Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with several prominent places in and around it. The city is cosmopolitan, and is richly endowed with a variety of cultures. Kurnool was the capital of Andhra Pradesh from 1953 until 1956. As the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is 275-km from Hyderabad, and is a business cum pilgrim cum tourist centre.
Warangal was the ancient capital of the Kakatiya rulers. Lapped by the Bay of Bengal, on the eastern part of Andhrapradesh lies the beach city, Vishakapatnam. Tirupati is one of the important pilgrim centres in India. Anantapur lies in the westernmost part of the state, representing true blend of history and modernity on one side and pilgrimage and forts on the other. Eluru the head quarters of East Godavari district is famous for its thriving woollen pile carpet industry.