(Last Updated on : 03-02-2009)
Mandapeta is a picturesque coastal town situated in the East Godavari district of the southern state of India, Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Godavari River, it is a major trading center for agricultural products in the district. The nearest 'access point' is the Visakhapatnam airport. Geographically, it is located between 16.52° North latitude and 81.55° East longitude resting at a height of 16 metres (52 feet) above mean sea level. Formerly, Mandapeta was called Mandukyapuram because it is believed that Sage Mandukya visited this place. Some important towns surrounding Mandapeta are Korukonda, Antarvedi, Kotipalli, Draksharamam, Dhavaleswaram, Rajamahendravaram Pithapuram, and Samalkot.
Detailed information of this town can be found in the Indian Census report of 2001; Mandapeta had a population of 47,115. Males and females comprises of an equal proportion of the population. In Mandapeta, 11% of the population is les than six years of age. The Census report also throws light on the literacy rate of the town, which gives an idea about the status of the population. The literacy rate of Mandapeta is 62%, which is higher than the national average literacy rate, which is 59.5%. To be specific, the male literacy rate is 65% and the female literacy rate is 59%.