Of the three regions of the state, Telangana has the largest area, with 1,14,800 km2.The Telangana plateau is drained by two major rivers, the Godavari and the Krishna. The entire region is divided into two main regions namely ghats and peneplains. The surface is dotted with low depressions.
Telangana region Andhra Pradesh is situated in the central stretch of the eastern seaboard of the Indian Peninsula. The river Godavari is flowing on the North and the river Krishna is flowing on the South. Apart from the major rivers, there are other small rivers such as Bhima, Dindi, Kinnerasani, Manjeera, Munneru, Moosi, Penganga, Praanahita, and Peddavagu and Taliperu.
9 out of 10 districts in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh are recognized by the Government of India as backward . According to the Backword Regions Grant Fund 2009-10, 13 districts are located in Andhra Pradesh, 9 are from Telangana and the rest are from other regions.
Culture and Identity
Telangana has its own distinctive culture and identity. Most prominent is the Hyderabadi Culture also called Deccan Culture.Telugu language spoken here has evolved into a new dialect with a liberal mixture of words from Urdu. Telugu language is the major language spoken while Hindi is spoken by people from other states of North India and Central India like Gujarat and Maharashtra. Telugu language and English language are official languages of the region.
Festivals: Diwali, Dassera, Eid-ul-Fitr and Ugadi are prominent festivals in Telangana. The region celebrates distinctive festivals like Bathukamma, and Bonalu. The other festivals of Hindu and Muslims such as Holi, Rakhi and Moharram are also celebrated with equal enthusiasm as in northern India. The national festival Sankranti is also celebrated in the beginning of harvest season on 14 January every year.
• Charminar - the iconic 400 year-old landmark of Hyderabad, featuring four graceful minarets.
• Falaknuma Palace - Built by Nawab Viqar al-Umra', a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture.
• Golconda Fort - located on the outskirts of the city, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
• Salar Jung Museum - houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world.
• Makkah Masjid - a stone-built mosque, one of the largest in India, located next to the Charminar.
• Birla Mandir - An elaborate white marble temple with majestic views of the city and the Husain Sagar (lake).
• Birla Planetarium - located in the heart of the city on the panoramic hillock of Nawbat Pahad.
• Husain Sagar - man-made lake that separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
• Durgam Cheruvu - A beautiful lake near HI-TEC city.
• Chilkur Balaji Temple, also known as Visa Balaji Temple
• Osman Sagar, also known as Gandipet, is a lake near the city.
• NTR Gardens, a recreation park,located on the tankbund.
• Purani Haveli - The former official residence of the Nizam.
• Shilpakala Vedika - An outstanding venue for all types of events - local, national and international.
• Sanghi Temple - A temple dedicated to Venkateshwara which graces a promontory overlooking Sanghi Nagar.
• Ashtalaxmi Temple - Ashtalakshmi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, is in Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad
• Mahankali Temple - A temple located near Secunderabad Railway station, Famous for Bonalu Fest in Hyderabad.
• Snow World - An amusement park which enables citizens of this tropical city to experience very low temperatures and snow
• Madhapur - Home to the IT world of Hyderabad.
• Nagarjuna sagar on krishna river in Nalgonda district
• Sreeramsagar project on Godavari river in Nizamabad district
• Beechupally (Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple)
• Alampoor (one of the eighteen shaktipeetams)
• Warangal, capital city of Kakatiyas
• Warangal Fort, Built by Kakatiyas between 11-12th centuries
• Warangal - Bhadrakali Temple, and Thousand Pillared Temples, These two temples built by Kakatiyas are visited by People from all over AP
• Warangal - Ramappa Temple, Famous for its brilliant Kakatiya art
• Warangal - Pakhal Lake, A man-made lake built in 1213 by the Kakatiya king, Ganapathideva, by harnessing a small tributary of the Krishna River. It is located 50 km from Warangal and spreads over an area of 30 km.