About East Godavari District :
The East Godavari District is located in the North Coastal part of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The District is a residuary portion of the old Godavari District after West Godavari District was separated in 1925. As the name of the district conveys, East Godavari District is closely associated with the river Godavari, occupying a major portion of the delta area. The Headquarters of the District is located at Kakinada. East Godavari District lies North – East Coast of Andhra Pradesh and bounded on the North by Visakhapatnam District and the State of Orissa, on the East and the South by the Bay of Bengal and on the West by Khammam and West Godavari Districts. The East Godavari district is the Rice Granary of Andhra Pradesh, beckons tourists to have a glimpse of its rich cultural heritage where the lush paddy fields swaying in the breeze appear to dance in a celebration to life.East Godavari district is having the area of 12,805 Sq Kms with 7 Revenue divisions viz., Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Peddapuram, Rampachodavaram, Ramachandrapuram, Yetapaka and Amalapuram. The district has 64 Revenue mandals and 1069 Grama panchayats with a population of 52.86 lacs as per 2011 provisional census figure.
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Tourist Places :
Rampa Waterfalls :
Rampa Waterfalls The Semi evergreen forests of Agency track in East godavari District is blessed with many picturesque spots and perennial waterfalls, Rampa V.S.S is having high forest with Neelakanteswara and Rampa water falls. Sri Neelakanteswara Vana Vihara sthali is situated at about 4km from Rampachodavaram village of East Godavari District.
Coringa Sanctuary :
Kadiapulanka, abutting the National Highway-5 and 20 Km from Rajahmundry is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits. It is only since four years that flower festivals are being organised thanks to the then District Collector, Satish Chandra, who took keen interest in the development of nurseries in these parts.
But in January 2003, the all India Nurserymen’s Conference is organised at Kadiapulanka and it has become a mega event, with people in tens of thousands visiting the flower festival daily. Kadiam nurseries are spread over a radius of about 10 Km comprising the villages of Kadiam, Kadiapulanka, Burrilanka, Veeravaram, Pottilanka, Venkatayammapeta and Damireddipalli. The nurseries in Kadiam are as old as 100 years and at present there are more than 600 nurseries, the extent of each ranging from just 0.5 cents to 200 acres.
In India, there are about 20,000 nurseries employing 60,000 people. But in Kadiam nurseries alone, more than 25,000 people are engaged in the 600-odd nurseries. It was some 80 years back that one Ravi Chinna Rao started grafting of fruit plants and flowers as a hobby, but production on commercial lines was initiated by one Akula Subbarao, a name that is inexorably linked with the development of nurseries in these parts. Nursery products from Kadiapaulanka are exported to every nook and corner of the country. But export potential to foreign countries remained untapped.
Hope Island :
Hope Island is located at 16.97°N 82.35°E.
A relatively young island, it formed in the last 200 years into a 16-kilometre-long (9.9 mi) sand spit from the sand carried by the waters of Godavari delta.
The area between Kakinada coast and Hope Island is known as Kakinada Bay. The water spread of the bay is about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). Hope Island protects the city of Kakinada from the strong storm surges coming from the Bay of Bengal. Hope Island acts as a sort of natural break water and provides tranquility to the ships anchored in Kakinada bay which makes Kakinada Port one of the safest natural ports in the Eastern Coast of India.
The northern part of the island is called the “Godavari point” which overlooks the entry point into the Bay of Kakinada and the Kakinada harbour
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