In ancient times the city was referred as "Garthapuri". It's current estimated population is around 700,000. It is one of the larger cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
There are now flights to Vijayawada from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Vijayawada is less than a hour bus ride away.
One can also use a flight (National or International) to Hyderabad airport and take a train (4 to 5 hour travel) to Guntur. For other international connections, Chennai can also be used which is an 8 hour train ride from Guntur City.
There are plenty of trains available at the Vijayawada Station to get to any part of the country and Guntur also has a railway station but with less frequent trains. So, one can plan for a train to Vijayawada and get to guntur by bus. Local (suburban) train travel is available between Guntur, Vijayawada and Tenali. NEW GUNTUR RAILWAYS SATATION -SOME TRAINS PASS ARE ,ADNAMAM EXPREES.JAN SHATABDI EXPREES, CIRCAR EXPRESS.LUCKNOW EXPREES ETC THE ARE TRAINS FROM HYDERBAD,CHENNAI,BANGALORE,KOCHI,HOWRAH,PURI,VIZAG,LUCKNOW,DELHI,JAMMU,TIRUPATHI ETC
Local city buses are run by state owned APSRTC and also private City buses are also there. They cover not only the entire city region, but also the suburban and near by rural areas with a bit low frequency.
Motorbiking or cycling in downtown and busy areas can often be quicker than taking the auto-rickshaw or a taxi.
Ancient & Archaeological
Located 16 miles(N-E) from Guntur City, Amaravathi is named after its famous temple of Amareswara Swamy with the swayambhu linga. Also the Mahachaitya stupa, built in the 2nd Century B.C. in Amaravathi, is richly adorned with carvings depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. The stupa houses a small museum with a collection of old monuments, and a pictorial depiction of the Buddha's life and teachings and terracotta antiquities. The temple walls have a number of inscriptions that throw light on the different dynasties that reigned over this place. The Museum at Guntur, has collection of various relics and antiques such as Stupa-slabs, railings, sculpture, coins of gold, silver and lead, potsherds and crystals caskets.
Bhattiprolu is located 20 miles(S-W) of the city, formerly the Kingdom of Prati Palaputra, appears to be the earliest known kingdom in Guntur District.
Kondaveedu is located 17 Miles from Guntur City . This historical fort was built during the reign of the Reddy kings in 14th century A.D. there are 21 structures in the fort . The ruins of the fort located on the hilltop offer unraveled mysteries to the tourist. A place of natural scenic beauty with natural wonders it is an ideal place for trekking. The Gopinatha temple and Kathulabave at the foot of the hillock, numerous temples, residential structures, pillared halls on the hill and the entrance gate ways on east and west sides are the attractions at kondavidu.
Downtown and Other
Krishna Barrage (also known as Prakasam Barrage) is on the northeastern part, located around 18 miles from the Guntur City on the Krishna River connecting Guntur and Krishna Districts. On the other side of the River Krishna is Bezwada which is like a twin city to Guntur. Together the two/twin cities provide major medical, educational facilities in the state. This region is also a major transportation hub in the country. There is a future plan to make 'Greater Guntur' and twin cities comprising this area.
- Temple of Chaturmukha Brahma Lingeswaralayam located 8 miles to the center city of Guntur. It is one of rare temples of India built for Lord Brahma.
- Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple at Ponnuru (which has large idols) and Kothapet.
- Sri Bhavanarayanaswamy temples at Bapatla(built at the time of Shri Krishna Deva Raya) and Ponnuru.
- Temple at Ramalingeswara Agraharam. It has old inscriptions dating to 1000 years ago.
- Kakani Malleswara Swamy temple at Pedda Kakani built during the era of Krishnadevaraya.
- Hinkar Tirtha (Jain Temple, Mangalagiri), VaikuntaPuram(Tenali).
- Sri Kali Gardens at Namburu.
- Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple (Anantavaram) 32Kms from Guntur and 10kms from Amaravathi.
Churches - St. Matthew's West Parish, Near Grand Trunk Road - St. Matthew's East Parish, Near Old Bus Stand - St. Matthew's North Parish, Brodipet - Telugu Baptist Church, Nagarampalem - St. Joseph's Church, Opposite A.C.College - Church of South India, Opposite A.C.College - Laymen's Evangelical Fellowship,Opp to ILTD, Grand Trunk Road. Peter Paul Mobile: 9394111519
Mosques - Masjid - e - Markaz, Near Pottur-pet, Old city - Masjid - e - Barah Imam, Near Brahma Nanda Reddy Stadium, Old City - Masjid - e - Firdouse, Alinagar, Old city - Masjid - e - Azad Nagar, Old City - Masjid - e - Madeena, Small Market, Old City - Masjid - e - AL Aksa, New City - Masjid - e - BIG Mosque, Constructed by Aurangazeb, Old City - Masjid - e - EK Minar, Big Market, Guntur
Guntur has three star hotels like Vajram Recidency, Sindhuri, and Vijya Krishna International.For biryany Hyderabadi house, Hotel Surya Mahabodhi located in Brodiepet 4th line 10th cross is very famous for its delicacies. Especially the Vada Sambar variety they serve is a feast for your appetite. Also don't forget to taste Guntur Mirchi Bajji. You may get it elsewhere in AP also but the taste that you get in Guntur is absolutely matchless. Two more restaurents namely Nakshatra(A 3 star hotel, located at Lakshmipuram main road) and Grand Nagarjuna are very famous in Guntur.
Many Three star hotels are there in Guntur like Grand Nagarjuna,Sindhuri, Vijaya krishan, Nakshatra.--126.96.36.199 23:54, 16 December 2008 (EST)
Smoking in public places is officially restricted.