Tel: రాయలసీమ rāyalasīma

‘Royal Country’ [Ceded Districts] Region, Andhra Pradesh

From Tel:  rāyal, royal’; and sīma, ‘country’, ‘district’.

In 1928, during the Independence movement, a decision was made to drop the ‘derogatory’ colonial name in favour of Rayalaseema. The region had been ‘ceded’ to the British as part of a deal with Ali Khan, Nizam of Hyderabad.

The region covered the former districts of KurnoolAnantapurYSR/Kadapa and Chittoor.

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


The region of Rayalaseema covers the former districts of Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh

The region of Rayalaseema                  Sreeraju