|Kadapa District is presently known as Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, after the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. This district is one of the 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh with the kadapa town as the administrative headquarters. The distrct has a population of 2,601,797 of which 22.59% were urban as of 2001.|
History of the District
The Dr YSR District has historical importance as it was connected with Mauryans in BC era and Sathavahanas in the third century AD. Kadapa and Bellary were the two districts which were formed by dividing the Ceded Districts during the British rule.
Geography of the YSR District
Penna, Chitravathi, Kunderu, Papaghni, Sagileru and Cheyeru are the main rivers which flow in the new Dr YSR District district
The soil is very rich in minerals and has got an important place in the industrial map of Andhra Pradesh. ‘Korra’, orange, lime and betel leaf are the special crops and the land is irrigated by the KC canal ( Kurnool Cuddapah Canal) which flows through bothe the disrtricts providing water for the cultivated lands.
Industries of YSR district
As per the 1983 survey of geological survey of India 30 lakh tons of lead, 74,000,000 tons of barytes, 27000tons asbestos deposits are found to be there in this district and it is expected that about 700lakh tons of barytes deposits might be there in Mangampet itself. clay deposits in Rajampet are used to make stone implements . Limestone is available in Yerraguntla. M/s Coromandel Fertilizers and Bharat Cements have a cement factory with an yield of 10 lakh tons annually. kadapa is also famous for kadapa stone whicvh is used in building construction as slabs in South India.
Places to Visit in the area
Forest area of the district is 5050 sq kms. that is about 1/3rd of the area of the dstrict. Red Sanders or the Raktha Chandanam, an endangered tree species is found here in the forest. Tirupathi, the abode of Lord Venkateswara is situated on the Seshaclam hill ranges with seven peaks which are said to represent seven hoods of Lord Adisesha.
Sri Venkateshwara National Park
A National Park has been set up in Seshacnalam Hills and is named Sri Venkateshwara National Park.
Tiger, Civet, Jackal and Black buck and also rare fauna such as the Golden gecko and Indian giant squirrel can be seen there at the Sri Venkateshwara National Park. The area of the park is 353 sq kms. Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana are some of the waterfalls in the Park.