Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Visakhapatnam @ History

 Visakhapatnam was ruled by King Viśakha Varma before it was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom under Ashoka's rule in 260 BC, and until the 16th century AD it was part of the Utkala Kingdom. The city passed later to the Andhra Kings of Vengi and after that to the Pallavas. Another story is it was named after Subrahmanyeswara, the deity of valour and second son of Lord Shiva. His beauty was compared to that of Sakhi Viśakha. Legend has it that Radha and Viśakha were born on the same day, and were equally beautiful. Local residents believe that an Andhra king, impressed by their beauty, built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Viśakha. Latterly it was ruled by Qutb Shahis, Mughal Empire(between 1689-1724), Nizam (1724-1757) and France (1757-1765) before being captured by the British in 1765.


Visakhapatnam has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw), with little change in temperature throughout the year. May is the hottest month with an average maximum temperature about 36 °C (97 °F), and January is the coolest month with an average maximum temperature near29 °C (84 °F).

With the city's location on the Bay of Bengal, the humidity is high throughout the year. Total annual rainfall is about 945 millimeters (37.2 in), most of which falls during the southwest monsoon. October is the wettest month, with about 204 millimeters (8.0 in) of rainfall. November through February is the best time to visit Visakhapatnam weather-wise, since temperatures are moderate.

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