The city of Kadapa was earlier known as Cuddapah. Situated in the Rayalaseema region of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Kadapa is often referred to as the "Heart of Rayalaseema." Located near the Pedda River, Kadapa functions as the district headquarters of Kadapa district. The Nallamala and Palkonda Hills surround the city. Kadapa is known for its black and red ferrous soils. The city has been ruled by various dynasties such as the Nizams, the Cholas, the Vijayanagara Empire and even the Kingdom of Mysore. Kadapa is also known for its delectable cuisine belonging to the Rayalaseema food culture. The economy of Kadapa is largely fuelled by agriculture and mining. The residents of this region are mostly employed in Government jobs and Private sector jobs. Quite a few residents are involved in businesses and the hospitality industry. The area is known for its educational institutions such as Hyderabad Public School, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, KSRM College of Engineering, Yogi Vemana University, etc. The city is well connected to all nearby cities through roads and railways. It also houses an airport,
The first Paul George Memorial Tournament was began by the Muthoot Group in 2012, for children of the government schools in the Delhi NCR region. The winners of the tournament were awarded scholarships. The Muthoot M George Foundation conducted all of the philanthropic activities of Muthoot Finance through which it performs tree plantation drives and offers scholarships to the needy people regularly. The company also took the initiative on education, environment, health, financial assistance, and eco-friendliness through M George Foundation. The Muthoot Finance is associated with the concept of an E-toilet, which was a public sanitation initiative, with the aid of the Credai Clean City Movement. Along with that, the company also conducts agricultural seminars on a regular basis by the name of My Kitchen Garden to educate farmers on the effects of pesticide use in farming and how to control that for healthier living. The company has also actively helped cancer patients, as well as individuals diagnosed with the kidney diseases, by taking care of their medical expenses. The Muthoot Finance runs the "Horn Not Ok Please" initiative to raise awareness on the harmful effects of vehicular noise pollution. It has also established a Centre for creating road traffic and safety awareness and the prevention of traffic accidents at the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police in Kochi.