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.
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.
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.
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.