This is a small village situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 18 kms. from Visakhapatnam. Kapilamahamuni is said to have installed the image of Somalingeswara swamy in this village. So it was called Kapilakonda. Formerly fisher
men used to live in those places and they called it Apilakonda which is gradually became Appikonda
. It assumed religious importance owing to the existence of a Siva temple
containing a life size bull carved out of black stone. There are also other small temples around the Siva temple
but they are covered with sand dunes and their gopurams
along are visible. The Siva temple
contains inscriptions of the 12th century AD. These inscriptions mention that this village was granted by a Commander in chief of the Chodas for the maintenance of worship in the temple. The Sivaratri festival
celebrated here is attended by a large number of devotees.