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Tenali
Tenali
Location of Tenali
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates 16°15′N 80°35′E / 16.25°N 80.58°E / 16.25; 80.58
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) Guntur
Population 149839 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
Elevation

11 m (36 ft)

Tenali (తెనాలి), is a town and a mandal in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. It has a population of 149,839 (2001 census). It is located 16 miles east of Guntur City. Three canals of the Krishna River flow through Tenali making it a part of the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. One of the canals is navigable up to Nizampatnam port. Tenali is a major railway junction connecting Guntur, Vijayawada, Repalle and Chennai.

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Overview

Tenali is known for its rich cultural and literary legacy.It is also very well known as PARIS OF ANDHRA.It has produced many famous poets, theater artists, scholars, actors and academicians. The great Tenali Ramalinga (also known as Tenali Rama and Tenali Ramakrishna), who was a court-poet of Krishnadeva Raya of the Vijayanagara empire and well known for his wit and impressive Telugu poetry was born in Tumuluru near Tenali in the 16th century.

Tenali has contributed a major share of artists to Telugu stage drama. There are quite a few extraordinary artists who later moved on to film industry such as Savitri, Kanchanamala, Kongara Jaggayya, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, Jamuna, Sarada, Prabha, Divvya Vani, Rajyalakshmi, Sivaparvathi, Mudigonda Lingamurty, Dr Govindarajula Subba Rao, Vangara Venkata Subbaiah, Nalanikanth, Tenali Sakunthala, Meesala Bhaskar, Ghattamaneni Krishna, the comedian A V Satyarayana Rao (AVS) and writer Chinni Krishna.

The persons who contributed to culture, literature and knowledge without any power and political positions include 1) Mylavarapu Sreenivasarao, Sanskrit schlor, very famous in ramayana pravachanas. 2) Nori Narayana Murthy, famous personality in Bhakthi programmes in TV. 3) Dr.P Dakshina Murthy. 4) Chittineni Mrutyunjaya Rao. 5) Gummadi Basava Punnayya (ayurvedic doctor) and also brother of gummadi.venkateswara Rao(actor). 6) Burgula Gopala Krishna Murthy, author, and mentor for several poets and authors in and around Tenali.

Tenali also gave an excellent scientist to the nation in the form Sri.NAYUDAMMA after whose name the prestigious NAYUDAMMA Award has been instituted,so far many eminent personalities in the country have been awarded with this prestigious award.The award presentation ceremony will be held every year in Tenali.

Geography

Tenali is located at 16°14′N 80°39′E / 16.24°N 80.65°E / 16.24; 80.65.[1] It has an average elevation of 11 metres (36 feet). Tenali is 25 km from Guntur City and 35 km from Vijayawada City. All the three are in a triangular loop like structure at almost same distance and well connected by road and rail transport.one of the oldest town in andhra pradesh.

Transportation

Tenali town is well connected to all the nearby major cities through road and rail transport. It hardly takes 30 min by road and 20 min by train to Guntur city and takes 45 min by road and 30 min by train to Vijayawada city. Tenali is also well connected to State Capital (Hyderabad) and National Capital (New Delhi) through Railway.

Tenali railway station has 5 platforms.Many trains were given halt in this station.It is the second biggest station in guntur district.Tenali junction connects to 4 differnt routes like guntur,vijayawada,chennai and repalle.

Climate

Tenali is located 30 km from the sea coast. It is generally hot and humid during summer with temperatures ranging between 32 and 45 C. Winters are milder with temperatures between 15 and 23 C. Heavy rains are experienced between July and November during monsoon time.

Population

As per 2001 Indian census,[2] Tenali had a population of 149,839. Both males and females constitute equal share in the population. Tenali has an average literacy rate of 79% which is higher than the national average of 59.5%. About 10% of the population in Tenali is under 6 years of age.

Economy

The town thrives on trade and agriculture. The region around the town has fertile soil irrigated by the Krishna river and its canals. Major crops include Lemons, Sugar Cane, Rice, Lentils, Sapota (Chickoo), Turmeric and Mango. Tenali is famous for pure gold, jewellery, wood and steel utensils.

With its pivotal location between the commercial cities of Guntur and Vijayawada, many residents in and around Tenali mainly depend on them for livelihood. The town holds a huge middle class, making up more than 90% of the total population. Major source of income is agriculture with two to three crops around the year.


List of Elected Members:

  • 1957,1962 Alapati Venkatramaiah
  • 1967,1972 and 1978 - Doddapaneni Indira
  • 1983 and 1985 - Annabathuni Satyanarayana
  • 1989 - Nadendla Bhaskara Rao
  • 1994 - Ravi Ravindranadh
  • 1999 - Gogineni Uma
  • 2004 - Nadendla Manohar
  • 2009 - Nadendla Manohar (Present Deputy Speaker)

Villages Near Tenali

  • Pedapudi, a beautiful village which is located 12 km away from Tenali which has rich agricultural tradition.
  • Chebrole is also known as Dakshina Kasi because of its vast number of temples is located around 20 km from Tenali. 15 out of 101 temples which were built around (700 AD) still exist. The Brahma temple which is one of the two temples dedicated to Brahma is located in this village. Chebrole is also well known for its freedom fighters.
  • Burripalem is a village near Tenali and the hometown of famous Tollywood actor Ghattamaneni Sivarama Krishna.
  • Angalakuduru, is the first village that comes on the road to Guntur City from Tenali (5 km from Tenali). The village has a rich agriculturul tradition. The three temples of Rama, Venugopala Swamy and Siva are ancient. It has another big temple complex for Anjaneya Swamy.
  • Kollipara: Village of rich agricultural tradition. Krishna river is 1km away from the village.
  • Koru Thadiparu, is the one of the famous villages in Tenali division. There is a famous Chennakesava swamy temple.
  • Bhattiprolu, located twenty-eight kilometres from Tenali, is well known for its Buddhist stupa built in the third century BC. The most ancient known kingdom, ruled by King Kuberaka, in South India had Pratipalapura (Bhattiprolu) as its capital. A variant of Ashokan Brahmi found on the urn containing Buddha's ashes gave rise to the Telugu script and many other South-East Asian language scripts.
  • Tumuluru, 18 kilometres from Tenali, is one of the few Internet villages in India where all village transactions are conducted online.
  • Chintalapudi: A project is undertaken by a voluntary organization called Ashanet that has contributed to the welfare of the village.[3].
  • Sangam Jagarlamudi, located between Tenali and Guntur is famous for its Lord Sangameswara Swamy (Siva) temple and Lemon crop.
  • Katevaram, located at 2 km from Tenali is famous for Lord Shiva temple built in 10th century and renovated during the Vijayanagara period and recently in 2009. Paddy, Turmeric and Lentils are the main crops harvested each year in this village.
  • Gudivada, located at 7 km from Tenali is famous for its Lord Siva temple which was built during Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu period still exists along with 6 other temples.
  • Garuvupalem (or Gandhi Nagar) is a small village located at 6 km from Tenali. The famous Buckingham Canal flows through this village.
  • Vadlamudi, is one of the major panchayaths in Guntur District. The biggest farmers Co-operative dairy in Andhra Pradesh, Sangam Dairy, is situated here. One of the prestigious educational institute in Andhra Pradesh, Vignan institutions, was started here in early 80's. It has been recently upgraded to Vignan University (deemed). Vadlamudi is well known for its Shivaratri festival celebrations.
  • Manduru is a village Located 10 kms from Tenali and famous for Lord Shiva Temple.
  • Chavali is a village Located 15 kms from Tenali and it is one of the major panchayath in Guntur District,it belongs to Vemuru mandal. Chavali village is famous for lord Shiva temple known as "Valeswara swamy temple". The major crops in the village is rice and corn
  • Kuchipudi, located 6 km from Tenali is rich in agriculture. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and built by Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu has one of the tallest Gopurams in Guntur district.
  • Champadu, located 11 km from Tenali is famous for its Vegetables and especially for Banana. This village has Sivalayam, Ramalayam( Under Construction ). You can see the real rural side of India in this village.
  • Modukuru 18 km from Tenali town, has great history from hundreds of years. Modukuru a green village is also famous for its temples, especially Durga Temple very year dussehra is grandly celebrated with devotees visiting temple from entire district and villagers coming back home even if they are abroad.

Miscellaneous

  • There are a good number of famous temples in Tenali town which includes Kanyaka Parameswari temple, Vaikuntapuram (also known as Chinna Tirupathi), Patha Shivalayam, Ramalingeswara Aalayam, Patha Anjaneyaswami temple, Chitti Anjaneyaswami temple, Morrispet Shivalayam, Saibaba temple, Appalaswami temple, Devi Gudi in Devi Chowk, Donga Ramudu Gudi (Near Market) and Venugopala Swamy temple.
  • The heart of Tenali is referred as Gadi Bavi, which derives its name from an old well that used to exist there. Gadi Bavi is now a famous marketplace.
  • Festivals are celebrated on a grand scale throughout the year in Tenali. The most famous being Sri Rama Navami, where the Pandiri or Pandal stretches over the entire main roads in Tenali, attracting a gathering of about 200,000 people each year. Vinayaka Chavathi, Sri Rama Navami and Deepawali are the main festivals. From Ugadi until Rama Navami, all the main streets are decorated with displays of various gods and goddesses. The celebrations continue for ten days. During the Sankranthi festival, Lord Venkateswara's idol along with those of Lakshmi and Padmavati are taken on a decorated boat in one of the Krishna canals. On the festive day of Sivarathri a huge jathara/festival will be celebrated in nearby Siva kshetras viz., Sangam Jagarlamudi, Tsundur and Gowada.
  • A village named Munnangi (20 km from Tenali) has a Shiva temple with three Lingas in the sanctum which is a rarity.
  • Famous scientists from Tenali include late Y Nayudamma, Prof. D Basavaiah from University of Hyderabad, Padmasree Dr. A V Rama Rao former director of IICT and Prof. Sambasiva Rao Kotha from IIT Bombay. Prominent scientists of India are honoured by Dr Nayudamma Award. The awardees include A P J Abdul Kalam, M S Swaminathan, Verghese Kurien and Kota Hari Narayana.
  • The village of Jampani (8 km from Tenali) is famous for skilled carpenters, whose wood carvings are sold throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Pedaravuru one of the Village 3 km from Tenali. Srirama Navami Celebrations are very popular in that village. Both the temples, Sivalayam and Ramalayam in this village are very famous.
  • Tenali is known for great food like Jilebi. Satyam Hotel in Morrispet, Navayuga and Swatantra Vihar are some of the best places to eat delicious upma, karam idli, dosas, pooris & idlis.
  • A veda pathsala is established by Sri Raghava Narayana Sastry, a famous spiritual guru from a near by village Chandolu.
  • Emani is a village near tenali

Institutions

Tenali is well known for its educational institutions and one of the major destinations for students from nearby villages.

  • V.S.R & N.V.R institution which is one of the oldest colleges in Andhra Pradesh is in Tenali
  • Viveka Educational Institutions( KG-PG)
  • A.S.N. Degree & PG college
  • Taluk Junior College
  • Gupta college located near Tenali at a distance of 5 km
  • JMJ (Jesus Mary and Joseph) College is a famous Christian institution for girls
  • Sri Rama Rural Gurukula Pathasala, which was started in 1949 in Chilumuru 13 km from Tenali
  • Dr. Kodali Veeraiah Educational Academy
  • St Johns
  • Little Citizens School (Now Taken Over by a different management with New Name)
  • Nehru Niketan School
  • Vignan University located in Vadlamudi at a distance of 12 km from Tenali
  • Sri Sai Residential School and College

Notable Personalities

  • Tenali Ramakrishna, court poet of the Vijayanagara dynasty during the reign of Sri Krishnadeva Raya[citation needed]

References

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Tenali (తెనాలి), also known as Andhra Paris, is a town and a mandal in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. It has a population of 149,839 (2001 census). It is located 16 miles east of Guntur City. Three canals of the Krishna River flow through Tenali making it a part of the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. One of the canals is navigable up to Nizampatnam port. Tenali is a major railway junction connecting Guntur, Vijayawada, Repalle and Chennai.

Get in

By Air

Kingfisher operates daily flights to Vijayawada from Hyderabad, Cheenai and Bangalore. Tenali is 34 km by road from Vijayawada.Please contact the Airdeccan website for the timings, as they may change periodically.

By Train

Tenali is on Kolkata-Chennai main line and is connected to major cities by train. This being a major junction, most of the trains including the super fast expresses have a stop in the station. Tenali station is in the south central railways and is having 5 platforms. All platforms can accommodate trains with 28 coaches. Please verify the timings with [[2] Indian Railways], since they change from time to time.

  • From Hyderabad
    • Janmabhoomi Express - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 7:10 AM and arrives in Tenali at 12.20 PM.
    • Krishna Express (enroute Tirupati) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 6 AM, arrives in Tenali at 2 PM. Takes a much longer route (via Kazipet, Warangal).
    • Simhapuri Express(enroute Gudur) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 9:30 PM, arrives the following morning in Tenali at 4.30AM.
    • Delta Fast Passenger(enroute Repalle) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 8.45 PM, arrives the following morning in Tenali at 5.00 AM.
    • Chennai Express (enroute Chennai) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 5.20 PM, arrives the in Tenali at 11.10 PM.
    • Narayanadri Express (enroute Tirupati) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 6.05 PM, arrives the following morning in Tenali at 12:01 AM.
    • Padmavati Express (enroute Tirupati) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 6.30 PM, arrives the following morning in Tenali at 1.10 AM.
    • Charminar Express (enroute Chennai) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 6.55 PM, arrives the following morning in Tenali at 1.40 AM.
    • Sabari Express(enroute Cochin) - departs daily from Secunderabad Station at 12.25 PM, arrives in Tenali at 6.40 PM.
  • From Vijayawada
    • All trains to Chennai, Tirupati and further destinations, passenger services on a regular basis to Tenali
  • From Guntur
    • All trains to Chennai, Tirupati and further destinations, Passenger services on a regular basis to Tenali
  • From Bangalore
    • Seshadri Express
    • Yeshwantpur Howrah Express

By Road

Tenali is connected to Chennai and Calcutta via Mangalagiri and Budampadu by National Highway 5 (dual-carriageway, 120km/h).
Tenali is 25 Kms from Guntur & 35 Kms from Vijayawada by road and there are plenty of buses that run between the cities.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Travel Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses from Vijayawada, Guntur, Nagarjuna Sagar, Hyderabad, Miryalaguda, Srisailam, Bhadrachalam and Repalle to Tenali, along with some private operators, who run buses from a Hyderabad.
Please check with APSRTC for timings.

Alternatively, one can travel to Vijayawada or Guntur from many popular destinations in luxurious coaches and then reach Tenali on road.

By Ship

Although not the most popular route to get into Vizag, there is a ship that gets into Vizag from Andaman and Nicobar islands. Tenali is connected by road and rail from Vizag.

Get Around

By walk:Tenali is a relatively small town and most of the places can be reached by walk.

Rickshaw:The exclusive mode of transportation in city even fifteen years back,is now virtually out of the road.Some rickshaws can be spotted randomly, and it gives you a good and cheap ride to most locations within the city.

Autorickshaw:You can easily get around the city by an autorikschaw, but be to careful bargain the fare with the driver, or else you might end up paying a lot more.

See

Few of the things to see in Tenali

  • Gold shops in Sharaff Bazaar
  • Park in Chinaravuru
  • Historic villages around Tenali
  • Orange Restaurant, Hotel Gautam Complex, Railway Station Road
  • Ghumaghumalu, Laxmi Deluxe Road
  • Mamata Restaurant, Laxmi Deluxe Road
  • Athidi Restaurant, Opp. Ramakrishna Talkies, Bose Road
  • Navayuga ,bose road
  • Hotel Gautam A/C(has an attached restaurant Orange), Railway Station Road Phone: 08644 223533
  • Hotel Mamata A/C(has an attached restaurant), Laxmi Deluxe Road
  • Hotel Bluefox A/C(has an attached restaurant), Laxmi Deluxe Road
  • Tumuluru - 18 kilometers from Tenali, is one of the few Internet villages in India where all village transactions are conducted online.
  • Chintalapudi - A project is undertaken by a voluntary organization called Ashanet that has contributed to the welfare of the village.[3].
  • Kancherla Palem - is a historical village where famous freedom fighters and philanthropists were born. They have donated valuable properties to temples and erected several Satras across the city.
  • Sangam Jagarlamudi - (located between Tenali and Guntur): Lord Sangameswara Swamy(Siva) Temple is very popular. This village is also notable because the famous "Sangam Diary" operates from there.
  • Bhattiprolu - located twenty-eight kilometers from Tenali, is well known for its Buddhist stupa built in the third century BC. The most ancient known kingdom, ruled by King Kuberaka, in South India had Pratipalapura (Bhattiprolu) as its capital. A variant of Ashokan Brahmi found on the urn containing *Buddha's ashes gave rise to Telugu script and many other South India South-East Asian language scripts.
  • Katevaram - located at 2 km from Tenali: Five temples built during Vijayanagara time still exist.

Nearest Villages are Edlapalli, Valiveru, Ainapalem etc


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