It was a short drive from the station to Hotel Regency which impressed us at the first sight. Its ambiance was beautiful and in course of our stay we found service by the hotel staff lent that important personal touch to guests. Even as we checked in the front office manager suggested we grab a bite as the closing time for breakfast was nearing. The wide spread comprising both north Indian and South Indian dishes was absolutely delicious (not spicy as we expected food in Andhra hotels to be).
Among the various tourist attractions Rajamundry boasted of, a day long cruise to Papi Hills was first on our itinerary. The journey by boat commenced from Patti seema, a distance of 35 kilometres from our hotel. The nearly five kilometer drive through the Rail cum Road bridge connecting Rajamundry in East Godavari and Kovvuru in West Godavari and the sight of the smoothly flowing river on either side was simply awesome. ‘The bridge is the first of its kind in the whole of Asia,’ informed the driver with pride. Its structure reminded me of the Europa Brucke which passes through mountain ranges near Austria and its sight is still etched in my memory. Both these bridges are marvels considered to be an engineering feat. My excitement ended soon when a bumpy drive started because of long stretches of bad road. The driver engaged us throughout the 90 minute journey talking on everything from corrupt politicians, films, the site of their shooting, to media. He was quite scathing about how media had totally become commercial and journalists, especially the tv channels were indulging in Paid news, not bothering to highlight real issues and problems of the common man. His analysis and knowledge of politics prevailing in the State just amazed us! …to be continued
n.meera raghavendra rao