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Nalgonda district

Nalgonda District
District of Telangana
Nalgonda District Montage. Clockwise from Top Left: Kolanpak Jain Temple Gopuram, Ancient Temples at Arrur Village, Rajapet Fort, Yadagirigutta temple Gopuram, Clock Tower center in Nalgonda Town, Nagarjunasagar Dam
Nalgonda District Montage. Clockwise from Top Left: Kolanpak Jain Temple Gopuram, Ancient Temples at Arrur Village, Rajapet Fort, Yadagirigutta temple Gopuram, Clock Tower center in Nalgonda Town, Nagarjunasagar Dam
Location in Telangana, India
Location in Telangana, India
Country India
State Telangana
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,483,648[1]
 • Official Telugu, Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TS-05[2]
Coastline 0 kilometres (0 mi)
Nalgonda Mandals and Assembly Constituencies Map
YadaGiri Gutta Temple

Nalgonda District is a district in the Telangana state of India. It has a population of 3,483,648 of which 13.32% is urban as of 2011.[1]


  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
  • Telangana rebellion history 3
  • Geography 4
  • Economy 5
    • Agriculture 5.1
    • Industry 5.2
    • Handlooms 5.3
  • Divisions 6
    • Mandals 6.1
    • Household indicators 6.2
  • Demographics 7
  • Places Of interest 8
    • Yadadri 8.1
    • Nagarjuna Sagar 8.2
    • Bhuvanangiri Fort 8.3
    • Samsthan Rajapeta Fort 8.4
    • PillalaMarri 8.5
    • Matapalli 8.6
    • Sri Jain Mandir, Kolanupaka 8.7
    • Nandikonda 8.8
    • Panagal 8.9
    • Vaadapalli 8.10
    • Nagulapahad 8.11
  • Trivia 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Its name is derived from two Telugu words Nalla (Black) & Konda (Hills) i.e. Black Hills.[3]


Nalgonda was earlier referred to as Neelagiri, the name given by some Rajput rulers and the name was changed to Nallagonda only after its conquest by Allauddin Bahaman Shah, a Bahamani king.

Goddess Deity relief near Nagarjunakonda
Lateef Saheb Darga at Nalgonda

Telangana rebellion history

It has a major role in the Telangana Rebellion. Much of the struggle revolves round Nalgonda and Warangal districts alone and later spread to other regions as well. Almost all the villages in the district were involved in this. the movement was led by Andhra Maha Sabha and Communists. Martial law was imposed in the Dist. in 1946. Many people were killed by Razakars or by feudal lords and Nizam's armies. Some 3000–5000 villages were liberated and self-governing bodies were formed. Lands were distributed among the poor. Many feudal landlords " Jagirdaars " were killed or ripped of their properties. Battles raged between Communists and Razakars (and Nizam's armies). Finally this ended with Indian Forces "Police Action" and Telangana along with Hyderabad state is merged into Indian Union.

Many leaders like Bheemireddy Narasimha Reddy, Raavi Narayana Reddy, Mallu Swarajyam (woman revolutionary) and her husband, Arutla Ramachandra Reddy and his wife, poets like Bandi Yadagiri, Suddala Hanumanthu, etc. played an important role in the movement.

The district's (peoples) part in the rebellion is even immortalized in the poetry of the Movement which were popular then. These were used as a means to enlighten the common people about the revolt and its leaders. One such poem by Bandi Yadagiri (Venkepally Village Nuthankal Mandal), who penned the famous song " బండెనుక బండి కట్టి… ".

'సుట్టుముట్టూ సూర్యపేట, నట్టనడుమ నల్లగొండ నువ్వుండేది హైద్రబాదు దాని పక్క గోలుకొండ'..

Nalgonda District is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[4]


Girl standing in a veranda wearing a Pochampally sari, 1895

Nalgonda district occupies an area of approximately 14,200 square kilometres (5,500 sq mi),[5] comparatively equivalent to Indonesia's Flores.[6]

Towns in the district include: Aleru, Bhongir, Bhoodan Pochampally, Chandur, Chityal, Choutuppal, Devarakonda, Huzurnagar, Kanegal, Kattangur, Kodada, Miryalaguda, Mothkur, Nakrekal, Nalgonda, Narketpally, Rajapet, Ramannapeta, Suryapet and Yadagirigutta.

The rivers Krishna, Musi River, Aleru, Peddavagu, Dindi Halia River and Paleru flow through the Nalgonda district.

Minerals in the district include Limestone, Black & Color Granites.

Clean drinking water, water supply for irrigation and educational facilities for all are perhaps the most important problems Nalgonda faces right now.

Nearly 500 villages in Nalgonda district are affected by the high fluorine content in water. It is estimated that nearly 1 million people are affected by Fluorosis in Nalgonda district.

Parada village under Kattangur Mandal was suffering due to drinking water; almost all the villages were supplied with water from Krishna except this village.


In 2006 the Indian government named Nalgonda one of the country's 250 poorest districts (out of a total of 640).[7] It is one of the nine districts in Telangana currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[7]


Irrigation projects
Major crops

Major crops include Paddy, Pulses, mousambi/Lime (fruit), Millets & Oil Seeds.


Industries in the Nalgonda district are Silk, Jaggery, Leather, Cement factories, Pipes manufacturing & Cotton, Rice Business (Rice Mills).


The popular Pochampally Saris and Puttapaka Saris are made here.


5.Devarakonda (Sub Division)


1 Bommala Ramaram 2 Turkapally 3 Rajapet
4 Yadagirigutta 5 Alair 6 Gundala
7 Tirumalagiri 8 Thungathurthy 9 Noothankal
10 Atmakur (S) 11 Jajireddigudem 12 Saligowraram
13 Mothkur 14 Atmakur (M) 15 Valigonda
16 Bhongir 17 Bibinagar 18 Pochampally
19 Choutuppal 20 Ramannapeta 21 Chityal
22 Narketpally 23 Kattangur 24 Nakrekal
25 Kethepally 26 Suryapet 27 Chivemla
28 Mothey 29 Nadigudem 30 Munagala
31 Penpahad 32 Vemulapally 33 Thipparthy
34 Nalgonda 35 Munugode 36 Narayanapur
37 Marriguda 38 Chandur 39 Kanagal
40 Nidamanoor 41 Tripuraram 42 Miryalaguda
43 Garidepally 44 Chilkur 45 Kodad
46 Mellachervu 47 Huzurnagar 48 Mattampally
49 Neredcherla 50 Damercherla 51 Anumula
52 Peddavoora 53 P.A.Pally 54 Gurrampode
55 Nampally 56 Chintapally 57 Devarakonda
58 Gundlapally 59 Chandampet

Household indicators

In 2007–2008 the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1236 households in 43 villages across the district.[9] They found that 90.4% had access to electricity, 97% had drinking water, 29.1% toilet facilities, and 45.1% lived in a pucca (permanent) home.[9] 37.5% of girls wed before the legal age of 18[10] and 87% of interviewees carried a BPL card.[9]


According to the 2011 census Nalgonda district has a population of 3,483,648,[11] roughly equal to the nation of Panama[12] or the US state of Connecticut.[13] This gives it a ranking of 88th in India (out of a total of 640).[11] The district has a population density of 245 inhabitants per square kilometre (630/sq mi) .[11] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 7.26%.[11] Nalgonda has a sex ratio of 982 females for every 1000 males,[11] and a literacy rate of 65.05%.[11]

Religions in Nalgonda district
Religion Percentage

Places Of interest

Some of the Places for catching the attention of Tourists in the District are:


Yadagiri Gutta, which is the most devotional place in Nalgonda is located near Bhuvanagiri Town. It is close to Hyderabad, the capital city and the APSRTC runs many buses to the temple town from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station. The temple draws huge crowds, especially during vacations and on weekends. This is the Place of worship of Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swami.

Nagarjunsagar dam

Nagarjuna Sagar

World's largest masonry dam This is famous Dam in south India with 26 gates and a Hydroelectric plant. The place also hosts waterfalls called 'Ethipothala' and Gowthama Buddha Museum.

Bhuvanangiri Fort

Bhuvanangiri Fort was built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI on an isolated rock. The Bala Hisar or citadel on the top of the hill gives a bird's eye view of the neighbouring area. The fort is associated with the herioc queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra's rule.

Samsthan Rajapeta Fort

Rajapeta Fort was built by a King named Raja Rayanna in the year of 1775 during Kakatiya Dynasty and called as Gadi in Nizam period. This Fort of Rajapeta Samsthan having the History of 250 years, the Fort is combination of Glass buildings, Internal Roads, Gardens and Huge Walls called as BURJ.


PillalaMarri is one of the oldest Lord Shiva temples which is considered to be 1000 years old. Pillalamarri, being the birthplace of the famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu, is not only historically but also culturally and religiously significant.


One of the famous devotional places in Telangana is also in Nalgonda dist. The Yogananda Narasimha Swami temple is located here.

Sri Jain Mandir, Kolanupaka

The 10th century Jain Shrine at Kolanupaka village, near Aler town. This holy temple has three holy idols of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and ord Mahaveera and 21 other "Theerthankaras". It is very recently renovated by more than 150 artisans from Gujarat and Rajasthan.


A small village on the banks of the Krishna River where several Buddhist structures like monasteries and pillared halls were unearthed and preserved in a museum of the Archaeological Survey of India.


A village near Nalgonda. There are several ancient temples built under the reign of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings. There is an archeological museum which has several interesting artifacts.


This is famous for its bridge and also called 'Triveni sangamam'(Confluence) where three rivers Godavari, Krishna and Musi meet.people come to this place for immersing the aasthikalu of people who are dead.


This village is about 18 km South of Suryapet, on banks of the Musi river, famous for its temples. There are two Ancient temples (Trilingeswara Aalayam (Shivalayam) and Veerabhadreswara Aalayam) in this village, founded by the "Reddy Rajas" in the Kakatiya's era...They got the amazing art and beautiful sculptures carved on the black stone....These two temples are similar to the Warangal's "Thousand pillar temple"...and Pillalamarri Temple. These templeas are famous for Every year SHIVARATHRI 'Jatara' too.


TSRTC Busbay at Nalgonda
17202 Golconda Express at Aler
  • Nalgonda dist. is famous for cement factories like Vishnu, Priya, Raasi etc. Ravi PVC and Sudhakar polymer pipes
  • Nalgonda, Suryapeta, Miryalguda, Devarakonda, Bhuvanagiri, Mothkur Haliya, Konda Mallepally Choutupall, Kodad,Huzurnagar Chityala, Garidepally & Thirumalagiri are famous Trading and Business centers in Nalgonda dist.
  • Nalgonda dist. has the highest number of engineering colleges apart from Ranga Reddy dist in the state of Telangana.
  • Pochampally sarees which are famous in India are weaved from Nalgonda dist.
  • Tollywood actors Kanta Rao, Prabhakar Reddy, Jaya Prakash Reddy (JP-Vilan), Venu Madhav, Uttej and lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja and noted film Telugu film directors N.Shankar (Encounter,Jai Bolo Telangana, etc.), Sagar Chandra (Ayyare movie) are from Nalgonda District.
  • miryalaguda is very famous for rice mills


  1. ^ a b "Census GIS India". Retrieved 2,012-06-13. 
  2. ^ "District Codes". Government of Telangana Transport Department. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nalgonda travel guide". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  5. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Telangana: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division,  
  6. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area".  
  7. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "No. of Gram Panchayats". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  9. ^ a b c "District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3), 2007-08: India. Telangana" (PDF).  
  10. ^ "How Do I? : Obtain Marriage Certificate". National Portal Content Management Team,  
  11. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  12. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Panama 3,460,462 July 2011 est. 
  13. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Connecticut 3,574,097 

External links

  • Official website
  • Nalgonda (district) travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Nalgonda factfile at
  • Neelagiri to Nalgonda. page 160

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