Bordering the southeastern coast of India is the popular state of Andhra Pradesh. The state was divided into two in the year 2014 into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The state is also known to be a popular ecotourism destination owing to the tropical forests, rivers, beaches and caves. The beaches are lined on the coastline of Bay of Bengal offering ample opportunities for swimming and surfing. The temple of Lord Vishnu, Tirumala Venkateshwara, an ornate shrine atop a hill lies in the southern part of the state. It is one of the major attractions for people from across the country for pilgrimage. The tourism authority of the state describes the state as Kohi-noor-of India and promotes tourism in a big way.