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Gudivada is located in India
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Gudivada is located in Andhra Pradesh
Gudivada (Andhra Pradesh)
Coordinates: 16°26′N 80°59′E / 16.43°N 80.99°E / 16.43; 80.99Coordinates: 16°26′N 80°59′E / 16.43°N 80.99°E / 16.43; 80.99
StateAndhra Pradesh
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyGudivada Municipality
 • Total12.67 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
 • Total118,167
 • Density9,300/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91-08674
Vehicle registrationAP 39

Gudivada is a town in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipality and the headquarters of Gudivada mandal in Gudivada revenue division.[2][3] It is one of the cities in the state to be a part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.[4] It is Twenty sixth most populous city in the state with a population of 118,167.


Reliquaries from the stupa at Gudiwada in the British Museum

The city was known with the name, Vidarbhapuri and another name is guduluvada


Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh

The name Gudivada was derived from Gudi meaning Temple and Vada means Settlement or town in Telugu language. The presence of Habitation at this town may be dated back to 3rd Century BCE or 2nd Century BCE since the time of Sathavahanas as per some inscriptions.[5] Archaeological excavations[6] conducted at Gudivada yielded an ancient Buddhist stupa mound and Jain relics. Gudivada is religiously diversified small town with many Hindu Temples and important Jain Tirth[7] of Bhagawan Parshvanath located at market road.


It is located in the Coastal Andhra region of the state. Gudivada is located 41 kilometres (25.5 mi) east of the district headquarters, Machilipatnam, and 45 kilometres (27.9 mi) south of by road to Amaravati (state capital)[8] It lies on the Eastern coastal plains. The city is located in zone 3 as per Earthquake zones of India.


Gudivada falls in the hot humid region of the country and it is less than 35 miles from Bay of Bengal. The climate of the town is very hot in Summer and is pleasant during the winter. The hottest day falls in the month of May with shift to June during some years.


As of 2011 census of India, Gudivada had a population of 118,167 with 30,834 households. The total population constitute 59,062 males, 59,105 females and 10,509 in the age group of 0–6 years. It had an average literacy rate of 81.64% with 87,887 literates, significantly higher than the district average of 73.7% and the state average of 67.41%.[2][9]

Government and politics[edit]

Civic administration

Gudivada municipality was constituted in the year 1937 as a "third grade municipality".[10] It was upgraded to "special grade municipality" and is spread over an area of 12.67 km2 (4.89 sq mi) with 36 election wards.[1] YSR Congress Party won the Gudivada municipal elections in 2014 and the present M.L.A. is Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao whereas the present chairman of the municipality is Yalavarthi Srinivas.[11] The present municipal commissioner is M.Seshagiri.[12]


Agri based economy is the traditional base, consisting of Rice Mills, Tractor Trailer building and other supporting industries. Gudivada is a center for service industries for the many villages around. The service industries range from Medical, Entertainment and General stores. For the last several decades, Gudivada has transformed into a good educational hub for primary, secondary and higher schools.


Gudivada station sign board and Machilipatnam Express halted at Gudivada station

The town has a total road length of 164.00 km (101.90 mi).[13] The Gudivada bus station is owned and operated by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.[14][15] The bus station is also equipped with a bus depot for storage and maintenance of buses.[16][17] The national and state highways that pass through the city include, NH 165–connecting Kathipudi and Pamarru;[18] Gudivada is one of the fourteen B–category stations in the Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone.[19] Gudivada is served by Vijayawada Airport at Gannavaram, which is just 37Km away.


The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state.[20][21] The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English, Telugu.

The private aided colleges are, ANR college and KT Reddy women's college. There are eleven other unaided private colleges for undergraduate and postgraduate education.[22] One-fourth of the passed out school children will enroll for college education.[23] There are colleges for vocational courses such as, Gudivada Vocational Junior College and St.Johns Vocational Junior College;[24] industrial training centres include, Gudivada Industrial Training Centre, Government Industrial Training Institute for Girls.[25] It is home for Regional Research Institute for Homeopathy.[26][27]


N.T.R Stadium in the city was built in partnership with Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, the Sports Authority of India and the Gudivada Municipality. It is the multi-purpose stadium for several sports like, athletics, volleyball, cricket, kho kho, kabaddi, badminton, tennikoit and basketball.[28] In January 2016, the stadium hosted the National Rural Sports and Games competition, under the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan.[29]


There are six temples under the management of Endowments Department.[30]

  1. Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
  2. Sri Gowri Sankara Swamy Temple
  3. Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple
  4. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
  5. Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple
  6. Sri Vigneswara Swamy Temple
  7. Sri Kanaka Durga Temple
  8. Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Temple

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "District Census Handbook – Krishna" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 16–17, 48. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Krishna District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 504, 528–529. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Declaration of A.P. Capital Region" (PDF). Andhra Nation. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. ^ Spectrum, Digital (5 June 2008). "Gudivada: Gudivada History". Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Archaeological Survey of India". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Shri Gudivada Tirth – Jain Temples in Rest of India". Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Gudivada Municipality".
  9. ^ "Literacy of AP (Census 2011)" (PDF). Official Portal of Andhra Pradesh Government. p. 43. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  10. ^ "About Us | Gudivada Municipality". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  11. ^ "YSR Congress Claims Three Civic Chief Posts in Krishna". The New Indian Express. Machilipatnam. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Contact Details of Commissioners and Mayors of Amrut Cities" (PDF). Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. Government of India. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Details of Roads in Each ULB of Andhra Pradesh". Commissioner and Directorate of Municipal Administration. Municipal Administration and Urban Developmemt Department - Government of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Bus Stations in Districts". Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Security Forced deployed at Bus Stations in AP".
  16. ^ "Depot Name". APSRTC. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016.
  17. ^ Sujatha Varma, P (7 February 2016). "RTC offers a 'sweet' journey". The Hindu. Vijayawada. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Rationalisation of Numbering Systems of National Highways" (PDF). New Delhi: Department of Road Transport and Highways. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Divisional info" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. ^ "School Education Department" (PDF). School Education Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  21. ^ "The Department of School Education - Official AP State Government Portal | AP State Portal". Archived from the original on 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  22. ^ "List of colleges in Krishna district" (PDF). Board of Intermediate Education. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Gudivada Education". 1989.
  24. ^ "List of colleges offering vocational courses in Guntur district" (PDF). Sakshi Education. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Government ITI" (PDF). Sakshi Education. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  27. ^ "Pilot project on 'Integration of Homoeopathy/Yoga' launched in Andhra Pradesh".
  28. ^ "NTR Stadium all set to become more sporty". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  29. ^ "National Rural Sports and Games off to a colourful start". The Hindu. Gudivada. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Trust Boards Abstract". AP Temples Portal, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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