Chittoor district

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Chittoor district
చిత్తూరు జిల్లా
District of Andhra Pradesh
Location of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh
Location of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Administrative division Chittoor district
Headquarters Chittoor
Tehsils 66[1]
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Tirupati (Lok Sabha constituency), Chittoor (Lok Sabha constituency)
 • Assembly seats 14
 • Total 15,359 km2 (5,930 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,170,468[2]
 • Urban 29.47%
 • Literacy 72.36%
 • Sex ratio 1002
Major highways NH 18
Coordinates 18°25′N 84°01′E / 18.417°N 84.017°E / 18.417; 84.017Coordinates: 18°25′N 84°01′E / 18.417°N 84.017°E / 18.417; 84.017
Website Official website
Chittor district is a part of Rayalaseema region (highlighted in blue) in Andhra Pradesh
Archaean rocks formations of Tirumala Hills make a look alike shape of Garuda

Chittoor district (About this sound pronunciation ), also known as Chittur, is a district in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, India. The district headquarters is Chittoor City. The district has a population of 4,170,468 according to 2011 census of India,[3] nearly equal to the population of Liberia. Chittoor district is famous for the Tirupati, Kanipakam and Sri Kalahasti temples. It lies in the Poini river valley of southernmost Andhra Pradesh, on the NH4 BangaloreChennai highway. It is a major market center for mangoes, grains, sugarcane, and peanuts. Major industries around the city are Amaron Batteries, nation's leading automobile batteries, and Nutrine Confectioneries, a major chocolate/candies producer, and this city is one of the major granite and mango pulp producing centers of India.


Chittoor District was formed on 1 April 1911, taking Chittoor, Palamaneru, Chandragiri from the then North Arcot District of Tamil Nadu and Madanapalli, Vayalpadu from Cuddapah and Punganur, Sri Kalahasti, Karvetinagar from Zamindari provinces to form united Chittoor district.


Districts of Andhra Pradesh

Chittoor is a part of Rayalaseema.[4] The district occupies an area of 15,359 square kilometres (5,930 sq mi),[5] comparatively equivalent to Svalbard's Nordaustlandet.[6] The district is bounded by Anantapur District to the northwest, Cuddapah District to the north, Nellore District to the northeast, Krishnagiri District, Vellore District and Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu state to the south, and Kolar District of Karnataka state to the west. Chittoor district lies extreme south of the Andhra Pradesh state approximately between 12°37′ - 14°8′ north latitudes and 78°3′ - 79°55′ east longitudes. Thirty percent of the total land area is covered by forests in the district.[7] Mango and tamarind groves surround the city of Chittoor, and cattle are raised in the district. The soils in the district constitute red loamy 57%, red sandy 34% and the remaining 9% is covered by black clay black loamy, black sandy and red clay[7]

Chittoor is around 180 km from Bangalore, around 160 km from Chennai, and around 590 km from Hyderabad, state capital and around 1800 km from National capital Delhi.


The important rivers in the district are Ponnai and Swarnamukhi rivers which originate in eastern ghats. Other rivers include Kusasthali, Beema, Bahuda, Pincha, Kalyani, Araniyar and Pedderu. None of the rivers are perennial. Main rivers include Swarnamukhi, Kalangi, Papaghni, Koundinya, Paleru, Arani, Pinchcha, Cheyyeru, Neeva and Kusasthali


The temperature in the western parts of the district like Punganur, Madanapalle, Horsley Hills are relatively lower than the eastern parts of the Chittoor District. This is because of the higher altitude of the western parts compared to the eastern parts. The summer temperatures touches 46 °C in the eastern parts whereas in the western parts it ranges around 36º to 38 °C. Similarly the winter temperatures of the western parts are relatively low ranging around 12 °C to 14 °C and in eastern parts it is 16 °C to 18 °C.[8]

Chittoor District receives an annual rainfall of 918.1 mm. The South West Monsoon and North East Monsoon are the major sources of rainfall for the district. On average the district receives 438.0 mm of rainfall through the South West Monsoon (From June to September) and 396.0 mm from North East Monsoon (From October to December). The rainfall received by the district in the years 2002 and 2003 are 984.2 mm and 934 mm respectively.[9]


According to the 2011 census Chittoor district has a population of 4,170,468,[10] roughly equal to the nation of Lebanon[11] or the US state of Kentucky.[12] This gives it a ranking of 47th in India (out of a total of 640) and 6th in its state.[10] The district has a population density of 275 inhabitants per square kilometre (710/sq mi) .[10] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 11.33%.[10] Chittoor has a sex ratio of 1002 females for every 1000 males,[10] and a literacy rate of 72.36%.[10]

The population of Chittoor District according to 1991 census was 32.5 lakhs with density of 214/km².

Telugu is the native as well as official language in the district. Urdu is second official language in the district[13]

Household indicators[edit]

In 2007–2008 the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1010 households in 38 villages across the district.[14] They found that 92.7% had access to electricity, 99.6% had drinking water, 33.3% toilet facilities, and 53.8% lived in a pucca (permanent) home.[14] 29.3% of girls wed before the legal age of 18[15] and 88.2% of interviewees carried a BPL card.[14]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The district is divided into 3 revenue divisions viz., Chittoor, Tirupati and Madanapalle.[16] The district has 66 mandals under these 3 revenue divisions, with 2 Municipal Corporations of Chittoor and Tirupati and 6 municipalities of Madanapalle, Punganur, Palamaner, Nagari, Srikalahasti and Puttur.[17] Each revenue divisions are divided into mandals.[18]

The mandals are listed with respect to their revenue divisions in the following table:


There are a total of 66 Mandals in Chittoor district.[19]

# Chittoor Division Tirupati Division Madanapalle Division
1 Bangarupalem Buchinaidu khandriga B.Kothakota
2 Chittoor Chandragiri Baireddipalle
3 Gangadhara nellore KVB Puram Chinnagottigallu
4 Gudipala Nagalapuram Chowdepalle
5 Irala Pakala Gangavaram
6 Karvetinagar Pitchatur Gudipala
7 Nagari Pulicherla Gurramkonda
8 Narayanavanam Renigunta Kalakada
9 Nindra Sathyavedu Kalikiri
10 Palasamudram Srikalahasti Kambhamvaripalle
11 Penumuru Thottambedu Kuppam
12 Puthalapattu Tirupati (rural) Kurabalakota
13 Puttoor Tirupati (urban) Madanapalle
14 Ramachandrapuram Varadaiahpalem Mulakalacheruvu
15 Srirangarajapuram Yerpedu Nimmanapalli
16 Thavanampalle Palamaner
17 Vadamalapeta Peddamandyam
18 Vedurukuppam Peddapanjani
19 Vijayapuram Peddathippasamudram
20 Yadamari Punganur
21 Ramakuppam
22 Ramasamudram
23 Rompicherla
24 Sadam
25 Santhipuram
26 Somala
27 Thamballapalle
28 Valmikipuram
29 Venkatagirikota
30 Yerravaripalem

Assembly Constituencies

There are 14 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly MLA constituencies in Chittoor district.[20] They are:


In 2006 the Indian government named Chittoor one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[21] It is one of the thirteen districts in Andhra Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[21]


  • Tirupathi Gangamma Jatara is celebrated in the district. The festival is celebrated about the killing of a vassal by the Gangamma. In Tirupati, the festival is celebrated in a grand scale.
  • Kanuma festival during Sankranti is celebrated in a grand scale with bulls decorated and paraded in the streets and also in some parts the bulls are chased.
  • Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple on Seven Hills at Tirumala is a world famous temple.
  • Ramzan, Bakrid and Christmas are also observed as celebrated festivals throughout the district. Unity in diversified culture is seen in the district.

Notable people[edit]


Municipal Corporation of Tirupati in Chittoor District is renowned for education, and stands first in the entire Rayalaseema region. Tirupati is home to multiple institutions of higher learning. Sri Venkateswara University, AP's first women's university Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Sree Vidyanikethan Educational Trust are located in Tirupati. Additionally Tirupati urban area is home to several colleges and educational institutions. Apart from Tirupati, Chittoor District has numerous colleges imparting professional courses. Kuppam in Chittoor District has the 'Dravidian University',[22] a one of its kind university.

Chittoor district is also home to the prestigious National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) of the Department of Space. The lab is involved in carrying out fundamental and applied research in Atmospheric and Space Sciences.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "District - Chittoor". Andhra Pradesh Online Portal. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chittoor district profile". Andhra Pradesh State Portal. 
  3. ^ "Census of India 2011". 
  4. ^ "The District Of Seven Hills - Tirumala". 
  5. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Andhra Pradesh: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. pp. 1111–1112. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. 
  6. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 1998-02-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. Nordaustlandet 14,467 
  7. ^ a b "National Informatics Center, Chittoor". 2005-06-28. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chittoor district". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  9. ^ "Irrigation". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  11. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Lebanon 4,143,101 July 2011 est. 
  12. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Kentucky 4,339,367 
  13. ^ "Language in India". Language in India. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  14. ^ a b c "District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3), 2007-08: India. Andhra Prades" (PDF). International Institute for Population Sciences and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  15. ^ "How Do I? : Obtain Marriage Certificate". National Portal Content Management Team, National Informatics Centre. 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-03. To be eligible for marriage, the minimum age limit is 21 for males and 18 for females. 
  16. ^ "Industrial Profile - Chittoor District". Commissionerate of Industries - Government of Andhra Pradesh. p. 4. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Municipalities of Andhra Pradesh". C&DMA Web Site of Government of Andhra Pradesh. Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "District Profile". Chittoor District Official website. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mandals in Chittoor district". AP State Portal. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "District-wise Assembly-Constituencies in Andhra Pradesh". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  21. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme". National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
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