Narasapuram is one of the major towns and revenue division in West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. It is the one of the major towns on the bank of the Vasista Godavari river. It was also headquarters for Narasapuram Assembly Constituency of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Narasapuram Lok Sabha Constituency of the Indian Parliament. Recently State government proposed to develop a minor port and fishing harbor.
The fate of this town in West Godavari district, a business nerve centre during the Dutch period, hinges on the proposal for construction of a bridge across the Vasista river.
The town, with a population of over 70,000, is tucked away close to the sea. As a ‘gold spot’, it draws customers from West and East Godavari districts. The town is a major trade centre for dry fish and coconut. The town has lost its status as a gateway to the Konaseema region of East Godavari after the construction of a bridge at Chinchinada. Even as the bridge becomes a major transport link for several Konaseema villages, Narsapur still depends on a launch for ferrying people to and from habitations on the either side of the Vasista.
The existence of Narsapur dates back to 1173A.D. Dutch people landed in Narsapur in 1626. Narsapur used as a port by the Dutch and ships and boats were built here. This place is famous for settlement of the Dutch and French and British took them from the French in 1759 A.D. It was noted for it’s ship building activity and some of the Europeans also were customers at this place.
In 16th century, Portuguese established their own factory which remained as a trading centre for few years. In 18th century, Narsapur became an important trading port. From this port, the forest producers like teak was exported to other regions. The ports at Kakinada and Narsapuram became famous for manufacturing ships. At present no port handling is done at Narsapur.
Madhavayapalem, which is celebrated as one of the earliest places where the English establised a factory and was famous for its trade in cloth. The trade of town has steadily declined since the abolition of the company’s factory in 1827. Before independence, British civilians make imports and exports from Narsapur. They build offices for work. In the days steamers come to Valandhar Revu, from that time the road is called Steamer Road.
Shivalayam at Lakshmaneswaram in Narsaour mandal for Lord Shiva is said to built by Lakshmana, Brother of Rama while they were passing this way to Lanka in search of Seetha. Here sivarathri celebrations are done at large scale.
Sri Adikesava Emberumanar Swamy Temple
It was a famous temple in Narsapur. It is one of the famous sri Vaishnava temples in India. Around three centuries ago, Sri Puppala Ramanappa Naidu, a translator working for the British East India Company. The temple has same architecture as temple in Bhootapuri in TamilNadu. So it named as “Abhinava Bhootapuri”.
Predominantly Hindu, the town also has a large Christian population. The town was a major center for Lutheran missionary activity in the 18th century.
Godavari Pushkaram is celebrated every 12 years in Narasapuram. Many people from the town and near by villages plus people all the way from abroad and including foreigners take a holy dip in the Vasista River (also called the Vasista Godavari) during Godavari Pushkarams. It is a memorable event. SCR runs special trains to Narsapur from various locations during Godavari Pushkaram.
As of 2011 India census, Narsapur had a population of 58, 770. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Narasapuram has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 71%. In Narsapur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
- Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple is among the places of faith and worship located in Narsapuram. It was built in the year 1786.
- Durga Laxmaneshwara Swamy temple in Laxmaneswaram.
- Perupalem Beach is situated 20 kilometers from Narasapur town, located in the West Godavari area of the Andhra Pradesh state. The shore is extremely popular for its picturesque delightfulness and the coastline that offers a pleasing view to the people visiting it. It’s popular with the tourists for the many holiday attractions such as the temple of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Antarvedi located 3km from the town.
- Sagarasangamam (AnnaChellella Gattu) where vasista river meets Bay of Bengal.
- Antervedi Light House (Previously known as Narsapur Light House).
- Sri Bapu Platform at River road in Narsapur.
- Boat ferry & BalaYogi Park.
Narsapur is the Terminal(end) station in west godavari district. The town is well connected to Hyderabad (Narsapur Express, introduced in the year 1979), Vishakapatnam (Simhadri link Express), Tirupati (Tirupati Express), Nagarsol (Express), Vijayawada (one Passenger), Visakhapatnam (one passenger), Rajamundry (two Passengers), Guntur (two Passengers), Nidadavolu (Passenger), Gudivada (Passenger) and Bhimavaram (Passenger) daily. New lines proposed by the state include Narsapur to Bapatla via Machilipatnam and Repalle and Narsapur to Kotipalli (E.G.Dt), the project of constructing bridges from Kakinada to Narsapur on three rivers is not yet completed. From Kotipalli to Narsapur around Rs.1,500 crore has been sanctioned for construction of three bridges. It is the terminal station in the Vijayawada – Bhimavaram – Narsapuram sections of Vijayawada railway division. The depot at Narsapuram undertakes primary maintenance and repairs of 08 express and 09 passenger trains.
APSRTC, the state owned public transport system operated its services to major cities and towns and even to smaller villages from Narsapur. There is a Bus depot at Narsapuram serving to nearby destinations. National Highway 214A starting at Narsapuram and terminating at NH5 near Ongole which reduces the travel time on the coastal corridor between Kolkata – Chennai route.
Narasapur Port (proposed to be developed as minor Port), Fishing harbour and ONGC Jetty.
Narasapuram is famous for crochet lace products. The cluster has around 50 exporters who export to major world markets in USA, Europe and Japan. The cluster has around 2 lakh women artisans doing the lace work. The cluster is located in and around Narsapur. The cluster specialises in lace work and products like doilies, furnishings, garments and tablemats, The foreign exchange generated by this sector is not less than 40 crores (US$ 9 Million) per annum, The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) said it would set up an infrastructure project at Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh, to be known as International Lace Trade Centre (ILTC) to facilitate development and marketing of lace products.
Pan Godavari Lace Facilities is established under aegis of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles Government of India under Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS). The Ministry of Textiles has launched the Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) to scale up the infrastructure and production chain of handicrafts clusters. The objective is to provide a fresh impetus to these long traditional heritage and cultural crafts.
Godavari Delta Women Lace Artisans society is situated in Narasapuram, famous for lace making for more than 100 years. Most of the rural and semi urban women who belong to the poor communities make their livelihood by this profession.
Narsapuram is well known for Traditional Jewllery market. There are many famous marts as Jain Jewellers, Jeevaji Gold, Rajendra Jewellers and many more marts.
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India (ONGC)
- Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)
- PanGodavari (Handicrafts)
- Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)
- AWS (Automatic Weather Station) installed and commissioned by IMD