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An unforgettable tryst with Nature, taking a vacation has become one of the most common things. And people in India have woken up to it. To celebrate different occasions, to party, to spent some quality time with the family and also for honeymoon, people are taking up vacations to hill stations, waterfalls, beaches, etc.
Since vacations and holidays are meant to be a break from the hectic work schedule and a means to be away from the bustle of the cities, it becomes a matter of solitude for many going to vacations. And there are such places that can provide the warmth of solitude in our country. Of these, the Maredumilli Jungle Resort stands out as one of the best and excellent tourist places near East Godavari District for a peaceful vacation. Staying in this Jungle Resorts can be termed as one of the most memorable experiences.
This Jungle Resort is home to semi-evergreen trees. With canopies of semi evergreen trees that drape the path everywhere you walk and with undulating terrain, which forms part of the Eastern Ghats, it sure makes your heart flutter with joy and brings a smile on your face when the sun plays peek-a-boo non-stop all through the day and sprinkles its incredible crepuscular rays (God’s rays) on you and giving out an impression of a panorama painted by God. The landscape is so breathtakingly beautiful that it chokes you up with emotion and that you’d wish you could etch it in your heart forever.
This area has many waterfalls and bubbling streams gushing out and flowing over the undulating rocks in the deep woods and a visitor’s heart will bubble with joy and feel thrilled to see the nature’s gift. Jalatarangini Waterfalls which is just 10 km away is a nice waterfall that people frequent. As it is very near to the main road, vehicles which pass by take a break here to lose oneself in the beauty of these waterfalls.
Another Waterfall is the Swarnadhara waterfalls which is 20 km away. An absolute beauty with not a soul (human at least!) around, it has a lot of huge Mango trees which are easily more than 50 ft tall and with trunks as big as that of Banyan trees. One has to trek around 20 min to 30 min to go to that place. Although the path is very slippery and the forest around very dense, it is a must see as it is very good with water coming in from two different points. One can enjoy it by playing in them. One can also spot peacocks calling out
One can even go to Rampa waterfalls which is nearly 36 km from Maredumilli (26 km to Rampachodavaram towards Rajuhmandry and around 10 km on a Kutcha road to Rampa falls).One can hire a Jeep from Rampachodavaram to go to Rampa falls as the vehicle should have high ground clearance. After that it is an easy 10 min walk to the falls through a forest. It is truly a worth seeing waterfalls as there is
No crowd at all and the water here tastes sweet. One can even enjoy a few laps here and then visit the small and old Shiva Temple made of stones.
Apart from this there are various activities and places to see in the luxurious environment.
A boat ride in Konaseema, which is known for its backwaters, offers spectacular and breathtaking views and vistas of Konaseema’s pristine natural beauty. The backwaters of Konaseema, as a whole, form an intricate network of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries, and rivers which eventually merge into the Bay of Bengal. If one wishes to discover the real beauty of Konaseema, then one must go on a cruise on the placid backwaters that stretch for kilometers and are covered with swaying coconut trees, canals, and small islands. Cruising in fully furnished boats across the River Godavari and her tributaries Vynateya and Vashishta can make one go gaga and is also sure to rejuvenate one’s body, mind, and soul.
Muramalla can be accessed by road only. It is at a distance of approx. 37 kms from Kakinada via Coringa-Tallarevu-Yanam-Yedurlanka.Sri Bhadrakali Sametha Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, on the banks of River Gauthami, a branch of River Godavari, flanked by striking farms, wide spread paddy fields, cattle grazing and ploughing the lush fields surrounded by coconut gardens stands proud, the Sri Bhadrakali Sametha Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple of Muramalla. It is believed that devotees who still haven’t got married, who find it difficult to get good proposals, get married with just a mere visit to this temple. Not only that, childless couples, and couples who do not get along will find respite here.
Pandavula Metta, a hillock nearer to Peddapuram, is a small town in East Godavari District. Situated close to ADB Road, this hillock tells us about one such episode of the exile period of Pandavas. Legend has it that during one of their exile period of 13 years, the Pandavas had stayed here. The traces of which can still be seen here, in the ruins. It is said that on their way to Rameswaram, they stayed some years in Peddapuram on a hill. This hill was in midst of a Jungle.
Apart from these, one can also visit: Sri Maridamma temple, Sri Sivalayam / Sri Venkateswara Temple which is just 1Km away from Peddapuram; Sri Nokalamma Temple, Kandrakota village, Peddapuram Mandal, at a distance of 8 Kms from Peddapuram; Sri Sringara Vallabha Swami Temple, Tirupathi village, Peddapuram Mandal which is 11 Kms away from Peddapuram, and 3 Kms from Kandrakota; Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple (hailed as the Asia's highest Anjaneya Swamy Statue (52 ft.), run by Kanchi Sringeri Peetham) situated between Samlakot and Peddapuram at a distance of 4 Kms.
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