The municipal corporation of Guntur (also referred to as "Guntur City") is located on the plains, 40 miles west of Bay of Bengal on the east coast region of India. It is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Its district is surrounded by the River Krishna, where it merges into the ocean.

In ancient times the city was referred as "Garthapuri". It's current estimated population is around 700,000. It is one of the larger cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Get in

By plane

There are now flights to Vijayawada from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Vijayawada is less than a hour bus ride away.

One can also use a flight (National or International) to Hyderabad airport and take a train (4 to 5 hour travel) to Guntur. For other international connections, Chennai can also be used which is an 8 hour train ride from Guntur City.

By train

There are plenty of long-distance trains available at the Vijayawada Station to get to any part of the country and Guntur also has a railway station but with less frequent trains. So, one can plan for a train to Vijayawada and get to Guntur by bus.

There is also a newer Guntur Railway Station, with long-distance service from many cities, including Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Howrah, Puri, Vizag, Lucknow, Delhi, Jammu and Tirupathi. See the Indian Railway site for detailed schedule and pricing information.

Local (suburban) train travel is available between Guntur, Vijayawada and Tenali.

By bus

Local city buses are run by state owned APSRTC and also private City buses are also there. They cover not only the entire city region, but also the suburban and near by rural areas with a bit low frequency.

Get around

Motorbiking or cycling in downtown and busy areas can often be quicker than taking the auto-rickshaw or a taxi.


Ancient & Archaeological


Budda Stupa

Located 16 miles(N-E) from Guntur City, Amaravathi is named after its famous temple of Amareswara Swamy with the swayambhu linga. Also the Mahachaitya stupa, built in the 2nd Century B.C. in Amaravathi, is richly adorned with carvings depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. The stupa houses a small museum with a collection of old monuments, and a pictorial depiction of the Buddha's life and teachings and terracotta antiquities. The temple walls have a number of inscriptions that throw light on the different dynasties that reigned over this place. The Museum at Guntur, has collection of various relics and antiques such as Stupa-slabs, railings, sculpture, coins of gold, silver and lead, potsherds and crystals caskets.

Bhattiprolu is located 20 miles(S-W) of the city, formerly the Kingdom of Prati Palaputra, appears to be the earliest known kingdom in Guntur District.

Downtown and Other



A few of the famous temples and other shrines




Smoking in public places is officially restricted.


Andhra baji is the popular street food in Guntur

Guntur has three star hotels like Vajram Recidency, Sindhuri, and Vijya Krishna International.For biryany Hyderabadi house, Hotel Surya Mahabodhi located in Arundelpet 10th line is very famous for its delicacies. Especially the Vada Sambar variety they serve is a feast for your appetite. Also don't forget to taste Guntur Mirchi Bajji. You may get it elsewhere in AP also but the taste that you get in Guntur is absolutely matchless. Two more restaurants namely Nakshatra(A 3 star hotel, located at Lakshmipuram main road) and Grand Nagarjuna are very famous in Guntur.


Many Three star hotels are there in Guntur like Grand Nagarjuna,Sindhuri, Vijaya krishan, Nakshatra.



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