About Chirala


We need not exaggerate about the importance of Chirala, which played a unique role in the freedom struggle under the leadership of late Andhra Ratna Duggirala Gopala Krishnaiah. About 18,000 people of Chirala, Perala deserted their houses and resided in thatched sheds erected out side Municipal limits for 11 months braving the hottest summer, heavy rain fall and winter. Practically a parallel Government was run by him with papers and leaders wondering whether Chirala was ruled by Lord Willingdon or Gopala Krishnaiah. The echo had been debated in British Parliament. He was the first South Indian to be elected the General Secretary of the all India congress committee.


While Non-Cooperation movement lasted hardly for 4 months at Barodli under the patronage of Gandhiji, the Chirala movement went on for 11 months.


Chirala produced Veteran journalists like Kotamaraju Punnaiah and Kotamaraju Rama Rao. During Salt-Satyagraha, Simon Commissionís visit and Quit India movement, Chirala played a very commendable role. That was the reason the Golden Jubilee of the Quit India Movement was celebrated by the State Government at Chirala during 1992.


There are a number of historical places in and around Chirala. Motupalli, the ancient port functioned during the times of Satavahanas (BC.320) and the idols of Mallikarjuna Swamy and the Kodandarama Swamy were believed to have been installed by Sage Agastya. There are inscriptions of Kakateeyas, Reddy Rajas and Vijayanagara Samrat Krishnadevaraya.


Cherukuru village possesses the rave temple of Trivikrama Swayambhuva. The temple was first renovated by Vishnu Vardhana Maharaja of Chola dynasty. Chirala village (old) is more than 1000 years old. It possesses the rate idols of Chennakesava Swamy, the family deity of Haihayas and the Tridents, Swords etc., used by the warriors of Palnadu during 12th century.


Vetapalem is rich in Cashew Industry in small sector. Saraswatha Niketan, a prominent library is here. This place is the centre for the Handloom cloth. Chirala is the biggest textile market on the East coast and is known as "Little Bombay".


Information by:

K. Sai Prabhakara Rao

Secretary, Press Guild,

Chirala - 523157

Cell No: 9440676761