Prakasam an administrative district in the state of Andhra Pradesh is located in Ongol City. It occupies an area of 17,626 km² and has a population of 3,059,423.The district is named in memory of Tanguturi Prakasam, known as the Lion of Andhra.
Initially, Prakasam was ruled by the Satavahanas who introduced Buddhism to the region. The region is very old and civilizations have been flourishing since the time of the Maurya Dynasty. Subsequently, the district was ruled by the Vijayanagar Kings and they have left their traces in the region as well. Islam was introduced to the region by the Qutub Shahis who were later followed by the Mughal Kings.
Originally constituted on 2nd February, 1970, Prakasam was carved out of the three taluks of Guntur district, four taluks of Nellore district and three taluks of Kurnool district. Prakasam is also a part of the red corridor.Some of the main towns in Prakasam are Chimakurthi- known for its Granite reserves, Inkollu, Yerragondapalem,Dornala-known as Diguva Srisailam, since it is close to the historic pilgrimage center of Srisailam, Podili, Darsi and Markapur-Indias main slate manufacturing town where the historic temple of Lord Chennakesava is located. In Prakasam, economy largely depends on agriculture with major crops like Rice, Turmeric, Maize, Cotton, Sugar Cane, Sesame and Chillies.
On a trip to Prakasam, travellers must pay a visit to Palair Resevoir, Swami Ayyappa Temple, Saibaba Ashram and Dhanayavi Gudem Park.
The closest railway station to Prakasam District is located in Ongole City with an average distance of 100 km. It is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mumbai and Udaipur.The roadways are also connected to a large number of places; therefore travellers can choose to reach Prakasam through buses or taxis. The closest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport located in Hyderabad which is situated 350 km away from Ongole.
There are also a number of accommodation options in Prakasam District which ranges from guest houses, lodges and hotels.