Vizianagaram is a city and district headquarters of Vizianagaram district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The district was formed on 1st June 1979. The district is bounded on the east by the by the district of Visakhapatnam, southeast by the Bay of Bengal, and northwest by the state of Odisha.The district is named after the princely state of Vizianagaram (Vijaya means victory and Nagaram means city in Telugu). It is the least populous district in Andhra Pradesh. Vizianagaram State was one of the most important zamindaris of the Madras Presidency in India. The district can be divided into two distinct natural divisions i.e. plains and hilly regions.The main towns of Vizianagaram district was Parvathipuram on the north, Cheepurupalli on the east, Vizianagaram on the south and S.Kota on the west. Remaining main towns Bobbili and Salur in the centre of the district.The principal rivers flowing in the district are River Nagavali, Suvarnamukhi, Vegavathi, River Champavathi, River Gosthani and Kandivalasa.Railway and Bus services are the major modes of transport for the pezianagaram district. It is Vizianagaram district has been comparatively backward in the field of education. Television and Radio are regular homely entertainment. Telugu films are very popular in recent days. There are as many as 81 Movie theatres in almost all the towns, mandals and big villages in the district. In many places, it is the only mode of entertainment outside.The social customs in Vizianagaram district are South Indian Style with minor changes. The local people are soft-spoken and kind at heart with strong family traditions.Festivals of Gramadevatha are held annually at Vizianagaram, Bobbili, Salur, Parvathipuram and Sambara with much fanfare.
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