South Indian language “Telugu” is the mother tongue and official language spoken by majority of people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and in the union territory of Yanam where it is also an official language. Telugu ranks 3rd by the number of native speakers in India (74 million), 13th in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide and is the most widely spoken Dravidian language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. Telugu is also spoken by significant minorities in the Andaman and Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, and by the Sri Lankan Gypsy people. Euphonic sweetness, richness, beauty and grace etc, all fall short in praising the greatness and glory of Telugu language.
Famed Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire, Sri Krishnadevaraya once quoted that – “Among the nation’s languages, Telugu is the best“. Telugu (తెలుగు) is one of six languages designated as classical language of India. This classical language of India is also referred to as “Italian of the East“, for it is the only language other than Italian where every word ends in a vowel. It is also often said that Telugu language is sweeter than honey.
In spite of such a predominant position for Telugu language, in recent times it is losing its luster and slowly moving towards a potentially endangered status in the face of onslaught by globalization, Internet, English Medium Studies and western culture. So, as an earnest effort to awaken the sleeping Telugu pride and revive its glory back, Telugu language lovers have started wonderful Telugu websites and blogs, some targeted especially towards children and others to the Telugu speaking people of all ages, thus preserving the greatness and keeping the Telugu language alive.
Here are some of the Best Telugu websites and blogs contributing to the preservation, propagation and extension of Telugu language worldwide.
Wikipedia (te), is the largest web-based free-content Telugu encyclopedia and unlike other websites here anyone can read, edit and add new valid content. As of now Telugu Wikipedia houses nearly 68,151 articles and counting.
EENADU.net is the leading and most read Telugu news paper website which presents latest Andhra News, World news, India news and Regional news with sufficient depth of information, context and captivating photos to satisfy readers’ curiosity. It is often considered as the ‘The Heart & Soul of Andhra Pradesh’.
Jabilli is a Telugu web magazine started by Ramya Geethika especially targeting towards children with the positive intent to share good old forgotten or neglected Telugu stories, games, songs, serials, comics and more Telugu stuff that still sounds good today.
Jabilli in Telugu, literally means Moon and as per the name it’s really a cool web magazine for children seeking Telugu stuff online.
Koodali.org is the most popular aggregator of Telugu blog feeds. It is the first aggregator in the Telugu blogosphere which not only aggregates the blog posts but categorizes them and shows them under relevant pages.
etelugu.org is a non-profit website that works for the propagation, extension and easy use of Telugu (తెలుగు) on the internet and in home computers. e-తెలుగు main aim and dream is to enable Telugu people to use computers and internet in their native Telugu language.
Maalika.org is an aggregator of Telugu blogs just like Koodali that touts itself as the quickest. These aggregators serve as the best platform for Telugu bloggers’ to share their posts with other bloggers and readers interested in their niche.
Telugu4Kids.com is an earnest effort of mother tongue lover ‘Lalitha Godavari’ to share the sweetness of Telugu language to kids through Telugu Padyalu, rhymes, proverbs, stories, riddles, Telugu vocabulary and much much more. It’s a sure place on the web that offers quality entertainment in simple Telugu for kids.
@Telugu4Kids you can also find some of the interesting stories made into very short movies to further the interest of kids towards Telugu language. Parents around the world who are interested to teach Telugu to their children in a playful way can make use of this website and its wonderful resources provided by Lalitha with the help of her family.
BookBox provides a wonderful resource of outstanding web-based audio-visual books in over 24 languages around the world including Telugu aimed especially at children below 10 years of age. These audio-visual books at BookBox create an educational and entertaining reading experience not only for children but also for adults who still have a child in them!
Note: All the above sites contain ‘Unicode’ Telugu content. So you may face difficulty in viewing them if you don’t enable encoding to ‘Unicode’ in your browser. To enable encoding, go to View -> Encoding -> Unicode(UTF-8) or right click and select Encoding -> Unicode (UTF-8).
Any additional Telugu fonts if required should be saved in the folder C:WindowsFonts
“Telugu Bhasha Madhuriyam – Amaram – Maravam”
“తెలుగు భాష మాధురియం – అమరం – మరవం”