Vinukonda

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Vinukonda
వినుకొండ
Town (Municipality)
Vinukonda-Nandyal Railway Section along Nallamala Hills
Vinukonda-Nandyal Railway Section along Nallamala Hills
Vinukonda is located in Andhra Pradesh
Vinukonda
Vinukonda
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°03′N 79°45′E / 16.05°N 79.75°E / 16.05; 79.75Coordinates: 16°03′N 79°45′E / 16.05°N 79.75°E / 16.05; 79.75
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Guntur
Elevation[1] 95 m (312 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 59,725
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 522 xxx
Vehicle registration AP-07

Vinukonda is a Municipal town in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Local mythology holds a hill nearby as the place where Rama was informed of his wife Sita's abduction.[citation needed] The name therefore literally translates to "Hearing Hill". It is also the headquarters of Vinukonda mandal.

Geography[edit]

Vinukonda is located at 16°03′N 79°45′E / 16.05°N 79.75°E / 16.05; 79.75.[3] It has an average elevation of 75 metres (246 feet). Much like the rest of Guntur district, it has very hot summers and mild winters. Rainfall is mostly in the months of July to September. High concentrations of fluorides are found in the underground water reserves and potable water is therefore rare.[citation needed] The STD code of the town is +91 8646 and PIN Code is 522647.

History[edit]

Dolmens and other megalithic structures have been found in the town's neighbourhood.[citation needed] Inscriptions from about 1000–1400 CE are also to be found in many old temples. The Vishnukundina, a local dynasty, ruled the adjoining areas from here during the turn of the millennium.[citation needed] During the medieval era, the hill nearby was the site of a fortress. A four hundred year old Jamia Masjid, built in 1640, is the only major relic of Muslim rule in the town.[4]

Transport[edit]

Vinukonda is the major road junction in Guntur District. The town is about 250 km from the state capital of Hyderabad. Located on the GunturKurnoolBellary Highway, it has regular bus services from Hyderabad, Tirupathi, Kadapa, Kurnool, Narasaraopet, Ongole, Guntur, Vijayawada, Bellary, Sindhanur, Davanagere, Srisailam and Karnataka Areas.

Vinukonda is a station on the Guntakal-Vijayawada railway line and falls under the Guntur division of South Central Railway. It has direct train services to Secunderabad, Hubli, Guntur and Bangalore.

The nearest airport is 130 km away in Vijayawada.

Famous personalities[edit]

  • Gurram Jashuva, a poet, born in Vinukonda.
  • Sivayya Garu, communist party of india.
  • Jagarlamudi Krish, a film director in Telugu film industry, Tollywood.
  • Atchyutani Gopala Krishnamurthy, Mudra Ad Agency Founder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elevation for Vinukonda". Veloroutes. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Vinukonda
  4. ^ W. Francis (1989). Gazetteer of South India. Mittal Publications. pp. 328–. GGKEY:4Y158YFPNGZ. Retrieved 19 June 2012.