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View of paddy fields near Kovvur from train
View of paddy fields near Kovvur from train
Kovvur is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District West Godavari
Mandal Kovvur
 • Type Municipal council
 • Body Kovvur Municipality
 • MLA Kothapalli Samuel Jawahar (Telugu Desam Party)
 • Total 24.56 km2 (9.48 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 39,667
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 534 350
Telephone code +91–8813

Kovvur is a town in West Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipality and the headquarters of Kovvur mandal.[4] It is also known as Retired Persons Paradise as many retired persons prefer to settle in this as it hosts the ever-pleasant Godavari Ghat.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Transport 3
  • Bridges 4
    • New Bridge 4.1
    • Godavari Arch Bridge 4.2
    • Old Godavari Bridge 4.3
    • Road cum railway bridge 4.4
  • Educational institutions 5
  • Assembly constituency 6
  • References 7


Kovvuru is situated on the west bank of the Godavari River, at a distance of 92 km (57 mi) from the district headquarters, Eluru. It is located at and has an average elevation of 10 m (33 ft).[5]


As of 2001 India census,[6] Kovvur had a population of 39,193. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Kovvur has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 66%. In Kovvur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. It is the only town in Andhra Pradesh where its literacy rate is increasing almost for 3 years.


Kovvur is one of the fourteen D–category stations in the Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone.[7]


New Bridge

A new Bridge constructed few years back which provide connection between Kovvur Andhra Pradesh and Rajamundry Andhra Pradesh, India. Its only the Rail Bridge with U shaped curves on it. It has increased the speed of the trains between the two places mentioned above.

Godavari Arch Bridge

Arch Bridge

The bridge, built by the Hindustan Construction Company, for the Indian Railways, was designed by Bureau BBR, Switzerland, and checked by Leonard Andrea and Partners, Germany.[8][9] Construction on the bridge began in 1991 and lasted till 1997. It was commissioned for passenger traffic in March 1997 and became fully operational for running trains by the Indian Railways from 2003.

Old Godavari Bridge

Old Havelock Bridge and New Arch Bridge

The construction of the bridge commenced on November 11, 1897, and opened for traffic on August 30, 1900. The Bridge was named after Sir Arthur Elibank Havelock, the then Governor of Madras. Frederick Thomas Granville Walton served as the engineer-in-chief assisted by executive engineers R.A. Delanougerede, F.D. Couchman, J.E. Eaglesome.[3]. It has 56 spans each of 45.7 metres (150 ft) and is 2,754 metres (9,035 ft) long. Having served its full life span of 100 years, it was decommissioned in 1997, and Godavari Arch Bridge was built as a replacement for the bridge.

Road cum railway bridge

This rail cum road bridge is longest of its kind in Asia and second longest in the world. Its total length is 4.732 km. Finished in 1972 and inaugurated by the then President of India, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, its total construction cost is 63 crores in those days. Locally it is called Kovvur bridge by people of Rajahmundry, as it connects Rajahmundry city with Kovvur town. It is also the most important connecting point of agriculturally rich East and West Godavari Districts.

Road Cum Rail Bridge

Educational institutions

Following are the renowned schools and colleges located in Kovvur namely Sanskrit High School,Deepti English missionary High School, Narayana Public School, PSR & V.N. DAV Model School, Narayana Junior College , Bhashyam public school and many other private forms

Assembly constituency

Kovvur is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. It is considered a stronghold of TDP, which won all the election battles here since its inception in 1983 except in 1999 when congress won with sufficient majority.K.S Jawahar is the present kovvur constituency's MLA, who won 2014 Assembly elections with 10,000 i.e.; with 51% majority votes against T.Vanitha(YSRCP). There are 1,63,295 registered voters in Kovvur constituency in 2014 elections.[10]


  1. ^ "General Information of The Town". Directorate of Town and Country Planning. Government of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Elevation for Kovvur". Veloroutes. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "West Godavari District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 431, 466. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kovvuru
  6. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ "Vijayawada Division and stations" (PDF). South Central Railway. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Godavari Bridge". Structurae. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Sinha, A. K. (2000). "Technical Paper on Design Aspects of the Third Railway Bridge Across Godavari at Rajahmundry". In Dayaratnam, P. Cable Stayed, Supported, and Suspension Bridges. Hyderabad, India: Universities Press. p. 219.  
  10. ^ http://www.indiastudychannel.coms/109882/-Vemuluru.aspx
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