Kadapa, formerly spelt as Cuddapah, is a city of historical significance in Andhra Pradesh. It has derived its name from Telugu word 'Gadapa', which means 'threshold'. Since the city acts like a gateway from the north to the blessed hill of Shri Venkateshwara, it was named as Kadapa. Cuddapah forms a major part of the state's tourism. Bordered on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills, the lovely city is located about 8 km to the south of Penna River.

The chronological events affirm that Kadapa had been ruled by the Cholas and the Kakatiyas from the 11th to 14th century. Later, it was swayed by the kings of Vijayanagar Empire and subsequently, by the Muslims of Golkonda. In 1800, the British had power over Cuddapah. Though it is an ancient town, it was essentially extended by the Nawabs. The city still houses the ruins and remnants of the erstwhile royalty.

Travel to Kadapa and see for yourself, the grounds that justify the existence of sovereigns. The ancient city has many primordial temples and mosques to boast of. Exotic variety of flora and fauna revitalizes the lackluster monuments. Cuddapah also has the distinction of embracing Maghdoom-e-Ilahi, which is one amongst the biggest shrines in the Rayalaseema region. To put succinctly, Kadapa is one of the place to explore the relics of the times of yore.
Kadapa is one of the sprawling cities in Andhra Pradesh. It is now a contemporary city standing in contrast with the ancient and historical ones. The town is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills. Cuddapah has a rich flow of rivers with five rivers flowing through it- Penna, Chitravathi, Kunderu, Papaghni, Sagileru and Cheyeru. Thus agriculture is one of the main sources of occupation for the people living in Cuddapah. Rice, jowar, cotton, turmeric, maize, chilies, sugar cane, sesame, melons and peanuts are grown in large quantities in this region.

'Kadapa' got its name thus from a Telugu word 'Gadapa', which means threshold. The city is so called because it is the gateway to the sacred pilgrimage centre, Tirumala (the abode of Lord Venkateshwara), for those travelling from north.

There is an ancient temple of Lord Venkateshwara, called as Devunikadapa, in the city, from which the city got its name as 'Kadapa'. The folklore say and believe that one has to visit this temple in the city before proceeding to visit Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala. The city has many prominent places in and around that are worth visiting. The beautiful architecture of the temples and other monuments that still adorn the region stand as the evidence for the rich heritage and culture of the bygone days. A small village called Gandi situated in the valley-like place is famous for the temple of Lord Hanuman, is worth visiting. There is a fort in Gandikota standing for ages, a place not to be missed. A legendary village called Kandimallayapalli, famous for the Brahmamgari Matham, is a place of religious order and makes it a good place to visit.

There are also a couple of temples like Eswaramma temple, Poleramma temple, Siddaiah Jeeva Samadhi and the Veerabrahmam Reservoir that are worth paying a visit. Pushpagiri, Vontimitta and Tallapaka are also religious places with very beautiful temples. All the three places are legendary and famous for the temples of Chenna Kesava Swami temple, Sri Kodandarama Swami temple

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