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For other uses, see Bobbili (disambiguation).
historical town
Musical concert Mandapam at Bobbili
Musical concert Mandapam at Bobbili
Bobbili is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 18°34′00″N 83°22′00″E / 18.5667°N 83.3667°E / 18.5667; 83.3667Coordinates: 18°34′00″N 83°22′00″E / 18.5667°N 83.3667°E / 18.5667; 83.3667
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Vizianagaram
 • MLA Sujay Krishna Rangarao, Ravu Venkata
Elevation 103 m (338 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 57,300
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 535 558
Telephone code 91 08944
Sex ratio 1:1 /
Statue of Thandra Paparayudu at RK Beach

Bobbili is a town, mandal headquarters and a Municipality in Vizianagaram district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.[1]


Bobbili is located at 18°34′00″N 83°22′00″E / 18.5667°N 83.3667°E / 18.5667; 83.3667.[2] 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 Muhammad Khan, the Nawab of Srikakulam 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[edit]

Main article: 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.


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

As of 2001 India census,[3] 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[edit]

Bobbili is known for its quality education. 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)


Parliamentary and assembly constituencies

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. Since 2009 Bobbili Parliamentary Constituency no longer exists and is replaced with Vizianagaram Parliamentary constituency. Bobbili is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. There are 1,20,173 registered voters in this constituency in 1999 elections.


Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation has set up Industrial Development area at Bobbili in 2008. Nearly 200 units will be set up in an area of over 1,000 acres of land. The state government has spent about Rs. 20 crore is on infrastructure like roads, water supply, power transmission including a 33 KV sub-station. The major projects in the pipeline include B.K. Steels, Vizag Profiles and Ferro Alloys. The Growth Centre has a potential to employ 10,000 people directly and a few thousands indirectly through the ancillary industries.


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