Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend.

Tripoto
Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita

I am always in the lookout for lesser-known and unexplored places. This has two advantages – For once, I find the solitude and peace that I crave for after long hectic weeks of work. Secondly, it has now become my passion to look out for these nice little places hidden from the prying eyes. So when I heard about backwaters in Andhra Pradesh, I was intrigued about the place. We always almost relate backwaters with Kerala. So without thinking much I decide to head towards Dindi.

Photo of Dindi, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita
Photo of Dindi, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita

Nestled in the East Godavari district amidst the lap of the Godavari Rivers lies the charming and beatific village of Dindi. The place seems to the best kept secret of Andhra Pradesh with all its rustic charm, serene backwaters, vast lakes and palm-fringed canals, Dindi is a perfect weekend destination that one can crave for. Dindi is a place full of natural wonders. With the cool breeze swaying the paddy fields, cattles grazing the green pastures and the numerous waterways makes this an overwhelming place. With all the natural beauty, a relaxed stay at the luxurious resort is simply something that we all crave for. And what more, Dindi also has the option of staying in a houseboat!

Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita

Things to do at Dindi

Boat ride at Godavari

You can definitely take a boat ride at the Godavari River. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism’s Harita resort has boats in which you can take a ride across the Godavari River.

There are also a few adventure activities like Jetski ride, rope walking if you want to indulge in some activities.

Visit the Antervedi Beach

The Godavari River meets the Bay of Bengal at the Antervedi beach. The beach can be easily reached by hiring a cab from the hotel. Visit the beach during the sunset to view a spectacular sunset. The beach is probably a wonderful place to take a long romantic walk.

Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita

Visit the Antervedi Temple

The Antervedi Temple or the Lakshmi Narasimhaswami Devasthan is situated just beside the beach. It is a beautiful temple having wonderful stucco work and vibrant colours. Pay a visit to the temple and enjoy the serenity of the place.

There are other temples in the area also. If you do not have much time, then I would suggest not to miss the Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple because of its Gopuram with wonderful work.

Courtesy: Wikimedia

Photo of Antarvedi, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita

Walk around in the villages

The best way to know a place is by walking around the place. Take a walk around the village along the palm and casuarina trees. Enjoy the freshness of the crisp air and explore the place. But if you are not conversant in Telegu, it will be difficult to strike a conversation with the locals.

Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita

Take a houseboat ride

You can take houseboat cruises to explore the backwaters of the Dindi. There are two houseboats here, but I found the cost of rentals of these houseboats much on the higher side. A houseboat for the full day costs INR 16000 and for 12 hours it is INR 12000.

Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita
Photo of Visit the backwaters of Andhra Pradesh for a relaxing weekend. by Amrita

Bird watching in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

You can go for bird watching in the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a full day activity and I would suggest you to do it if you are fond of bird watching. The sanctuary has more than 120 species of birds.

Courtesy: Wikimedia

Photo of Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita

Courtesy: Wikimedia

Photo of Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita

Courtesy: Wikimedia

Photo of Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India by Amrita

How to reach Dindi:

The nearest Airport is Rajahmundry, which is 80 kilometres away.

The nearest Railway station is Palakollu to Dindi around 15 kilometres away from Dindi. The main railwayhead of Rajahmundry lies around 90 kilometres away from Dindi. You can reach both these stations via Hyderabad station – the main connecting point for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

From Pallakolu, you can take a bus to Dindi. Dindi does not have a proper bus terminus yet. You will be dropped off at a point known as the checkpost. From here you have to walk your way towards your resort.

Best Time to Visit:

Dindi is an all-weather destination. But if you want to avoid the summer heat, then perhaps winter months from October to March will be a good time to visit. The monsoons have a special charms at Dindi.

Places to stay:

There are two options at Dindi. You can stay at APDC’s Haritha Resort or the Sterling Dindi, a resort by the Sterling Holidays.

Be the first one to comment