Kalikiri Mandal

Kalikiri is a town with a population of around 25,000 in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The town is famous forits tomato market, which supplies tomatoes to other districts in Andhra Pradesh and other states, likeTamil Nadu and Kerala.

The culture of Kalikiri is a mixture of several neighbouring regions, with influences of the Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh. Based on how festivals, marriages and other ceremonies are conducted, the culture can be defined as an amalgamation of Rayalaseema and Dravidian cultures.[citation needed].the language speak in Kalikiri near by villages are very fluent . Most of the youth are looking for bangalore for employment and some youth are interested in chennai as well where Hyderabad is too far from here.

A large number of Telugu-speaking Muslims (Dudekula) live in Kalikiri, and cultural pieces of art, made by Telugu Muslims can be found here, unlike in any other part of the state. Jama Masjid here is very famous in surrounding towns for its artistic architecture and customs, as local Muslims celebrate the Festivals (Ramadan and Bakrid) in very grand manner. Hindus and Muslims celebrate the festival together as a symbol of friendship between the communities. Muslims offer their guests Seviya (a form of sweet) and Biryani (A rice preparation mixed with meat).Sugarcrane, tomatto and papaya are the major crops in Kalikiri.Most of water resource for crops are depends on the wells and small lakes.

The town also known for its traditional treatments with Ayurveda medicine for paralysis.