Guntur is a city in the Guntur district of theIndian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipal corporation and the administrative headquarters of Guntur district. It is also the mandal headquarters of Guntur mandal of Guntur revenue division.It is thesecond largest city by area and third most populous in the state, with a population of 743,354.
The city is part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region and Vishakhapatnam-Guntur Industrial Region, a major industrial corridor in India. It is renowned for education, business, e-commerce industry, and agriculture.The city exports chilli pepper, cotton and tobacco and also it is the largest producer of chilies in India.
As per Köppen-Geiger climate classification system the climate in Guntur is tropical (Aw). The average temperature is warm to hot year round. The summer season (especially during May/June) has the highest temperatures, but these are usually followed by summer monsoon rains. The winter season (from October to February) is the most enjoyable with a pleasant climate. Winter months may feature more rainfall than summer but there are dry spells during the winter season. The wettest month is July. The average annual temperature is 28.5 C and annual rain fall is about 905 mm. Rain storms and hurricanes are common in the region during the rainy season, which starts with the monsoons in early June. Hurricanes may occur any time of the year, but occur more commonly between May and November.
The city has hosted several national and international level sporting events for various sports. Some of major sports include, Cricket, Kabbadi, Volleyball,Basketball, Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis. It is one of the places in India to host the International Grandmaster Chess tournaments. Certain sports stadiums in and around the city include, Brahmananda Reddy Stadium, Prakasam Stadium, NTR Stadium, Krishna Cricket Academy, ACA Women Cricket Academy.
Guntur has many schools, colleges and universities. There are a number of graduate schools, colleges, and high schools providing basic and higher education in the fields of agricultural, arts, bio-med, engineering, management, medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, sciences, technology etc. Universities in and around the city are Acharya Nagarjuna University, K L University, Vignan University, Vedic University at Sitanagaram which specialises in the teaching of Vedic Sciences, other related philosophies, and the Vedanta