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|• Total||3.10 km2 (1.20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||667 m (2,188 ft)|
|• Density||7,100/km2 (18,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Kuppam is a census town in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh located 115 kilometers South-East of Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka and 243 kilometers West of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is the mandal headquarters of Kuppam mandal in Madanapalli revenue division. The name 'Kuppam' means a meeting place or confluence.
As of 2011[update] census of India, Kuppam had a population of 21,963. The total population constitute, 11,091 males and 10,872 females - a sex ratio of 980 females per 1000 males. 2,551 children are in the age group of 0-6 years, of which 1,340 are boys and 1,211 are girls. The average literacy rate stands at 83.62% with 16,232 literates, significantly higher than the state average of 67.41%.
Kuppam's climate is classified as tropical. When compared with winter, the summers have much more rainfall. This location is classified as Aw by Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature is 25.3 °C in Kuppam. The rainfall here averages 680 mm. Precipitation is the lowest in February, with an average of 2 mm. In October, the precipitation reaches its peak, with an average of 151 mm. At an average temperature of 29.0 °C, May is the hottest month of the year. At 21.5 °C on average, December is the coldest month of the year.
Telugu is the official language of the state. Though Telugu is widely spoken language in the town, people can understand or speak Tamil and Kannada languages as it is located near to neighbouring states, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Panchayat Raj and Rural Development of Government of Andhra Pradesh is responsible for planning and execution of programs and civic administration of the town.
Kuppam is known for its granite quarries and factories. A granite variety, Kuppam Green, is named after the town as this variety is abundantly found in this area and exported to foreign countries on demand.
As Kuppam railway station is located exactly at the middle of Bangarapet railway junction and Jolarpettai railway junction, it is well connected to Chennai, Vijawada, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Mysuru, Mumbai, Patna and Bengaluru via train. An exclusive train service is provided for working people between Kuppam and K.S.R Bengaluru that runs from Monday to Saturday. There is upcoming airport in Kuppam. Its very well connected.
Kuppam is an assembly constituency (comprising Kuppam, Gudipalle, Shantipuram, Ramakuppam mandals) in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. There are 1,61,872 registered voters in Kuppam constituency as of 1999. N. Chandrababu Naidu (former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh) is the current Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Kuppam.
Primary and secondary education in Kuppam is offered by various schools which are affiliated to one of the boards of education, such as the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE). Schools in Kuppam are either government run or are private (both aided and un-aided by the government).
P.E.S. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research was established in 2001 and offers Diploma, Under Graduation and Post Graduation courses in the field of Medicine.
Dravidian University was established in 1997 and offers different Under Graduation, Post Graduation and Research programs.
Engineering and Technology
Kuppam Engineering College was established in 2001 and offers different Under Graduation, Post Graduation and Research programs related to Engineering, Business Administration and Technology.
It has a "Campus Creativity Lab" located on a 172-acre campus in Kuppam, which houses science and art centers that includes an astronomy center and planetarium, center for creative teaching, an innovation hub, a science model-making center, the Ramanujan Math Park, an open-air ecology lab and many more. The campus receives over 650 children every day and also trains teachers from seven states in India.
"Tirupati Gangamma Jatara" is one of the most important and oldest festivals of Kuppam dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Gangamma Devi. It is celebrated annually, over a period of nine days in the month of May. The history of the festival dates back to over a couple of centuries. Local legend has it that Lord Venkateswara was upset with his sister Gangamma for devouring corpses at the burial ground. In order to stop his sister from doing so, the Lord chopped off Gangamma’s cheek, which is believed to have fallen in
Kuppam and surrounding areas like Tirupati, Chittoor, Punganur, Vaniyambadi and Gudiyattam. To mark this event, the annual jatara is celebrated in Kuppam. "Peddapuli Gangamma Jatara" is one of the important and the oldest festivals of Kuppam dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Peddapuli Gangamma Devi. "Aadi Krithika" is one of the important and the oldest festivals of Kuppam dedicated to the Hindu God Subrahmanyaswamy in the month of July or August (Aadi month - Tamil calendar). Other popular festivals in Kuppam are Ugadi, Ram Navami, Eid ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepawali and Christmas.
- Murugan Talkies - One of the iconic theatres in India operating since India's pre-independence
- Sri Ramachitra Mandiram (SRM) - Large audience capacity
- Lakshmi Movie Land - First theatre in Kuppam with balcony
- Maha Lakshmi - First theatre in Kuppam to have air conditioned facility
Satyalok Amma Bhagwan - ONENESS temple
Kaigal Water Falls,
Kangundi Fort and temple
Andhra Pradesh Government Tourism Resort with peddle boating in lake,
Nayanuru Forest for scenic hills (Nature at its best - perfect spot for shooting films),
Naniyala eco-tourism with elephant ride
Following are the major crops cultivated in and around Kuppam.
Rice, Jowar, Raagi, Flowers: marigold, rose, chrysanthemum, crossandra infundibuliformis, Vegetables: tomato, carrot, baby onions, brinjal, chillies, ladies finger, onions, potato, sweet corns, radish, cabbage, sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, ground nuts, coconuts, Fruits: custard apple, green grapes, guava, sapota, mangoes, papaya.
Celebrities from Kuppam
Not many of us know that the following people or celebrities are from Kuppam
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