Konaseema-Kerala of Andhra Pradesh

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A long cherished dream of a drive to Dindi Resorts in Konaseema in my Santro LPG materialized on 24th July. Me and my wife left Hyderabad at 9 am in the morning leaving the Hyderabad Traffic behind. The weather was suitable as usual during this part of the year. Cloudy with occasional drizzles made the trip more memorable on the NH 9 to Vijayawada. Stopped by at Neelagiri Hotel a few kilometers before Choutuppal for breakfast and resumed the drive. The 4 laning of Hyderabad Vijayawada road is mostly over and with occasional diversions this road appears to be best choice. Many travelers were recommending the Narkatpalli road to Vijayawada due to the 4 laning works but my best road advisors have always been the truck drivers. A small inquiry with few truckers at Narkatpalli made to continue on NH 9. As many vehicles took diversion at Narkatpalli, the NH 9 was relatively free of traffic and I reached Vijayawada after lunch at Hotel 7 close to Suryapet. A good place with good ambience and tasty food. Car wash is also available for the interested. As my wife wanted to take a break before embarking on the journey to Dindi we stopped for the night at Vijayawada and left the next day. I refilled LPG at Vijayawada and preferred the Gudivada-Kaikalur-Palakollu-Dindi Road or NH 214 so that we could enjoy the nature and travel through the towns instead of the NH 5. The road was good but all the 166 kms to Dindi was packed with traffic. It took about 6 hours to travel that distance with an hour break for lunch at Kaikalur. No good hotels at Kaikalur so adjusted with some road side “mess” as they are called in this part of the Country. We enjoyed the traffic since the occasional villages and huge tracts of coconut groves and the ever flowing Canal all through the road were a feast for the eyes and the mind. Stopped at Bhimavaram for refilling gas since that is the last point on this road for Car LPG.

Took a right turn after Gollavani Cheruvu Village onto Palakollu road and reached Dindi resort over the Chinchinada bridge. Since the sun had not set I could catch some snaps of the River Vashishta and the APTDC Haritha Coconut Country Resorts, our destination. The resort is just next to the bridge and locals helped me reach the resort soon. Our check in was smooth and since it was a weekday we could get a room of our choice close to the restaurant. The resort is well maintained and service was good and food tasty. There is a bar too attached and rates quite reasonable. Every room has a balcony attached which faces the River. The only point to remember with APTDC resorts is that room services are a bit slow. So having experienced before at Arakku and other places, I placed my dinner order atleast one hour before dinner time. Travelers who are scared of lizards may please carry a repellent / bug spray to chase lizards out of the room. We found lizards everywhere since the resort is in midst of the beautiful greenery. I carried one as part of my travel kit and so could chase them out. The mosquito repellent in our room was not working so had to use mine since the garbage dump within the resort was full and appeared to have not been cleaned for several days. However we both freshened up and ordered some tea and enjoyed the setting sun with rain around us, on the balcony. At this stage I felt that so many of us spend huge sums of money to reach Kerala for such natural spots and we have the same within 10 hrs drive from Hyderabad. The Dindi resort is close to the village and has a well kept garden with a pool and so we went down since the rain had stopped and strolled around enjoying the cool breeze and swaying coconut trees. After much time we had dinner and rested for the day.

The next day was planned for a trip within the villages and hamlets of the Konaseema area and visit to the Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple at Antaravedi, a spot where the River Vashista joins the sea. Luckily for us, our driver at Hyderabad hails from this Godavari District and knows the topography of this area as the back of his hand. As we had already informed him he reached the resort to drive us around. We had the complimentary breakfast at the resort itself and informed the manager to write us off for lunch since we wanted to relish the local cuisine. The distance between the resort and Antarvedi was around 25 kms on the commonly used roads but we took the longer interior roads to enjoy the banana plantations, coconut processing units, fishing ponds and Kerala type environment. The roads are quite narrow and locals drive very rashly and hardly use the horns at blind turns so be careful. We got hit by an Ambassador on the edge of our bumper due to negligence of Amby driver. We reached the Temple and had darshan and then left for the seaside. Cannot call it a beach but then can use it is as such. My first experience watching the sea and river merge with distinct changes in the color of the water was worth it. The sea was a bit turbulent and so did not venture much. A large number of people are using this convergence of river and sea as a spot for offering rituals for their dead relatives and have made this place real dirty. This spot is called ANNA-CHELLALU REVU. A little distance away we found a good stretch and clean area. A good place for beach resort or tourism but then APTDC has to think it over.

There are no good restaurants near the Temple and so we went to Malkipuram Village about 10 kms away from Antarvedi. Found a popular place “Hotel Ambica” at Malkipuram opposite Sub Registrar Office which served authentic Konaseema cuisine. For the vegetarians their vegetarian thali is the best choice. For non-vegetarians the choice is wide and chicken curry is the highlight. After a good lunch we ventured further deep into the villages and found that maybe God’s own place is also Konaseema apart from Kerala. Later we went to a village Lakkavaram which is a place where several telugu movies are shot. After tea at a roadside kiosk we decided to come back to Dindi Resort via the village SHIVA-KODUPALEM. Refreshed and after chasing away from lizards which occupied our room during our absence we had dinner and rested for the day since it was raining heavily outside and so enjoyed that too.

On the next day we planned a visit to Rajahmundry Barrage of Sir Arthur Cotton fame via NH 5. Left early so that we could spend more time. Our driver took the Penukonda – Ravulapalem road bypassing the famed KADIYAM HORTICULTURAL NURSERIES and reached the distance of 65 kms within 2 hrs. Ravulapalem is famous for dry mango or MAMIDI THANDRA sweets and POOTHA REKULU, another traditional sweet dish of that area. Bought several of them as souvenirs for friends back home. We reached the legendary barrage which changed the face of East and West Godavari Districts making them into the rice bowl of India. Wanted to have a look at the Sir Arthur Cotton Museum but strangely it was closed on a week day. Left it for another visit and reached KADIYAM enroute on NH5, to buy rose plants which are found in abundance. Relaxed in my Santro while my wife was able to find colors of her choice. My poor Santro had to accommodate the plants in all available space and we came down leisurely via the Kanuru-Peravali-Dindi road of about 55 kms.

Wished our driver a good bye and rested for the day at the resort. In the morning we left for Vijayawada via Pallakollu touching NH 5 at Tanuku. Reached Vijayawada and rested in Manorama Hotel. Next day drove back to Hyderabad fully charged and refreshed. The Santro was quite good on all kinds of roads except that LPG was not available on return until we reached Vijayawada. They are conspicuously absent on NH 5 from Tanuku to Vijayawada.
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BEautiful trip report...... check in if you could share some snaps tooo......... thanks
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Dear Member

I wanted to but being new to this forum, i am not familiar with the procedure of posting photos. Can u help.
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There is some information here about posting pictures.
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Originally Posted by drgvrao View Post Dear Member

I wanted to but being new to this forum, i am not familiar with the procedure of posting photos. Can u help.
Please do post some photos, it's a lovely area.

I'm no expert, but I find I have to save any photos in a jpeg format so get them onto indiamike. (if you're not sure how to do this, let us know and we'll explain, others may have a better idea though)
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I saved it in jpeg mode

Dear Friend

Yes i have saved all the photos in jpeg mode. Can u please help me with it.
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You need the jpeg files to be no larger than 100 KB

Most of my photos are a lot bigger, so I use a 'cropper' to capture the image at the right size, this doesn't affect the original image, but it gets me a smaller size image.

Then you need to reply to this thread using the POST REPLY button, not the quick reply, then scroll down below the reply box and click on the 'Manage attachments' button, then a box will appear.

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Click on the 'Browse' button in the new box to search for your photos (or the cropped photos), double click on your photo to upload.

These photos will then be shown in a box below your post, to get the photos into your post you need to look for the paper clip image above the reply box, click on the paper clip and put your images into your post, but remember to space them out a bit, and do all this before posting your reply.

Give it a try, if it looks messy, just go back and edit your post to change the spacing, don't worry if it looks messy to begin with, we all had problems in the beginning.
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Photos of Konaseema

Please find attached my photos of the Dindi resort.
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closeup view of resort from bridge.JPG best sunset2.JPG dindi rooms.jpg seashore.jpg a drive thro a village crop.JPG 
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Glad that Steven_ber helped. Thanks a ton. Please let me know ur comment on my photos.
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Extreeeeeeeeeemly beautiful pics.... thanks for sharing. Sometimes we have all the beautiful places just around us and to get a glimpse of the same sort of beauty we travel thousands of miles....... Glad you gave such a fine report. I can feeel how much you enjoyed the trip. Glad you are here. Thanks Doctor....
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Great photos Dr GV Rao. Reminds me of the 2 years I spent in the coastal part of AP, not just Konaseema and the shorter 6 months in Kerala.

Thank you for sharing.
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Great report and photos drgvrao. Thankyou!

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