Guntur is located in the north eastern part of the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is 64 km away from the Bay of Bengal and is on the Krishna river delta and only six km away from the scenic Kondaveedu hills.
Guntur was founded by the French during the colonial rule and was conceded later to the British. But Guntur has a history that dates back to much before the colonial rule. The earliest recorded reference was somewhere during the rule of the well known Chalukya dynasty. Guntur is also referred in important inscriptions dated way back to the 12th century. Prior to the colonial period, Guntur was ruled by the Nizams of Hyderabad.
Guntur also has a district named after the city. The other prime cities in Guntur district are Tenali, Bapatla, Ponnur and Narsaraopeta. Krishna is an important river flowing through this district and is the main source of water for consumption and agriculture while the other rivers that flow through are Chandravanka, Naagileru and Gundla Kamma. Besides these the Nagarjuna Sagar dam provides water for irrigation. Needless to say that agriculture is hence the main source of occupation for people in this area and paddy is the most important crop that is cultivated here twice a year.
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