Andhra Pradesh stands as one of the more prominent states in India. A state that has natural and man-made resources in abundance, AP possesses a rich culture and heritage, much similar to any other Indian state. Consisting of 13 districts, the state has a population of about 5 crore individuals. Here are 11 facts about Andhra Pradesh that will surely amaze you.
#1 The designer of the Indian National Flag, Pingali Venkayya, was from Andhra Pradesh
#2 The state’s film industry holds the Guinness Record for being the largest film production facility!
#3 Andhra Pradesh has given India the most number of its Presidents
#4 Andhra Pradesh is also known as “the rice bowl of India”
#5 Kolleru Lake is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in India and is one of the crucial wetlands targeted for protection
#6 Vishakapatnam is the only natural harbor in India and also holds strategical importance being the Headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command
#7 A French astronomer Julius Janssen, discovered Helium while observing the total solar eclipse at Guntur, on August 18, 1868
#8 Bhimunipatnam, also known as Bhimili, apart from its beaches, was one of the few Dutch settlements in India. It is also the 2nd oldest municipality in India after Surat
#9 The Ponduru Khadi is one of the most famous villages in India. Noted for its finesses, the khadi from this village was also preferred by Mahatma Gandhi
#10 Amaravati, envisioned as the ‘People’s capital’, has a 2,000-year-old history
A small town in Guntur district, Amaravati has a 2,000-year-old heritage, making it one of the oldest places in Indian history. It was the capital of the Satavahanas during the 2nd and 3rd century BC, and after the fall of kingdoms like Pallava, it was captured by Britishers. It also houses many old Buddhist sculptures.
#11 A small village in Andhra is the only place in South India that receives snowfall
Lambasingi (or Lammasingi), a village in the Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam district is situated 1,000 meters above the sea level. It is the only place in South India which receives snowfall and is also nicknamed as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh.