Ponnur is a town in Guntur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. There was a festival on full moon day in May.[4] A road to Chandole goes south-east and comes to Nidubrolu, where there is a temple with a stone bearing inscription recording the erection of 90 temple in A.D. 1132.[5] An ancient Telugu manuscript entitled 'Ponnuru-Chandavolu Shasanam' was present in Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.[6] Kilari Venkata Rosaiah of YSRCP party is the current MLA of the constituency, who won the 2019 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election. It is a municipality and the mandal headquarter of Ponnur mandal under Tenali revenue division.[7][8]

Ponnur is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°04′00″N 80°34′00″E / 16.0667°N 80.5667°E / 16.0667; 80.5667Coordinates: 16°04′00″N 80°34′00″E / 16.0667°N 80.5667°E / 16.0667; 80.5667
StateAndhra Pradesh
 • MLAKilari Venkata Rosaiah
 • Total26.14 km2 (10.09 sq mi)
 • Total59,913
 • Density2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
522 124
Telephone code+91–8643
Sex ratio1:0.96 /


As of 2011 Census of India, the town had a population of 59,913 with 16,138 households. The total population constitute, 29,486 males and 30,427 —a sex ratio of 1032 females per 1000 males, higher than the national average of 940 per 1000.[9] 5,507 children are in the age group of 0–6 years. The average literacy rate stands at 78.33% with 42,617 literates, higher than the national average of 73.00%.[2][10]

Government and politicsEdit

Civic AdministrationEdit

Ponnur Municipality oversees the civic needs of the town like, water supply, roads, sewage, garbage collection etc. It is classified as a Grade–II municipality which was established in 1964 as a III–Grade municipality.[11] It has an extent of 25.64 km2 (9.90 sq mi) with 31 wards.[12] The town gets water from the Krishna river, which is supplied through taps, bores etc. The town has both government and private hospitals which include, clinics, nursing homes and a Government hospital for public healthcare. It also maintains parks and playgrounds for recreational purpose[13]


Ponnur being a part of Ponnur mandal, falls under Ponnur assembly constituency of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.[14] Venkata Rosaiah Kilari is the present MLA of the constituency from YSRCP.[15] The assembly segment is in turn a part of Guntur lok sabha constituency and the present Member of parliament is Galla Jayadev of Telugu Desam Party.[14][16]


Ponnur is an important town for the nearby villages. The rural areas surrounding the town are mostly dependent on agriculture. The farming is dominant with paddy cultivation and others crops include ground nuts, cotton, betel etc.[8] There exists several other economic industries and occupations in the town such as, brickworks, furniture making, handloom weaving, spinning khadi yarn, rice mills, timber etc.[citation needed] The town is also a part of Tenali–Ponnur growth corridor.[17]


Anjaneya Temple in Ponnur

Legend about Ponnuru | Once there lived two brahmans namely Kasibhatlu who was childless and his sister's son Nanduri Gunugovindu with deformed haunchback. They went on pilgrimage to Benares where Kasibhatlu moved with compassion, promised Govindu if ever daughter should be born to him, she would be given to him in marriage. Instantly Govindu called upon Bhava Narayana Swamy, a sacred river and certain trees growing on the banks as witnesses. Brahmans returned to Ponnuru. A daughter was born to Kasibhatlu. When She grew up, Govindu claimed the fulfillment of promise by Kasibhatlu . Kasibhatlu was reluctant to keep his word. Witnesses were called upon by Govindu. One night, when Kasibhatlu slept, Bhava Narayana Swamy appeared to remember promise. In morning when awoke, Kasibhatlu saw Ganges and trees at door, because of overflown river. Warned by witnesses Kasibhatlu gave his daughter to Govindu in marriage.[18] There are a few notable people from the town with their contributions to various fields such as, N. G. Ranga, Pragada Kotaiah. The town has an auditorium and a function hall for cultural events of the town.[13]

There are many religious worship centers in the town like, temples, mosques and churches.[13] Most notable religious structures are, the temples of Sakshi Bhavanarayana and Sahastra Lingeswara, a single stone carved statues of 24 ft (7.3 m) Anjaneya and 29 ft (8.8 m) Garuthmantha.[8][19]


The town has a total road length of 140.05 km (87.02 mi).[20] State Highway 48, also known as Guntur-Bapatla-Chirala Road passes through Ponnur, which connects it with the district headquarter, Guntur. The Ponnur–Repalle Road connects National Highway 216 at Chandole.[21][22] The state government operates APSRTC bus services to the nearby towns and villages. Nearest railway station is Nidubrolu,[23] a D–category station in the Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone.[24]


Zilla parishad high school is the prominent one, run by Panchayat Raj department under the government of Andhra Pradesh. PBN is famous college for intermediate and degree courses. The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state.[25][26] The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English and Telugu.

The town has both government and private educational institutions with a total of 34 primary, 3 upper primary and 12 high schools. There are also two government run junior colleges.[13]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Statistical Abstract of Andhra Pradesh, 2015" (PDF). Directorate of Economics & Statistics. Government of Andhra Pradesh. p. 43. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ Madras, Manual (1883). A MANUAL OF KISTNA DISTRICT IN THE PRESIDENCY OF MADRAS. Madras: Asylum Press. p. 204.
  5. ^ Madras, Manual; Mackenzie, Gordan (1883). A manual of Kistna District in the Presidency of Madras. Madras: Asylum Press. p. 209.
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  10. ^ "Chapter–3 (Literates and Literacy rate)" (PDF). Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
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  13. ^ a b c d "Public services/amenities". Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 2008" (pdf). Election Commission of India. p. 22,31. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  15. ^ "MLA". AP State Portal. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  16. ^ "MP (Lok Sabha)". Government of AP. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Need to enforce building rules: VGTM-UDA vice-chief". The Hindu. Guntur. 14 July 2012. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 6 April 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  18. ^ A manual of Kistna District in the Presidency of Madras by Gordan Mackenzie | 1883 | Page : 204 |
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