Welcome to Peddapuram, a quaint town located in the Kakinada district of Andhra Pradesh in South India. While it may not be as well-known as some of its neighboring cities, Peddapuram has plenty to offer visitors, from its delicious milk-based sweet called PalaKova to its thriving silk saree and handloom industry. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Peddapuram such a special destination.
One of the town’s most famous exports is PalaKova, a sweet made from milk that is cooked for hours until it becomes a thick, caramel-like consistency. Visitors can sample this delicious treat at local sweet shops and take some home as a souvenir.
Peddapuram is also known for its thriving silk saree and handloom industry. Visitors can watch skilled weavers at work and purchase beautiful sarees and other handloom items at local shops and markets.
For those interested in history, Peddapuram has plenty to offer. The town was once referred to as Kimmuru by natives and was a Paragana within the Rajamundry Sarkar of Mughal empires Deccan subah. During the British rule, Sri Raya Jagapati was chosen to take over the estate in 1802. After Sri Raya Jagapati’s death, the three wives, Lakshmi Narasayyamma, Bucchi Seetayyamma, and Bucchi Bangaramma, ruled the estate in succession. Raya Jagapati’s widow Bucchi Seetayyamma, ruled from 1828-1835. She founded two trusts for the poor, one in Peddapuram and another in Kattipudi in East Godavari. Visitors can also explore ancient caves with the supposed footprints of Bhima (Pandavas) at Pandavula Metta.
Peddapuram is also home to some impressive educational institutions, including Sri Veerraju High School, which has been imparting elementary and high school education to many students without any profit motive. S.R.V.B.S.J.B. M.R. College, considered a very prestigious college, was established in 1967 by Sri S.B.P.B.K.Satyanarayana Rao, then Zilla Parishad chairman as the founder president in memory of Maharani of Peddapuram Samsthanam Peddapuram Kings Srimati Raja Vatsavayi Bucchi Sitayamma Jagapati Bahadur. In order to provide good quality modern education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas, without regard to their family socio-economic conditions, the Government of India established Navodaya Vidyalayas, on an average, one in each district of the country during the seventh Five Year Plan period and Peddapuram was selected to establish Navodaya Vidyalaya.
Getting to Peddapuram is easy, with APSRTC Bus Services available to Vijayawada and Hyderabad Cities. The nearest railway station to Peddapuram is Samalkot railway station which is 5km away. The nearest airport to the town is Rajahmundry Airport which is 35km away.
In conclusion, Peddapuram may be a small town, but it has plenty to offer visitors. From its delicious PalaKova to its thriving silk saree and handloom industry, there is something for everyone in this charming destination. So why not add Peddapuram to your travel itinerary and discover all that this hidden gem has to offer?