Tenali is a town and a mandal in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. It has a population of 149,839 (2001 census). It is located 16 miles east of Guntur City. Three canals of the Krishna River flow through Tenali making it a part of the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh.
One of the canals is navigable up to Nizampatnam port. Tenali is a major railway junction connecting Guntur, Vijayawada, Repalle and Chennai. It is also popularly known as Andhra Paris. Tenali is known for its rich historical, agricultural, cultural and literary legacy. It has produced many famous poets, theatre artistes, scholars, actors, scientists and academicians. Tenali Ramakrishna, who was a court-poet of Krishnadeva Raya of the Vijayanagara empire and well known for his wit and impressive Telugu poetry was born in Tumuluru near Tenali in the 16th century. It is well known for the Vaikuntapuram temple (also known as Chinna Tirupathi) which gets visited by an average of 35,000 devotees every month to get a glimpse of the Lord Venkateswara.