Places (Local tourist related important with photographs)

                                               ABOUT ONGOLE



Ongole (Telugu: ఒంగోలు), is a city and a Municipal Corporation in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Prakasam District.

                   Previously Prakasam District was known as 'Ongole' District, this district was renamed as Prakasam in order to pay homage to 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.









 Ongole cattle are indigenous to the Andhra region in the Prakasam District in the State of Andhra Pradesh in India. These cattle are commonly used in bull fights inMexico and some parts of East Africa due to their strength and aggressiveness.

Ongole cattle are famous for their bulls. Traditionally, the Ongole have been raised by local farmers, fed by both the Gundlakamma, one of the rivers that originates from the Nallamala Hills, and in the plains, the Paleru river, a tributary of the Krishna River. The Ongole occupy an area no larger than about 100 square miles between the Gundlakamma and Musi rivers.[2]

Ongole bulls have gone as far as America, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Indonesia, West Indies,Australia, Fiji, Mauritius, Indo-China and Philippines. The Brahmana bull in America is an off-breed of the Ongole. Ongole Island is an island located in Malaysia where many Ongoles can be found. The population of Ongole off-breed in ilBraz is said to be around several millions. The famous Santa Gertrudis breed developed in Texas, USA have Ongole blood.



Charchterstics of ongole bull

Ongole cattle are known for their toughness, rapid growth rate, and natural tolerance to tropical heat and disease resistance. It was the first Indian breed of cattle to gain worldwide recognition.

The Ongole  Bull is one of the heaviest breeds. They weigh approximately half a ton, are 1.5 meters in height and have a body length of 1.6 meters and girth measuring 2 meters.


The weight of an Ongole female is 432 to 455 kg. Milk yield is 600 kg to 2518 kg. The lactation period is 279 days.[6] Ongole milk has a butterfat content of over five percent. This results in large, well-nourished calves with considerable growth by the time of weaning. Ongole cows stay close to their calves to protect them from predatory animals.




India's largest producer of Galaxy Granites. Less than 20km from Ongole City.
Chimakurthy is a Mandal Headquarter with Mandal code 29 in Prakasam District Andhra Pradesh. Chimakurthy village is also alloted a villge code 12 under Chimakurthy Mandal.Chimakuthy granitesAre very famous and precious in the world .Most of the granite from chimakurthy will export to china and other western and UAE ongole has been developing in industrial area especially so many small scale industries were  estlablished.









The Markapur has abundant resources of slate mines. The town has lot of slate factories giving employment to many workers. The slates manufactured here are exported to many other states and throughout the world. Designer Slates (which are used for interiors of buildings especially for walls) are also manufactured here and these are directly exported mainly to Australia, Singapore and various other countries in the world.






Rims medical college:


In exercise of the powers conferred by section 38 of the Andhra Pradesh Government Medical and Dental Instituion converting them into Semi-Autonomous Institution under the Act No.31 of 2007, published in Andhra Pradesh Gazette vide reference No.26 January 23,2008.

The Government have issued orders for construction of new Medical College and Hospital viz.,Rajiv Gandhi Insttue of Medical Sciences (RIMS).Ongole with an estimated cost of Rs.25 crores Sanctioned in G.O.Ms.No.210 HM&FW (E1)Dept., Dated 27-05-2007.

G.O.Ms.No.210 HM&FW (E1)Dept., Dated 27-05-2007.accorded administrative sanction for Rs.125 crores for construction of new Medical College and Hospital at Ongole, Prakasam District viz.,Rajiv Gandhi Insttue of Medical Sciences (RIMS).Ongole

The District Collector & Magistrate has identified and handed over the site to an extent of 37.46 acres in survey No.68 of Pelluru Village,Ongole Mandal pertaining to Nagarjuna Sagar Project in which Staff Quarters & Offices of Irrigation Departments were existing.

The foundation stone was laid down on 01-07-2007 by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Late Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy garu.

The APHMIDC., Govrnment of Andhra Pradesh have under taken the construction of RIMS.,Ongole and entrusted the construction work to M/s LANCO Infrastructure, Hyderabad vide Letter no.216/APHMHIDM/DEE-2/AEE-3/2007-08/5863;5864 and 5865 Dated 26-12-2007.

The erstwhile District Headquarters Hospital, Ongole with 200 beds was taken over under the administrative control of Director,RIMS, Ongole from 01-10-2008 and shifted to New RIMS premises at Bhagya nagar with 300 beds..






Kandulla Obulla Reddy Irrigation project

 A modern dam called Gundlakamma Reservoir Project too has been constructed across the river at Chinna Mallavaram, Prakasam District. Some 80 feet (24 m) high, this dam has a capacity of 3,800,000,000 cubic feet (110,000,000 m3) and can irrigate 80,600 acres (330 km2) of land. It will also provide drinking water for the 250,000 people living in Ongole and its surrounding hamlets.

                              Now a days it is attracting tourists and become a good holiday spot for children aswell elders.





Sri Prasannanjaneya Swamy temple at Singarakonda:

According to the history Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple which is there on Singarakonda hill was built in 14th century, during the regime of King Devarayalu. There is an evidence of Sila Sashan written on the Garuda Stambham says that this temple was built during the year 1443-44. The following are the strong beliefs.

During the 14th century, Singanna a devotee of Lakshminarasimha Swamy used to live in a village near by the hill. His daughter named Narsamma used to take their cows for gazing on the hill. They observed that one of the cows was not giving milk for several days. To find out the reason, Singanna followed the cow secretly and observed that the cow went to a rock on the hill and stood. A boy came out of the rock and sucks the milk from the cow and disappeared. Singanna felt that his beloved God Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy only came as a boy and took the milk from the cow. Singanna built the Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple on the hill with this belief. Later on people started calling this hill as Singarakonda.

Around 210 years ago (end of 17th century), during the inauguration of Dwaja Stambham in the premises of Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple, thousands of devotees were witnessed that a Yogi installed Sri Prasannanjaneya Swamy idol at Bhavanasi tank below the Singarakonda hill and disappeared. The devotees started praying Sri Prasannanjaneya Swamy at Singarakonda.

There is another strong belief that Sri Hanuman was stayed a day at Singarakonda during his way to Srilanka to search Sita Devi. This could be the reason that Sri Prasannanjaneya Swamy idol is facing south which is a very rare Sri Hanuman darshan for devotees.

As per the Vastu Pandits, this Pilgrimage center has a very good Vastu, as North-East is having a big Bhavanasi tank with full of water and South-West is having Singarakonda hill. Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy as the kshetra Palaka is another speciality for this temple.