PRAKASAM BARRAGE

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Location : Vijayawada, Krishna District
Named After : Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, The First Chief Minister Of Andhra Pradesh
Stretches On : Krishna River
Completed In : 1957

Completed in 1957, the Prakasam Barrage is an impressive 1223.5m long, modern regulator and road bridge that stretches across the river Krishna. Its panoramic lake and the three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian appearance.

Prakasam Barrage, Andhra PradeshThe idea of constructing a barrage across Krishna dates back to 1798. But it took shape in the hands of Captain Buckle and was revised in 1839 and 1841 by Captain Best and Captain Lake. After the endorsement of Major Cotton, the board of Directors of East India Company approved it on 5th January 1850. The barrage was started in 1852 and completed in 1855.

Later the State Government constructed a new regulator cum-round bridge, which was named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. It provides a panoramic site of the river Krishna flowing besides the city, which travels around 720-km in Andhra Pradesh.

An evening walk here is sure to reinvigorate the stress filled minds of the locals. The cool breeze coming from the sacred waters of Krishna refreshes both tourists and evening strollers drifting their minds to serenity. One can hop onto private ferries that ply on these waterways and have an extremely pleasurable trip.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail & Road: Vijayawada is well connected by rail and road with all the important places within and outside the state.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Vijayawada.



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