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Location of Bobbili
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates 18°34′00″N 83°22′00″E / 18.5667°N 83.3667°E / 18.5667; 83.3667
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) Vizianagaram
MLA Sujay Krishna Rangarao, Ravu Venkata
Population 500140 (2001)
Sex ratio 1:1 /
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

103 m (338 ft)

Bobbili (Telugu - బొబ్బిలి) is a Town, Mandal headquarters and a Municipality in Vizianagaram district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh."Mandals in Vizianagaram district". Retrieved 2007-02-26. </ref>



Bobbili is located at 18°34′00″N 83°22′00″E / 18.5667°N 83.3667°E / 18.5667; 83.3667.[1] It has an average elevation of 103 metres (337 feet).


The town and kingdom of Bobbili was founded during the 17th century by Pedda Rayudu, the 15th descendant of the Rajah of Venkatagiri. The town was originally named "Pedda-puli" ("The Big Tiger") after SHER SHAH SURI the sultan of DELHI who granted it as a gift to the maharajah of VENKATGIRI for his services in his southern campaigns. However, with time, the town became known as "pebbuli", then "Bebbuli" and finally "Bobbili".

Battle of Bobbili

The battle of Bobbili in 1757, is one of the significant episodes in the history of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Vizianagaram kings won the war with the help of French General Marquis de Bussy. This battle gave the glamour of eternal bravery to Bobbili name. Actually Bobbili itself means tiger. All the movies that were released with the name Bobbili in the title were huge hits in telugu film industry.


During British India it had a population of 17,387 in 1901.

As of 2001 India census,[2] Bobbili had a population of 50,140. Males constitute 50% of the population (25,044) and females 50% (25,096). Bobbili has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 71% and female literacy of 56%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Bobbili mandal had a population of 1,16,205 in 2001. Males constitute 57,912 and females 58,293 of the population. The average literacy rate of the mandal population is 59%. Male literacy rate is 71% and that of females 47%.

Educational institutions

Bobbili is known for its quality educaion. An age old college in the form of Rajah R.S.R.K. Ranga Rao College (1962) and even older school in the form of Samsthanam High School (1864) speak volumes for the education here. With close to a dozen Junior colleges, two engineering colleges and a polytechnic college Bobbili continues be a place for Quality Education.

  1. Samsthanam High School or Anglo-Vernacular School, Bobbili (1864).
  2. Seventh-Day Adventist English Medium High School, Bobbili (1980).
  3. Rajah R.S.R.K. Ranga Rao College, Bobbili (1962).
  4. Thandra paparaya Polytechnic,Komatipalli,Bobbili(1998)
  5. Thandra Paparaya Institute of Science and Technology, Komatipalli (2001).[3]
  6. Gokul Institute of Science and Technology, Piridi (2002).
  7. APRS School.
  8. IRIS Public School.
  10. Potti Sri Ramulu Municipal High School.
  11. Sri Chaitanya Vidya Nikethan,sainagar
  12. Abhyudaya Convent
  13. C.B.M.Girls High School

Parliamentary Constituency

Bobbili is a parliamentary constituency in Indian Lok Sabha.[4] It had 9,70,612 voters during the elections, held during April-May 2004 for the 14th Lok Sabha.

List of Members of Parliament:

Since 2009 Bobbili Parliamentary Constituency no longer exists and is replaced with Vizianagaram Parliamentary Constituency.

Assembly Constituency

Bobbili is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. There are 1,20,173 registered voters in this constituency in 1999 elections.

List of Members of Legislative Assembly:[5]

  • 1951[6] and 1978 - Kolli Venkata Kurmi Naidu
  • 1955 - Kotagiri Sitha Ramaswamy.[7]
  • 1962 - Tentu Lakshmi Naidu.[8]
  • 1967 - Ramakrishna Ranga Rao.[9]
  • 1972 - Ch. Venkata Krishna Rao.[10]
  • 1983, 1985 and 1994 - Sambangi Venkata Chinna Appala Naidu
  • 1989 and 1999 - Peddinti Jagan Mohan Rao
  • 2004 - Venkata Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao
  • 2009 - Venkata Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao


  • Central Bank Branch located in near Thandra PapaRaya Statue.
  • I.O.B.,bank located balijipeta road, opp:
  • Two A.T.M.S., andhra bank and state bank of India located cheepurupalli street.

Villages and Panchayats

According to the District Statistics, there are 44 revenue villages and 31 Village Panchayats in Bobbili mandal.[11]

  • 1.Alajangi (village and panchayat)
  • 2.Bankuruvalasa (revenue village)
  • 3.Bhojarajapuram (revenue village)
  • 4.Bhurjavalasa (revenue village)
  • 5.Bobbili (Municipality and Mandal headquarters)
  • 6.Bubhandavalasa (revenue village)
  • 7.Ch. Boddavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 8.Chintada (village and panchayat)
  • 9.Chinthalavanipeta @ Janardhana Rangarayapuram (revenue village)
  • 10.Dibbagudivalasa (panchayat)
  • 11.Donguruvalasa (revenue village)
  • 12.Gollapalli (revenue village)
  • 13.Gongadavalasa (panchayat)
  • 14.Gopalarayudupeta (village and panchayat)
  • 15.Gorla Sitaramapuram (village and panchayat)
  • 16.Gunna thota valasa (revenue village)
  • 17.J.Rangarayapuram @ K.V.Palem (village and panchayat)
  • 18.Jagannadhapuram (village and panchayat)
  • 19.Kalavarai (village and panchayat)
  • 20.Kammavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 21.Karada (village and panchayat)
  • 22.Kasidoravalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 23.Kinthalavalasa (panchayat)
  • 24.Komatipalli (village and panchayat)
  • 25.Kondadevupalli (village and panchayat)
  • 26.Kotha Penta (panchayat)
  • 27.Krishnapuram (village and panchayat)
  • 28.Lingammavalasa (revenue village)
  • 29.M.Boorjavalasa (panchayat)
  • 30.Mallampeta (revenue village)
  • 31.Mettavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 32.Muttavalasa (revenue village)
  • 33.Narayanappavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 34.Nimmalapadu (revenue village)
  • 35.Pakki (village and panchayat)
  • 36.Pankuvalasa (revenue village)
  • 37.Paradhi (village and panchayat)
  • 38.Patha Bobbili (revenue village)
  • 39.Penta (village and panchayat)
  • 40.Piridi (village and panchayat)
  • 41.Rajupeta (revenue village)
  • 42.Ramuduvalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 43.Rangarayapuram (village and panchayat)
  • 44.Seethayyapeta (village and panchayat)
  • 45.Sivadavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 46.Vakadavalasa (revenue village)
  • 47.Velagalavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • 48.Venkatarayudupeta (revenue village)
  • 49.Viziarampuram (revenue village)
  • 50.Yembannavalasa (revenue village)


  • 7. A brief account of the Bobbili Zemindari chiefly compiled from Samastanam records., G Ranganaikulu Patrudu, 1889.
  • 8. A revised and enlarged account of the Bobbili Zemindari., Venkata Swetachalapati Ranga Rao, 1900.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

BOBBILI, a town of British India, in the Vizagapatam district of Madras, 70 m. north of Vizagapatam town. Pop. (1901) 17,387. It is the residence of a raja of old family, whose estate covers an area of 227 sq. m.; estimated income, £40,000; permanent land revenue, £9000. The attack on the fort at Bobbili made by General Bussy in 1756 is one of the most memorable episodes in Indian history. There was a constant feud between the chief of Bobbili and the raja of Vizianagram; and when Bussy marched to restore order the raja persuaded him that the fault lay with the chief of Bobbili and joined the French with 11,000 men against his rival. In spite of the fact that the French field-pieces at once made practicable breaches in the mud walls of the fort, the defenders held out with desperate valour. Two assaults were repulsed after hours of hand-to-hand fighting; and when, after a fresh bombardment, the garrison saw that their case was hopeless, they killed their women and children, and only succumbed at last to a third assault because every man of them was either killed or mortally wounded. An old man, however, crept out of a hut with a child, whom he presented to Bussy as the son of the dead chief. Three nights later four followers of the chief of Bobbili crept into the tent of the raja of Vizianagram and stabbed him to death. The child, Chinna Ranga Rao, was invested by Bussy with his father's estate, but during his minority it was seized by his uncle. After a temporary arrangement of terms with the raja of Vizianagram the old feud broke out again, and the Bobbili chief was forced to take refuge in the nizam's country. In 1794, however, on the break-up of the Vizianagram estate, Chinna Ranga Rao was restored by the British, and in 1801 a permanent settlement was made with his son. The title of raja was recognized as hereditary in the family; that of maharaja was conferred as a personal distinction on Sir Venkataswetachalapati Ranga Rao, K.C.I.E., the adopted great-great-grandson of Chinna Ranga Rao.

For the siege see Imp. Gazetteer of India (Oxford, 1908), s. v. " Bobbili Estate."

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