Surrounded by the tributaries of the River Godavari and the magnificent Bay of Bengal itself, Konaseema is the delta-ic region in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The area has properties matching those of the resplendent Kerala Backwaters and so it has also come to be called as ‘God’s own Creation’ after ‘God’s own Country’ that is Kerala.
Lined with coconut groves, green paddy fields, fertile land and the cluster of fruit-laden mango trees, the area also has fisherfolk villages which draw a lot of tourist attention at the place. The most important town in the region is Amalapuram. Other towns include Razole, Ravulapalem, Kothapeta and Mummidivaram. Aside from the artistic beauty, lush greenery and fine temples, the region also has a picturesque landscape and climate to boast about.
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Things to Do in Konaseema
Boating: River Godavari is ideal to enjoy boating. You will find several boatmen on the shores that will be ready to take you on a ride in the river.
If not, you can watch the fisherfolk in their element, fishing in their huge nets in the middle of the waters. The river also offers mesmerizing sunsets that a visual delight and a truly magnanimous sight to behold. 2. Stroll in the Rice Fields: Konaseema has no dearth of blooming lush green paddy fields. You can take a walk in between the plantations. It will not only introduce you to the raw and rustic side of living but will also be a much needed break from the chaos and clutter of life. 3. Savour some Prawn Curry: The region is also famous for its famous delicacies that are majorly made from seafood. You will be disappointed if you are a vegetarian but if not you will be in for a treat. Prawn Curry is considered to be the best dish in Konaseema, Do not forget to try that. 4. Seek Blessings at the Ancient Temples: The region is dotted with ancient temples which boast of strikingly beautiful architecture and gorgeous designs. These temples attracts not just the regular devotees but also a large number of tourists.
5. Explore Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: A trip to Konaseema is incomplete without a visit to the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated 18 km from Kakinada along with the Godavari estuary and backwaters and mangrove forests. It is home to some of the most endangered species in the world, both flora and fauna.
6. Enjoy a Stay in the Houseboat: Surprisingly enough, the place also has the provision of houseboats just like backwaters of Kerala. But even then, the place is free from commercialization and clutter. You can spend a day or a night or both in the houseboats and maybe enjoy the rain from within.
Temples in Konaseema
Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple: Sree Veereswara Swamy Temple is one of the largest and the most popular temples situated in the Muramalla village of Konaseema. It is known for its daily pooja called ‘Nityakalyanam’ that is performed at the temple.
Antharvedi Narasimha Swami Temple: Antharvedi Narasimha Swami Temple is another one of the revered temples situated in the Antharvedi village of Konaseema.
Known to be built during the 15th and the 16th century, the temple is known for its annual religious festival that is held on Bheeshma Ekadasi during the months of January and February.
3. Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple: Ainavilli Siddhi Vinayaka Temple is situated 14 km away from Amalapuram in Konaseema. The highlight of the temple is that it has two separate entrances leading to two different deities in the shrine which are Siddhi Vinayaka and Sri Visveswara Swamy.
4. Appanapalli Temple: Also called Shri Bala Balaji Devasthanam, Appanapalli Temple is believed to be the second Tirupati- a holy abode of Lord Balaji.
It is also one of the most picturesque temples in the region which has a view of paddy fields, coconut groves and mango trees and is situated on the banks of the river Ganges itself. The temple is popular for its annual festival called the Brahmotsavam Festival.
5. Ryali Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple: Situated in Ryali village in Konaseema, Ryali Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple is enshrined by the idol of Lord Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy. The idol is also the highlight of the temple that is made from a single Saligram Stone which is 5 feet high and 3 feet wide.
How to Reach Konaseema
The nearest airport to Konaseema is Rajahmundry. The nearest railway stations are Rajahmundry and Kakinada. The connectivity from the neighbouring cities is not so great so it is believed that driving or taking a private cab is the best option. If you are driving, you can take the NH - 16 Highway, the route that connects Hyderabad to Konaseema.
The top places near to Konaseema are Rajahamundry which is 42 km from Konaseema, Kakinada which is located 39 km from Konaseema, Samalkot which is located 44 km from Konaseema, Annavaram which is located 78 km from Konaseema, Visakhapatnam which is located 169 km from Konaseema
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