19 Historical Names of Telugu Places, Check it out!

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Nalgonda
Nalgonda

1. It was called Eddulapuram because there was big cattle market with a lot of Oxen(eddulu). Adilabad derives its name from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah.

Adilabad
Adilabad

2. Now,this is a well known one. Quli Qutb Shah was so much in love with the court dancer Bhagmati that he named a whole city after her. Even the present name is after her Muslim title, Hyder Mahal.

Hyderbad
Hyderbad

3. Secunderabad used to be referred to as Lashkar meaning a military camp or the army .

secunderabad
secunderabad

4. Before Kakatiyas, during the time of Chalukyas it was known as Sabbinadu with Vemulawada as its Capital City. Now named after Syed Karimullah.

karimnager
karimnager

5. It had two names, “Rukmammapeta” and “Palamooru”. The name was changed to Mahabubnagar on 4th December 1890, in honour of Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Asaf Jah VI, the Nizam of Hyderabad (1869-1911 AD).

mahabubnagar
mahabubnagar
6. Nalgonda in the past was referred to as Neelagiri. During the period of Bahamani kingdom, it had been renamed
as Nallagonda (Black Hill).
Nalgonda
Nalgonda

7. Its original name was Indur, a take-off on Indrapura, as it was founded  during the reign of the Rashtrakuta ruler, Indra III. It was named after the  founder of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, Nizam-Ul-Mulk.

Nizamabad
Nizamabad

8. ‘Ekashilanagaram’or ‘Orugallu’ mean the same: Carved out of a single rock. Warangal is a stylized version of the latter.

Warangal
Warangal

9. The British officers couldn’t pronounce Kakinandiwada, so it became Cocanada. The locals didn’t like it post-independence, thus Kakinada.

Kakinada
Kakinada
10. Garthapuri, meaning a place surrounded by water ponds(garta/gunta). Villagers couldn’t exactly speak fluent Sanskrit, and turned it into Guntooru.
guntur
guntur

11. No reference to monkeys here. Bandar or Bunder is a Persian word meaning “port” and “haven”. Machili, as you smart readers know, means fish.

machilipatnam
machilipatnam
12. Our personal favorite on the list. What a name…what rajasam! They should have never changed it. Cha!
nellore
nellore

13. The city was known as Chicacole before our Independence. And even before that, while under Muslim rule, it was called Gulshanabad, meaning ‘City of Rose Gardens’.

Srikakulam
Srikakulam

14. Two theories:  One – that it was named after Sri Vishaka Varma. Another theory is that it is named after a woman disciple of Buddha named Viśakha. However, the British didn’t think much about the origin and called it Waltair.

Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam

15. Helapuri, as it was called during its Buddhist times as part of the kingdom Vengi, changed to Ellooru, and then to Eluru.

Ellooru
Ellooru

16. The present name is derived after a local hill, which was called ‘Stambhadri’. The city was known by different names like Stambhadri, Kambhadri, Kambham mettu, Khammam mettu and then finally as Khammam.

Khammam
Khammam

17. Kurnool, the land of Kondareddy Burj, derived its name from “Kandenavolu”. Kandena essentially means grease. Don’t ask us how it fits.

kurnool
kurnool

18. Medak is an alteration of the word Methukuseema. Methuku means a grain of cooked rice.

medak
medak

19. Most people think the British couldn’t pronounce Vijayawada and called it Bezawada. There’s a tale behind the city acquiring the name “Bezawada”, that Goddess Krishnaveni requested Arjuna to make a passage for her to merge into the Bay of Bengal. Hence, Arjuna made a bejjam (hole) through the mountains and the place came to be known as Bejjamwada which later changed to Bezawada. 

Vijayawada
Vijayawada