Tel: గుంటూరు guṇṭūru

‘Pond Town’ City/District, Andhra Pradesh 

From Tel:  kuṇṭa, guṇṭa, pond’, ‘pool’; and uru/uuru, ‘town’, ‘city’.

The city can be dated back to the 10thC at least.

Guntur is the leading producer and exporter of chillies in India and is Asia’s largest dried red chilli market.

Guntur chillies score 30,000 (Tabasco hot) to 350,000 (Scotch Bonnet very hot) on the Scoville Pungency Scale.

Video: This Indian City Sells 3,500 tons of chillies every day

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