20 interesting facts about vijayawada
1. Vijayawada is bounded by the Indrakiladri Hills on the west and the Budameru River on the north. The Northern, North-Western, and South-Western parts of the city are covered by a low range of hills, while the Central, South-Western and North-Western parts are covered by rich and fertile agriculture lands with three major irrigation canals. The topography of Vijayawada is flat, with a few small to medium sized hills. The Krishna River runs through the city. These hills are part of the Eastern Ghats cut through by the Krishna river. They have very low elevation compared to the average elevation of the ghats. Three canals originating from the north side of the Prakasham barrage reservoir, Eluru, Bandar and Ryves, run through the city. Vijayawada is the only city in the world with two rivers, Krishna, Budameru, and three canals. Buckingham Canal originates from the south side of the reservoir. Due to the presence of the Krishna river the soil around here is very fertile and cultivated intensively.
2. The climate is tropical, with hot summers and moderate winters. The peak temperature reaches 49 °C (120 °F) in May-June, while the winter temperature is 17-25 C. The average humidity is 68% and the average annual rainfall is 965 millimetres (38.0 in). Vijayawada gets its rainfall from both the south-west monsoon and north-east monsoon. It's nicknamed "Blazewada" for its scorching summer heat by the Britishers.
3. The population of Vijayawada from census 2011 is approximately 16 lakhs.
4. Vijayawada is the only city in the world with 2 rivers ( Krishna and Budameru) and 3 canals( Bandar,Eluru,Rivas).Budameru is a river in Krishna district which originates in the hills surrounding Mylavaram and empties itself into Kolleru Lake.
5. First Theater of the United Andhra Pradesh "Maruthi talkies" was built in the year 1921 at One town.
6. The first private engineering college in United Andhra Pradesh,Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College was built here.
7. The first college built in Vijayawada was SRR & CVR Government College.
8. India’s 1st health university, NTR University of Health Sciences was built in Vijayawada.
9. The first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed on Gandhi hill at a height of 150 m. The 16 m stupa was unveiled on 6 October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the President of India.
10. Urvasi theater of Vijayawada was the first 70MM theater in whole Coastal India and the first movie to be played was Super star “Simhaasanam”.
11. The nunna mango yard of Vijayawada is the world’s largest Mango Market.
12. Rayanapadu workshop, 2nd largest Wagon workshop of Indian railways was situated within a periphery of 12 km from the city of Vijayawada.
13. The city was named as "The Educational Sahara" by a foreign ambassador earlier during the century.
14. Pandit Nehru Bus Station was inaugurated on 23 September 1990 and is officially named as Telugu Satavahana Prayana Pranganam.The PNBS bus station is the Fourth biggest and busiest bus stations in India followed from Delhi, chennai, MGBS,Hyderabad.
15. Famous Chinese Huin. Tsang had visited this place in 639 A.D. when Buddhism was at its zenith.
16. Air Costa is head quartered and operates from Vijayawada.
17. The city hotel owners association,Vijayawada once held Guinness record for making biggest dosa. They got in 30 chefs from different hotels who took an hour to prepare the perfect 38.2 feet long dosa, breaking the previous record (32.5 ft) held by Hotel Sankalp of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. But this was later broke by a team of more than 20 dosa masters joined hands today to make the world's longest dosa, measuring a serpentine 48.25 ft, which found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records Madurai.
18. Adi-Sankaracharya visited the Indrakeeladri Kanaka Durga Temple and installed the Srichakra and initiated worship of Kanaka Durga in vedic ways.
19. On the Indrakeeladri there are several rock-cut temples. These were supposed originally to be ancient temples, but during the course of time, they were completely buried under debris. When quarrying for stone and road metal was done, they were revealed, and the rock-out temples were preserved as protected monuments. There is in the temple an excellent stone sculpture, which contains in all its four faces the story of Kiratarjuneeyam.
20. Vijayawada thermal power station officially called as Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Plant has received Meritorious Productivity Awards from the Government of India for the last 21 years consecutively and also Gold Medals for 12 years in a row. It has also got incentives for its Economic operation by improved Specific Oil Consumption / Auxiliary Consumption for 12 consecutive year.