Nellore district, is the southern most coastal district in Andhra
Pradesh with Nellore as the District Head Quarters. Nellore has a Total
population of the district as per 1991 census is 23,92,260 persons and
is spread over an area of 13,076 hectares.Nellore district formed part
of the composite Madras State till 1st October 1953. On 1st November
1956 when the states were reorganised on a linguistic basis this district
came under the Andhra Pradesh State.
Nellore was also known as Vikramasimhapuri.
Historically, the place is very important. Culturally, Nellore town
stands unique among the other towns of Andhra Pradesh as it is supposed
to be the place where the greatest of the Telugu poets, Tikkana Somayaji,
who translated the Mahabharata into Telugu, lived.
Nellore is situated on the south coastal region
of Andhra Pradesh and is surrounded by Prakasam District on the north,
Cuddappah district on the west, Chittoor district and Tamilnadu on the
south and Bay of Bengal on the east.