This is a story of an ugly duckling turning into a swan. From one of the poorest and least developed Indian states to a computer-friendly one, it is a miracle of sorts for Andhra Pradesh. Situated south of the Vindhyas, it shares a common history with its neighbors, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The medieval city of Hyderabad is its capital.
Andhra Pradesh is known for the famous Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirupati, Charminar, Salar Jung Museum, and Golconda Fort in Hyderabad and Buddhist viharas at Nagarjunasagar. Also visit the wildlife and bird sanctuaries of Kolleru, Manjira, Kawal and Papikonda. Andhra has a nearly 1000 km-coastline with eight of its 23 districts having direct access to the sea. Famous beaches are Visakhapatnam Bheemunipatnam, Kakinada, Chirala, Kalingapatnam and Mypad.
Mahatma Gandhi Park:
The lush green well-maintained lawns and beautiful plants and trees provide an ideal spot for meditation, exercise and just right for children to spend a wonderful evening at play.
St. Joseph’s Church:
Located in the main city of Adilabad is the St. Joseph's church, one of the finest in the area. Beautifully adorned with plants and rocks, the church attracts a large number of faithful Christians from different corners.
Basar is a small and dusty village amidst the dry and barren patches of the north Telangana region, 30-km from Nizamabad. This place is famous for "Sri Jnana Saraswathi". Once upon a time this place was also known as "Vyasapuri".
Kuntala is a very small village, 11-km from Nirmal in Adilabad district with a population of around 145 people. It is situated on banks of river Kadam, a tributary of the Godavari River. This place is famous for waterfalls.
Somalingeswara Swami Temple:
Near Kuntala village, 11-km from Nirmal there is a temple of Lord Someshwara and Lord Nandishwara. This temple is famous for its exquisite sculptures.
Kawal wildlife Sanctuary:
This dry teak forest is spread over an area of 893-km. Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears; Gaurs etc. are some of the animals that can be spotted over here.
Pranahitha Wildlife Sanctuary:
It is located in Chinnur- Mancherial forest division, Adilabad district, about 300-km northeast of hyderabd. This sanctuary spreads over 136-sq-kms along the Pranahita River with an undulating terrain.
Nirmal is famous for its toy industry, which is well known all over the world. It also produces plates with miniature paintings and floral designs. The town has also a famous fort built by the French Engineers in the Nizam's service.
Mallanna Swami Jatra is one of the most famous fairs of Andhra held in Welal village, situated at a distance of 22-km from the Mancheriyal railway station.
Nirmal, Basar, and Kuntala Falls
Adilabad lies on the northern side of the state. It is named after Ali Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur. It is bounded on north by Metmale district on east by Chanda district of Maharashtra State, on the south by Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts of Andhra Pradesh State and on the west by Nanded district of Maharashtra State. This place is the least populated district of Andhra Pradesh. Rivers Pranhita, Godavari, Kadam, Siddha and Pedda Vagu flow through the district. An Abode of Prehistoric Sites: Adilabad abounds in several prehistoric sites. There are traces of Paleolithic age. But existence of megalithic culture was revealed by the discovery of 'Gadh' and 'Sona-Gadh', both in Nirmal Taluk. Besides these, fossils of the prehistoric period were discovered at Asifabad and Sirpur in this district. It was for a long time not a homogeneous unit and its component parts were ruled at different periods of time by various dynasties. Dynasties which ruled it are Mauryas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Chalukyas of Badami, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyani, Yadavas of Devagiri, Kakatiyas, Bahmanis, Imad Shahis or Berar, Nizam Shahis of Ahmadnagar, Mughals, Bhosle Rajas of Nagpur, and Asaf Jahis, besides the Gond Rajas of Sirpur and Chanda.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is at Hyderabad, which is 280-kms away.
Rail: It has a railway station on the Mudkhed-Adilabad meter gauge line of the South Central Railway.
Road: Adilabad is situated on the Hyderabd-Nagpur National Highway and Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses from here connecting it with the other neighboring towns. It has a bus station where the atmosphere is bustling with activity, since many inter state buses originate here. Buses from major towns and small districts from Andhra Pradesh halt here. One can get buses from here to go towards towns in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra with whom Adilabad shares its borders.
Temperature Range: summer: Max 46°C and Min 30°C. (125F - 81.56F Approx.)
Winter: Max 31°C and Min 15°C (84.26F - 40.78F Approx.)
Rainfall: Seasonal, 1045 mm
Clothing: Light Cottons