Guntur ( pronunciation ); is a city in the Guntur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated in Guntur mandal of Guntur revenue division. The city is a municipal corporation and the administrative headquarters of Guntur district. The city is also one of the suburbs of the state capital Amaravati, under the jurisdiction of APCRDA. It is the third most populous city in the state with a population of 743,354, and an urban agglomeration population of 1,028,667.
The city is renowned for education, business, e-commerce industry, and agriculture. The region around the city up to Visakhapatnam, is identified as a major industrial corridor in India. The city is famous for its exports, including Chilli pepper, cotton, and tobacco. It is the largest producer of chilies in India.
The name of the town Guntur stems or originates from two Telugu words Gunta meaning Tank or a Reservoir and Ooru meaning 'Town' or Settlement. That translates to a town that has plenty of water tanks or reservoirs.From ancient times too the area had unique importance, plenty of reservoirs and tanks were everywhere in the area, to store water for both domestic needs and irrigation purposes as well.