Konaseema, also known as ‘God’s own creation’, rests in between the tributaries of the river Godavari in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. It is very close to District headquarters Kakinanda. Konaseema word is derived from the Telugu word ‘’Kona’’. Kona means a corner that coincides with its shape. It is a coastal destination and the heart of Andhra Pradesh which provides travelers lurking for avid nature and peace in the perfect location. Konaseema is the backwaters of River Godavari and lies in the delta of River Godavari.
This is the region between Gautami and Vashishta tributaries of Godavari and Bay of Bengal. This way it forms a versant triangle with lush paddy fields, Mango grooves, and coconut trees. It is believed to be one of the most fertile lands that are there on the Coromandel Coast. Everything in Konaseema revolves around the mighty River Godavari. The mornings are observed with high-pitched temple bells which develop a sacred vibration at all the places around it. People worship it at its banks and bathe in it at dawn.
This place is more commonly known by the phrase Konaseema Kobbari Aaku. It is because of the incident when in 1996, the place was hit by a tremendous cyclone. But even after the devastation, the delta was known for its coconut production, so does Konaseema nope. It is very prominent in coconut production.
Location-wise, Konaseema is bound by other exotic destinations like Papi Kondalu, Kolleru Lake, Maredumili (Mada) Forest, Mangrove Forest (Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary). Amalapuram is one major tom in this district, other minor towns include Razole, Ravulapalem, kakinada, Mummidivaram, Muramalla, Rajahmundry, and palakollu.
Significance and Characteristic features of Konaseema in detail
One of the very important key features of Konaseema is its delicacy, i.e, its food. It relies extensively on abundant local produce and seafood which forms a unique part of the cuisine there. The most interesting part about this delicacy is that they are made using Plantain flowers.
Talking about the inhabitants of Konaseema, it is surprising that although Konaseema attracts a large number of tourists, the lifestyle adopted by the inhabitants is highly sustainable. They use every part of a coconut tree, be it roots or leaves. This has also been much appreciated. The reason that could probably explain this is the geographic isolation of the place from the mainland.
The place was not brimmed with natural resources like water, but after the construction of critical bridge infrastructure that connected the place to the mainland, the issue was resolved. But due to this, the konaseema people became extremely coherent about resource usage.
Culture of Konaseema
When in Konaseema, one major religious festival one can’t miss observing is ‘Kaartika Masam’. During this time, women wake up at dawn, go to the temple to pray and light small lamps. These lamps are made by dipping cotton in ghee placed in a plantain stem and are left floating in the canals.
The sight that is created by such an activity is so vibrant that it is unexplainable in words. When one sees innumerable floating lights that are lighting up the canal, they are left spellbound. This activity is also done keeping in view the practice of being environmentally friendly. All the materials used in the activity are bio-degradable and blend into the atmosphere, hence harming nothing and none.
There’s no doubt in believing why Konaseema is referred to as God’s own creation. The uniqueness, the beauty, the practices, the culture and people, all blend together to make the place the best getaway place for tourists.