Vizianagaram district


The below table categorises 34 mandals into their respective revenue divisions in the district:[23]

#Vizianagaram DivisionParvathipuram Division


There are 9 assembly 3 parliamentary constituencies in Vizianagaram district. The parliamentary constituencies includes VisakhapatnamArakuVizianagaram . The assembly constituencies[24] in Vizianagaram district are BobbiliKurupamCheepurupalliParvathipuramSalurSrungavarapukotaGajapathinagaramNellimarla and Vizianagaram. There are 2 revenue divisions, 34 Mandals, 935 Panchayats and 1,551 revenue villages in Vizianagaram district.[25] The revenue divisions are Parvathipuram and Vizianagaram. Vizianagaram parliamentary constituency is represented by the Former Union Civil Aviation Minister Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju.


Portrait of Gurazada Apparao at Vizianagaram

The predominant religion is Hinduism. The major festivals are SankranthiUgadi and Rama NavamiMaha ShivaratriDeepavaliVinayaka ChavithiDasara 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 DramasHarikathasBurra 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 CurriesPickles and Curd.


APSRTC Buses at Vizianagaram Bus Complex

The total road length of state highways in the district is 777 km (483 mi).[26] Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs bus services to all the major cities and towns of the state from the district. Major railway stations in the district include AmudalavalasaSrikakulam RoadPalasa etc. Railway network in the entire district comes under Waltair (Vishakapatnam) division of the South Coast Railway zoneVizianagaram and Kothavalasa are the main railway junctions. There are 28 railway stations in the district.

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 VizianagaramGajapathinagaramRamabhadrapuram 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.[27]


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.


The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state.[28][29] 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.[30] The total number of students enrolled in primary, upper primary and high schools of the district are 307,298.[31]

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.


There are eleven temples under the management of Endowments Department.[38]

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
11Sri Sanyaseswara Swamy TempleSrungavarapukotaDharmavaram

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