Paritala Ravi was born to Sri Ramulu and Narayanamma couple in Venkatapuram, Ravi’s father, Paritala Sreeramulu, was a Naxalite leader close to Kondapalli Seetharamaiah, supremo of the then-monolithic People’s War Group. That was until Gangula Narayana Reddy, a factionist and Congress MLA, and Sane Chenna Reddy, another factionist who later became a Congress MLA, had Sreeramulu killed in 1975. Ravi was 17 years when his father was killed. Ravi and his brother Paritala Hari escaped that attack.
After losing his father and brother, Ravi wanted to take shelter to protect himself from his rivals. He went to his maternal uncle, Kondaiah, in Seerpi Kottaala village of Uravakonda constituency to take shelter. He married his uncle’s daughter Suneetha in 1986 and took up cultivation. Ravi was one of the prime accused in the murder of Gangula Narayana Reddy, Narsanna and Yaadi Reddy.