Tel: బొబ్బిలి bobbili

‘Great Tiger’ Town, Andhra Pradesh 

The town of Bobbili was founded during the 17thC by Pedda Rayadu. He came into the area under the patronage of Sher [Hin/Urd: sher, ‘tiger’] Mohammad Khan who granted him land in recognition of his services.

He built a fort and town, naming it Pedda Puli (Great Tiger) after his patron [Tel: pedda, ‘royal, ‘great’; and puli, ‘tiger’]. The name was transformed in a fairly predictable way: Peddpul→iPebbuli→Bebbuli→Bobbili.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Andhra Pradesh place names.


Bobbili Fort in Andhra Pradesh. The etymology of the Indian place name Bobbili is explained here.

Bobbili Fort             Zoey Francis