Machilipatnam is a famous port town in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. It is well connected with other major cities of the city by road and rail. Sea transport is also available here. The famous Indian classical dance form, Kuchipudi originated at Kuchipudi which is near Machilipatnam. Kuchipudi is widely practiced and performed here. Being a port town, the main cuisine of Machilipatnam is delicious sea food. The city is also famous for sweet dishes like Bandar Laddu, Bandar Halwa and Musr Laddu. The Imitation jewellery industry is throbbing here. The imitation jewellery, Chilakalapudi Bangram of Machilipatnam is in huge demand.
Machilipatnam has a rich collection of tourist destinations. Many tourists come here to see the relics of Machilipatnam fort which is locally also known as Bandar Kota. An old light house is also a special tourist attraction. Apart from these, there are many temples here which attract lots of tourists and devotees. Some of the most famous temples here are, ‘Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple’, ‘R.pet’, ‘Kojjilipet’, ’Batchupet’ and ‘Sri Nageswara Swamy Temple’. Another pilgrimage site on the coast, called Dattashram dedicated to Lord Shiva is very popular here.
Machilipatnam has a very beautiful coastline. The beaches here have smooth blond sand, with clear water. The beaches are also very long and broad. The Palletummalapalem and Manginapudi beaches here are regularly visited by tourists and local people. The Palletummalapalem beach offers a scenic view and is also suitable for fishing.