Who does not love being in the midst of cool breeze, beautiful estuaries and greenery? If you too are a fan of such scenic beauty, then Ethakota is a must-visit village in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village is a part of the Coastal Andhra region. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Rajahmundry at a distance of 36 km north, across the Godavari river.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Rajahmundry in order to put up for the night due to the lack of proper lodging facilities in the village. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Vaishnavi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Akshay Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sangam Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Sai Priya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500) among others.
The official language of Ethakota is Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The Godavari river and the Mangrove Forest-Estuary-Bay of Bengal combination is a sight worth exploring. Some of the places worth visiting in Rajahmundry are Gowthami Ghat, Godavari Bund, Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, a boat ride on the river Godavari and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajahmundry Airport at a distance of 52 km.
Rajahmundry Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 34 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Buses to the village are available from Rajahmundry. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.