(Last Updated on : 14-11-2014)
West Godavari is one of the twenty three districts of the state of Andhra Pradesh
. Eluru is the district head quarter of West Godavari district and the district is in the delta region of River Krishna and River Godavari. The district encompasses an area of 7742 square kilometres.
Geography of West Godavari District
The global location of the district is between 16.15'-17.30' northern latitudes and 80.55' and 81.55' eastern longitudes. The geographical boundary of the district is as follows Khammam in the north, East Godavari in the east, Bay of Bengal in the south and Krishna District on the West. The climate of the region is of tropical variety as it is located in the coastal Andhra Pradesh. The summers of this region are very hot and humid and the duration of the summer months are from March to June. The rainy season in West Godavari district lasts from July to January and during rainy seasons the region is brilliantly green with abundance of crops and plants.
Demography of West Godavari District
The density of population in the area is as high as 490 persons per square kilometre. Most of the people in West Godavari District dwell in rural areas. The literacy rate in the district is 73.95 %.
Culture of West Godavari District
Most of the population in the area is rural based and only a few of them belong to the urban areas. Cockfights during Sankranti or Pongal Festival are an important mode of entertainment for the people of West Godavari. In fact the largest bet in cockfights is carried out in this district of West Godavari.
Economy of West Godavari District
The popular name of West Godavari is the Granary of India. As the region is richly cultivated there are several agricultural products which are found in abundance in the district. They are tobacco, cotton, sugar cane, corn, cashew, mango, banana and many other fruits. Apart from the agricultural produce in the area the district is also popular for fishes and prawns. Hence it is obvious that a lot of revenue in the district comes from the selling of fishes and prawns. The district also has enough potential for industrialization.
Tourism in West Godavari District
The district of West Godavari has immense potential for tourism. The region has a lot of temples and places bearing historical heritage. Some of the important tourist destinations of the area are Kolleru Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in Asia. The Papi Hills and the Indira Sagar Project of the area are also major tourist attractions. Besides these tourist spots, the villages of West Godavari are well known for their natural beauty. Almost all the areas in the villages have a combination of pleasant climate and lush green fields.