Tel: నల్గొండ nalgoṇḍa

‘Black Hill’ [Neelagiri, Nalgunda, Nalagonda] City/District, Telangana

From Tel: nīlam, ‘blue’, ‘purple’, ‘deep blue’;  nalla, ‘black’;  koṇḍa, ‘hill’;  giri, ‘hill’.

Apart from a disagreement about colour the name has remained the same for two thousand years or so: from the Mauryas to the Mughals.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Telangana place names.


Nalgonda Clock Tower. The origin of the Indian place name Nalgonda in Telangana is explained here.

Nalgonda Clock Tower                          Sudhirnlg