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Visakhapatnam district

Visakhapatnam district
విశాఖపట్నం జిల్లా
District of Andhra Pradesh
Location of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh
Location of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Administrative division Visakhapatnam district
Headquarters Visakhapatnam
Tehsils 43[1]
 • District collector Dr.N.Yuvaraj IAS[2]
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Araku (Lok Sabha constituency), Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam (Lok Sabha constituency)
 • Assembly seats 15
 • Total 11,161 km2 (4,309 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,288,113[3]
 • Urban 47.51%
 • Literacy 67.70%
 • Sex ratio 1003
Major highways NH-5
Website [Visakhapatnam district website Official website]

Visakhapatnam district is a district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the nine coastal districts in the state, with the administrative headquarters located at Visakhapatnam.[1]


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Geography 3
  • Economy 4
  • Administrative divisions 5
  • Transport 6
  • Culture 7
  • Tourist spots 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Buddhist era

Visakhapatnam history goes back to the 6th century BCE. Its name can be found in Hindu and Buddhist texts that date back to ancient times. Vizag, as Visakhapatnam is often referred to, has been mentioned by Panini and Katyayana in their writings of the fourth century BC. The city was also a part of the Kalinga kingdom, which was later conquered by the emperor Ashoka. Visakha District is a large Buddhist remnants hub with many sites documented and undocumented from north to south border of the district along the coast line.

After independence

In 1979, part of the district was split to help form Vizianagaram district.[4] Visakhapatnam District is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[5]


Fog on Ghat road to Paderu in Visakhapatnam District

According to the 2011 census Visakhapatnam district has a population of 4,288,113,[6] roughly equal to the nation of New Zealand[7] or the US state of Kentucky. This gives it a ranking of 44th in India (out of a total of 640) and 4th in its state.[6] The district has a population density of 384 inhabitants per square kilometre (990/sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 11.89%.[6] Visakhapatnam has a sex ratio of 1003 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 67.7%.[6]

Visakhapatnam district has a population of 4,288,113 people of which 57.95% is urban as of 2011 census.[8]

Population 4,288,113
Males 2,140,872
Females 2,147,241
Growth(1991–2001) 15.36%
Rural 2250655
Urban 2037458
Scheduled Caste Population 291,219 (7.6%)
Scheduled Tribe population 557,572 (14.55%)


Visakhapatnam district occupies an area of approximately 11,161 square kilometres (4,309 sq mi),[9] comparatively equivalent to Canada's Cape Breton Island.[10]

Climate data for Visakhapatnam
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.9
Average low °C (°F) 18.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 11.4


Visakhapatnam district is the central hub for industry and education in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam district hosts the Vizag Steel Plant.

Household indicators

In 2007–2008, the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1,233 households in 30 villages across the district.[11] They found that 82.1% had access to electricity, 73.9% had drinking water, 42.6% toilet facilities, and 43.8% lived in a pucca (permanent) home.[11] 22.6% of girls wed before the legal age of 18 and 73.8% of interviewees carried a BPL card.[11]

Administrative divisions


Revenue divisions of Visakhapatnam district

Visakhapatnam district is divided into 43 mandals for ease of administration.[12] Visakhapatnam division, Anakapalli division, Narsipatnam division and Paderu division are the 4 Revenue Divisions. There are 10 mandals in Visakhapatnam division, 11 each in Narsipatnam and Anakapalle divisions and 11 mandals in Paderu division. Paderu is the new division formed on 3 April 2013 by allocating mandals from Visakhapatnam and Narsipatnam divisions. The district has 976 Gram Panchayats, 3082 Revenue villages with 3 Municipalities and the only Municipal corporation of Visakhapatnam City.[13]

The 3 Municipalities under their respective Revenue Divisions are:


There are three parliamentary and 15 assembly constituencies in Visakhapatnam district. The parliamentary constituencies are Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam and Araku. The assembly constituencies are[14] Anakapalle, Bhimli, Chodavaram, Yelamanchili, Madugula, Narsipatnam, Paderu, Pendurthi, Payakaraopet, Araku Valley, Visakhapatnam East, Visakhapatnam West, Visakhapatnam North, Visakhapatnam South and Gajuwaka.


The Andhra Pradesh government is seriously considering building a new International Airport because of the region's growing importance. Also, a second major port called Gangavaram on the southern side of Dolphin's Nose is stepping up to cater the needs of imports and exports.

Buddhist Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh includes Pavurallakonda, Bavikonda, Bojjannakonda and Kotturu Dhanadibbalu from Visakhapatnam district


Every December, from the third Friday to Sunday, an exclusive three-day festival brings to life the arts, crafts, culture and cuisine of Visakhapatnam.

Tourist spots

Hindu Pilgrimage sites map of Andhra Pradesh
Beautifully lit Borra Caves
Boats at Bhimili(Bheemunipatnam) beach Visakhapatnam District
  • Visakhapatnam is famous for its natural harbour, Ship building unit, Steel plant, Oil refineries, Dolphin's Nose Hills, and Ramakrishna beach. Rushikonda beach. It is industrial city in Andhra pradesh.
  • Bhimunipatnam is 40 km from Visakhapatnam and is famous for its natural sea port. Old Dutch Constructions and Buddhist Monastery Ruins
  • Simhachalam lies in the outskirts of main city. It is famous for the Sri Varaha Narasimha swami temple.
  • Araku Valley is 112 km away from Visakhapatnam. It is famous for the scenic beauty it offers to the travelers by Train or Road. The area of the valley is roughly 36 km², and the altitude is between 600 and 900 meters above sea level. It is renowned for its association with the Tribal culture & customs.
  • Thotlakonda lies to the north of Visakhapatnam which consists of a Buddhist Monastic Complex remnants and rock cut cisterns on the hilltop at mangamaripeta.
  • Bavikonda is another famous Hilltop Buddhist Monastic Complex remnant site near to Thotlakonda along the beach road to Bhimili from Vizag
  • Gudilova is famous for the temple of Lord shiva and Lord Ranganatha swamy located on a small hillock between two big hills in outskirts of Visakha city along the eastern Ghats, it is a natural picnic spot also. Located on the state highway of Pendurthi and 7 km from Anandapuram of Visakhapatnam.
  • The Borra Caves, also called Borra Guhalu (Telugu: బొర్రా గుహలు, in Telugu language ‘Borra’ means something that has bored into the ground and ‘guhalu’ means caves), are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley.
  • The Kondakarla Ava, One of the largest freshwater lake in the country and cradled in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats,the lake Konda Karla-Ava is situated at 50 Kilometer from Vizag on sankaram (Buddhist Place)- Etikoppaka (Craft Village)- Kondakarla Ava Circuit. Kondakarla Ava is the second largest fresh water lake in the state. It has been recognized as Eco Tourism destination. Kondakarla Ava is home to an array of flora and fauna. As Soon as you enter Kondakarla Ava The scenic beauty takes you over. The tranquil waters of a lake surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around provide a great escape from the air and sound pollutions. It was a popular holiday resort of the Vizianagaram Maharajas and the British in the pre-independence era.


  1. ^ a b "District - Visakhapatnam". Andhra Pradesh Online Portal. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "ALL INDIA SERVICES". Visakhapatnam District Official Website. NIC, Dept. of I.T., Ministry of C&I.T., Government of India. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Visakhapatnam district profile". Andhra Pradesh State Portal. 
  4. ^ Law, Gwillim (2011-09-25). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  5. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. New Zealand 4,290,347 July 2011 est. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Andhra Pradesh: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division,  
  10. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area".  
  11. ^ a b c "District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3), 2007-08: India. Andhra Prades" (PDF).  
  12. ^ "Mandals in Visakhapatnam district". Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Adminsistrative divisions of Visakhapatnam district". Official Website of Visakhapatnam District. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "District-wise Assembly-Constituencies:". 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Vizagport
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