Hamsaladeevi – The Black River Terminus
Beginning her journey from the breathtaking Western Ghats and flowing through dense Nallamala hills, the Krishna river is the life giver to the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh, after a 1300 km journey, the Krishna finally meets the Bay of Bengal and that’s where we were headed from Machilipatnam, to Hamsaladeevi to see the river merge with the sea.
Hamsaladeevi is a village in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as "Swan Island". Hamsaladeevi can be reached by Bus from Vijayawada to Avanigadda which is the nearest big town. From here to Hamsala Deevi is 24km and other 4 km to Beach.(Sagara Sangamam is sea shore side 2km)
One can see the beauty of the River Krishna which merges in to SEA (Sagara Sangamam) at Palakayi Tippa. This place can be reached by road and the actual 'Sagara Sangamam' (confluence with the ocean) is a few kilometers away and can also be reached by road. The road ends at a beach (3 km from Palakayi Tippa) and one needs to travel further along the beach (not very safe late in the evening during the high tide) for about 2 km before reaching the confluence point.
There is a sign warning people not go more than a few meters into the water (the water at that point is apparently 30 feet deep) - there are cement pillars erected to indicate the safe area.
There is a building erected near the point and if one climbs it for a bird's-eye view, one can clearly see the river dumping water(of a slightly different color) and soil into the sea (which looks very blue in the afternoon sun). The confluence (along with the swans on the beach) is a visual treat for anybody who loves nature and it offers a deep spiritual experience for the religiously inclined
There is also an old Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) temple at Hamsaladeevi. People celebrate 'Magha Pournami' (February) as a holy day. That day 'Anna daanam' (food-donation) is done for who ever comes to visit this place.
A prayer at Venugopala Swamy Temple in Hamsala Deevi and the 4-km trek from there to the beach give many of them a life-changing experience.