Vizianagaram district

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Vizianagaram district
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Location of Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh
CountryIndia
State Andhra Pradesh
Headquarters Vizianagaram
Tehsils 34 [1]
Government
   District collector Dr.M.Hari Jawaharlal
   Lok Sabha constituencies Araku, Vizianagaram, Vishakapatnam
  Assembly seats 09
Area
  Total6,539 km2 (2,525 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
  Total2,344,474
  Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
   Urban
20.94%
Demographics
   Literacy 59.49%
  Sex ratio1016
Vehicle registration AP-35
Major highways NH-16
Coordinates 18°12′N83°24′E / 18.200°N 83.400°E / 18.200; 83.400 Coordinates: 18°12′N83°24′E / 18.200°N 83.400°E / 18.200; 83.400
Website Official website

Vizianagaram district is a northern coastal district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The town of Vizianagaram is the district headquarters. The district is bounded on the east by the district of Srikakulam, southwest by the district of Visakhapatnam, southeast by the Bay of Bengal, and northwest by the state of Odisha.

Andhra Pradesh State in southern India

Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India. Situated in the south-east of the country, it is the seventh-largest state in India, covering an area of 162,970 km2 (62,920 sq mi). As per the 2011 census, it is the tenth most populous state, with 49,386,799 inhabitants. The largest city in Andhra Pradesh is Visakhapatnam. Telugu, one of the classical languages of India, is the major and official language of Andhra Pradesh.

India Country in South Asia

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Vizianagaram City in Andhra Pradesh, India

Vizianagaram is a city and district headquarters of Vizianagaram district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipality and also the mandal headquarters of Vizianagaram mandal. It is located 18 km inland from the Bay of Bengal and 42 km to the northeast of Visakhapatnam.

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Vizianagaram district was formed on 1 June 1979, with some parts carved from the neighbouring districts of Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. [2] The district is named after the princely state of Vizianagaram (Vijaya means victory and Nagaram means city in Telugu). It is the least populous district in Andhra Pradesh. [3]

Princely state Type of vassal state

A princely state, also called native state, feudatory state or Indian state, was a vassal state under a local or regional ruler in a subsidiary alliance with the British Raj. Though the history of the princely states of the subcontinent dates from at least the classical period of Indian history, the predominant usage of the term princely state specifically refers to a semi-sovereign principality on the Indian subcontinent during the British Raj that was not directly governed by the British, but rather by a local ruler, subject to a form of indirect rule on some matters. In actual fact, the imprecise doctrine of paramountcy allowed the government of British India to interfere in the internal affairs of princely states individually or collectively and issue edicts that applied to all of India when it deemed it necessary.

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View of Vizianagaram town

History

The history of Vizianagaram district is with Kalinga dynasty. In modern times, the upper part of Kalinga was gradually merged into Odisha state and the lower part into Andhra Pradesh. The Kalinga empire extended from Cuttack in Odisha to Pithapuram in East Godavari district as far back as the 4th century BC. The Nandas ruled the area between 467 and 336 BC. They were followed by the Mauryas, the Chedis, the Satavahanas, the Pitribhaktas, the Matharas, the Vasishthas, the Vishnukundinas, the early Eastern Gangas, the Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi, the late Eastern Gangas, the Reddis of Rajahmundry and the Velanati Cholas till the Kakatiyas appeared by 1210 AD.

Odisha State in Eastern India

Odisha is one of the 29 states of India. Located in eastern India, it is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, and Andhra Pradesh to the south. Odisha has 485 kilometres (301 mi) of coastline along the Bay of Bengal on its east, from Balasore to Ganjam. It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. It is also the 3rd most populous state of India in terms of tribal population. Odia is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by 36.6 million according to the 2016 Census.

Cuttack City in Odisha, India

Cuttack is the former capital and the second largest city in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. It is also the headquarters of the Cuttack district. The name of the city is an anglicised form of Kataka which literally means The Fort, a reference to the ancient Barabati Fort around which the city initially developed. Cuttack is also known as the Millennium City as well as the Silver City due to its history of 1000 years and famous silver filigree works. It is also considered as the judicial capital of Odisha as the Odisha High Court is located here. It is also the commercial capital of Odisha which hosts a large number of trading and business houses in and around the city. Cuttack is also famous for its Durga puja which is the most important festival of Odisha and West Bengal. Cuttack is also the birth place of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Pithapuram Town

Pithapuram or Peetika Puram is a town and a municipality in East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town also forms a part of Godavari Urban Development Authority. The temple town is one of fifty five Sakti Peetikas.

Recorded evidence show that some local dynasties like the Rapatri Chiefs and the Gangas of Narayanapura (situated near Balijipeta), the Gangas of Jantarunadu (the track now known as Srungavarapukota), ruled over parts of the district from the 12th to 15th century.

Balijipeta Village in Andhra Pradesh, India

Baliji-peta or Baligi-peta is a village in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to some historians, most of the people of Original Balija caste have migrated from this village.

Srungavarapukota Neighbourhood in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Srungavarapukota popularly known by its abbreviated form S.Kota is a neighbourhood in the district of Vizianagaram, India. S.Kota is located on Visakhapatnam - Araku road. The town was upgraded from gram panchayat to Nagar Panchayat in the year 2011.

The Kakatiya rulers under Ganapatideva defeated the Velanati Chola Chief, Prithvisvara who was ruling over the territory in 1210 AD. The territory was recovered by the Eastern Gangas during the reign of Ananga Bhima III. The Gajapatis of Odisha then came to rule the territory after overthrowing the Eastern Gangas in 1443 AD. The rule of the Gajapatis lasted for about 140 years till the Qutb Shahis conquered the territory around 1574 AD. Consequent on the occupation of Golconda by the Mughals in 1687 AD, the area came under the control of Mughals. When the Viceroy of the Mughals in Deccan, Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah declared independence in 1724 AD, the area came under the rule of the Asaf Jahis.

Mughal Empire dynastic empire extending over large parts of the Indian subcontinent

The Mughal Empire or Mogul Empire was an empire in the Indian subcontinent, founded in 1526. It was established and ruled by the Timurid dynasty, with Turco-Mongol Chagatai roots from Central Asia, claiming direct descent from both Genghis Khan and Timur, and with significant Indian Rajput and Persian ancestry through marriage alliances; the first two Mughal emperors had both parents of Central Asian ancestry, while successive emperors were of predominantly Persian and some Rajput ancestry. The dynasty was Indo-Persian in culture, combining Persianate culture with local Indian cultural influences visible in its court culture and administrative customs.

In the war of succession after Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah died, Salabat Jung who came to power with the backing of the French General Marquis de Bussy, rewarded the French by ceding four Circars including the Chicacole Circar in 1753. An important event in the history of the district which occurred by about this time is the war between the Rajas of Vizianagaram and Bobbili, popularly known as Bobbili Yuddam. The war was fought between the MahaRaja of Vizianagaram aided by the French General Bussy and the Rajah of Bobbili on 24 January 1757.

Salabat Jung 18th-century Nizam of Hyderabad

Salabat Jung was born Mir Sa'id Muhammad Khan Siddiqi Bayafandi in 24 November 1718. He was the 4th Nizam of Hyderabad and the 3rd son of Nizam-ul-Mulk. He was appointed as Naib Subahdar to his elder brother, Ghazi ud-Din Khan Feroze Jung II, the Prime Minister of Mughal Empire, with the title Salabat Jung. He was invested by Imperial firman, at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 12 September 1749. He was granted the titles of Khan Bahadur and Salabat Jung during his father's lifetime. During the Second Carnatic War he was a prisoner, first in Nasir Jung's camp and later in Muzaffar Jung's camp. After Muzaffar Jung was killed by the Afghans on 13 February 1751, Mir Sa'id Muhammad Khan was proclaimed as the new Nizam near Lakkireddipalli Pass, by the French under De Bussy with the title Asaf-ad-Daulah, Nawab Said Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Salabat Jung, Zafar Jung, Nawab Subahdar of the Deccan. He was promoted to the title of Amir-ul-Mamalik by the Emperor Alamgir II. He was the ruler of the Hyderabad State in India from 1751 until 1762. Khilwath palace of Hyderabad was also built by him.

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Bobbili Town in Andhra Pradesh, India

Bobbili is a town in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Another important event in the history of the district is the war between the French and English fought at Chandurthi in 1758, in which the French were defeated and the Northern Circars were made over to the British under a firmana from the Mughal emperor Shah Alam in 1765 which were placed under the then existing Chief and Council at Vizagapatam. In 1794, the Chiefs and Councils were abolished and Vizagapatam was arranged into three divisions each under a collector. Almost the entire area of the present area of Vizianagaram district fell under the second division. However the three divisions were merged and a collectorate for the whole district was established in 1803 after the introduction of the permanent settlement in the area.

The history of the rebellions against the British rule goes back to 1830s when the people of the district particularly the tribals unable to bear the oppression, rose in frequent rebellions (fituris) leading to the establishment of separate administrative system known as "Agency Administration" under the India Act XXIV of 1839. The rebellion of Korra Mallaiah, a tribal chief of the Salur area against the British rule in 1900 is another important event. The district magistrate dispatched Reserve Police to suppress the revolt, which was seriously resisted by the people. In the skirmish that followed many were killed. Korra Mallaiah along with son was arrested and kept in Jail where he died subsequently. Subsequently, in the Indian freedom movement, the people hailing from this area enthusiastically took part in various phases like non-cooperative movement, civil disobedience movement, Quit India Movement etc.

Post-independence

After abolition of the Zamindaris in 1948, Visakhapatnam district was found to be unwieldy for administrative purposes. Consequently, Srikakulam district was carved out in 1950 bifurcating it from Visakhapatnam district. Vizianagaram district was formed on 1 June 1979, as per G.O.Ms.No.700/Revenue (U) Department, dated 15 May 1979 with some parts carved from the neighbouring districts of Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. The Taluks of Vizianagaram, Gajapathinagaram, Srungavarapukota and a portion of Bheemunipatnam Taluk were transferred from the Visakhapatnam District. The Salur, Bobbili, Parvathipuram and Cheepurupalli Taluks from Srikakulam district were transferred to the new district.

The district is a part of the Red Corridor. [4]

Geography

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Districts of Andhra Pradesh

It is situated within the geographical co-ordinates of 17- 15’ and 19 – 15’ of the northern latitudes and 83 – 00’ and 83-45 of the eastern longitudes. Vizianagaram district occupies an area of 6,539 square kilometres (2,525 sq mi), [5] comparatively equivalent to France's Desolation Island. [6]

The principal rivers flowing in the district are River Nagavali, Suvarnamukhi, Vegavathi, River Champavathi, River Gosthani and Kandivalasa. There are no major irrigation projects in the district. The Denkada Anicut, Thatipudi Reservoir, Andra Reservoir Project, Vegavathi Anicut, Surapadu Anicut, Seethanagaram Anicut, Peda Ankalam Anicut, Vottigedda Reservoir Project, Paradi Anikut, Thotapalli Regulator and Vengala Raya Sagaram Project are the medium irrigation projects. [7] The total irrigated area under these projects and the other minor projects is about 285,077 acres (1,154 km2). Jhanjavati Project [8]

Climate

The climate of Vizianagaram district is characterised by high humidity nearly all-round the year with oppressive summer and good seasonal rainfall. The summer season from March to May is followed by South West monsoon season, which continues up to September. October and November constitute the retreating monsoon season.December to February is the season of fine weather. The climate of the hilly regions of the district receives heavier rainfall and cooler than the plains. The maximum temperature recorded during 2004 is 39.6O C during May and the minimum temperature is 17.1O C during December.

The normal rainfall of the district for the year is 1,131.0 MM as against the actual rainfall of 740.6 MM received during 2002-03. The district gets the benefit of both the South ?West and North- East monsoon.

The average maximum and minimum temperatures and average rainfall recorded in 2004 at Agricultural Research Station, Vizianagaram are given below:

Climate data for Vizianagaram
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)38.7
(101.7)
31.3
(88.3)
36.2
(97.2)
37.2
(99.0)
37.0
(98.6)
35.1
(95.2)
32.9
(91.2)
32.8
(91.0)
33.3
(91.9)
31.9
(89.4)
30.2
(86.4)
29.8
(85.6)
33.9
(93.0)
Average low °C (°F)17.2
(63.0)
19.1
(66.4)
23.2
(73.8)
26.1
(79.0)
27.0
(80.6)
26.8
(80.2)
25.7
(78.3)
26.3
(79.3)
25.7
(78.3)
22.8
(73.0)
19.5
(67.1)
17.1
(62.8)
23.0
(73.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches)13.5
(0.53)
1.2
(0.05)
14.0
(0.55)
27.1
(1.07)
54.8
(2.16)
183.2
(7.21)
256.1
(10.08)
105.2
(4.14)
92.5
(3.64)
141.8
(5.58)
30.2
(1.19)
0.0
(0.0)
919.6
(36.2)
Source: [9]

Demographics

According to the 2011 census, Vizianagaram district has a population of 2,344,474, [10] roughly equal to the nation of Latvia [11] or the US state of New Mexico. This gives it a ranking of 193rd in India (out of a total of 640). [3] The district has a population density of 358 inhabitants per square kilometre (930/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 4.16%. Vizianagaram has a sex ratio of 1016 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 59.49%. [3] [12]

The district had a population of 9,58,778 in 1901. The total population of district increased to 22,49,254 as per 2001 census. They consists of 11,19,541 males and 11,29,713 females. There are 1009 females per 1000 males in the district. The total area is 6,539 square kilometres. The population density is 344 persons per km². The increase in population during the decennium from 1991 to 2001 is 6.55 percent for the district as against 14.6 percent for the Andhra Pradesh State. The Scheduled Caste population is 2,38,023 and Scheduled Tribe population is 2,14,839 which comes to 10.58% and 9.55% respectively to the total population of the district.

The rural population of the district is 18.37 lakhs which comes to 82% of the total population and the urban population is 4.12 lakhs which comes to 18% of the total population. Vizianagaram Town with a population of 1,95,801 is the only Class-I town in the district. There are twelve towns in the district; Vizianagaram, Cheepurupalli, Gajularega, Kanapaka, Bobbili, Parvathipuram, Salur, Sriramnagar, Nellimarla, Kothavalasa, Chintalavalasa, Jarjapupeta and Gajapathinagaram. All the towns are in plain areas of the district.

Household indicators

In 2007–2008, the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1232 households in 41 villages across the district. [13] They found that 78.7% had access to electricity, 84.1% had drinking water, 18.5% toilet facilities, and 33.9% lived in a pucca (permanent) home. [13] 28.6% of girls wed before the legal age of 18 and 87.3% of interviewees carried a BPL card. [13]

Economy

In 2006, the Indian government named Vizianagaram one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). [14] It is one of the thirteen districts in Andhra Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). [14]

The Gross District Domestic Product (GDDP) of the district is 18,382 crore (US$2.6 billion) and it contributes 3.5% to the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). For the FY 2013-14, the per capita income at current prices was 61,157 (US$850). The primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the district contribute 4,961 crore (US$690 million), 3,148 crore (US$440 million) and 10,272 crore (US$1.4 billion) respectively. [15] The major products contributing to the GVA of the district from agriculture and allied services are, sugarcane, paddy, mango, tomato, milk, meat and fisheries. The GVA to the industrial and service sector is contributed from construction, manufacturing, minor minerals, education and ownership of dwellings. [15]

Industry

The industrial development in the district generally agriculture based and consists of Jute mills, Sugar factories, Rice and Oil mills and Tiles manufacturing units. The mineral deposits are utilised by the FACOR and other industries. There are 520 factories registered under the Factories Act in 2005 in the district employing about 27,800 workers (males and females).

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Facor unit in Vizianagaram district

Certain famous industries include

Administrative divisions

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Left:Parvatipuram revenue division, Right:Vizianagaram revenue division in Vizianagaram district(marked in cyan colour)

Mandals

The below table categorises 34 mandals into their respective revenue divisions in the district: [19]

# Vizianagaram Division Parvathipuram Division
1 Bhogapuram Badangi
2 Bondapalli Balijipeta
3 Cheepurupalle Bobbili
4 Dattirajeru Garugubilli
5 Denkada Gummalaxmipuram
6 Gajapathinagaram Jiyyammavalasa
7 Gantyada Komarada
8 Garividi Kurupam
9 Gurla Makkuva
10Jami Pachipenta
11 Kothavalasa Parvathipuram
12 Lakkavarapukota Ramabhadrapuram
13 Mentada Salur
14 Merakamudidam Seethanagaram
15 Nellimarla Therlam
16 Pusapatirega
17 Srungavarapukota
18 Vepada
19 Vizianagaram

Politics

There are 9 assembly 3 parliamentary constituencies in Vizianagaram district. The parliamentary constituencies includes Visakhapatnam, Araku, Vizianagaram . The assembly constituencies [20] in Vizianagaram district are Bobbili, Kurupam, Cheepurupalli, Parvathipuram, Salur, Srungavarapukota, Gajapathinagaram, Nellimarla and Vizianagaram. There are 2 revenue divisions, 34 Mandals, 935 Panchayats and 1,551 revenue villages in Vizianagaram district. [21] The revenue divisions are Parvathipuram and Vizianagaram. Vizianagaram parliamentary constituency is represented by the Former Union Civil Aviation Minister Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

Culture

Portrait of Sri Gurazada Apparao garu at Vizianagaram Portrait of Sri Gurazada Apparao garu 02.jpg
Portrait of Sri Gurazada Apparao garu at Vizianagaram

The social customs in Vizianagaram district are South Indian Style with minor changes. The local people are soft-spoken and kind at heart with strong family traditions. Gurajada Appa Rao (1862–1915) used all forms of literature like drama, novel, poetry, short story and essay with equal facility. He assimilated the culture and language of this region and became the forerunner of social reforms in India. He wrote the play Kanyasulkam in 1892, which is often considered the greatest play in the Telugu language

The predominant religion is Hinduism. The major festivals are Sankranthi, Ugadi and Rama Navami, Maha Shivaratri, Deepavali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dasara and Vijayadasami. The nine-day festival celebrations during Rama Navami and Ganesh Chaturthi are very popular in many towns and associated with many cultural events including Stage Dramas, Harikathas, Burra kathas etc. Festivals of Gramadevatha are held annually at Vizianagaram, Bobbili, Salur, Parvathipuram and Sambara with much fanfare. The most popular amongst them is Pydithalli Ammavari Jatra, celebrated at Vizianagaram on the next Tuesday of Vijayadasami day. And also Polamma Jatara, at Sambara in Sambara Village of Makkuva Mandal is a Very much state known famous festival being celebrated in every 3rd week of January. This is a very renowned festival for north andhra people.

The cuisine is strikingly South Indian Style with Rice as the staple food accompanied by Dals, Rasam or Sambar, Vegetable Curries, Pickles and Curd.

Transport

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Kottavalasa Train Station, an important Junction in Vizianagaram district
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APSRTC Buses at Vizianagaram Bus Complex
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A Road near Alamanda Village in Vizianagaram district

The total of core road network of the district is 790.261 km (491.045 mi). It includes, 194.00 km (120.55 mi) of existing and a proposed length of 596.261 km (370.499 mi). [22]

Railway network in the entire district comes under Waltair Railway Division of the East Coast Railway. [23] Vizianagaram and Kothavalasa are the main railway junctions. There are 28 railway stations in the district. The route length is 169.656 kilometres in Broad Gauge Double Line and 68.860 kilometres in Broad Gauge Single line.

National Highways 5 and 43 passes through the district and covers a distance of 200 kilometres. National Highway 43 (India) runs almost entirely in Vizianagaram district for a distance of 83 kilometres and passes through Odisha to Raipur in Chhattisgarh (total length of 551 kilometres). It passes through Vizianagaram, Gajapathinagaram, Ramabhadrapuram and Salur towns. National Highway 5 passes through coastal mandals of Bhogapuram and Pusapatirega. State Highways covers a distance of 122 kilometres, major district roads 852 kilometres and rural roads 781 kilometres. [24] The Panchayat Raj roads covers a distance of 4,080 kilometres.

Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is the major public transport system operated by fleet of buses. Vizianagaram is one of the 4 zones and one of the 23 administrative regions headed by General Manager of APSRTC. There are 4 bus depots at Vizianagaram, Parvathipuram, Srungavarapukota and Salur. There are many bus stations in the entire district.

Auto Rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw and Cycles are the major modes of local transport in the small towns and villages.

Tourism

1000-year-old Sri Rama temple on top of Bodhikonda, Ramatheertham 1000 year old Sri Rama temple on top of Gurubhaktula konda.jpg
1000-year-old Sri Rama temple on top of Bodhikonda, Ramatheertham

Ramatheertham is a village panchayat in Nellimarla mandal of Vizianagaram district. It is located 12 km from Vizianagaram city.

Education

The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state. [25] [26] As per the school information report for the academic year 2015-16, there are a total of 3,875 schools. They include, 85 government, 2,060 mandal and zilla parishads, 1 residential, 618 private, 16 model, 33 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), 112 municipal and 423 other types of schools. [27] The total number of students enrolled in primary, upper primary and high schools of the district are 307,298. [28]

Vizianagaram district has been comparatively backward in the field of education. The literacy rate is 51.82% as against the average of 61.55% for the entire Andhra Pradesh State.

There are 38 Branch Libraries in the district managed by Zilla Granthalaya Samstha. They are located 1-2 in each mandal. There are about 41 book depot centres in the district.

Media

Television and Radio are regular homely entertainment. Telugu films are very popular in recent days. There are as many as 81 Movie theatres in almost all the towns, mandals and big villages in the district. In many places, it is the only mode of entertainment outside.

Sports

The Maharajkumar of Vizianagram fondly known as Sir Vizzy popularised the cricket game in North Eastern Coastal Andhra Pradesh. It is in honour of this great entrepreneur of cricket that Vizzy Stadium was made in his home town, Vizianagaram. The Vizzy Stadium is one of the Cricket grounds in Andhra Pradesh, where first class cricket is played. Vizzy led India in Test cricket and later became a cricket administrator and commentator. He was the President for the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He loved doing commentaries for All India Radio. He was a very benevolent man, who donated the Wellington pavilion at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

Temples

There are eleven temples under the management of Endowments Department. [35]

Trust controlled Temples
S.noTempleMandalVillage
1Sri Yellaramma Ammavari TempleJAMIJAMI
2Sri Ganapathi etc. TemplesPUSAPATIREGAKUMILI
3Sri Parammathalli Ammavari TemplePACHIPENTAPACHIPENTA
4Sri Pydithalli Ammavari TempleBHOGHAPURAMPOLIPALLE
5Sri Venkateswara Swamy TempleSALURSALUR
6Sri Syamalamba Ammavari TempleSALURSALUR
7Sri Venu Gopala Swamy TempleSALURSALUR
8Sri Polamamba Ammavari TempleMAKKUVASAMBARA
9Sri Kotilingeswara Swamy TempleSRUNGAVARAPUKOTASRUNGAVARAPUKOTA
10Sri Mannar Rajagopala Swamy TempleVIZIANAGARAMVIZIANAGARAM BIT-II
11Sri Sanyaseswara Swamy TempleSRUNGAVARAPUKOTADHARMAVARAM

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Urlam village is located in Narasannapeta mandal in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The Vizagapatam Hill Tracts Agency was an agency in the Madras Presidency of British India. The agency was autonomous and supervised by an agent subordinate to the District Collector of Vizagapatam District.

Cheepurupalli Assembly constituency is a constituency of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one of 9 constituencies in the Vizianagaram district. It comes under Vizianagaram along with 6 other Assembly constituencies.

Etcherla Assembly constituency is a constituency of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one of 10 constituencies in the Srikakulam district.

Rajam Assembly constituency is a SC reserved constituency of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one of 10 constituencies in the Srikakulam district.

Nellimarla Assembly constituency is a constituency of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one of 9 constituencies in the Vizianagaram district.

Srungavarapukota Assembly constituency is a constituency of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one of 9 constituencies in the Vizianagaram district.

Bobbili mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Bobbili is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Bobbili town is the headquarters of the mandal. The mandal is bounded by Makkuva, Seethanagaram, Balajipeta, Salur, Ramabhadrapuram, Badangi and Therlam mandals.

Salur mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Salur mandal is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is administration under Parvathipuram revenue division and headquartered at Salur. The mandal is bounded by Makkuva, Ramabhadrapuram, Pachipenta and Bobbili mandals. A portion of it also borders the state of Odisha.

Makkuva mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Makkuva mandal is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is administration under Parvathipuram revenue division and headquartered at Makkuva. The mandal is bounded by Salur mandal on South & West, Parvathipuram mandal on North, Seethanagaram mandal on east and Bobbili mandal on south east. A portion of it also borders the Narayanapatna block of the Koraput district of Odisha on north west.

Pachipenta mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Pachipenta mandal is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is administration under Parvathipuram revenue division and headquartered at Pachipenta. The mandal is bounded by Salur, Ramabhadrapuram and Mentada mandals. A portion of it also borders the state of Odisha.

Mentada mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Mentada mandal is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is administration under Parvathipuram revenue division and headquartered at Mentada. The mandal is bounded by Pachipenta, Ramabhadrapuram, Dattirajeru and Gajapathinagaram mandals. A portion of it also borders the state of Odisha.

Ramabhadrapuram mandal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India

Ramabhadrapuram mandal is one of the 34 mandals in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Ramabhadrapuram is the headquarters of the mandal. The mandal is bounded by Salur, Bobbili, Badangi, Merakamudidam, Dattirajeru, Mentada and Pachipenta mandals.

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