Venkatagiri Kingdom was established in 1600 AD in Andhra Pradesh
and it was ruled by Velugoti family of Velama caste. This family is believed to have been migrated from Velugodu of Telangana
, about 80 km south-west of Nellore
, was their capital. Some of the prominent rulers of this empire were Velogoti Rayudappa Nayani and Velugoti Kumarayachamnayani.