Located on the left
bank of the mighty river “Godavari,” the historical city of Rajahmundry,
popularly known as the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh, was built by the then
King Rajaraja Narendra. It was the capital of Tulavas and Chalukyas. The city is
located in Vijayawada division of South Central Railway. The longest Road-cum-Rail
Bridge in Asia on River Godavari starts from the city. There are two other bridges
on the river Godavari, one, a rail bridge constructed about 150 years ago which
is now abandoned and is proposed to be converted into a historical monument; two,
third rail bridge constricted in 1996 which is one of the longest rail bridges in
Rajahmundry has pleasant climate
during November-February of the year. The climate is hot during March-June. The
city experiences rains during July-October. The temperature varies from 24o C during
winter to 49o C during the peak of summer.
Historical Growth :
The history of Rajahmundry dates
back to 919 A.D. The city derived its name from the title “Rajahmahendra” worn by
Vishnuvardhan who ruled the kingdom during 919-934 A.D. At the request of the famous
king Rajaraja Narendra (1022-1061 A.D), Nannaya, the first Telugu poet took up the
translation of Maha Bharata. Later the Cholas and the Cholukyas ruled the Vengi
kingdom with Rajamahendravaram (now called Rajahmundry) as capital. Later the kingdom
had come under the rule of Kakatiyas.
Growth of the Town :
Constituted as a third grade Municipality in 1865, Rajahmundry
town has grown fast to the level of selection grade Municipality in the year 1980.
Owing to the unique situation of the town between the two rice rich districts, known
as the rice bowls of Andhra Pradesh, Rajahmundry has grown a into a famous city
of trade and commerce.