Tourism in MachilipatnamLocated beautifully near River Krishna in Bay of Bengal, the city of Machilipatnam is a major fishing port at the south-eastern region of Andhra Pradesh on the Coromandel Coast of India. It is historically referred as Masulipatnam or Bandar or Masula. The city received its present name when a gateway of the town was adorned via the eyes of ‘machili’ or fish. With the passage of time, Machilipatnam has become one of the top tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh.
The city is largely famous for its Kalahasti decorations and Kalamkari Fabrics but the historical temples and beaches will compell you to visit this place and make your favourite holiday destination. Machilipatnam has a vast history that takes you to back in 3rd century BC when it was a major port town of the Satavahana Dynasty. Later in 14th century, it became an important sea route for Arabs from the Red Sea to Southern India. Thereafter, Machilipatnam became a business center of French, Dutch and British in 17th century.
Top Tourist Attractions of MachilipatnamMachilipatnam, a splendid place in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, witnesses a large number of tourists who come here to explore its top tourist attractions. From immaculate beaches to historical monuments and divine places, this place has everything to transform you holidays into the special days of your life.
Machilipatnam Fort Machilipatnam
Machilipatnam Fort is also popularly known as Bandar Kota. It is indeed one of the leading tourist attractions of the city. The Fort is also historically stated as the Dutch Fort because it was established by the Dutch East India Company in 1600 AD. Machilipatnam Fort comprised an armory, a Ganta Sthambham or Bell, roofless jail and hospital (built by the Nizams of Golconda). The local people here still respect the Ganta Sthambham because the sound of the bell can be heard at Machavaram, a city which is 8 km away from the fort.
Old Lighthouse Machilipatnam
An excursion to Old Lighthouse in Machilipatnam should be in your travel list while planning for your trip to the city. The lighthouse is located on Machilipatnam Beach that measures around 50 meter in height and comprises black and white coloured bands. The work of the building of this lighthouse commenced in the year 1982, which later finished in 1984. The travelers, who visit this destination, cherish its auto headlights that are equipped with 100 W 24V halogen lamps.
Manginapudi Beach Machilipatnam
During your vacation at Machilipatnam, an excursion to Manginapudi Beach should be part of your itinerary. It is a small fishing village, which is just 11 km away from Machilipatnam. The most fascinating thing about the beach is that it is made of black soil and has natural bay holding shallow water. Furthermore, local people of the city also celebrate some festivals on the beach-side. The festivals of Maghapoornami and Krishna Utsav are the most celebrated ones. All through the Maghapoornami Festival, people take a dip in the seawater to perform certain rituals. Krishna Utsav is solemnized in the months of February or March.
Panduranga Swamy Temple Machilipatnam
Counted among the major attractions of Machilipatnam, Panduranga Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Panduranga Vithai, who shares the similarity in appearance of Lord Krishna. However, the temple attracts the visitors because of a 3 feet high idol, which is embellished with ornaments and a iamond-studded crown. There is a tower at the entrance of the temple and in just proximity to that there is also another temple of Rukmini, Radha and Satyabhama. The Panduranga Swamy Temple witnesses a large number of tourists especially during the Karthika Purnima.
Sai Maharaj Devalayam Machilipatnam
Sai Maharaj Devalayam Machilipatnam is a pilgrimage site, which is situated at the district court center of Machilipatnam. This shrine has a 7.5 feet marble statue of Sri Shirdi Saibaba with Abhaya Hastam (blessing right hand). Lots of devotees visit this devalayam and place flower garlands to Sai Baba. During the day, Puja is performed here and Sai Chalisa is chanted daily after the aarti to Sai Baba. Annadanam is also arranged throughout the day while 24 hour bhajans and satsangs are performed during special days like Guru Pournima, Rama Navami, Dusshera, and Sai Punyathithi.