Papikondalu trip and photos

#1 Jan 24th, 2011, 13:16
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For a long time, our family has been planning to do the ferry ride on the Godavari river to Papikondalu. Since we live in the East Godavari district of AP, it has always seemed an easy thing for us to do. But as it happens often, we never managed to find the time to do such an easy thing.

Finally, we did the trip a couple of days ago. Here I am listing my observations and some photographs of the trip.

1) The ferry ride is spectacularly beautiful. Having lived in Europe for a long time, I can compare the ride to two things (a) boat ride on the mountain lakes in the Alps - but the mountains are without snow caps here (b) ferry ride on the Norvegian fjords - but there are no waterfalls rushing down into the waters from beside. Nevertheless, the ride is enchanting. The unique things one notices here are (a) dingy boats of fishermen doing their business (b) quaint forest settlements on both sides (c) a lush tropical greenery on the sides.

I was scratching my head how I missed something so nice close to home.

2) The hills around are mostly unchartered territory. There are no marked hike trails to scale the peaks - from where I bet one can get fantastic views of the Godavari doing its bends below.

3) The hills are also home to a rich wildlife - panthers, bears, foxes, peacocks..

4) Apparently, one has to do this ride on a moonlit night (by reading from earlier threads on IM). This - we haven't done, but are eager to do another day. We however watched a great sunset over the waters.

5) Now coming to the ugly bits. The ferry ride comes with a package of "entertainment" which was a nightmare (to me). Loud film music and dancing that destroyed the tranquility of the landscape. Every boat that passed around seemed to be inflicted with this. It is not only the travelers' peace of mind that suffers, but also the sensitive ecosystems in these hills. This made me feel strongly that no tourism should be encouraged in these areas, as the city dwellers do behave like savages with no respect to what they are seeing.

6) A more polluting evil than loud noise - plastic. I was shocked to see the loads of plastic that are being dumped into this supposedly "sacred" river. A lot of floatsam follows in the wake of each ferry - plastic cups, plastic water bottles, plastic plates, plastic packaging of biscuits etc. People are served tea and food in plasticware by the ferry management, and they nonchalantly throw them into the river after the eating is done. Pop ! There it goes into the water, and floats till eternity. I was livid with anger the whole trip, and this destroyed any sentiment of tranquility that I could have felt. Most passengers on these rides are visiting tourists from other corners of AP. Thanks all you guys for trashing my neighborhood. What is the point of worshipping Godavari if you treat her like a dustbin, I say ?

East Godavari district has incidentally banned plastic covers in marketplaces. To my simplistic head, banning plasticware on ferry rides over the Godavari seems a lot more urgent. There are a few temples on the banks along the ride, and the travelers disembark here to offer prayers and seek blessings of the deity. They also liberally dislodge tons of trash on the steps leading to the temple. The deity supposedly relishes these offerings, or at worst, maintains equanimity at the defilement of her temple compounds. I think it is high time that she unleashed her divine wrath on these vermin instead. Better not to go to the temple than trash it, right ?

7) Ok. Now I should cool my nerves. I will get down to the bad, but not-so-ugly. You can board the ferry at Pattiseema, or at Purushottamapatnam - two small villages that can only be reached by crappy roads. Apparently the water level in Rajamundry is so low that ferries cannot pick up passengers over here. I find that too hard to believe. A port can probably be built easily and maintained at Rajamundry, if the government really cares for tourism.

With all that said, the lasting feeling for me from the trip is that of joy and amazement. I hope the pictures below convey a bit of what I am trying to say.
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#3 Feb 4th, 2011, 19:48
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inspite of staying in hyd, never knew such a benediction was hidden with in my reach, thanks for the pics....!
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Papikondalu is an awesome place to visit.
I have been there in 2009 with my friends.. had a lovely experience of both exploring the interiors of the place of our stay which was a bamboo hose on an island and the food too was amazing..
the only ugly part o fit was just mentioned above.. the supposed to be good ENTERTAINMENT.. bt cant help it..
those guys who perform there dont have any other means of earning..
coming to the travelling part the cruise journey is pleasant.
its a must visit place.. i just pray the projects coming up by AP govt. dont destroy such a gift from nature!!
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Originally Posted by vakibs View Post 4) Apparently, one has to do this ride on a moonlit night (by reading from earlier threads on IM)..
The boat I was on was late getting back to Rajamundry, not long after the sun went down we were invaded by thousands (I'm tempted to say Millions) of flies, I think they were flies, it was almost impossible to stand outside, we were the only light on the river and this is what attracted them, it really had to be seen to be believed.

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5) Now coming to the ugly bits. The ferry ride comes with a package of "entertainment" which was a nightmare (to me). Loud film music and dancing that destroyed the tranquility of the landscape. Every boat that passed around seemed to be inflicted with this. It is not only the travelers' peace of mind that suffers, but also the sensitive ecosystems in these hills. This made me feel strongly that no tourism should be encouraged in these areas, as the city dwellers do behave like savages with no respect to what they are seeing.
I loved the entertainment, it could only be India.

However, I'm not the kind of person who's happy with a whole day looking at the scenery, and I can understand why some people may not like the entertainment.

At about 4pm I was on the lower deck and heard something strange coming from the deck above, "severn and two, 72, four and one, 41", it was Bingo, I was told that Telegu numbers were complex, so that's why the Bingo used English numbers.

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7) You can board the ferry at Pattiseema, or at Purushottamapatnam - two small villages that can only be reached by crappy roads. Apparently the water level in Rajamundry is so low that ferries cannot pick up passengers over here. I find that too hard to believe. A port can probably be built easily and maintained at Rajamundry, if the government really cares for tourism.
I took the boat from close to Rajahmundry in late December and there were parts of the river where we had to all go to the front or back of the boat to avoid us getting grounded, so I guess there's only enough water in this section from the monsoon till the end of the year.

By the way, I loved the trip, one of the best days out I've had in 8 visits to India.
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hi frnds im frm rajahmundry,papikondalu is a picnic place for people living here and mostly tourists cum frm hyderabad.as u people shared tat here sumthng gud as well as sumthng bad.i do agree that.the forests u see frm boat can also be enjoyed through road route through thick forests frm rajahmundry.through road u cn see waterfalls,ghat roads,and can have a night halt in these forest at maredmilli enjoyng forest,flowing waters and silence.i had many time enjoyed this forest as i like adventure and trecking,photography.as i stay here in rajahmundry this the only place for me to hav fun.i will attach sum photos of forest frm road route.for you people.
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