Srikakulam is a city and the district headquarters of Srikakulam district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipal corporation and also the mandal headquarters of Srikakulam mandal in Srikakulam revenue division. As of 2011 census, it was most populous city of Srikaulam district and 24th populous city of the state with a population of 146,988. The city is believed to have been founded by Balarama.
Buddha statue in Nagavali river, Srikakulam
As of 2011 Census of India, the city had a population of 146,988. The total population constitute, 73,077 males and 73,911 females —a sex ratio of 1011 females per 1000 males. 11,607 children are in the age group of 0–6 years. The average literacy rate stands at 84.62% 96,744 literates, significantly higher than the national average of 73.00%.
The Urban agglomeration had a population of 147,015, of which males constitute 73,077, females constitute 73,911 —a sex ratio of 931 females per 1000 males and 12,741 children are in the age group of 0–6 years. There are a total of 115,061 literates with an average literacy rate of 85.71%.
Srikakulam Urban development authority is the civic body of the city. It was constituted as a municipality in the year 1856 and was upgraded to corporation on 9 December 2015. Its jurisdictional area has an extent of 20.89 km2 (8.07 sq mi) with 36 wards.
The Srikakulam urban agglomeration constituents of the city include, Srikakulam municipality, census town of Balaga, fully out growths of Arasavalli, partly outgrowths of Kusulapuram, Thotapalem, Patrunivalasa and Patha Srikakulam (rural). While, Ponugutivalasa of Santhakavati mandal is now a part of Rajam Nagar Panchayat.
Srikakulam is a part of Srikakulam (Assembly constituency) for Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Gunda Lakshmi Devi is the present MLA of the constituency from Telugu Desam Party. It is also a part of Srikakulam (Lok Sabha constituency) which was won by Rammohan Naidu Kinjarapu of Telugu Desam Party.
Members of Parliament=> 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1977 – Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao 1995, 1999 and 2004 – Yerrannaidu Kinjarapu 2009 Killi kruparani 2014 Rammohan Naidu Kinjarapu
Members of Legislative Assembly=> 1983 – Tangi Satyanarayana 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1999 – Gunda Appalasuryanarayana 2004 and 2009 – Dharmana Prasada Rao 2014 – Gunda Lakshmi Devi
Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple, Arasavalli
The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools of the School Education Department of the state. The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English, Telugu.
Srikakulam bus station entrance
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates bus services from Srikakulam bus station. National Highway 16 (India), a part of Golden Quadrilateral highway network, bypasses the city.
Srikakulam Road railway station(station code=>CHE) is an Indian railway station in Amudalavalasa near to Srikakulam town of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the Khurda Road-Visakhapatnam section of Howrah-Chennai main line and is administered under Waltair railway division of East Coast Railway zone.
International athletes like Karnam Malleswari (weightlifting) and Korada Mrudula (running, 400 m) are from Srikakulam. Kodi Ram Murthy Stadium near Govt. Degree College is a multi-purpose sporting facility in the town. In 1991, an unofficial cricket match was played between Sunil Gavaskar XI and Kapil Dev XI with both the legends being a part of the game as well. The only swimming pool (maintained by SAAP) is located in Santhinagar.
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