Encompassed by the Gosthani River on one side, the Bay of Bengal on the other and red dunes on the third side, Bheemunipatnam, also referred to as Bheemili, is located in Visakhapatnam. Bheemunipatnam is the second-oldest municipality in India. With ancient historic sites and cultural places of interest around it, Bheemunipatnam is a place full of surprises and has one of the most offbeat beaches in India.
- Find out about what makes Bheemunipatnam one of the best offbeat beaches in India
- Bheemunipatnam has history and culture and a terrific coastline
Offbeat beaches: The myth behind the nomenclature
Bheemunipatnam has a notable place in Hindu mythology. Although formerly known as ‘Ekachakrapuram’, Bheemunipatnam derives its present name from a certain ancient tale.
Bheema, one of the five Pandavas, supposedly defeated and assassinated Bakasura, a demon. It is a popular belief that the demon had been killed on Bheemunipatnam Beach. Hence, the place derived this particular name.
Bheemunipatnam’s deep roots in history
Setting aside the mythological tale, Bheemunipatnam has historical significance as well.
The British and the Dutch built several factories here during the colonial era.
Bheemili used to be an essential Buddhist centre. Concrete evidence of Buddhism has been found on the Pavuralakonda hillock. Some of these remains date back to the second century.
Near the beach stands the Bheemili Bheemeswara Swamy Temple, constructed in the early years of 1200 by Salivahana Saka.
Apart from the gorgeous scenic beauty, Bheemunipatnam is richly embedded in history and is a home away from home to history enthusiasts.
Five offbeat places to visit in Bheemunipatnam
Planning a trip to Bheemunipatnam? Then make sure to visit these five well-known tourist spots:
Narasimha Swamy Temple
On the Eastern side of Pavuralakonda stands the Narasimha Swamy Temple. Constructed by the Mindi Kings in the 14th century, this temple is a beautiful blend of religion and history.
The Lighthouse was built as early as 1868 and is one of the most visited lighthouses in the country. It acts as a citadel on the sandy shores of the Bheemunipatnam Beach.
Another place of interest for history lovers, the Clock Tower was built by the Dutch in the early eighteenth century, and was one of the most significant landmarks in those days.
Ross Hill Church
Ross Hill Church, also known as Hill Chapel, is a shrine situated on the summit of the hillock. This church is dedicated to three faiths and is frequented by those belonging to all castes and religions.
Erra Matti Dibbalu
On the coast of the beach of Bheemunipatnam is an area which comprises red dunes approximately eight kilometers wide and four kilometers long. The name Erra Matti Dibbalu is in Telugu and roughly translates to Red Sand Hills.
Apart from the sites mentioned above, you can plan a full day itinerary to Simhachalam, Rushikonda, INS Kurusura Submarine Museum, Kailashgiri, and RK Beach.
Where to stay?
You can ask us! Or you can also choose to stay at the KeertanaVanam Beach Resort, which is run by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority.
Best time to visit
The months from November to March are an ideal time to visit Bheemunipatnam since the weather is pleasant and devoid of the heat of the summer months and the torrential rains of the monsoons.
The distance between Visakhapatnam and Bheemunipatnam is around 26 kilometers and takes only about an hour to reach. This should get you packing your bags in no time to reach one of the most offbeat beaches in India!
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