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|• Type||Municipal Corporation|
|• Body||Nellore Municipal Corporation|
|• city||194.4 km2 (75.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|• Density||2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)|
|• Official||Telugu, Urdu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||AP 26|
Nellore (Telugu: నెల్లూరు Urdu: نیلور) is a city and municipal corporation in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Nellore is the 6th most populous city in Andhra Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore district. The ancient name of Nellore was "Vikrama Simhapuri". Nellore is situated about 168 kilometres (104 mi) north of Chennai on the Chennai-Kolkata highway and 453 kilometres (281 mi) south east of Hyderabad, the state capital. It is located on the banks of the Penneru river and is well known for its production of mica, gold jewellery, aquaculture and paddy.
'Nellore' is derived from 'Nelluru', a combination of two Tamil words 'Nel' meaning Paddy and 'Ooru' meaning place.
Nellore existed from the times of Mauryan empire and was ruled by Ashoka in 3rd century B.C. It was annexed by the Pallavas between the fourth and sixth century A.D. Tamil inscriptions indicate that it formed part of Cholas kingdom until their decline in the thirteenth century. Nellore was known by the name of Vikrama Simhapuri till the 13th century. In 18th century, Nellore was taken over by the British from the Arcot Nawabs and was part of the Madras Presidency of British India. The city had an important role in the emergence of the Telugu language and the formation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Potti Sriramulu, a freedom fighter, Gandhian and Telugu activist who fasted until death for the formation of Andhra Pradesh, hailed from Nellore.
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The climate of Nellore city is a typical tropical maritime climate, with warm, humid summers and mild winters. April and May are the hottest months and the hot conditions generally last till the end of the June. December, January and February are the coolest months. As the Bay of Bengal is at a distance of 24 kilometres (15 mi) from the city, the sea breeze renders the climate of the city moderate both in winter and in summer. Humidity level in the city is high due to its proximity to the coast. Nellore does not receive the south-west monsoon. Rainfall in Nellore occurs between the months of October and December due to the north-east monsoon. This period gives about 60% of the city's annual rainfall. Cyclones are common in the city during this period, causing floods and havoc.
As of 2011[update] Indian census, Nellore city had a population of 565,258; in the same year the population of its urban agglomeration was 734,011. The sex ratio in Nellore is 966 females per 1000 males. Effective literacy is 83.59%; male literacy is 87.53% and female literacy is 79.52%. 8.32% of the population is under 6 years of age.
As a large percent of population is rural and dependent on agriculture, their way of life is more traditional in nature. Telugu is the official language of Nellore district. The other languages that are spoken in the region are Tamil and Urdu.
Proximity to the sea and fertile land towards the east have led to agriculture and aquaculture being the backbone of the economy. The district has a cultivable area equal to 41.3 percent and the crops which are most commonly grown in the district are paddy, jowar, bajra along with tobacco, chillies, groundnut and sugarcane. Handloom, mica mines, thermal power generation and hand made jewellery are other industries that contribute to the economic development. Krishnapatnam port which is located 20 kilometers from the district serves as a major center for economic activity of the district.
Nellore is well connected by road with National Highway 5 from Chennai to Kolkata, part of the Golden Quadrilateral expressway project, passing through it. Nellore is connected by APSRTC to major parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, TNSTC from Chennai and KSRTC from Bangalore. Nellore is a zonal headquarters of APSRTC, comprising Nellore, Prakasam and Chittoor districts. There are 2 bus stations in the city:
- RTC Bus Station- for intercity and interstate mofussil buses
- Potti Sreeramulu Bus Station or Atmakur Bus Station- for intra district and town buses
Nellore railway station (IR code: NLR) lies on Vijayawada-Chennai section of Chennai - Howrah trunk line and hence well connected by rail to most parts of India. Nellore railway station is also connected by Chennai Suburban Railway, lying on the North Line which terminates at Bitragunta.
Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd. (KPCL) was formed by government of Andhra Pradesh to develop the existing minor port into modern, deep water and high productivity port, on BOST (Build–Operate-Share-Transfer) concession basis for 50 years. It was opened on July 17, 2008.
The nearest airport is at Tirupati, which is 130 km from the city which has limited services to certain domestic destinations like Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Mumbai and Delhi. The nearest major airport is the Chennai International Airport, about 189 km from the city, which is an international airport providing connectivity to major parts of India and the world. The Government of Czech Republic has evinced interest in building a domestic airport in Nellore. However so far no concrete work has been done on this front as the process of land acquisition for the airport is posing a problem.
Secondary and higher secondary education are handled by SSC board. Although many schools have a choice to pursue school education through Central board (CBSC). Prominent institutions include Vikrama Simhapuri University, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Veda and Sanskrit college and Venkatagiri Raja's College (VRC) and high school.
Places of interest
- Talpagiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
- Kodandarama Swamy Temple, Buchireddipalem
- Gayathri Devi Vishwakarma Temple
- Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakshi Temple, Jonnawada
- Vedagiri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Devastanam, Narasimha Konda
- Somasila Dam
- Pulicat Lake
- Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
- Udaygiri fort
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