Guntur is a city located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A famous cultural center, the town is known for its religious importance. There is a beautiful blend of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. One of the supposedly lost tribes of Israel called Bene Ephraim, has its presence in Guntur. The town has a Jewish synagogue as well.
The name of Guntur comes from the Sanskrit word Garthapuri. Garthapuri translates to a place surrounded by water ponds. Guntur had once been the seat of powerful kingdoms. Today, it is a textile and transport hub. The town is famous for its chilli exports and has the largest chilli market in Asia. The Red Chilli Biriyani is one of the native dishes of Guntur. The south Indian cuisine with its famous dosa, idli and sambar are also worth trying.
The city has a host of temples, museums, forts and caves. A trip to Guntur is sure to transport you back into a different time in history. The major tourist attractions in the city are the Amravathi Caves, Uppalapadu Nature Conservation, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Ethipothala Falls.