Madanapalle or MandanaPalle Mandal (Mdl code-35) , is a mandal HQ, town and a Municipality in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state, India.
There are 21 villages in this mandal and the list is : 1 Chinnathippasamudram, 2 Kasiraopeta, 3 Kothavaripalle, 4 Pothapolu, 5 Venkappakota, 6 Bandameeda kammapalle @, 7 Kollabylu, 8 Ponnetipalem, 9 Chippili, 10 Pappireddipalle, 11 Kammapalle, 12 Basini konda, 13 Pamaiahgaripalle, 14 Molakaladinne, 15 Valasapalle, 16 Madanapalle (rural), 17 Ankisettipalle, 18 Vem palle, 19 Malepadu, 20 Penchupadu, 21 Theneegalavaripalle
population 107,512 (2001 census). Legend has it that the name of the town was originally ” Maryaada raamanna puram” which has over time, changed into ” Madanapalle”.
It is one of the biggest Revenue Divisions in India (it covers almost half of the Chittoor district). It is a fast-growing city at the center of an agricultural region noted for its fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes. It has a railway station and is the gateway to Horsley Hills, a small hill station and summer resort. It is the birth place of the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, who founded the nearby Rishi Valley School.
It is also known for its high quality silks, which are spun into sarees and other types of clothing. Neeruguttu palle is a place in town where silk sarees are available at the production cost. The famous poet Rabindranath Tagore translated “Jana Gana Mana”, India’s national anthem, from Bengali to English and also set it to music in Madanapalle. Madanapalle is famous for the Besant Theosophical College named after Dr. Annie Besant
Horsley Hills is situated near Madanpalle in Chittoor District at an altitude of 4400 feet (1314 m) above sea level. Mr. W.D. Horsley, a British member of the civil service and the then District Collector of Cuddapah, who found the climate very hot, selected this area as his summer resort on the top of the hills. He constructed two houses, the Kachari Room and the Milk Bungalow and developed it as a summer resort. There are four engineering colleges in Madanapalli and MITS Engineering college is the famous among them all. MITS is located at the foot of the Horsley Hills.
The important religious places are Sri Lord Venkateswara temple, Shiridi Saibaba temple (One of the oldest temples of Saibaba in India), Swamy Ayyappa Temple, Yoga Bogeswara (Madikayalu) Temple, Sivalayam, Church, Arogyamatha Catholic Church, Jama Masjid, Indiranagar Masjid and Chamberlain Church,Krishna nagar Vinayaka temple, Society colony Ramalayam Temple,Neerugattuvari palle The Famous Sri Chowdeswari Devi Temple,Ramireddy Layout Vinayaka Temple
Madanapalle is a centre of vernacular culture. The literary languages are Telugu and Urdu. Many organisations are serving the literary fields of both Telugu and Urdu. Telugu Rachayitala Sangham (Telugu Poets’ Association), Telugu Nataka Kala Parishad and Anjuman Taraqui Urdu are important. Madanapalle people are quite fond of movies and there are more than 12 cinema halls in the town, which are considered many, for the town of this size.