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|• Total||27 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|• Density||4,800/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Chilakaluripet is a Grade 1 town and a municipality 15 miles south-west of Guntur City in Guntur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The National Highway-5 has a stretch of nearly 4 km in the town. It is a good commercial and educational centre.
Chilakaluripet was known as "chilakala thota, Rajagari Kota and Purushothama patnam" in the 18th and 19th centuries. A village on the outskirts of Chilakaluripet has a great history. The British used to call this town as "Chick pet". Due to the number of orchards in and around the town, parrots used to flock here and live on the trees. Hence, this place was called "Chilakaluru" during the time of Chilakaluripet zameendars(Land Lords).
Before independence, the Chilakaluripet zameendars were always liberal with the people. They prevented the people from paying much taxes to the government.When the decoits, namely 'Pindaries' attacked chilakaluripet during the late 1800s, they were driven out by the able administration of zameendars. In 1818, these zameendars printed their own gold coins with the symbol 'pagoda'. They received the 'best administrative award' from the British in revenue affairs. They used to import horses of fine quality from foreign countries such as Persia and Eastern Europe. Chilakaluripet was transformed into a municipality after India gained Independence. At present also the zameendary heriditor Sri Raja Manuri Raghavendra rao and his family were living in there zameendary palace named "Pedda kota".
As of 2001[update] India census, Chilakaluripet had a population of above 1,10,000. But as of 2011, the population including surrounding colonies and villages is estimated to be around 2,00,000. This town is ranked 100th in the state in population as per 2011 census. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Chilakaluripet has an average literacy rate of 75%, more than the national average of 70%; with male literacy of 75% and female literacy of 65%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Chilakaluripet has many small to medium scale industries. Many cotton spinning mills, tobacco companies and stone crusher factories are situated around the town providing employment to a large number of people. Andhra Pradesh government built the Spices Park in Maidavolu village of the constitution. The main idea behind constructing this is it serves as a processing and storage facility for chillies, turmeric and other spices. This may improve the economic prospects of the region drastically. It is also famous for its jeep building industry.
Hinduism is the most widely followed religion; Islam and Christianity are also followed by many. Many major festivals like Sankranthi, Maha Shivarathri, Vinayakachavithi, Sri Ramanavami, Diwali, Ramzan, Bakrid and Christmas are celebrated. Sri Ramanavami is celebrated in the town for three days. Coconut thatched roofs are laid across the business area of the town during March and April every year. Thousands of people gather in the town for festival celebrations from nearby villages.
Cricket is the most popular sport followed and played here just like any other Indian town. Other sports like badminton,volleyball and kabaddi are also enjoyed by the people in and around the town. Traditional sports like bull racing are organised every year during the Sankranthi period(January).
AMG India International is a registered Christian social service organization, established in 1968, by Dr. S. John David. A M G Stands for 'Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel'. AMG is providing services to the poor, needy and destitute people, without any discrimination of caste, creed, or religion, in many areas of need, with special emphasis on health and education. There is a proposal of renovating the Kondavid Fort and building an ISKCON temple in the region which ultimately may transform the region into a tourisn hot spot in the state. The close proximity to Guntur city and having the National Highway running through the town boosts the trade and development in the town. Real estate in the area towards Guntur is booming as many property developers are buying lands close by the National Highway and building high class apartments and retail stores.
Main mode of transportation in Chilakaluripet are buses and other private vehicles. APSRTC and private buses ply from here to all the major cities and towns across Andhra Pradesh. APSRTC operates several buses to the state capital every day. The nearest railway stations are Guntur, Narasaraopet and Chirala, 35 km, 20 km and 35 km respectively. The nearest airport is in Gannavaram, Vijayawada which is about 85 km from Chilakaluripet. Had a train station built here, this town would have been more developed. Many business people, students and others commute to farther places like Guntur everyday and to Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore weekly by buses as they are the only mode of transportation.
Chilakaluripet is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. Some of the nearby villages are Evurivaripalem, Purushottamapatnam, Thimmapuram, Dintenapadu, Edlapadu, Ganapavaram,'Appapuram,kavur, Nadendla, Jaggapuram- Jaladi, Pasumarru, Boppudi, Ganesunivaripalem, Sandepudi, Turlapadu, Murikipudi,Thathapudi, Manukondavaripalem, Dandamudi,Ramachandrapuram,..veluru, Polireddypalem.
Karanam Rangarao (CPIM), native of a Veluru, was the first MLA of Chilakaluripet after Independence and served as a village president for 30 years.
Jampani Venkateswarlu (CPIM) Who was elected as a sarpanch for veluru village got "Best Panchayti" award from Govt of AP in 1999.
- 2009 - Prattipati Pulla Rao (TDP)
Watching movies is the best entertainment available in Chilakaluripet, a home of movie lovers with the following well established Cinema Theaters
- Bhaskar Picture Palace DTS
- Manga Deluxe DTS
- Vijaya Bhaskar A/C DTS
- KR Mini A/C DTS
- Nagarjuna Kalamandir DTS (Partially Air-conditioned)
- Krishna Mahal DTS (Partially Air-conditioned)
- Viswanadha DTS (Partially Air-conditioned)
- Venkateswara DTS (Partially Air-conditioned)
- Srinivasa DTS (Partially Air-conditioned)
- Vijaya Lakshmi DTS
- Rama Krishna DTS
- Balaji Delux DTS
- Jaya Lakshmi A/C DTS (Edlapadu)
Chilakaluripet is home to many schools and colleges. A few of them are
- Chanakya Residential Public School
- Chaitanya littles talent school
- Saint Charles English Medium High School
- RVSCVS High School
- Sarada Zilla parishad High School
- DRNSCVS College
- Chundi Ranganayakulu College of Engineering and Arts (Ganapavaram)
- AMG India International
- Sri chaitanya techno school
- Veda Public School
- KAKATHEEYA VIDYA PEETHAM
- KAKATHEEYA HIGH SCHOOL,
- Modern Public School & College,
- Sri Sadineni Chowdariah Residential Public School
- Sadineni Chowdaraiah College of Arts and Sciences (Maddirala)
- Vivekanada Intensive Junior College
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Maddirala
- bhashyam public school
- Xavier's Public school
- SR Public School
- Sri Pullappa Thota RamaKoteswara Rao Memorial High School (Purushothama Patnam)
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.