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KADAPA CITY – HEAD QUARTERS OF THE DISTRICT

Seven Roads CircleKadapa is one of the ancient and beautiful cities in Andhra Pradesh. Kadapa (Cuddapah) is located in south-central part of the Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarters of Kadapa District. Kadapa city is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills (These hills are a part of Eastern Ghats ).

Kadapa city is located at 14.47° N 78.82° E. It has an average elevation of 138 meters (452 feet).  As of 2001 India census, Kadapa city had a population of 1, 25,725. Kadapa has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5% of which male literacy is 76% and, female literacy is 64%. In Kadapa, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age

Behind the Name:

The name ‘Kadapa’ is derived from Telugu word ‘Gadapa’, which means threshold. The city is so named because it is the gateway from the north to the sacred hill-‘Tirumala’ of lord Venkateswara (Balaji). Devuni kadapa is the holy place (where ancient temple of Balaji is located) in Kadapa city , people believes that before setting up journey to ‘Tirumala’(holy place of Lord Venkateswara (Balaji)) i.e “Seven Hills”, they should come visit this place and set course the journey. Even people say that the name of the Kadapa is derived from this place as Devuni GADAPA (Which means threshold in Telugu). Finally, person behind the name is lord Venkateswara.

Spell Change:

Kadapa was spelt ‘Cuddapah’ previously, it was changed to ‘Kadapa‘ with effect from 19 August 2005 to reflect the actual Telugu pronunciation of the word.

History in Brief:

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Kadapa city was a part of the Chola Empire from 11th -15th century. Muslims conquered it in 1565, and then the British took control of it in 1800. Although the town is an ancient one, it was probably extended by Neknam Khan, the famous Qutub Shahi commander, who called the extension ‘Neknamabad’. It is not probable that Nekanamabad was the name given to the whole town.

In any case, it fell into disuse as the records of 18th century refer to the Mayana rulers not as Nawabs of Nekanamabad but as the Nawabs of Kadapa. Except for some years in the beginning, Kadapa was the seat of the Mayana Nawabs in the 18th century. With the British occupation of the tract in 1800 A.D., Kadapa became the headquarters of one of the four Subordinate Collectors under Principal Collector, Major Munro.

In Kadapa there are the relics of the Kadapa Nawabs rule. Most prominent among these are two towers and the dargahs.

Places of Interest in this City:

  • Lord Venkateswara Temple (Devuni Kadapa)
  • Shilparamam
  • Bhagavan Mahaveer Museum
  • Saint Cathedral
  • Chand Peera Gumbazh
  • Ameen peer Dargah
  • Vijaya Durga Temple
  • C P Brown Library

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14 comments

  1. The web site is looking good. Our disitrict has own web site.

    But we have to add more information
    like VOTER LIST OF TOTAL DISTRICT & ALL OTHER INFORMATION

  2. Your web site is very good and it is helpful for NRIs to see what is happening in our district.

    Is there any web site through which we can put our complaint to Kadapa Municipal Corporation?

    Your valuable advice is highly appreciated.

  3. I was looking this concept from many decades. Kadapa should be on global platform. I appreciate if the kadapa local classifieds,properties are to be promoted at higher level. So that even NRIs can buy and sell. Thanks

  4. Sreekanth Chennakesavula

    The site is good and i am proud to be kadapate. Even more histroy needs to add here as I believe. Many says that kadapa has the name of Santi Nagaram. Please update with the more information. Still I feel the site is very nice. Also I feel very happy that human is started from here.

  5. This is a nice post. Very Interesting history. we have to add some more information about our city. please provide a facility to start a forum also. so that our city citizens will contact each other. classifieds etc.

  6. Very Helpful…!!!
    Thanks for the creators and the contributors….

  7. very good looking website. Many more information like telephone numbers, streets, localities, house numbers to be listed for search and to guide anyone whom they are seeking to get.

  8. As a citizen of Kadapa city, I am very thankful to the owner of the website, you had given good details in this site, please make it update, because now kadapa city changed a lot. Lastest the Cuddapah changed to Kadapa and now it is YSR District, please globalise this, because lot of people do not know about the change in the name.

  9. wow its a gr8 job did those who have been did this ..its vry hlp ful to others ….

  10. Everything is fine with this website but i had a controvesy regarding one issuse, Not only with me some many people from kadapa had same thought and its regarding NEW NAME of Distric, CUDDAPAH is for some culture and uniqueness but for one particular person we should honourable this much, when we think soo many other people like annamayya, VeraBraham and soo many other people, y dont government shouldnt luked at there Names. PLS guys let us know show our hectic here . PLs Like or DIsLike this.

    • Venkat, I agree with you. But it looks like you are jealous about YSR. YSR is also a person who did well for Kadapa developement. We have 2 agree it.

  11. Cuddapah town of cuddapah (now YSR) District in Andra Pradesh India., having historical background

  12. M. Uma Maheswawra Rao

    All districts are being elevated by its people providing information about their disctricts mostly coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, but unfortunately lack interest of our own people, we, Kadapa, neven been recognised by the other districts, even once up on a time the district was served as headquarter for seeded area, now that vacuum has been filled with these website (please update frequently).
    Thanks for those behind in designing website.

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