establish control over the islands in 1493, but failed.
 
During the European rule, Sultan Bahadur Shah of the Gujarat Sultanate signed the Treaty of Bassein with the Portuguese on 23 December, 1534. Control over the seven islands of Bombay, along with Bassein and its dependencies, was thereafter surrendered to the Portuguese on 25 October, 1535. The British Empire took possession of most islands on 11 May, 1661, after the marriage treaty of Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza.
 
After Baji Rao was defeated by the British East India Company in 1817, Deccan was incorporated in the Bombay Presidency. The seven islands were coalesced into a single landmass by the Hornby Vellard project and were made the capital of the Presidency. Post independence, the territory was restructured into Bombay State. In the 1950s, the Samyukta Maharashtra movement was initiated to create the state of Maharashtra.
 
On 1 May, 1960, the state was reorganised on linguistic lines, and was named Maharashtra State with Bombay as its capital. Bombay became Mumbai in the year 1995

Mysore

The word Mysore is derived from “Mahishuru” which literally means the abode of Mahisha. According to a legend, the demon Mahishasura was slayed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. The city came under the rule of the Wodeyars. After the British took over, the city had lost its status as an administrative centre but was restored to its former glory when Bangalore became the capital of the British.
 
Mysore, the second largest city in Karnataka, is located in the Mysore division and is easily reachable from Bangalore. Located 146 km away, it lies to the south -west of the capital city, spans an area of 128.42 sq km and is located at the base of Chamundi Hills.
 
Mysore Palace, with its splendid architecture and intricate carvings, is a standing testimony of exquisite craftsmanship. This is easily reflected through the palace’s ceilings, rosewood doors and paintings that provide a glimpse of the structure’s glorious history. Brindavan Gardens and its musical fountains at Krishna Raja Sagar Dam are some other attractions that have contributed to the popularity of Mysore.
 
Tipu Sultan’s Palace in Mysore is yet another attraction. Also, the city offers enough attractions for art lovers in the form of Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, St. Philomena's Church, Lalit Mahal Palace, Datta Peetham, Karanji Kere and museums. The Mysore Zoo is a must-visit.
 
Chamundi Hills is a popular religious centre that lies close to Mysore. It is home to a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari and is also a popular choice among adventure lovers as it offers an excellent trekking route.
 

Pelling

Pelling is a town in West Sikkim, nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m and located at a distance of 10 km from the Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis. The mighty Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling, which also forms the base from where trekker’s adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, covered with a blanket of snow. Most of the people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the Sikkimese language while other languages spoken are Nepali, Hindi, and English.

Pune

Known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is located at the convergence of two rivers, Mula and Mutha. Pune has retained its historic past despite embracing modernity.Pune, derived from the word Punyanagari – or City of Virtue, is often referred to as the “Oxford of the East”. Institutions like the Armed Forces Medical College, Film and Television Institute of India, Symbiosis Educational Society and National Defence Academy have earned international fame in their respective fields.The city is also an industrial hub and preferred location for software industries. The automotive sector is prominent in Pune and so is the engineering industry. Pune is also a cantonment town, and the headquarters of Indian Army’s southern command. Lohegaon is a prominent air base and Sukhoi fighter-aircrafts are stationed here.The city is a charming mélange of the old and the new, traditional and contemporary. Pune is also famous for adventure activities like camping, rappelling, lake crossing, paragliding and jungle trekking.Nearby hill stations and spots like Lonavala, Rajmachi, Mahableshwar, Panchgani, Kashid and Phansad are places where there are numerous opportunities for adventure sports.

Tirupati

Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and cultural city in the Chittoor district.It is the largest city in the Rayalaseema region of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh.It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, 550 kilometres south of Hyderabad.

Tirupati is famous for the richest temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateswara,located about 20 kilometres,north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of 853 metres (2,799 ft). One of the most important pilgrimage centers in the World, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world.

Tirupati City itself has several temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols.
Also, the city is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state.
Tirupati is also the largest Metropolitan city in Rayalaseema and Southern Andhra Pradesh, 
and is the 5th largest city in terms of stand-alone city basis.
Language and culture
Telugu is widely spoken here and it is also the official language of the City.
Tamil is also spoken by few in this city due to its proximity towards Tamil Nadu & Chennai.
Most of the temples in Tirupati have been built using Dravidian architecture.
Most of the inscriptions in the temple complex are predominantly in Tamil language and there are also few Telugu language inscriptions. 
Hinduism is the major religion here.
Dhoti(Veshti/Panche/Mundu) and Sari(Cheera) are traditional attire of people here.
Practices of tonsure and using tilaka are very popular among devotees of Lord Venkateswara. 
Songs and prayers of Lord Venkateswara are generally heard all over the town. 
Tourist attractions
Akasha Ganga in Tirumala
Waterfall in Tirumala
Museum in Tirumala
There are many temples in Tirupati and Tirumala. Some of them are:
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Venkateswara (also known as Balaji and Srinivasa) attracts followers from a wide range of Hindu traditions.
Alamelu Mangamma Shrine in Alamelumangapuram also called Thiruchanoor
Padmavati Temple
Govindaraja Swamy Temple
Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple: Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are the presiding deities of the temple. Lord Anjaneya Swamy is seen near the foot of Lord Rama. The temple is in the heart of the city. There is also another temple dedicated to Lord Anjaneya Swamy opposite to Kodhanda Rama Swamy Temple. Prasadams are offered daily to pilgrims.
Srinivasa Mangapuram:This temple is dedicated to Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy (married Venkateswara Swamy). According to the mythology, Venkateswara swamy, after getting married, stayed in this place for about six months and then walked to Tirumala.
Kapila Theertham: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. There is a beautiful waterfall near the temple.
ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple – The temple has its own style of architecture with the towers coloured in gold and white. The carvings of Lord Narasimha Swamy, Lord Varaha Swamy and Krishna Leela are marvelous. Glass painting works on the windows depicting Lord Krishna's playful acts and the ceilings decorated like Tanjore art reveals the colourful masterpiece in art work. Each pillar is decorated with ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. The temple inside the sanctum has Lord Krishna with beautifully dressed Gopis. There is a beautiful park surrounded with lot of flowers, ponds, fountains and with Krishna Leela idols. The temple is on the way to Tirumala Hills.
Lord Shiva temple at Yogimallavaram, near to Tirupati is very old and is very famous.
Hanuman temple at Tirumala is where Hanuman's mother Anjana did penance.
Avanakshamma temple – 42 km from Tirupati
Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple in Karvetinagaram, 40 km from Tirupati
Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Narayanavanam, 48 km from Tirupati
Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Appalayagunta, 20 km from Tirupati
Parasurameswara Temple – Gudimallam, 20 km from Tirupati. Though a small village, historically it is very important, because it has a beautiful Siva Temple which is popularly known as "the Parasurameswara Temple." The main importance of the temple lies in the Linga which is housed in the Garbhagriha of the temple. This is supposed to be the earliest Linga discovered so far and it has been assigned to the 2nd or 1st century BC. The name of the temple is mentioned as Parasurameswara Temple in the inscriptions.
There is also another small temple for Lord Vishnu. The place is on the foothills of Tirumala. Giant Nandikeshwara statue is seen at the entrance of the temple. There is a rock garden in Tirumala called Shilatoranam.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is the second of its kind in the Andhra Pradesh. It has many species of animals and plants which are being conserved. Nearly 10 to 15 tigers are present in this zoo.[citation needed]
Regional Science Center is a science center with a planetarium.Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and cultural city in the Chittoor district.It is the largest city in the Rayalaseema region of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh.It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, 550 kilometres (340 mi) south of Hyderabad,the capital of the state, 250 kilometres (160 mi) east of Bangalore,65 kilometres (40 mi) from Chittoor, and 150 kilometres (93 mi) north of Chennai.

Tirupati City itself has several temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols.Also, the city is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state.

Tourist attractions

 

  •  Akasha Ganga in Tirumala
  • Waterfall in Tirumala
  • Museum in Tirumala

 

There are many temples in Tirupati and Tirumala. Some of them are:

 

  • Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
  • Alamelu Mangamma Shrine in Alamelumangapuram also called Thiruchanoor
  • Padmavati Temple
  • Govindaraja Swamy Temple
  • Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple
  • Srinivasa Mangapuram
  • Kapila Theertham
  • ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple
  • Lord Shiva temple at Yogimallavaram, near to Tirupati is very old and is very famous.
  • Hanuman temple at Tirumala is where Hanuman's mother Anjana did penance.
  • Avanakshamma temple
  • Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple 
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple 
  • Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple(Appalayagunta)
  • Parasurameswara Temple
  • Kanipakam
  • Srikalahasti
  • Vellore Golden Temple

 

Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam also referred to as Vizag is a major port city on the south east coast of India. It is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India after Kolkata and Chennai. It is located 625 kilometres (388 mi) east of the state capital Hyderabad. Visakhapatnam is home to several state-owned heavy industries, a major steel plant, and has one of India's largest sea ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. It is the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command [ENC].It has a range of tourist attractions including beaches, cliffs, hilltop parks facing the sea. In addition to being an east-coast seaport, Visakhapatnam is an industrial city. Part of the city is known by its colonial British name, Waltair; during the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station and the surrounding part of the city is still called Waltair. Vizagpatnam is a cosmopolitan mix of people from various parts of India. 

Visakhapatnam was mentioned in the Indian epics R?m?yana and Mah?bh?rata in the forests of the Eastern Ghats where the two brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, wandered in search of Sita.

Parks and Tourist attractions:

  • Simhachalam
  • Annavaram
  • Borra Caves
  • Araku Valley
  • Bojjannakonda
  • Dolphin
  • Ramakrishna Beach
  • Rushikonda Beach
  • Lawson's Bay Beach
  • Bheemli
  • Mangamaripeta Beach
  • Gangavaram Beach
  • Kondakarla Ava Beach
  • Yarada Beach
  • Ross Hill
  • Thotlakanda
  • Pavuralakonda
  • Submarine Museum
  • Naval Museum
  • War Memorial
  • Matsyadarshini Aquarium
  • Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jagadamba Centre
  • Ramakrishna Mission
  • Bavikonda
  • Kurupam Tomb
  • Kailasa Giri Hill Park
  • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
  • Mudasarlova Water Works and Park
  • VUDA Park