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History : Prakasam District came into existence on 02-02-1970 with the carving out portions of Markapur Revenue Division from Kurnool, Ongole Revenue Division from Guntur and Kandukur Revenue Division from Nellore Districts.

Origin of the Name The Name of the District was Ongole District to begin with. It was renamed as Prakasam District in 1972 in memory of the eminent freedom fighter, later Chief Minister of the composite Madras State and the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh State, late Sri Tanguturi "Prakasam Panthulu, "Andhra Kesari" who was born at Vinodarayuni palem, a hamlet of Kanuparthi village of Naguluppala Padu Mandal of this district.

Location The District is situated in tropical region between14-57'-00" to 16-17'- 00' Northern latitude and 78-43-00' to 80-25’-00" Eastern longitude.

Boundaries The District is bounded by the following places and features on all the four sides. East : Bay of Bengal West : Kurnool District North : Partly by Guntur and Mahaboobnagar Districts. South : Partly by Nellore and Cuddapah Districts.

River Basins The District is watered by the Gundlakamma, Manneru, Musi and Paleru Rivers besides small rivers like Thammileru, Sagileru and Gudisileru and streams like Ogeru vagu, Nallavagu and Vedimangala vagu.

Area of praksam District The District occupies an area of 17,626 Sq.Kms. with a density of 174 persons per Sq.Km. The area of the district is much more in size when compared to other coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. This district has 102 KMs. of coastline spread over in 10 Mandals.

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