In India, many traditional place names were changed in India during British rule, as well during the earlier Muslim conquests. Ever since the British left India in 1947, many cities, streets, places, and buildings throughout India have been changed back to their original names over the decades. Certain traditional names that have not been changed, however, continue to be popular.

States or provinceEdit

Change not yet effectiveEdit

  • West Bengal to Bangla (approved by West Bengal state legislature during September 2017 after Centre's refusal to comply with State's proposal of three different names in three different languages).

Union territoriesEdit

  • Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands to Lakshadweep (change effective from 1 November 1973)
  • Pondicherry to Puducherry (change effective from 1 October 2006)

States, (cities, towns, villages)Edit

Andhra PradeshEdit

Former names of cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh at various times (Pre-Mauryan, Maurayan, Satavahana, Andhra Ikshvaku, Vishnukundina, Eastern Chalukya, Kakateeya, Musunuri, Pemmasani etc. rule) during the course of history. Andhra was mentioned as An-to-lo by Yuan Chang.

  • Amarapura (during Vishnukundin times) to Amaravati
  • Bhavapuri[5] to Bhaava-pattana[5] to Bhavapatta[6] or Bhavapattu[7] to Bapatla, known for Bhavanarayanaswami Temple (Guntur district)
  • Birudankaravolu[8] or Birudankitavolu or Birudankinavolu or Birudankitapuram or Birudankinapuram to Bighole or Biccavole to Biccavolu (East Godavari district)
  • Dasanapura or Darsi
  • Devapura or Devada (Vijayanagaram district)
  • Dhamnakada to Dhamnakata to Dhamnakataka to Dhyanakara[9] or Dhaanyakapura[9] or Dhaanyakataka[9] (Mauryan and Satavahana times) or Dhaanyakatakamu to Dhanakataka[10] to Dharanikota (Guntur district)
  • Dhandapura[11] or Dhandaprolu or Tsandavolu[12] to Chandavolu to Chandolu (Guntur district)
  • Dhakshatapovana[13] or Dhakshavatika[13] or Dhaksharamamu to Draksharamam (East Godavari district)
  • Dugdhapavanapuramu or Upamanyupuramu or Kshirapuramu or Kshiraramamu or Palakota (Palathota) or Palakolanu to Palakollu (West Godavari district)
  • Durvasapuram[14] to Duvva (West Godavari district)
  • Ekasilanagaramu or Vontimitta to Ontimitta, known for (Potana wrote Andhra Mahabhagavatam at Ontimitta Ramalayam) (Kadapa district)
  • Gadapa to Kadapa to Kurpah to Cuddapah (by British) to Kadapa
  • Garthapuri or Guntur (Guntur district)
  • Gonkavaram to Gokavaram, East Godavari district
  • Govatika to Govada
  • Gurajala to Gurazala (Guntur district)
  • Helapuri[15] (Eastern Chalukya times) or Eluru[16] to Ellore[16] by British to Eluru (change effective 1949)
  • Juvikallu to Julakallu to Zulakallu (Guntur district)
  • Madhavipattana or Gurindalastha to Gurijala or Gurajala to Gurazala (during British era)
  • Kakinandiwada to Cocanada (by British) to Kakinada
  • Kalidindi to Madhurantakacholanalluru (Telugu Choda times) to Kalidindi (Krishna District)
  • Kanakagiri to Kanigiri (now in Prakasam District, previously in Nellore District)
  • Kandanavrolu to Kandenavolu to Kurnool
  • Kandarapura or Kanteru (Guntur District)
  • Kantakasela or Kantikossula or Ghantasala
  • Karmmarashtra (during Pallava period) for Ongole town and surroundings watered by Gundlakamma river.
  • Kharapuri to Karyampudi (venue of the battle of Palnadu) to Karampudi or Karempudi or Caurampoody (by Europeans) to Karampudi
  • Kharamandalamu or Karimanal or Cholamandalam or Choramandalam[17] to Choramandala (by the Portuguese) to Choromandel (by the Dutch) to Coromandal (by the British) [18]
  • Kondapalli[a] to Mustafanagar[19] (during Qutub Shahi and early Asaf Jahi times) to Kondapalli
  • Kondaveedu or Gopinathapuram to Murtazanagar (during Qutub Shahi and early Asaf Jahi times) to Kondaveedu
  • Krövachuru to Krosuru (Guntur district)
  • Kundinapuram (near Kondaveedu) to Ameenabad (Guntur district)
  • Mahadevicherla (cheruvu) or Mahadevitataka to Madevicherla to Macherla (Guntur district)
  • Mahendragiri or Pistapura or Pittapore to Pithapuram (East Godavari district)
  • Matsyapuri (Mauryan and Satavahana times) or Masolia (as known by Greek and Roman historians) or Chepalarevu (locally) or Machilipatnam or Masulipatam (by British, Dutch) or Bandar (by Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis) to Bandaru or Machilipatnam
  • Nelliooru or Nellipuram or Dhaanyapuram or Vikrama Simhapuri to Nelluru to Nellore by British
  • Neminadhunuru to Nedunuru (Amalapuram Taluk West Godavri District)
  • Niravadyapuramu or Niravadyaprolu (during Eastern Chalukya times) to Nidadavole to Nidadavolu
  • Nrusimhapuri to Narasimhapuramu to Narasapur to Narasapuramu West Godavari District
  • Ongole district to Prakasam district
  • Pallavanadu or Palanadu or Pallenadu to Palnadu (Guntur district)
  • Peddapalli to Petapoly by the Dutch settlers to Pettipolee or Pettipoly by British or Nizampatnam (during Asaf Jahi era) (Guntur district)
  • Puruhutikanagaram, Puruhutikapuram, Puruhutikapatnam, Peethikapuramu or Pistapura to Pithapuram (East Godavari district)
  • Penuganchiprolu or Pennegentspoel (by Europeans) (Krishna district)
  • Prathipalapura (Pre-Mauryan era) to Bhattiprolu (Krishna district)
  • Prolavaram to Polavaram, Krishna district
  • Prudhvipuram or Prudhilapuram or Podili
  • Rajamahendravaramu or Rajamahendri to Rajahmundry to Rajamahendravaramu
  • Rajavolu to Razole (by the British) or Rajolu
  • Samarlakota to Samalkota (East Godavari district)
  • Skandapuri or Kandukuru (Prakasam district)
  • Srikakulamu to Chicacole or Sikkolu to Srikakulam
  • Sriparvata (Maurayan and Satavahana times) or Vijayapuri to Nagarujunikonda or Nagarjunakonda (Guntur District)
  • Tarakapuri[20] or Tanuku (West Godavari district)
  • Kandarapura or Skandapura or Tambrapasthana or Tambrapa or Tambrapura or Tamrapuram or Chembrolu (capital of Ganapathideva Gaja Sahiniraya) to Chebrolu (Guntur District)
  • Vangalaprolu or Vangavolu to Vangolu to Ongolu to Ongole by British (Prakasam District)
  • Vardhamanapuramu to Vardhamanu to Vaddamanu (Guntur district)
  • Veligandla or Maarganaarayanapuramu[21] to Veligandla (now in Prakasam District, previously in Nellore District)
  • Vengipuram[22] or Pedavegi (West Godavari district)
  • Vidarbhapuri or Gudiwada (Krishna district)
  • Vijayavatika (Mahabharata times) to Rajendracholapuram (Telugu Choda times) to Bejjamwada to Bezawada by British to Vijayawada
  • Vishnukundinapuramu (Vishnukundina times) to Vinukonda (Guntur district)
  • Waltair to Vizagapatam to Visakhapatnam


  • Nowgong to Nagaon
  • Gauhati to Guwahati (change effective 1983)
  • Sibsagar to Sivasagar


  • Viravati to Chandravati, Chandravati to Vadpatra, Vadpatra to Baroda, Baroda to Vadodara (change effective 1974)
  • Broach to Bharuch
  • Cambay to Khambhat
  • Bulsar to Valsad
  • Suryapur to Surat
  • Bhavena (Gohilwad) to Bhavnagar


Himachal PradeshEdit



Effective from 1st Nov 2014


Madhya PradeshEdit





  • Pondicherry to Puducherry (change effective from 1 October 2006)
  • Yanaon to Yanam (change effective from merger with Indian Union)



  • Ajaymeru to Ajmer
  • Dhedhi Dhani to Mansanagar (District Sikar). (change effective from 27 April 2011)

Tamil NaduEdit

Uttar PradeshEdit

West BengalEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kondapalli was the former and also the present name


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