Continuing from where we stopped (the division into parts is more for the flexibility to see all the pics), the unexplored machilipatnam gives a glimpse of the history of India itself. The Bandar Fort is the reminiscence of the fortification by the East India Company and by the Dutch (before the EIC) in around 1600 AD. Exploring the full length of the constructions around the Fort itself is a half day program! (I realized this when I had to rush to cover the other places).
One of the most rare temples of Hayagreeva
Way to the Bandar Fort, recognized by the Archeological Survey of India
The history of the Fort and the surrounding buildings
The entry to the Bandar Fort
The inside view of Bandar Fort
Full view of the Fort
Ganta Stambham, Bandar Fort
Mandu Bhandagaram, where all the ammunition used to be stored, alongside the Bandar Fort
The remains of the Nizam Hospital
Entrance to the Port Facilities
Fish and other Marine Business at Bandar Port
The temple glory of Keer Pandaripuram, Chilakalapudi
Keer Pandaripuram, Chilakaludi Panduranga Temple
Premises of the Panduranga Temple
The most famous Mashala Bandi, on a busy evening
Bandar is famous for its fancy and Gold Covering Works, here is the show
The Glittering night view of the Temples
Lord, during an annual procession
My School Ground
Surely, machilipatnam is an unknown Tourist destination. One can be totally filled with history, glory and devotion in a full day package ! Being my hometown, I did not realize the tourism potential of this sleeping town till I saw with my own eyes, spending one full day !
A beautiful Fort (Kekini Mahal), the Historic Bandar Fort and other remaining constructions, Chilakapudi Panduranga Temple, The Gold Covering works, Bandar Kaluva and the port (can be made even as a water sporting destination, the first on the east coast of India ! ), The other temples (Venkateswara and the Hayagreeva temple), Manginipudi Beach.. already a day’s full of places.
Hope the day will come. The eastern Goa : machilipatnam with its glory.