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Coastal Andhra

Coordinates: 15°48′N 80°54′E / 15.8°N 80.9°E / 15.8; 80.9
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Coastal Andhra
Kōstā Āndhra
Clockwise from top: Vijayawada landscape, Kanaka Durga Temple, Machilipatnam beach, Eluru Bhuddha park, District Collectorate of West Godavari, Konaseema and Bapatla Agriculture college.
Coordinates: 15°48′N 80°54′E / 15.8°N 80.9°E / 15.8; 80.9
Country India
StateAndhra Pradesh
Largest city
Major Cities
 • Total91,915 km2 (35,489 sq mi)
 • Total34,195,655
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationAP05, AP06, AP07, AP08, AP16, AP18, AP26, AP27, AP37, AP39
Largest airportVijayawada Airport
Lush green farms in East Godavari.

Coastal Andhra or Kosta Andhra (IAST: Kōstā Āndhra) is a geographic region in the States and union territories of India of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is the largest city in this region. Region share borders with Uttarandhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana. It was part of Madras State before 1953 and Andhra State from 1953 to 1956. According to the 2011 census, it has an area of 91,915 square kilometres (35,489 sq mi) which is 57.99% of the total state area and a population of 34,193,868 which is 69.20% of Andhra Pradesh state population.[citation needed] This area includes the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh on the Circar Coast[3] between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal, from the northern border with Odisha to Rayalaseema in the south.

Coastal Andhra is a fertile region suitable for agriculture, which is facilitated by the rivers Godavari, Krishna and Penna.[4] The prosperity of Coastal Andhra can be attributed to its rich agricultural land and an abundant water supply from these three rivers. Rice grown in paddy fields is the main crop, with pulses and coconuts also being important. The fishing industry is also important to the region.[5]


The region of Andhra rose to political power during the reign of the Maurya Dynasty. Megasthenes mentioned that Andhra was a flourishing empire of the Satavahanas' since before the common era.[citation needed] Coastal Andhra was also ruled by the famous Chalukyas in between the period of the 7th Century and the 10th century CE.[citation needed] This period was followed by the reign of many other dynasties such as the Cholas, the Kakatiyas as well as the Vijayanagara Empire.[citation needed]

Antarvedi temple on the banks of Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.

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According to 11th century inscriptions, coastal Andhra is bounded by Mahendragiri mountains (in north-eastern border with Gajapati district of Orissa), Kalahasti temple (in Chittoor district near the border of Nellore district), Srisailam temple (in Kurnool district near the border of Mahbubnagar district and Prakasham district).[6]

The Gajapati and Ganjam districts of Odisha were granted to the French East India Company around 1752.[citation needed] Later they were transferred by the French to the British. Nellore, which extends as far as Ongole Taluk, was later received from the Nawab of Arcot, under an establishment. Some parts of present-day Nellore and Chittoor were in the hands of Venkatagiri Rajas. The British made an arrangement with the Raja of Venkatagiri in 1802 to claim power in those territories also.[citation needed]

The districts of Andhra (Circar) and Rayalaseema were ceded by the Nizam of Hyderabad to the British colonial administration, which became part of Madras Presidency.[7]


Coastal Andhra is located in the eastern region of the state of Andhra Pradesh on the Circar Coast and comprises twelve districts: East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Palnadu, Krishna, Nellore, Kakinada, Prakasam, NTR, Bapatla, Konaseema and Eluru. It borders Rayalaseema, Uttarandhra regions of the state and the states of Telangana. The presence of the Godavari River, Krishna River and Penna River makes the area fertile for irrigation.[8] The coastal line of this region is the second longest in the country, extending up to 974 km.[8]


The area had a total population of 34,195,655 as per 2011 Census of India.

Coastal Andhra is predominantly Hindu (around 93%). Estimates of the Christian population are around 1.51% of the Coastal Andhra population.[9]

The main and most spoken language is Telugu.[10]


Kuchipudi is the classical dance form of the state, which was originated in the Kuchipudi village of Krishna district.[11]


Rice is the staple food in the coastal cuisine and is usually consumed with a variety of curries and lentil soups or broths.[citation needed] The cuisine of Coastal Andhra is influenced by various seafood varieties.[citation needed]


The Twelve districts of Coastal Andhra region are: East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Nellore, Prakasam, Palnadu, Bapatla, Kakinada, Eluru, NTR, and Konaseema.[12]

Chief Ministers from the region are:

Cities and towns[edit]

Overview of Vijayawada city

Vijayawada, Guntur, Nellore, Eluru, Rajamahendravaram, Kakinada, Tuni, are popular cities in this region. The other major cities of this region are Gudivada, Tenali, Narasaraopeta, Bhimavaram, Machilipatnam, Ongole, Tadepalligudem, Also other major towns in the region are , Chirala, Amalapuram, Palakollu, Narasapuram, Kavali, Chilakaluripet, Kandukur.


Buddhist hub[edit]

Gurubhaktulakonda Buddhist Monastery Remnants at Ramatheertham

Coastal Andhra is one of the major Buddhist hubs in India after the Gangetic plains in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Many remnants from large monasteries to small stupas are found in this region from Srikakulam district in the North to Nellore district in the South. Archaeological excavations conducted at Gudivada yielded an ancient Buddhist stupa mound. The major Buddhist Remnant sites in this region are as Amaravathi, Salihundam, Ramatheertham, Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Bojjannakonda, Kummarilova,[13] Kodavali,[14] Bhattiprolu etc.

Boats at Bhimili (Bheemunipatnam) beach in Visakhapatnam District

Rivers, lakes and wetlands[edit]

Andhra Pradesh contains 259 coastal wetlands, covering an area of 18,552 km2,[15] out of which 88 are manmade.

Lake Kolleru a major lake in Coastal Andhra.[citation needed] Kolleru, a natural sweet-water lake, is situated in the West Godavari district and serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for the two rivers. The lake is also an important habitat for up to 50,000 resident and migratory birds.[citation needed] The lake was declared a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wildlife Protection Act, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. In this region, the river Akhanda Godavari splits into several distributary branches, including the Gouthami, Vasishta, Vainatheya, and Vruddha Gouthami, before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.[citation needed]

At Palakollu West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Godavari breezes during the evening!


Vijayawada-Guntur Expressway section of NH-16
Kakinada Town Jn. Railway Station main entrance
Vijayawada Airport Terminal
Aerial view of Vizag Sea Port

Notable personalities[edit]

National flag design


Telugu literature, arts and cinema

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Fact Sheet". mapsofindia.com.
  2. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 12 November 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Write short notes on the Northern Circars and the Coromandal Coast". 5 January 2011.
  4. ^ Rao, Desari Panduranga (1985). Trends in Indian Transport System: A Districtwise Study. Inter-India Publications. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-86590-701-0.
  5. ^ "Indian States fish production" (PDF).
  6. ^ Austin Cynthia Talbot Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies University of Texas (23 August 2001). Precolonial India in Practice : Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra. Oxford University Press. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-19-803123-9.
  7. ^ "Andhra Pradesh – end of an era". Business Standard. Hyderabad. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Administrative and Geographic profile" (PDF). msmehyd.ap.nic.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Census Reference Tables, C-Series Population by religious communities". Censusindia.gov.in.
  10. ^ "AP Government Portal – Official Andhra Pradesh State Govt. Portala Pradesh" (PDF). www.ap.gov.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Art has to be nurtured to sustain". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Districts of Coastal Andhra". mapsofindia. 19 April 2014.
  13. ^ B.V.S. Bhaskar (16 February 2012). "Buddhist site found near Tuni". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  14. ^ K.N. Murali Sankar (29 November 2011). "ASI gets tough with encroachers". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  15. ^ Wetlands of India report, ISRO
  16. ^ P.Manoj (10 May 2013). "Dugarajapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to have new major port". Live Mint and The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  17. ^ Rama Mohan (13 July 2014). "AP to Set up Maritime Board to Develop Ports". ibtimes.co.in. International Business Times, India. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

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