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iXiGOers Jun 25 2013

Can you provide some information about Konaseema backwaters in Andhra Pradesh?

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If you want to visit Konaseema backwaters in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, rest be assured that it is going to be an incredible experience for you. Mythology, history, religion – there’s plenty to be discovered in the silent emerald waters of this lesser known delta region and its surrounding hamlets. However, what lends enchantment and charm to the backwater trip is the fascinating scenic beauty.

As the boat floats down the mighty Godavari river, past lush green paddy fields, coconut groves, mangroves and hamlets, the scenic charm of the magical land unfolds. You see fishermen hard at work, shrimp farming in progress and rice fields in full bloom. The beauty of the quaint rural life is at its splendid best. If there’s one term that can encompass this experience – it is ‘nature’s bounty.’ One will never run out of places to explore along the backwaters. En route, the boat cruises past the Coringa mangroves, lining the banks of Tulya and Athreya (tributaries of the Godavari), Athreya (tributaries of the Godavari), acclaimed to be largest in the country after the Sunderbans.

The mangroves are a haven for different species of winged beauties such as kingfishers, storks, egrets and cranes. You can also spot shrimps flipping out of water. You can also see otters here. Antarvedi, where Vashista (another tributary of Godavari) meets the Bay of Bengal, is a customary stop on the river cruise. The confluence is called Sapta Sagara Sangam Pradesam.

Also known as the Dakshina Kashi or Varanasi of the South, Antarvedi is the last and the most important of the seven sacred bathing places in the Godavari Delta. The brightly painted entrance tower of the Narasimhaswamy temple, dedicated to Lord Narasimha, is visible along the sands. For beach buffs, there is the Antarvedi beach, one of the best along Andhra’s incredible coastline. The new lighthouse is just a hop away from the old lighthouse that extends into the sea.

Talking about the accommodation options, there is Haritha Coconut Country Resort (+91-8862-227991/92) in Dindi which has 33 river-facing rooms.

Dindi also has APTDC-operated houseboats.

The nearest airport is located at Vishakhapatnam, 200 km away. Rajhamundry and Kakinada are the nearest railway heads and are well-connected by taxis. A two-hour drive from Rajahmundry will take you to the village of Matlapalem near Kakinada. Dindi is an hour-and-a half hour ride from Rajahmundry.

With soothing greenery and astounding natural beauty, the place promises a real treat for nature lovers.
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