Machilipatnam is a district administrative
headquarters, a railroad terminus, and an important educational centre of
Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. This
place with its rich history has found a coveted place in the historical
map of India. It was a flourishing seaport on the east coast during the
time of the Satavahanas and in the 17th century AD, it was a centre of
French, British, and Dutch trade.
Machilipatnam was a commercial port of importance. It is one of the earliest known British settlements in the subcontinent of India. Machlipatnam derived its name owing to the construction of a gateway to the town decorated with eyes of a fish. This place is famous for Kalamkari printing. It has a carpet-weaving industry; other products include rice, oilseed, and scientific instruments.
The important temples at the place include those of Kanyakaparameswari also known as 'Shivagangamma', 'Nageswaraswami', 'Venugopalaswami', 'Venkateshwaraswami', 'Lakshminarasimha', 'Ekambareswaraswami' and 'Panduranga' ('Chilkalapudi'). The shrine of Panduranga was built attractively on a grand scale and is on par with the one at Pandaripuram.
Manginapudi, situated at about 10-km from Machilipatnam is noted for its fine beach in the district The beach possesses tremendous potential with a natural bay and comparatively shallow and safe waters.
About 65-km from Machilipatnam is Kuchipudi, the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, originator of the famous Kuchipudi style of dance. The village is in an area known for artistic divine and literary pursuit.
Situated 24-km to the northwest of Machilipatnam Ghantasala is an enchanting Buddhist site. When Buddhism was at its zenith, this place was an important religious centre.
Gudivada is located at a distance of 39-km from Machilipatnam. It derived its name from the existence of a number of temples in the past. Many Jain and Buddhist relics are found here.
Nearest airport is at Gannavaram.
Machilipatnam has a railway station and is connected by rail to all the important places of the state.
Private and government buses connect Machilipatnam with all the important places of the state.
Tourist lodges and guesthouses are available at Machilipatnam.
Shivagangamma Utsavam on Chaitra Suddha Poornima and Sri Pandurangaswamy Utsavam from Kartika Suddha Dasami to Kartika Poornima are some of the important festivals of Machlipatnam.
Temperature Range (deg C):
Summer- Max 42, Min 27.6
Winter- Max 30, Min 20.
Clothing: Light Cottons
STD Code: 08672