It was called Dakshina Padh during those days.
Historians felt that Andhras, Pulindas, Sabaras, and many other sects lived in
Dakshina Padh. But it is only in the Mauryan age that one gets historical
evidence of the Andhras as a political power in the southeastern Deccan.
Megasthenese, who visited the Court of Chandragupta Maurya (B.C.322--297),
mentioned that Andhra country had 30 fortified towns and an army of 1,00,000
infantry, 2,000 cavalry and 1,000 elephants. Buddhist books reveal that Andhras
established their kingdoms on the Godavari belt at that time. Asoka referred in
his 13th rock edict that Andhras were his subordinates.
List of Chief Ministers
List of Governors
(Contributed by Dr. K.S.S.
Seshan of the University of Hyderabad)
Source: Revenue Department
(Gazetteers), Government of Andhra Pradesh