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Tourism in India has a large Industry and has rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse. It presents heritage and cultural tourism along with medical, business and sports tourism. India is the seventh largest country by area, the second most populous country with over billion people and the most populous democracy in the world. Bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east. India shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east and Burma and Bangladesh to the east.

In the Indian Ocean, India is in the surrounding of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia. Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region's diverse culture.

 
     
 
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The State of Andhra Pradesh having hills, forests, beaches and temples. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls.

Hyderabad is the most developed cities in the country and a modern hub of information technology, ITES, and biotechnology.

Hyderabad is known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique character as a meeting point for North and South India and also its multilingual culture.

Panorama of Amaravati Stupa, an important Buddhist site in South India, the antiquity of Amaravati dates back to 500 BCE (Before the Common / Current / Christian Era).

 

 
 

Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the second richest and most visited religious centre (of any faith) in the world. Birla Mandir, on the Naubath Pahad is a Hindu temple of Lord Venkateshwara, built entirely of white marble located in Hyderabad. The Ramappa Temple and Thousand Pillar Temple in Warangal are famous tourist spots and depict the finest taste of Kakatiya dynasty for arts & culture and temple carvings. Warangal is also home to Medaram – the Asia's largest tribal fair/festival called "Sammakka Saralamma Jatara". Gunadala Matha Shrine, One of the second largest Christian pilgrim Destination in India located in Vijayawada City. Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basar is one of the famous Saraswati Temples in India.

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Charminar

: Centre of the Hyderabad Old City.

Golkonda Fort

: Largest and 400 years oldest fort.

Makka Masjid

: Masjid in Hyderabad City.

Ramoji Film City

: Largest Film City in the world situated in Hyderabad City.

Kilash giri

: Mountain View along with beach side situated in Vizag City.

Warangal Fort

: Oldest fort built by Kakatiya before 13th century reflects the culture of Telugu people.

Thousand Pillar Temple

: Built by King Rudra Deva in 1163 AD.The Thousand Pillar Temple is a specimen of the akatiyan style of architecture of the 12th century.

Bhimili Beach

: Beautiful Beach near to Vizag City.

Araku Valley

: known as Andhra Ooty near to Vizag City.

Borra Caves

: caves formed 1 million years ago situated near to Vizag City, belongs to Odisha.

Surendrapuri

: A unique Mythological Awareness Centre near Yadagirigutta, 60 km from Hyderabad.

Bhavani Islands

: A unique tourism spot to stay and visit near Vijayawada.

Kolleru Lake

: A famous lake situated between Krishna and West Godavari District.

Thimmamma Marrimanu

: The World's Largest Banyan Tree, and "Marrimanu" was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. Its branches spreads over nearly 5 acres. (2.1 ha.). Located about 35 km from Kadiri, and 100 km from Anantapur.

Lepakshi

: This is the largest monolithic Nandi (Bull) in the world, (length 27 feet, height 15 feet), It is 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Hindupur, and 105 km from Anantapur, and about 120 km (75 mi) north of Bangalore.

Prakasam Barrage

: A famous bridge which was constructed by the British Government in the remembrance of Tanguturi Prakasam, is the best tourist spot to visit in Vijayawada.

Visakhapatnam

: It is home to many tourist attractions. The golden beaches at Visakhapatnam, the one-million-year-old limestone caves at Borra, picturesque Araku Valley, hill resorts of Horsley Hills, river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu, waterfalls at Ettipotala, Kuntala and rich bio-diversity at Talakona, are some of the natural attractions of the state.
 

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The Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population.

Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan.

It is bordered by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

Goa is India's richest state. Goa was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

 

Panaji is the state's capital. Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter.

Goa is a former Portuguese province, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture.

Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

Goa's history goes back 20,000–30,000 years. The rock art engravings exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India.

Upper Paleolithic or Mesolithic rock art engravings have been found on the bank of the river Kushavati at Usgalimal.

Goa's main rivers are Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chaporakushavati river and the Sal. The Mormugao harbour on the mouth of the River Zuari is one of the best natural harbours in South Asia.

The Zuari and the Mandovi are the lifelines of Goa, with their tributaries draining 69% of its geographic area. These rivers are some of the busiest rivers in India.

Goa has more than forty estuarine, eight marine and about ninety riverine islands. The total navigable length of Goa's rivers is 253 km (157 mi). Goa has more than three hundred ancient tanks built during the rule of the Kadamba dynasty and over a hundred medicinal springs.

Goa features a tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification. Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year.

The month of May is the hottest, seeing day temperatures of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with high humidity. The monsoon rains arrive by early June and provide a much needed respite from the heat. Most of Goa's annual rainfall is received through the monsoons which last till late September.

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Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India has been ranked as the fifth most popular state in the country for tourism.

It is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India, the largest number after Uttar Pradesh.

The State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums protects an additional 752 monuments and another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive protection.

Tourism centres around the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches.

 

Tourism in Karnataka can be divided into four geographical regions are North Karnataka, the Hill Stations, Coastal Karnataka and South Karnataka. The Karnataka Government has recently introduced The Golden Chariot - a train which connects popular tourist destinations in the state and Goa. North Karnataka has monuments that date back to the 5th century. Kannada empires that ruled the Deccan had their capitals here. Badami Chalukyas monuments are located at Pattadakal, Aihole and Badami.

Hampi in Bellary District has ruins spread over an area With some fifty four world heritage monuments and six hundred and fifty national monuments (ASI - Analyse Spectral Integral). An additional three hundred monuments await protection. Badami surroundings important locations are Kudalasangama, Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta and Banashankari. Hampi surroundings region, they can be visited from Hampi/Hosapete, or from Hubli. There are Kuknur, Itagi, Gadag, Lakkundi, Dambal, Haveri, Kaginele, Bankapura.

Gokarn is a great all-India centre where the Atmalinga (Mahabaleshwara) of Shiva, brought by Ravana is believed to have been installed. Nearby is Murudeshwar where a huge modern Shiva temple in Dravidian Style has been raised, renovating an ancient shrine. Both the places are on the sea-shore in Uttara Kannada. At Hampi is the Virupaksha Temple, venerated by generations of poets, scholars, kings and commoners.

South Karnataka is a unique combination of spectacular vesara style Hoysala architecture, colossal Jain monuments, colonial buildings and palaces of the Kingdom of Mysore, impregnable fort at Chitradurga and densely forested wildlife sanctuaries that offer some of the best eco-tourism available in the country.

Belur, Halebidu in Hassan District, Somnathpura in Mysore District, Belavadi, Kalasa and Amrithapura in Chikmagalur District, Balligavi in Shimoga District offer some of the best of Hoysala architecture dating from the 11th to 13th centuries, while Shravanabelagola in Hassan district and Kambadahalli in Mandya District have well known 10th-century Jain monuments.

Scenic forests and the high density of wild animals of this region are a popular attraction for those interested in the wilder side of life. Bandipur National Park, Nagarahole, Biligirirangan Hills, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Bannerghatta national parks are a few popular places for jungle safaris.

The river Kaveri flows east from Kodagu District and along its way one finds important tourist destinations like Shivanasamudra and nearby Sivasamudram Falls, Srirangapattana and Melkote etc. Mysuru, the cultural capital of the state is home to palaces, colonial buildings and cultural activities including Carnatic music, theatre. Bengaluru the capital is a cosmopilitian city with parks, pubs, restaurants, shopping and fast paced technology rich lifestyle.

Karwar has a number of beaches like Blue Lagoon Beach, Ladies Beach around it and Rabindranath Tagore described his experiences at Karwar beach in his poetry.

Om beach, Murdeshwara are other beaches of Uttara Kannada Dist. The Nethrani Island near Murdeshwara. Basavaraja Durga near Honavar is an island fort raised by the Keladi Rulers during 16th and 17th centuries. It is surrounded by a strong fortification raised by gigantic laterite blocks and the hill has a flat top. Devagad and Kurmagad are two islands near Karwar.

The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in Karnataka. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the erstwhile royal family of Mysore that ruled the princely state of Mysore for over seven centuries, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, branded as Manipal University is a deemed university located in Manipal, Karnataka, India. It has over 26,000 students from over 54 countries. The university has branch campuses in Bangalore, Mangalore, Jaipur, Dubai, Malaysia and Antigua. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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Kerala state situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India.

IT is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives.

Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Growing at a rate of 13.31%, the tourism industry is a major contributor to the state's economy.

 

Until the early 1980s, Kerala was a relatively unknown destination, with most tourism circuits concentrated around the north of the country. Aggressive marketing campaigns launched by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation—the government agency that oversees tourism prospects of the state—laid the foundation for the growth of the tourism industry.

In the decades that followed, Kerala Tourism was able to transform itself into one of the niche holiday destinations in India. The tag line Kerala- God's Own Country was adopted in its tourism promotions and became a global superbrand. Kerala is regarded as one of the destinations with the highest brand recall.In 2010, Kerala attracted 0.66 million foreign tourist arrivals.

Kerala is an established tourist destination for both Indians and non-Indians alike. Kerala is popular for her beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries. The city of Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala.

Other popular attractions in the state include the beaches at Kovalam, Cherai and Varkala. Backwater tourism and lake resorts around Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom and Alapuzha. Hill stations and resorts at Munnar, Wayanad, Nelliampathi, Vagamon and Ponmudi and national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam National Park.

The "Backwaters" region—an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals that centre on Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Punnamada—also see heavy tourist traffic. Heritage sites, such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace are also visited. To further promote tourism in Kerala Grand Kerala Shopping Festival was started by the Government of Kerala in 2007.

Since then it has been held every year during the December–January period. The city of Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala. The state's tourism agenda promotes ecologically sustained tourism, which focuses on the local culture, wilderness adventures, volunteering and personal growth of the local population.

Efforts are taken to minimise the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment, and enhance the cultural integrity of local people.

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Tamil Nadu is a state in the south-eastern part of the Indian Peninsula.

One of the four Dravidian states of India, it has had more than 4,000 years of continuous cultural history.

Tamil Nadu has some of the most remarkable temple architecture in the country, and a living tradition of music, dance and fine arts.

Tamil Nadu is well renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, local cuisine and the fabulous wildlife and scenic beauty.

 

The state boasts the second largest tourism industry in India with an annual growth rate of 16%. In 2012, Tamil Nadu occupied the second slot in the country in terms of domestic as well as foreign arrivals.

Tamil Nadu with a GDP(Gross Domestic Part) of $98 million is the fourth largest economy of the country and Tourism is one of the main sources of its revenue.Tourism in the state is promoted by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation headquartered in the capital city of Chennai.

Tamil Nadu is a year round tourist destination and the industry is the largest in the country only second to the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Great Living Chola Temples constructed by the king Raja Raja Chola I and his son Rajendra are sites of glorious heritage and architectural achievements. The Cultural heritage site includes the three great temples of 11th and 12th century namely, the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.he temples testify to the brilliant achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, painting and bronze casting. The site was inscribed under UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 as Cultural heritage under criteria (ii) and (iii).

Thanjavur - The home to the Chola Kingdom and the location of the Brihadisvara Temple built in the 11th Century. The temple made with 130,000 tons of granite is the tallest in South India and has been built in such a way that the shadows of the gopuram and its pillars do not fall on the ground any time during the day.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram - The capital of the Chola kingdom for 250 years. The Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, located here and built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53 metres (174 ft) vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement, contrasting with the straight and severe tower at Thanjavur.

Darasuram - A small town close to Kumbakonam, the town has the prestigious Airavatesvara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva along with the Brihadeeswara Temple and the temple of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram are three of the most venerated and architectural legacies of the Chola empire.

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram declared as a WHS in 198, in Tamil Nadu, about 58 km from Chennai, were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries. The town is said to have gained prominence under the rule of Mamalla. These monuments have been carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast. The following are the sites related. These monuments surprisingly survived the 2004 Tsunami that devastated the other coastal towns nearby.

  • Ratha Temples : Temples in the form of chariots.
  • The 11 Mandapas : Cave sanctuaries dedicated to various deities.
  • Rock Reliefs that include Descent of the Ganges and the Arjuna's Penance.
  • The Shore Temple and the other temples cut out of rock.
  • The Seven Pagodas
 

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