Many ancient civilisations have left their mark on the east coast state of Andhra Pradesh. Temples, palaces and ruined forts dot the landscape, offering a wealth of architectural interest.
Geographically one of the oldest land masses on the sub-continent, Andhra Pradesh has stunning landscapes of hilly, rock-strewn plateaus, fertile river valleys, and a long coastline to its east. Yet, it is difficult to explore. The harsh climate - hot and dry for most of the year, interrupted by the flooding of rivers during the monsoon months - causes havoc.
The present state of Andhra Pradesh was created in 1956 by combining the Telugu-speaking parts of the former princely State of Madras with the former territories of Hyderabad State.