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Pillalamarri, one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Suryapet
Pillalamarri, one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Suryapet
Suryapet is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 17°08′29″N 79°37′25″E / 17.141447°N 79.623585°E / 17.141447; 79.623585Coordinates: 17°08′29″N 79°37′25″E / 17.141447°N 79.623585°E / 17.141447; 79.623585
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Region Telangana
District Nalgonda
 • Body Suryapet Municipality
 • MLA Ram Reddy Damodar Reddy
 • Total 54 km2 (21 sq mi)
Elevation 571 m (1,873 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 110,524
 • Density 3,000/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
 • Official Telugu, Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 508213, 508214
Telephone code 91-8684
Vehicle registration AP24[H,Q,AE,AQ,AV]
Sex ratio 1000:923 /
HDI Increase 0.552
HDI Category medium
Literacy 84.88%
Climate Tropical (Köppen)
Precipitation 995 millimetres (39.2 in)
Avg. annual temperature 31 °C (88 °F)
Avg. summer temperature 45 °C (113 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 22 °C (72 °F)

Suryapet Listeni/ˈsrjɑːptə/ (Telugu: సూర్యాపేట) (Urdu: سریاپتہ ‎) is a major town and municipality in Nalgonda district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Suryapet town has historical recognition as 'Gate Way of Telangana'.[1] It is sometimes referred as Bhanupuri (Telugu: భానుపురి). It lies on the National Highway 9 and is equidistant from the capital city of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

Suryapet is India's first 'Waste-Compliant'city.[2] Suryapet municipality has won Green Leaf Award for Best Garbage Disposal in 2007.[3] It has won many awards for its cleanliness from the Andhra Pradesh government as well as Indian government and got the Best Municipality award under BJP reign.


Suryapet or Suriapet is located at 17°09′00″N 79°37′00″E / 17.1500°N 79.6167°E / 17.1500; 79.6167.[4] It has an average elevation of 266 metres (873 ft).


This town has the traces of rich history. Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, and finally Nizams ruled it. Pillalamarri temples with intricately carved stone pillars stand testimony to the architectural style of the Kakatiya period. Trescoes and inscriptions tell the tales of the rulers of the Kakatiya dynasty. Some temples and remains of fortified walls and buildings can be found near Undrugonda.

This town was once a small site for a group of inhabitants. At that time the name was "Bhanupuri". Later it was renamed to its current name.

Telangana Rebellion[edit]

To enhance its name and its legacy, there is another gem in the Suryapet crown. This town has the active participation in the Telangana Rebellion against Razakar of Nizam rulers. Some of the people who stood against Razakars are Bhimreddy Narasimha Reddy,Bikumalla Sathyam, Bommagani Dharma Bhiksham, Boddupally Singara Chary,Vardhelli Buchiramulu, Bandi Yadagiri,Dr.A.P.Vittal, Mallu Swarajyam,Mallu Venkata Narasimha Reddy,Rangiah,Bheemiah.

There were many poems to enlighten the common people about the revolt and its leaders. One such poem by Bandi Yadagiri, who penned the famous song " బండెనుక బండి కట్టి… ".

'సుట్టుముట్టూ సూర్యపేట, నట్టనడుమ నల్లగొండ నువ్వుండేది హైద్రబాదు దాని పక్క గోలుకొండ'..

Topographical features[edit]

The soil in and around the town is hard gravel soil. Elevation of the town varies from + 169 mtrs to 184 mtrs above main sea level. The natural slope of the town is from North to South. There are three tanks namely Pulla Reddy Tank, Chowdary Tank and Nallacheruvu Tank in the heart of the town. Musi left canal passes through the town from west to east irrigating fields in and around the town. The average ground water table is about 50 below ground level.


Under the Köppen climate classification, Suryapet experiences Tropical Wet and Dry Climate. The annual mean temperature is 36 °C .Monthly mean temperatures are 19–40 °C (66–104 °F).Summers (March–June) are hot and humid, with temperatures in the low 30s Celsius; during dry spells, maximum temperatures often exceed 45 °C in May and June. Winter lasts for only about two-and-a-half months, with seasonal lows dipping to 9–11 °C (48–52 °F) in December and January. May is the hottest month, with daily temperatures ranging from 35–43 °C (95–109 °F); January, the coldest month, has temperatures varying from 15–23 °C (59–73 °F). The highest recorded temperature is 51.02 °C (111.0 °F), and the lowest is 9 °C (48 °F).

Rains brought by the south-west summer monsoon lash Suryapet between June and September, supplying it with most of its annual rainfall of 821.0 mm . The highest total monthly rainfall, 180.0 mm, occurs in July .October and November also experiences increased rainfall from the North East Monsoon. Winter season starts in December and lasts through February. Temperatures range from a minimum of 18 °C and can reach 33 °C.

Climate data for Suryapet
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
Average low °C (°F) 16
Precipitation mm (inches) 3
Source: MyWeather


Religions in Suryapet
Religion Percentage

As of 2011 India census,[5] Suryapet had an urban metropolitan population of 1,06,524[6] Suryapet is the second most populous city in Nalgonda district the first one being Nalgonda town. Apart from the city population, it has a floating population of approximately 10,000 from the neighbouring villages daily. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Suryapet has an average literacy rate of 84.88%, higher than the national average of 74.04.%: male literacy is 91.18%, and female literacy is 78.74%. In Suryapet, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Civic administration[edit]

Suryapet city is governed by Municipality and is situated in Suryapet Urban Region.[7] It was constituted in the year 1952, as Grade-III Municipality and at present this ULB has been upgraded to Grade-I Municipality consequent to the increase of population and area. The majority of people in this town are engaged in Commercial activities beside substantial agriculture work. The Commissioner is the chief executive Authority of the Municipality. It is also the Revenue Divisional Headquarters. Suryapet Municipality was upgraded into Grade-II Municipality in the year 1984 and to Grade-I on 7 November 1998.It is divided into 41 municipal wards as special grade municipality. There are 44 notified slum areas

Suryapet Municipality Tractor collecting garbage


  • Suryapet has attracted global attention for the transformation that has been brought by the 'effective solid waste management techniques adopted by the Suryapet Municipality.[8]
  • Suryapet secured the ISO 14001-2004 certificate for establishing and maintaining an environment-friendly system for solid waste disposal.[9] Suryapet is the first municipality in the country to receive such a certificate. The municipality bagged Greentech Foundation's Excellence Award and won the Supreme Court's appreciation for proper Solid Waste Management. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme lauded the initiative taken by the municipality as "good practice".

Culture and festivals[edit]

Telugu is the language spoken by the majority in Suryapet. Prominent Hindu festivals celebrated in the region are Sankranti, Ugadi, Sri Ramanavami, Vinayaka Chavithi, Holi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Dasara, Deepavali and Maha Sivaratri. Apart from these, regional festivals like Bathkamma and Bonalu are also celebrated.Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, Ramadan (ninth month of the Islamic calendar) Milad-un-Nabi (Mawlid) and Muharram (Day of Ashura) and Christians celebrate Christmas and Good Friday.


Suryapet New Bus station

Suryapet is located 120 kilometres from Hyderabad,112 kilometres from Warangal,140 kilomeers from Vijayawada,60 kilometres from Khammam,90 kilometres from Janagam and 50 kilometres from Nalgonda.As it is not connected with Rail, passengers use bus to travel lo distant places. Suryapet is a major road junction. APSRTC operates buses from Suryapet to several places like Hyderabad/Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda,Karimnagar,Miryalaguda, Vishakapatnam, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Janagaon, Srisailam, Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh. Mumbai, Pune, in Maharashtra State and Bidar, Bangalore in Karnataka State. Suryapet depot is having larger fleet of buses.

Suryapet Hi-Tech Bus Station

APSRTC has three main bus stations in Suryapet:

  • Old Bus station – For ordinary buses which are going for nearest towns and villages
  • New Bus Station – For Express and Ordinary buses which are going for nearest towns
  • Express Bus station / Hi-Tech Bus station – Mainly for Garuda, Hi-tech and Luxury buses, which provide services to major cities and towns in the state and main cities outside the state of Andhra Pradesh. There are many auto rickshaws available to commute with in the town.

Over the years, there is a demand for construction of new Railway line passing through Suryapet. But it could not be a reality. Nearest Railway stations are Nalgonda, Khammam, Jangaon. Nearest Railway Junction is Kazipet. The nearest international airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, 132 km from Suryapet.

Direction compass[edit]


Suryapet's economy is predominantly agricultural. It is one of the major trading centres for the farmers from the Telangana region. Agricultural market yard in Suryapet is one of busiest and biggest in the state. Suryapet has several small- to medium-scale industries.

Market yard[edit]

Agricultural market yard in Suryapet is one of busiest and biggest in the state. An agriculture market which is about 30 acres (100,000 m2) of land opened for farmers on NH9.[10] In which old agricultural market laid at market road is doing its service for farmers since decades. Current Market is one of the biggest markets in Telangana NH9: There will be a lot of business going on within the city as it is located on the National Highway (NH9)



Many banks are operating through their branches in Suryapet.

Health care[edit]

Suryapet is offering services to the localities and also people in 100+ villages around it. Below are the main hospitals
1) Dr Danda Muralidhar Reddy Metro Multi Speciality Hospital, NH Road
2) Govt. Hospital
3) Nirmala Hospital
4) Lions Club Eye Hospital
5) Indira Hospital
6) Aditya Clinic – Dr.K.Rangareddy
7) Vijaya Krishna Nursing Home

8)Jabilli pillala hospital M.G.Road,near Telanganatalli vigraham.

9) Sandhya Hospital

10) Metro Hospital

And more than 100 private hospitals.


7 Food Court, Suryapet situated on NH9

The first theatre in Nalgonda District was constructed in Suryapet(Sri Krishna Talkies). There are 5 theatres which are always ready to entertain the moviegoers
List of theatres include:


There are many hotels,lodges, restaurants in Suryapet. Suryapet is famous for its Dhabas situated on NH9 which serve many passengers throughout. Restaurants like Seven Food Court (Includes SubWay,Coffee Day),Sri Prasad Hotel(veg),Balaji Grand, Mamatha, Mayuri, Shilpi,Vijetha,AFC[American Fried Chicken] are popular among them.

Functional halls[edit]

Triveni Functional Hall(A/c)
  • Triveni Gardens(A/c)
  • Triveni Gardens(Non A/c)
  • Balaji Gardens
  • AVR Gardens
  • Sumangali Gardens
  • Gayathri Gardens
  • Suryapet Function Hall
  • YAR Function Hall
  • TTD Function Hall
  • SRN Garden
  • Mannem Sadashiva Reddy(A/c)
Triveni Functonal Hall Garden


Print media: All major newspapers are circulated in the city. Some local newspapers are published within the city.

Television and radio[edit]

  • National and State radio stations. RADIO MIRCHI, S.FM,BIG FM,RADIO CITY
  • All major international, national, state and local television channels[12]


Suryapet is a major education hub in the district. Apart from local students, many students from the surrounding villages pursue their Education. There are various Engineering Colleges, Degree Colleges, Junior Colleges, Schools and IIT-JEE Coaching Institutions in the town.

Inter mediate education[edit]

Engineering colleges[edit]

Sri Venkateswara Engineering College

Srujana Polytechnic College || SRJN

Theater Name
Kishore 70 MM AC
Navya 70 MM AC
VRDR Cinemas 70 MM AC
Alankar 35 MM Ac
Teja Movie Max 70 MM AC
College Name
prathibha junior college,60 feet road,suryapet
Engineering College Name College Code
Sri Venkateshwara Engineering College SVES
Aravindaksha Educational Society's Group of Institutions AESS
Kamakshi Engineering College and Technology KCET
Government Polytechnic College[Women] NA

Pharmacy colleges[edit]

Pharmacy College Name College Code
Deevena college of Pharmacy DCPS
Aravindaksha Educational Society's Group of Institutions AESS
Vikas College of Pharmacy VCPS

Prathista college of pharmacy /PIPS


Places of worship[edit]

In and around the city there are many places to worship.Temples of Hanuma, Shiva, Santhoshi Maatha, Saibaba, Venkateswara, veera badra swamy,dandu maisamma, Ramalingamanthula, swamy Krishna and many mosques and churches are always open to the religious folks.The famous temple in Suryapet is Venkateswara Temple, Sai baba Temple, Ayappa Swamy Temple held at bypass road, Ramalingeswara Swamy temple located at VidyaNagar.

  • Old Shivalayam Temple: This is a historical temple in the old city.
  • Hanuman Temple : This well known temple is located in Rajeev Nagar, near M.R.O Office. It is very famous from nearly about 40 years.
  • Church: Suryapet Church is one of the biggest and oldest churches in the region.
  • Dandu Maisamma Temple: Situated in Nimmikal. Famous and Powerful Temple.This is situated10  kilometres from Suryapet.


PillalaMarri is one of the oldest Lord Shiva temples which is considered to be 1000 years old. Pillalamarri, being the birthplace of the famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu, is not only historically but also culturally and religiously significant.

Moosi reservoir[edit]

Musi Reservoir

Moosi reservoir is 17 km from Suryapet. It is a local tourist attraction especially when the gates are opened during monsoon season. The reservoir provides water for irrigation and as well as drinking water to suryapet town. Fishing is done using professional nets. Every year fishing rights are auctioned to highest bidder. Fixed amount of money is paid to all male members in each family in the surrounding villages to compensate for their livelihood.


There is one of the oldest siva temple in the village where some wonders occur there regularly on the occasion of any special day.


Undrugonda is a Devotional place, famous for approximately 1000 year old Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple. It is a hilly area. The god here is believed to be powerful. Not only Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple, but also many other temples are in and around Undrugonda.

Durajpalli Jathara[edit]

For the past 400 years, it is being celebrated at Lingamanthula Swamy(Lord Shiva) Temple in Durajpally, a suburb of Suryapet. It is one of the biggest Jatharas in India. Every two years in February nearly ten lakh people visit this carnival. It is second biggest Jathara in Telangana only after Samakka Sarakka Jathara.


Yendlapally is a very beautiful and big village in Suryapet mandal, with lots of greenery, lakes and canals, and famous for its lush paddy fields and the two seasons of monsoons which support cultivation of rice. The fields which stretch across the length and breadth, and famous for Ancient Shivalayam (1200 years old), Every year 'SHIVARATHRI THIRANALA', Shivalayam is situated at bank of Musi River and in the middle of paddy fields, and 'Saibaba' temple,'Anjaneya Swamy' temple, there is a big port named Kota Buruju, constructed as a strategic tower with big stones by the rulers of the Kakatiya Empires. This villages is just 12 kilometres (15 minutes drive) from SURYAPET Town.


Pallair Reservoir in Khammam district 25 kilometres from Suryapet provides delightful experience to its visitors.


Narayanagudem ( Nagulapahad/Dubbagudem ) village is about 18 km south of Suryapet, famous for its temples. There are two Ancient temples (Trilingeswara Aalayam (Shivalayam) and Veerabhadreswara Aalayam) in this village, founded by the "Reddy Rajas" in the Kakatiya's era.They got the amazing art and beautiful sculptures carved on the black stone.These two temples are similar to the Warangal's "Thousand pillar temple" and Pillalamarri Temple. These temples are famous for SHIVARATHRI 'Jatara' conducted every year.

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