Andhra Pradesh is an apt place to comprehend the religion and culture of India. The Forts and Palaces of this country are the cipher of an epoch of unbelievable architectural fashion and accomplishment. Andhra Pradesh being one of the pristine states boasts number of forts and palaces. The verdant green areas, traditional and cultural colors of the city and the historical monuments make this state one of the well-known tourist pull over of India. Andhra Pradesh is an apt place to comprehend the religion and culture of India. The capital of this state Hyderabad boosts many attractions in and around the city. The pointed and beautiful carvings of the wood and splendid antiques of these magnificent forts and palaces will enchant you.
Famous Forts and Palaces in the state are:
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
This fort is believed to be the most splendid fort in India. This magnificent fort is situated few distances away from Hyderabad. This fort was constructed by Kakatiya Rulers in the 13th century. A remarkable signaling device was incorporated in Golconda fort's construction. The various edifices are so placed as to transmit sound to different far away points. If one claps standing at the centre of the entrance portal the sound is deflected by the opposite building.
This fort rests upon a single rock formation perched on a hilltop. More than 500 feet high and spread over an area of 40 acres, the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. Located on the National Highway 202, Hyderabad and built in the 12th century by the western Chalukyan ruler -Vikramaditya, it has a unique egg-shaped construction with two entry points protected by huge rocks. A moat that encircles the fort, a vast underground chamber, trap doors, an armory, stables, ponds, wells etc., offer a fascinating view.
The unique significance for Penukonda is a huge hill. This town is most beautifully placed on the top of the hill and is linked with both the ends runs a semi circular way of fortifications. This fort has become a famous and major tourist’s attraction of Andhra Pradesh. To prevent the entry of rivals, the fort had moats full of crocodiles.
The Palace is well known for its architecture and for housing the largest Venetian chandeliers. The Palace has 40 beautiful Venetian chandeliers. Often referred to as the Mirror of the Sky, the Falaknuma Palace is 2000 feet tall. The palace is shaped like a scorpion with two stings stretching outwards. It was built by the prime minister of Hyderabad. The Palace houses a wide and varied collection of rare paintings, furniture, manuscripts, best collection of Qurans in India and statues.
Built more than 200 years ago in the 18th century, the Chowmahalla Palace has long been known for its unique style and elegance. “Chow” means four in Urdu and “Mahalat” means palaces. Literally it means Four Palaces. The palace is said to be a replica of the Shah of Iran’s palace in Tehran. It has 2 courtyards: the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard. Of the two, the southern courtyard is the oldest and comprises of 4 palaces. The Northern has Mughal domes and arches.
How to Reach
Andhra is well connected though the international airport at Hyderabad. Besides, Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada are the other airports.
All the major Indian cities are automatically linked to railway station at Hyderabad.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) provides transportation service to the people. Andhra Pradesh Roadways network connect all major towns and cities.