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Tourist Places To Visit In Kakinada
Kakinada is one of the major cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh visited by thousands every year. The city was ruled by many rulers before India's freedom who contributed their bit to make this city an important business center. Even after independence, Kakinada has continued to become an important commercial center for many businesses and due to the government's efforts, it has emerged as Andhra's top tourist destination. Let us take you through some of the finest places to visit in Kakinada.
The Stunning Uppada Beach
At just about 10 km from Kakinada city center, you come down to one of the finest beaches in the south of India, Uppada Beach. This place is rated one of the top places to visit in Kakinada due to its longshore, silver sand, crystal clear water, golden sun, cool breeze, and the sweet sound of the waves. All these with a stunning view of the rising sun in the morning and the setting sun in the evening adds to the overall beauty and attraction of this beach. You'll love walking in the shin-deep water holding hands of your loved ones while the sun sets, with the sweet sound of the waves hitting the shore. Kids will love playing football, cricket, jogging, and enthusiasts can try trekking nearby. Overall, a fantastic place to start your vacation in Kakinada.
The Iconic Samarlakota
Samarlakota is a very popular Pancharama Sri Kumararama Bhimeswara Swamy temple located at just 10 km from the Kakinada railway station. This temple is a dedication to Lord Shiva, as per Hindu mythology and was constructed at the end of the 9th Century by Chalukya Kumara Rama. He ordered the construction of this temple as a thank-giving gesture as he defeated his enemies in over 300 battles. A mandapa supported with 100 pillars is the prime attraction. Eka Shila Nandi is built at the entrance of the temple is worshipped here along with the Goddess Shri Bala Tripura Sundari. Kalyana Mahotsam & Mahashivratri are the prime festivals celebrated here every year.
The Ancient Draksharamam
Continuing with our visit to temples in Kakinada, the next on the list is Draksharamam. Located 15 km from Kakinada, Draksharamam is one of the prime tourist places here. It's popular for one of the panchakarma temples named Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple constructed by the East Chalukyan king during the 9th century. The best thing about the temple is the early morning sunlight that falls on the Shiva Lingam which is about 8 ft high with the top part visible from the first floor. The interior of the temple complex has several other temples adding to the overall beauty of the site. This place was also considered as a Buddhist complex. So this place is religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The Historic Kukkuteswara Temple
Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is one of the most historic Siva temples in East Godavari District located at a distance of 15 km from the Kakinada railway station. This temple is also one of the most visited temples in South India. The primary deity is Lord Shiva with 2 ft high in white marble in the form of Spatika Linga. A huge idol of Nandi (bull) carved from a single granite stone is at the main entrance of the temple and it looks adorable. Thousands of devotees gather here to celebrate the festivals of Sarannavarathri, Maha Shivaratri, and Kartika Masam. Besides, the festival of Devi Navarathri is also celebrated in the Dussehra season. So now you know when to visit this temple.
The Surreal Yanam
Yanam is a district in the India Union Territory of Pondicherry. It's one of the most places in the whole of South India with numerous places of interest for visitors. Yanam is just 30 km from the Kakinada railway station. It was a Dutch colony before the Frech took over who ruled it for over 200 years. The town has several places which can blow any traveler's mind. The Grand Mosque, Sivalayam, Catholic Church, Venkanna Babu Temple, Yanam Beach are the most notable places to visit. The best thing about Yanam is the replica of the world-famous, Eiffel tower which was built by the government to attract more visitors. The best time to be here is, of course, post-monsoon, that is the winter season.
The Gorgeous Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Kakinada has been able to preserve one of the largest mangrove reserves, in fact, the second-largest in India, inside the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. It'a beautiful place for wildlife enthusiasts who love watching birds, taking photographs of endangered species. This sanctuary is home to thousands of pelicans, herons, seagulls, otters, saltwater crocodiles, jackals, and thousands of other migratory birds. Reaching the sanctuary from the parking area is fun and exciting as the pathway that leads to the open area is a wooden bridge. You'll enjoy the trip walking on the wooden bridge in the deep forest by the sea-side. You can also enjoy boating and fishing in the lake before they visit the Hope Island.
The Classic Adurru Excavation Site
Adurru is a small village and a 2nd-century Buddhist archeology site located on the east Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. It was first excavated in 1925 and in 1955, it was declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. This place is ideal for those who are interested in history and want to learn more about such places by gathering information. You can explore the remains that are available now and you can take photographs at different sites. It's spread in a huge area (that's not well maintained) so it can take a good couple of hours to explore the site to its fullest.
The Enjoyable Vivekananda Park
Vivekananda is a fun, entertaining park located at the center of the Kakinada town. The park isn't that big, but it's well-maintained by the local management. You can enjoy a walking trail around the small lake in the area. There's also an open gym in the park where men, women of all ages jog and spend time with their family. One can experience a lot of positive energy around the area as it offers a good view of the lake, children playing and having a good time. So overall, it is a nice place to spend some evening time after you have come early to your hotel. The entrance is free and it worth spending a couple of evening hours peacefully.