About KovvurKovvur is a small town in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also a municipality and mandal in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Located just adjacent to the west bank of River Godavari it is often considered paradise for people seeking peace and tranquility. Kovvur is also an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. Some of the nearby cities are – Venkatagiri, Nellore, Gudur, Kavali.
Geography and Climate of KovvurKovvur is located at 17.0167°N 81.7333°E and has an average elevation of 11 meters. The weather of Kovvur is particularly hot and humid. Due to its close proximity to the Bay of Bengal there is high humidity all through the year.
January and February are pleasant and can be categorized as winter months. The temperature starts to increase from March and summers continue till June. July witnesses the onset of southwest monsoon which continues till late September. From October to December Kovvur sees rain spells courtesy the North East monsoons.
Quick InformationMandal Name – Kovvur
Official Languages – Telugu and Urdu
Time Zone - IST (UTC+5:30)
STD Code – 08813
Pin Code – 534350
Demographics of KovvurAccording to 2001 census the total population of Kovvur was 39, 193 out of which 50% were males and 50% were females. The average literacy rate was recorded to be 70%. Male literacy rate was 75% and female literacy rate was 66%.
Transportation in KovvurKovvur is a small town but it is well connected to other towns of the state through a strong road network. Kovvur is also connected to cities of neighboring states via road and rail.
Nearest Airport – Rajamundhry Airport (6 km)
One can also reach Kovvur by rail. Kovvur has its own railway station. The station is a stop for a lot of south bound trains.
One can easily hire taxis and auto rickshaws to travel within the city. Kovvur is well connected to other towns of the state through a strong network of buses. APSRTC runs various buses from Kovvur. Kovvur Bypass APSRTC Bus Station is the major bus stations near Kovvur.
Godavari BridgesThere are 3 bridges across Godavari connecting Kovvur with Rajahmundry. The oldest of these is a railway bridge which was built by Sir Arthur Cotton. It was opened for general public in 1900, but now the bridge is abandoned. Godavari Arch Bridge was built as a replacement for this bridge.
New BridgeIn 1995 another rail bridge was built by Indian Railways to replace the old railway bridge. This new bride is the second largest rail bridge in India after Ganga Rail Bridge. It is also the only rail bridge with U shaped curves on it.
Godavari Arch Bridge
The bridge was built by the Hindustan Construction Company for Indian Railways. The construction began in 1991 and continued till 1997. The bridge was designed by Bureau BBR, Switzerland and was checked by Leonard Andrea and Partners, Germany. The bridge was commissioned for passenger traffic in 1997 itself but became fully operational for running trains only in 2003.
Road cum Rail Bridge on Godavari
The road cum rail bridge is the longest bridge in Asia and the second longest in the world. The total length of the bridge is 4.732 km. The construction was completed in 1972 and it was inaugurated by the then President of India, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. It is popularly known as Kovvur bridge.
Tourist Attractions near Kovvur
Srikalahasti TempleSrikalahasti temple is one of the main religious tourist attractions of the region. The temple is situated at a distance of about 36km from the famous Tirupathi Temple. It was built in the 5th century and is a standing example of the glorious past of the region.
Srikalahasti temple is believed to be one of the most ancient Lord Shiva in south India. People from different parts of the country visit the temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The temple is located between mountains Sripuram and Mummidicholapuram.
Timings: Everyday – 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tirupathi TempleTirupathi is a major pilgrimage of south India. The temple is located in Tirupathi city of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is one of the most visited religious place or worship in the world.
The temple comprises seven peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha, thus deriving the name Seshachalam. The seven peaks are Seshadri, Garudadri, Neeladri, Anjanadri, Narayanadri, Vrushabhadri, and Venkatadri. It is also said that it is the richest temple in terms of wealth and donations received.
PulicatPulicat is a seashore town in Tamil Nadu. It is famous for Pulicat Lake. Pulicat Lake is the second largest lagoon in India after Chilika Lake. The lake also encompasses the pristine Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary. The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. The island is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The lake is one of the most loved picnic spots in the region. Apart from domestic tourists the lake also attracts a lot of foreign tourists as well. Visitors can also enjoy boating at Pulicat Lake.
NelloreNellore has always been popular for its rich culture and heritage. The main places of interest in Nellore include the following -
Sri Ranganathswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathswamy Temple is situated on the banks of Pennar River. The temple was built in the 7th century by the Pallava Rulers and still stands strong. It is a fine example of the rich and glorious past of the region.
The architectural excellence and the intricate carvings are the main highlights of the temple. Add to that the magnificent 29-meter tall main entrance and the seven gold ‘kalasams’ that will surely leave you mesmerized.
Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary
Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Nellore. The sanctuary attracts migratory birds from all parts of the world. Visitors can find over 1500 pelicans in the sanctuary during the migratory season. The sanctuary also has an auditorium, library and museum. The rare species of birds seen here include pelicans, spoonbills, night herons, egrets, ducks etc.
The other important religious tourist attractions near Kovvur include –
- Gayatridevi Temple
- Krishna Temple
- Gayatri Gosala
- Sri Anjaneyaswam Temple
- Varada Gopalaswami Temple
- Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple
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