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Machilipatnam is a city in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. Often called as also known as Masulipatnam and Bandar, Machilipatnam is best known for its Kalamkari handloom industry which is also called Machilipatnam Kalamkari.This handloom is also exported to the United States and other Asian Countries. Another specialty of Machilipatnam is a sweet which is produced here called Bandar Laddu (Thokkudu Laddu). The Bandar Laddu is made with gram flour, ghee, sugar, and jaggery. Machilipatnamis also the Mandal headquarters of Machilipatnam Mandal in the Machilipatnam revenue division of the district.

History of Machilipatnam

Machilipatnam existed since the 3rd century BCE around the Satavahana period.Acceded to Ptolemy, back at that time the town was known as Maisolos.Machilipatnam stands out under the rule of the Qutb Shahi kings. The town was the primary seaport for their authority, Golkonda Kingdom. It was afactory for textiles produced in the Godavari Basin. It was considered as a major source of income for the kingdom and contributed to its enormous success in the 1620s and 1630s. Machilipatnam was once the ancient port town that used to be the settlement of European traders from the 16th century. It was also a major trading port in the 17th Century for the Portuguese, British, Dutch, and French. At the end of the 17th century, the port city had fallen into a downslide.

Machilipatnam Kalamkari

Machilipatnam is famous for its Machilipatnam Kalamkari or Kalamkari Handloom textiles which areexported to the United States and other Asian countries. Machilipatnam Kalamkari or Kalamkari Handloom is a handcrafted painting done in fabric byvegetable-dyed block-painting. The handicraft is done in a town of Machilipatnam called Pedana. Presently Machilipatnam and Srikalahasti styles are the only existing Kalamkari style works in India

Places to visit

  • Manginapudi Beach : Manginapundi Beach is a Mesmerizing and alluring beach of Machilipatnam. Situated at a distance of 15 km from the city this beach has a unique quality that distinguishes it from other beaches. Unlike the other beaches, filled with sand, Manginapundi Beachhas black soil. Manginapudi beach is often known as Machilipatnam beach. On the event of Magha Poornima,thousands of pilgrims gather here to take a holy bath in the sea. People often used this place for photography.
  • Bandar fort : Neglected and deserted monument, Bandar Fort was once the east coastal gateway of trade for the Dutch, British, French, and Nizam rulers. The Bandar Fort has a great entrance, some storehouses, an armory, and a jail,and the historical memorial built inmemory of 30,000 people who lost their lives during the 1864 cyclone. These memories from the past have also been ruined. Although people don’t visit this place, it is indeed a place to stop.
How to Reach
  • By Air – The nearest Airport is Vijayawada International Airportat a distance of 63 km
  • By Train – The nearest Railway Station is situated at a distance of 1.4 km from Machilipatnam
  • By Bus – The Nearest Bus Stand is located at a distance of 1.4 km from Machilipatnam

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