Telangana is a state in Southern India. It is bordered by the states of Maharashtra to the north and north-west, Karnataka to the west, Chhattisgarh to the north-east, and Andhra Pradesh to the south and east. On 2 June 2014, Telangana became the 29th state of India, consisting of the ten north-western districts of Andhra Pradesh, with Hyderabad as its capital.
Here are some of the most notable cities.
- Hyderabad — the pearl city of India, and capital of Telangana
- Adilabad — a fine starting point to explore the landscapes of the surrounding areas
- Alampur — Jogulamba temple (Shakthi peetam)
- Ankapur (Ankapoor) — a small self-sufficient, progressive model village
- Bhadrachalam — a major pilgrim town situated on the banks of the Godavari River
- Bhongir — a town with the impressive and fascinating Bhongir Fort
- Dharmapuri — a town with a number of temples including Narasimha Swamy, Venkateshwara Swamy and Vigneshwara Swamy
- Karimnagar — a fast developing district with many famous monuments and temples
- Khammam — home to the Khamman Fort and the Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Mancherial (Garmilla) — commercial hub and agricultural markt
- Nalgonda — Nagarjuna Sagar is the world's largest masonry dam
- Nirmal — well known for its wooden toys and paintings and the Nirmal Fort
- Nizamabad — home to the famous Temple of Lord Shiva (Kanteshwar around 1400 BC)
- Warangal (City carved in stone) — a city to see various temples, lakes, gardens and the Warangal Fort
- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park — a small park in Jubilee Hills in which the Chiran Palace is located. It is a green space (a jungle in the concrete city) of the busy city of Hyderabad. One may find peacocks and a variety of small mammals and birds here
- Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park — largest green space in the city of Hyderabad inhabited by black buck, cheetal deer as well as reptiles and many species of birds
- Manyam Konda (Manyamkonda) — hilltop temples
- Mrugavani National Park — located at Chilkur in Moinabad (mandal). This park has a large variety of plants; animals such as the Indian hare, civet cat, mongoose, cobra, Russel Viper and bird species.
- Pakhal Lake — part of the the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
- Ramoji Film City — a film-themed park with a studio modeled after Universal City in California
Telugu is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the populace. However, most educated people will also be able to speak Hindi and English. Like most South Indians, Telugu people are very protective of their language and culture and will respond more readily to English than to Hindi. The exception is Hyderabad, where Hindi and Deccani Urdu are more commonly spoken.
English is widely spoken in Hyderabad and other major cities. Apart from Telugu, the major languages spoken in Hyderabad are Hindi and Urdu, Tamil in the south and Kannada in the west. Minimum knowledge of Telugu will be extremely useful (but not essential).
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the only international airport in Telangana. It has direct flights from many countries. International carriers are Air India, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Srilankan Airlines and Thai Airways. Domestic connections are excellent with Air India (and their subsidiary Indian Airline), Deccan, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet operating from here.
- Vemulavada, Karimnagar
- Basara, Nizamabad
- Dharmapuri, Karimnagar
- Kaleshwaram, Karimnagar
- Kondagattu, Karimnagar
- Gudem, Karimnagar
- Yadagirigutta, Nalgonda
- Bhadhrachalem, Khammam
- Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal
Don't forget to taste Hyderabadi Biryani when you go to Hyderabad. It is spicy but worth the taste. Eat at renowed biryani restaurants like Paradise, Bawarchi, Cafe Bahar, etc.
A traditional alcoholic drink available in most parts of Telangana is kallu (English: toddy). This drink is extracted from two types of palm tree known as "Eetha chettu" and "Thaati chettu". It tastes very good,a mix of sweet and sour. Kallu extracted from "Eetha Chettu" is called as "Eatha Kallu", which is very good to health when consumed fresh on an empty stomach. This is considered good for persons suffering from kidney stones and is also used for victims of chicken pox (and formerly, smallpox) and is known for cooling the body. Kallu extracted from "Thaati Chettu" is called "Thaati Kallu".