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Location of Kothagudem
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates 17°20′N 80°23′E / 17.33°N 80.38°E / 17.33; 80.38
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) Khammam
Member of Legislative Assembly Sambashiva Rao Kunamneni
Population 79,720 (2001)
Sex ratio 1:1 /
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

89 m (292 ft)

Kothagudem is an industrial town in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, about 270 km from Hyderabad. It is also known as the coal town of South India. Kothagudem and palvancha are the twin industrial towns in the state. Kothagudem is located at 17°20′N 80°23′E / 17.33°N 80.38°E / 17.33; 80.38.[1] It has an average elevation of 89 metres (295 ft) above seal level. The North of Kothagudem borders Chhattisgarh state which is approximately 120 km from the town.

Kothagudem heads the The Singareni Collieries Company Limited, the coal producing company in South India. It produces 40 million tonnes of coal every year. The Kothagudem Thermal Power station (K.T.P.S.), Nava Bharat Ferro Alloys (N.B.F.A.), Sponge Iron India Limited(S.I.I.L.) are some of the other prominent industries here. It has the only mining school in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Kothagudem School of Mines (K.S.M.). The area is endowed with rich forests, industries and landscape. The Railway station was originally named "Bhadrachalam Road", being the closest railway station to Bhadrachalam, an important pilgrimage location of Rama. The Kinnerasani Dam is a popular picnic spot. Kothagudem is located very near to the temple town of Lord Rama, known as Bhadrachalam. It is approximately 40 km away from Bhadrachalam. A rivulet viz Murredu, which is a tributary of River Godavari flows through town.



Kothagudem is taken from two words "Kotha" meaning "New" and "gudem" ~ place.We have Patha Kothagudem a place considered the old town of Kothagudem. Palvancha is the Industrial Area of Kothagudem. We have all the Industries there, Nava Bharat Ferro Alloys, Sponge Iron India Limited, KTPS and once the AP Steels.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Kothagudem had a population of 79,727. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Kothagudem has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 63%. In Kothagudem, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. The estimated population of the twin towns is around 3 lakhs (0.3 million)


Kothagudem is known for its record high temperatures during summer, often crossing 50 Celsius mark.[3]. It also have two extreme temperatures in the state as it touches 10C during winters and 50C during summers.

Educational institutions

Kothagudem is regarded as the educational hub of Khammam district. There is a Kothagudem University College of Engineering, aliased Kothagudem School of mines. Besides these schools, the town boasts to have one of the oldest Government Polytechnic college in the state and Industrial Training Institutes in the state. There are many popular schools in this town:

  • St. Joseph's High School (Rudrampur)
  • Pragati Vidya Niketan
  • Singareni colleries High School (Head post office)
  • St. Mary's High School
  • Sri Sarada Vidyalaya
  • Bharath Public School (Ramavaram)
  • Sri Ramachandra boys High School
  • Triveni Talent school
  • Little Buds High school.
  • Ravi Balaniketan High School(Medar Basti)
  • Coolie Line High School(Coolie line)
  • Sri Ramachandra Boys & Girls High School (Old Kothagudem)., Established in 1936.
  • Sri Ramachandra Girls High School (Opp. Bus Station)
  • NavaBharat High School
  • New Indira Priyadarshini School
  • Siva sivani high school

There are quite a few Graduate and Post graduate Colleges and as many as Engineering Colleges located in and around Kothagudem:

How to reach



The National Highway# 221 passes through Kothagudem. The roads are pretty good. Kothagudem bus depot is one of the oldest bus depots in the district. Buses ply to various parts of the state.


Kothagudem Railway Station is called after "Bhadrachalam Road" (Railway Code : BDCR). Trains to Balharshah (Singareni Fast passenger), Vijayawada (Vijayawada passenger) connects the other towns. Singareni fast passenger is one of the oldest passenger trains in the state. It covers all the coal-mining towns in the state. The 2008-'09 Railway budget has seen a promise of a super fast day train connecting Hyderabad and kothagudem. Kothagudem is connected to Hyderabad by an over-night "Link express" :

Some of the prominent trains are:

Train No. Train Name Origin Dep.Time Destination Arr.Time Days Of Run
323 Singareni express/Fast Passenger BHADRACHALAM RD 05:45 SIRPUR TOWN 14:10 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
322 Singareni express/Fast Passenger SIRPUR TOWN 15:15 BHADRACHALAM ROAD 22:55 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
353 Vijayawada Passenger BHADRACHALAM ROAD 13:50 VIJAYAWADA Jn 19:20 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
354 Bhadrachalam Road Passenger VIJAYAWADA Jn 08:00 BHADRACHALAM ROAD 12:40 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y


Vijayawada airport is the nearest, around 150 km from Kothagudem. Hyderabad airport is approximately 270 km from Kothagudem. However, construction of Kothagudem airport is being planned in the city. A helipad near Yellandu Cross roads serves the dignitaries and ministers from time to time.

In and around the town

Kothagudem boasts to have had city buses only after Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada in the state. These were a big hit during 1970s until late 1990s. Owing to ultra-urbanization and convenience, people started hiring auto-rickshaws these days. There are a few city buses while close to 10,000 auto-rickshaws ply in twin-towns of Kothagudem and Palvancha today.


Sambashiva Rao Kunamneni won the recent elections from Kothagudem constituency

Eminent personalities

  • Sambasiva Rao Kunamneni, MLA
  • Venkateshwara Rao vanama Ex-MLA, Ex-Minister
  • Ramesh Maloth, Software Engineer, New Delhi
  • Hari Babu Vankdoth, Director, Beget Software
  • Nageswar Rao Bandari, Senior Unix Administrator, HCL.
  • Jayanthi Prabhakar Valluripalli , Best Lecturer Awardee.
  • Garapati Prabhakar Chowdary, Businessman.
  • Venkata Chowdhary Medharametla , Businessman
  • Krishna Ghantadi, Tollywood Music Director
  • J Srinivasa Rao Eminient Educationalist

Where to stay

There are three star hotels viz Thatipalli Residency, Lepakshi and Surya PALACE

Sports and recreation

Kothagudem stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in the country. Eminent Cricket players of repute viz Mohd. Azharuddin, Arun lal etc played here through Ranji Trophy. The stadium also hosted several national tournaments including volleyball, Kabbadi etc under the aegis of Sports council of the state.


Kothagudem has quite good number of cinemas viz Vishwaroopa, Poorna, Durga, Parameshwari and Maheshwari, Rama. The good old Sri Nageshwara talkies is now closed and being renovated while a cinema theatre named lakshmi exists in Ramavaram area.


The All India Radio(AIR) has one of its AIR stations here transmitting FM. The AIR, Kothagudem is quite famous, providing news to its neighboring districts.

Parks and clubs

Kothagudem has had two major parks viz Children's park, one of the oldest parks, maintained by Singareni Colleries in the town and "Town park" near hanuman basthi. Kothagudem Club, Singareni club, KCOA and RCOA Club are quite big clubs in the state.

social service clubs include Rotary club of Kothagudem , Lions club, Vasavi Club. Rotary, Kothagudem has had a privilege to distribute several calipers for the poor-handicapped.

Places of interest

    • Open-cast and underground mines (Special permission from SCCL to be sought)
    • Thrimatha panchayatana Kshetram (Three Goddess Temple), only the first of its kind in India.
    • St. Andrew's church
    • Kinnerasani Dam, Deer park & Glass Bungalows
    • Nava Bharat Balaji Temple, a unique temple constructed with marble stone.
    • Peddamma Temple
    • Sri Venkateshwara Temple, 7-incline
    • Garimellapadu forests
    • Wildlife sanctuary through the forests connecting twin towns - Kothagudem and Palvancha


Other prominent places within Kothagudem are Ganesh Basti, Super bazaar, Head office, Main hospital, Berley-pit, Babu camp, Burma camp,Srinagar , Golla Gudem , Medar Basti , Pedda Bazar , Gajularajam Basti , Coolie line, Ramavaram, 3-Incline, 4-incline, 5-incline, Dhanbad, Rudrampur, 7-incline, Budidhagadda,Ramnagar,Writers-basti,Vidyanagar,Gandhinagar,LD pally,chatakonda,chunchupalli,Ramanjaneya coloney.


There are many good restaurants around. For chat in kothagudem, Mahesh chat bandar is a hot favorite.

Geetha Madhuvan Resturent is the one best in kothagudem


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Kothagudem is a city in India.

Get in

About 6-7 hours from Hyderabad with frequent train and bus service. Less than 4 hours from Vijayawada by a regular APSRTC bus service.

Thatipalli Residency
Thatipalli Residency

Hotel Thatipalli Residency. Please visit for more details

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