Machilipatnam Tourism
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Machilipatnam Tourism

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Machilipatnam, also known as Masulipatnam or Bandar or Masula, is a fishing port and a special grade municipality in the Bandar revenue division of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. Machilipatnam is a popular tourist destination well known for Kalamkari fabrics and Kalahasti decorations.

Situated on the mouth of the River Krishna in the Bay of Bengal, Machilipatnam lies along the south-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh on the Coromandel Coast of India. Machilipatnam is located at a distance of 65 km from Vijayawada on NH9 and 350 km south-east of the state capital, Hyderabad. Telugu, Urdu and English are the languages used in this region.

As per earlier records, the name Machilipatnam was coined after the construction of a gateway to the town which was decorated using the eyes of fish or ‘machili’. The port town of Machilipatnam has a rich historical background that tells about several foreign invasions and prosperous trade and business connections with many countries.

During the 3rd century BC, at the time of the Satavahana dynasty (200 BC – 250 AD), Machilipatnam was a flourishing port town along the east coast and it was referred to as Maisolos by Ptolemy. In the 1st century AD, The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, an ancient Greek text that describes navigation and trading opportunities, referred Machilipatnam as Masalia. It was, however, during the 14th century that the trading Arabs found Machilipatnam on their route from the Red Sea to Southern India.

Later, in the 16th century, Machilipatnam came under the Kingdom of Golconda. In the 17th century it became a centre of French, British, and Dutch trade. Machilipatnam was also one of the first colonial settlements by the British along the Coromandel Coast in the Indian Subcontinent.

After the exile of the British, during the Carnatic wars, the French took over this port town. In 1759, Colonel Forde of the British East India Company acquired Machilipatnam port town from the French with the help of Northern Circars, a former division of the Madras Presidency of British India.

Machilipatnam of Andhra Pradesh has become a prominent tourist destination in South India. The best time to visit Machilipatnam are the months from October to March. This old port town has a lot to offer like long, broad and pristine beaches, historical monuments and traditional artifacts.

Manginapudi Beach, Dattashram, Panduranga Swamy temple, Machilipatnam Church, Ghantasala, Agastheeswara Temple, Gudivada, etc. are some of the major tourist attractions in Machilipatnam. Kalahasti wall hangings and intricate floral and vegetal designs of Kalamkari fabrics attract tourists who buy these as souvenirs.

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Konathala Swami
  • Konathala Swami
  • 4 Reviews

"Enjoyed a lot"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2014
This was located in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. This city is famous for its sweet dishes such as Bandar Laddu and Bandar Halwa. Kuchipudi dance is famous in this city. Sea food is also famous in this city. The famous temples are Sai Baba Temple and Dattasharam Temple. It has rail and sea transport as well as airport which is Gannavaram Airport. There are good hotels as well.
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Ragu Kc
  • Ragu Kc
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"Great Forgotten Port City"

  • Posted Dec 7, 2012
Very calm, serene and small town..quietly away from the buzz and urban vijaywada. Hardly 60+ kms from vijayawada..Very famous for hand made, hand printed, ethnic, eco friendly Kalamkari textiles, famous Chilakalapudi Keer Pandharpur temple, Manginapudi beach pristine, and calm

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Visit Chilikalapudi Keer Pandharpur temple, have a tour of Kalamkari textiles, watch the making of hand printed cotton fabrics, visit bandar to see fish industry and fishing folk

Activities & things to do: Visit Chilikalapudi Keer Pandharpur temple, have a tour of Kalamkari textiles, watch the making of hand printed cotton fabrics, visit bandar to see fish industry and fishing folk..just chill out and relax and take in the views of small town india..where the city goes quiet by 9 pm (it is a boon in today's urban madness)

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach vijayawada, take APSRTC buses from main bus stand point to point to Machilipatnam..takes approx 2.5 hrs...do not use private buses.there are buses every 30 mins approx..
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Kumaraswamy Nistala
  • Kumaraswamy Nistala
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Excellent temples of Machilipatnam."

  • Posted Aug 6, 2011
Chilakalpudi Panduranga temple, the swayambhu idol of Lord Krishna is mesmerising, Datta Rameswaram, Nageswara temple, Sivalayam and Ranganathalayam and above all Sai Baba temple are just superb. Manginapudi beach, a visit to Pedana for the excellent kalamkari works is a must if you are in Bandar.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Udupi's Sri Krishna Bhavan the oldest hotel offers good South Indian food, meals. RK paradise and Rk group of hotels also offers excellent North and South Indian as well as non vegetarian food.

Activities & things to do: See the park.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nearest airport is Vijayawada, direct trains to Machlipatnam from Banglore, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Vizag are available.
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mssthirdeye
  • mssthirdeye
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"The vittal temple of Machilipatnam"

  • Posted Dec 28, 2008
The temple is very unique.as the lord is mostly worshiped by maharastrians, built during the time of Shivaji and is famous here as many maratis live here.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: nearby in the town you can shop for conch, seashells,etc.
but buy some imitation gold jewellery, as it is famous here and manufactured here

Activities & things to do: you can join in the bhajans in the temple,
or you can while away your time in the seaside.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from vijayawada a 2 hours ride in train or bus will bring you here.
its very hot as its situated near the sea.
Food near the temple is a problem, but can find in the main town nearby.
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