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About Prakasam

Prakasam acts as the administrative district of coastal Andhra Pradesh. The main headquarters of this place is at Ongle. Situated in the west coast of the Bay of Bengal, this district is close to the district of Guntur in the north, Nellore and Kadappa districts in the south, and Kurnool in the west. A little area of the North West region is located on the Mahabubnagar district, which is a part of Telangana. Known as the third biggest district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, it has an area of 17,626 km2 and has a total population of 3,392,764 based on the census that was carried out in the year 2011.

Once upon a time this was the 98th most populous district in the entire country of India. The literacy rate based on the 2011 census was 63.53% and the sex ratio was 981 females for 1000 male folks. The primary language of this district is the Telugu. The Cumbum mandal located in this district is one of the most grown city according to the 2011 census. The Cumbum mandal has the second highest literacy rate in the Prakasam district. In addition to this, the Cumbum mandal owns the highest sex ratio of women with over 1031 female folks for over 1000 male folks.

During the years 2007-2008, the International Institute of Population Sciences conducted interviews of 977 households in 442 different villages and discovered that over 90% of the households have access to drinking water, electricity, 40% have good toilet facilities, and more than 50% live in a permanent home.

Prakasam Municipality

The sole municipal corporation in Prakasam is the place called Ongole. Few of the primary towns of this district are Donakonda, Singarayakonda, Addanki, Podili, Donakonda, Darsi, Chirala, Kandukur. The city of Markapur is the main Indian town that manufactures slates and is the place where the old, historical temple of Lord Chennakesava is located. The city of Chimakurthi is famous for granite reserves. The city called Dornala is also called Diguva Srisailam because it is located very close the pilgrimage center in Srisailam.

Geography of Prakasam

Prakasam is made up of close to 17,626 km2 area and is very close to size of Idonesia’s Seram Island. The Cumbum lake, also called the Gundalakamma lake, was built by man on the Gundalakamma rivulet on Nallamalai hills. This lake is one of the oldest artificial lakes of Asia and in its current form the lake is close to 7 km long and 3.5 km width.

History of Prakasam

Prakasam was formed on 2nd February in the year 1970. The district was first carved out of Kurnool, Nellore, and Guntur districts. Known as one of the primary districts of the Coastal Andhra region and plays a key role as a part of the Red Corridor.

Tourism of Prakasam


This beautiful city has some important landmarks and tourist spots. Some of the places that people should not miss if they visit Prakasam are-


The very grand and exquisite Brahmotsavalu celebrations are conducted here every year. It attracts a huge number of devotees. In the year 1918, a historical bridge was built over the river called Bhasanti.


Located at a distance of 16kms away from Baptala and 60 kms away from Ongole, Chirala is one of the most well-known places for unique textiles. Tapestries, sarees, bed spreads, and curtains are very famous here. This place is called Mini Bombay.


This place is located at a distance of 64 km away from Kanigiri and 150 km away from Ongole. The remains of temples built for Lord Shiva and different Hindu deities can be found here. Also, these shrines have different lingas and tiny images of different kinds of Gods.

Kothapatnam Beach

This beautiful beach is situated at a distance of 25 km away from Ongole. During the auspicious time of Karthika Powrnami, a number of people come to this beach to take a holy bath. There are many APSRTC buses that run between Ongole to the beach.


This place is located at a distance of 40 km from the place called Markapur and 93 km away from Ongole and is well known as a pilgrimage center. The main deity here is a linga that contains 5 faces. According to the mythological legend, the cave was built by Agasthya Maharaj and it leads to Kashi, Rameshwaram, and Srisailam.

Hotels in Prakasam

Hotel Sarovar
Address: Behind Ratnamahal Theatre, Dharavari Gardens, Bhayya nagar, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523001
Phone: 085922 84001

Hotel Central Park
Address: RTC Complex, Near RTC Bus Stand, Kurnool Road, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523002
Phone: 085926 54444

Buddha Beach Resorts & Spa
Address: Prakasam Dist, Vodarevu Beach, Andhra Pradesh, India, Vodarevu, Andhra Pradesh 523157
Phone: 077025 99700

Madhava Hotel

Address: NGO's Colony, Satyanarayanapuram, Pamuru, Andhra Pradesh 523108
Phone: 094412 19065

Peddavullagallu Hotel
Address: Chinnavullagallu, Andhra Pradesh 523265

Restaurants in Praksam

Along with the sightseeing, tourists should spend some time enjoying the local cuisine in Praksam district. The most famous dishes here are Guntur Chicken, Pappu Dal, Chutney Powder as a side, and many more. Popular places to eat here include-

Teja Restaurant

Address: Addanki Road,Opp Jhansi Public School,Prakasham District, Darsi, Andhra Pradesh 523247
Phone: 091774 00343

Sri Saidurga Dhaba And Restaurant
Address: Andhra Pradesh 523112
Phone: 090003 60308

Anjana Restaurant

Address: National Highway 214A, Dist. Prakasam, Pandilla Palle, Andhra Pradesh 523184
Phone: 084649 59537

Neeli Aqua Hatchery
Address: Andhra Pradesh 523280
Phone: 098666 78668

Sri Venkata Ramana Garden Restaurant
Address: Prakasam, SH-53, Podili Cumbum Road, Podili, Podili, Andhra Pradesh 523240
Phone: 097049 01241

Shopping in Prakasam

Styles Readymades and Dress Materials
This place is located in Prakasam Rd, Nandulpet, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh 522201.
All kinds of electronics can be found in this store.
Phone number - 09010141104

Hospitals in Prakasam

Amrutha Heart Hospital
Address: Venkateswara Nagar, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523001
Phone: 08592234419

Sanghamitra Hospital
Address: NH 5, South Bypass Road, Near Nellore Bus Stand, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523001
Phone: 085922 34599

Sravani Hospital
Address: Markapur, Andhra Pradesh 523316
Phone: 085962 22550

Manipal Fertility – Ongole
Address: Annapoorna Nilaya, 37-1-169/31, Sundraiah Bhavan Road, Prakasam District, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523002
Phone: 085922 83500

Medical stores in Prakasam

Keerthi Medical Store
Address: Venkateswara Nagar, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh 523001
Phone: 094900 07676

Nagarjuna Medical Stores
Address: Old Bus stand center,, Addanki, Andhra Pradesh 523201
Phone: 085932 23130

Address: D No:6/494, Near Dornala Bus Stand, Neelantaiah Gari Street, Markapur, Prakasham Dist, Markapur, Andhra Pradesh 500037
Phone: 085962 23444

Sri Baba Hanuman Medical Store
Address: Dama Vari Palem, Addanki, Andhra Pradesh 523201

How to reach Prakasam

By Air

Instead of reaching one of the main cities of Prakasam, Ongole one can take a flight to Vijaywada. Ongole is just 130 km away from the Vijaywada airport. Also, Tirupati Airport is located at 212 km away from Ongole.

By Train

There are many regular trains from the major cities to the Ongole railway station.

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