Bhimavaram is a city and mandal in the West Godavari District in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.Bhimavaram has many nicknames, being call by Mahatma Gandhi as the "second Bardoli" when he visited the town during the freedom movement in India, the second Mumbai for it's economic strength, and the Las Vegas of India due to gambling being popular, especially gambling on cricket, cockfigting during the festive season of Sankranthi.
Along with much of present-day Andhra Pradesh, Bhimavaram was controlled by the Chola Empire. Under Kulothunga Chola I, Bhimavaram was ruled by his sons who served as viceroys. Various stone inscriptions have been found in the city dating from his reign (c. 1096 C.E.). Bhimavaram was the site of several protests during the Salt Satyagraha Movement. It played a major role in the freedom movement, during the rule of British empire in India. The taluka office in the bhimavaram is a witness of freedom movement since 1887. The famous freedom fighter Alluri Sita Rama Raju belongs to Mogallu, a nearby village. Potti Sriramulu started the movement to separate the Andhra State from the Madras Presidency
Bhimavaram is located 384 km from Hyderabad by road and 430 km by train, 270 km from Visakhapatnam, just 70 km from Rajahmundry(Business Hub of Godavari Districts and 103 km from Vijayawada. National Highway NH 214 (Kathipudi to Pamarru) passes through this town. State Highway towards Juvvalapalem is from this town.
It is considered one of the prominent educational as well as financial hubs of Coastal Andhra region. Bhimavaram,a notable place for many wealthy individuals and serves as a centre of trade for 300 surrounding villages and is one of the important commercial towns in the West Godavari District. Theatres and other commercial centers are the major entertainment and shopping locations for the people who live in the nearby villages. A Multiplex is located close to the town Railway station. Also many branded companies like Alok H&A Reliance, More, Spencer, M&M,Vilan corporates have established their outlets here. Major sources of income are through Farm fields, Real estate, Business and Education, etc.
Owing to the good water resources it has grown to be the Aqua culture capital of the coastal area. Bhimavaram town is a shopping hub in the district for products like jewelry, clothing, seafood, etc. Cosmopolitan club is famous for organizing national level tennis championship. Recently It has been listed in the TOEFL test centres!Famous temples: Mavulamma, Someswaraswamy Temple and ganapati temple etc..