|• District collector||Seshadri IAS|
|• Superintendent of police||G.Srinivasa Rao IPS|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
HistoryBuddhist 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 great 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.
According to the 2011 census Visakhapatnam district has a population of 4,288,113, roughly equal to the nation of New Zealand or the US state ofKentucky. This gives it a ranking of 44th in India (out of a total of 640) and 5th in its state. The district has a population density of 384 inhabitants per square kilometre (990 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 11.89%. Visakhapatnam has a sex ratio of 1003 females for every 1000 males,and a literacy rate of 67.7%.
Visakhapatnam district has a population of 4,288,113 people of which 57.95% is urban as of 2011 census.
|Scheduled Caste Population||291,219 (7.6%)|
|Scheduled Tribe Population||557,572 (14.55%)|
Visakhapatnam district is the central hub for industry and education in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Visakhapatnam district hosts the "Vizag Steel plant". To acquire this plant a huge mass movement arose, using the slogan "visakha ukku andhrula Hakku", (meaning - Steel for Vizag is the right of Andhraites; ukku - steel and hakku - right), which finally got the steel plant to the city
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.
Tourist Spots in 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 BuddhistMonastery 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.