Colorful Etikoppaka Toys Of Artisans Of The Village

Etikoppaka hand made wooden Veena toy
Etikoppaka hand made wooden Veena toy

This delicate Veena is made of wood with a shining Lacquer finish at Etikoppaka. A small village in coastal Andhra Pradesh, some 65 km’s from Visakhapatnam. Located on banks of river Varaha, it has 200+ artisans. Who are engaged in making these handmade items from wood – toys, games, curios, containers, bangles.

Etikoppaka Toys.

Etikoppaka Wood & Lacquer Ware is their technical name. Various forums like National Innovation Foundation, crafts council of India and UNESCO handicrafts have recognized these artists by awarding them. I was very happy to know that local corporate organizations like Novotel Vizag are supporting these artisans. By using their products as corporate gifts.

To me, the toys looked very similar to the ones that come from Channapatna in Karnataka. Can someone tell me the difference, please?

Recommend you to read following Travel Blog on places to visit near Visakhapatnam.

  1. Araku Tribal Museum – Places to visit in Araku Valley.
  2. Borra caves – The caves with a hole at Araku Valley.
  3. INS Kursura Submarine Museum at RK Beach, Visakhapatnam.
  4. Araku Valley Bamboo Chicken Delicacy.
  5. Coffee Chocolates at Araku Valley.


  1. They look very similar to me as well. Whether they are similar or different, they are indeed very pretty.

    Glad to know that corporate organizations are using these products as corporate gifts.

    Where was it clicked? In the hotel?

  2. Yes, it looks very nice and would make a perfect giff for personal or corporate uses. I wonder how did they get the shine and luster which is not so common in organice colors and dyes. I hope the locals are not using any wax or chemical base colors.
    And as for the similarities, If I remember right this art form is not native to this area of A.P. It was taught to some tribals for a livelihood by one of the non profit organisations a few decades ago and was picked up fast by talented locals. Probably the toy making is derived from Karnataka region(just a hypothesis) before it was introduced to the locals. Now the ‘Ethikoppaka’ toys are an added attraction to the area.