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Prakasam District ( ) is an administrative district in the state of Andhra Pradeshmarker, in Indiamarker. The district headquarters is located at Ongolemarker town. The district occupies an area of 17,626 kmĀ² and has a population of 3,059,423 of which 15.28% were urban as of 2001 Census.


The Ongole district was originally constituted on the 2 February 1970, carved out of Gunturmarker, Nelloremarker and Kurnoolmarker districts of Andhra Pradeshmarker. It was renamed as Prakasam district on 12 May, 1972, in memory of the great patriot and Andhra Leader, Tanguturi Prakasam Panthulu, also known as Andhra Kesari (Lion of Andhra ) who was born in Kanuparthi village of this district. It was carved out of three taluks of Gunturmarker Districtmarker, i.e. Addankimarker, Chiralamarker and Ongolemarker, four taluks of Nellore districtmarker, i.e. Kandukurmarker, Kanigirimarker, Podili and Darsimarker and two taluks of Kurnool districtmarker i.e. Markapurammarker and Giddalurumarker. It is one of the nine districts in the Coastal Andhra region of Andhra Pradeshmarker.

Some of the main towns in Prakasam district are Ongolemarker, Addankimarker, Markapurmarker, Darsimarker, Chiralamarker, Kandukurmarker, Parchurmarker, Giddalurumarker, Podili, Dornalamarker, Cumbummarker, Kanigirimarker and Chimakurthi. Markapurmarker is India's main slate manufacturing town where the historic temple of Lord Chennakesava is situated. Chimakurthi is world renowned for its granite reserves. Dornala is also known as diguva Srisailammarker, since it is very near the historic pilgrimage center of Srisailammarker.


Prakasam District's past stretches back to the days when it was ruled by the Mauryas from 250 B.C. the rise of the Satavahanas saw Buddhism flourish in the region and the construction of several stupas. The Ikshvaku and Vijayanagar Kings, the Qutub Shahis and the Mughals later followed these rulers.


Located at 138 km from Vijayawadamarker and 450 km from Hyderabadmarker and 300km from Chennai, the headquarters of Prakasam District, Ongole is an ancient town which finds its mention in the inscriptions of the Pallava rulers of the 3rd and 4th Century A.D

Today, Ongole is a bustling beehive of commercial activity with dairy products, cigars, cereals, pulses, groundnut and pepper being exported to all corners of the country. The bullocks from Ongole, known as Ongole Gitta, are renowned throughout the world.

In Ongole, one can visit Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Kasi Visweswara Swamy Shrine, Kothapatnam Beach, Valluramma Temple, Saibaba Temple.

Ongole was ruled by king Vangavallu thats why the name of ongole came.


Engineering Colleges

List of Engineering Colleges in Prakasam offering Engineering Degree course in the region. Joining in Engineering colleges that are All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) accredited is preferred. Further most colleges are affiliated with a regional University
  1. SSN Engineering College[213851]
  2. Rao & Naidu Engineering College[213852]
  3. QIS Engineering College[213853]
  4. Chirala Engineering College[213854]
  5. Dr Samuel Goerge Institute of Engineering & Technology[213855]
  6. St Anns College of Engineering & Technology[213856]
  7. VRS & YRN College of Engineering & Technology[213857]
  8. Malineni Lakshmaiah Engineering College
  9. Prakasam Engineering College


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