Andhra Pradesh, referred to as the "Rice Bowl of India" has been historically characterised for its rich agricultural output and administrative importance in the region. Hyderabad, its capital city, has played host to the Nawabs of the post-Mughal era and the colonial British powers, and is currently one of the most promising IT destinations in the country.
Andhra Pradesh is the third largest state in India by GDP and the fifth most industrially developed state, even though its economy centres largely around agriculture. The booming IT and Service sector currently employs 20% of the state’s work force and has helped the state register a consistent 6% GDP growth rate over the last decade. The IT sector continues to be the major draw for employment in the state, growing at the rate of 52.3% per year.
Some of the state’s tourist attractions include the many sights of Hyderabad including the Charminar, Birla Mandir, and Golconda. Outside of Hyderabad, check out the Borra and Belum cave formations and the mighty Tirupati Temple among other attractions.