Markapur

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Markapur
Markapuram
city
Markapur is located in Andhra Pradesh
Markapur
Markapur
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 15°44′N 79°17′E / 15.73°N 79.28°E / 15.73; 79.28Coordinates: 15°44′N 79°17′E / 15.73°N 79.28°E / 15.73; 79.28
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Prakasam
Elevation 145 m (476 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 71,092
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 523316
Telephone code 08596

Markapur is a town and a municipality and Revenue Headquarters in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the Third largest Town in Prakasam district.

Geography[edit]

Markapur is located at 15°44′N 79°17′E / 15.73°N 79.28°E / 15.73; 79.28.[1] It has an average elevation of 145 metres (475 ft).

Demographics[edit]

Markapur had a population of 73,583(As per March 2012). Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Markapur has an average literacy rate of 72%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 65%. In Markapur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age...

Business[edit]

Situated on the banks of the Gundlakamma(amma amma) river,this bustling town caters to 80% of the country's demand for slates and slate pencils.

The place 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 European countries.

Entertainment[edit]

STAR GAMES & XEROX CENTER Situated in the way of Nagulavaram road. a very good games point for Kids and Internet Users.

Transportation[edit]

Bus Markapur is Located on the Thokapalli - Nadayal State Highway. town has APSRTC bus station located opposite ABM High School. There are frequent buses to district headquarters Ongole. People who wants to visit Srisailam (Famous Shiva Temple-One of the Dwaadasa Jyothirlingams) from long distance can get down at Markapur railway station and reach Srisailam by bus from this town. The bus frequency to Hyderabad is also great.100 buses above in our markapur city.

Train[edit]

Railway station ( Markapur Road ) is 4 km from town. It is a part of the Guntur division of South Central Railway division. City bus shuttles to and fro between town and railway station as per the train timings. The railway line from Vijayawada to Guntakal passes through this station.

Temples[edit]

Exterior

Sri Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Swamy Temple

This temple is the main attraction for tourists visiting this town. The temple galigopuram is very tall and can be seen 5 km away from the town.The unique feature of the temple is that every year, from 23 December to 3 January, the sun's rays at dawn enter the sanctum sanctorum, through specially placed windows, and fall at the feet of the deity making them glow for 20 minutes in a day.

Other Temples are Ammavarisala (Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple), Sri Shirdi Sai Satsang Mandir (Jawaharnagar Colony), Ayyappa Swamy Temple, Shiva Temple, Saibaba Temple, Ramulavari temple etc.

Nearest Historical Places[edit]

Cumbum Tank is the historical irrigation tank formed by damming the Gundlakamma river by earthen bund, which is the highest in the Presidency (80 ft), with 100 yards length. The tank spread over an area of 9 square miles (23 km2), and irrigates 6,944 acres (28.10 km2) with over 3,500 acres (14 km2) is second cropped in a good year. A more successful work is the Cumbum tank, formed under native rule by damming a gorge of the Gundlakamma river. Cumbum tank is accessible both by rail and road 27 km distance from Markapur. The main source of water for Markapur tank flows down from Cumbum Tank.

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