Travel to Konaseema, Pristine and Virgin Beauty at its Best
Konaseema in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA has emerged as the latest hotspot of tourists. The backwaters of Godavari River in the lush green Konaseema, is not just luring people from Andhra but also visitors from all over the country. Konaseema is situated in the Godavari delta between rivers Goutami and Vasishta; a beautiful land of breathtaking beauty and coconut gardens that brings alive the varied charm of Mother Nature. There can be no beautiful journey than a cruise down the gentle waters of river Godavari and marvel it’s untamed, pristine and virgin beauty of this magnificent place.
Konaseema is an oasis of enchanting beauty, peace and tranquillity that is a dream tour destination for all. Its magnificent landscape, artistic temples, lavish greenery, lustrous coconut grooves and fields and its resilience takes your breath away. Whether you’re travelling by train, boat or bus, a glance at the surrounding countryside is enough to capture the cultural wealth and geographical variety of this paradise on earth.
Konaseema is surrounded by other beautiful destinations like Dindi (A village in Konaseema, where APTDC has its Resorts & Boating area), Papi Kondalu (Papi Hills / Papikondalu), Kolleru Lake, Maredumilli Forest (Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary), Mangrove (Mada) Forest (Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary).
It is a confluence point of Sabari river with Godavari River. A delightful hill that has an exotic collection of flora and fauna and its feast of colours is a treat for naked eye. Its scenery is equivalent to Kashmir’s scenery. The jungles in the hill are inhabited by colourful tribal people and a fine temple dedicated to Lord Yoga Rama. People believe that Lord Rama used to be under Yoga Samadhi while he was spending the days in Dandakaranya.
The beautiful scenery of Papi Hills, the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal village give a pleasant look and peace to visitors, making it a special attraction for tourists. The idol of Lord Shiva under serpent shade was installed in Munivaatam. Legend says that Papi Hills is a place where all sins are cleansed.
A blend of entertainment and education is the best package to grab for summer vacation and the famous Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary on the city outskirts is offering it. The community-based eco tourism (CBT) package from the Forest Department is providing an opportunity to the public to go deep into the mangroves on the newly laid interior roads, besides enjoying a boat ride till the sea-mouth.
“The response to the eco-tourism package is impressive. We are witnessing huge rush on holidays and weekends,” says Y. Kalpana, Forest Beat Officer, posted at Chollangi. Swings, ramps and other play equipment have been arranged for children at Chollangi, besides construction two rest houses for those who prefer daylong stay in the sanctuary. “Pedal boats and 20-seater boats are available here for those who wish to go boating. The boating provides an opportunity to have a very close glimpse of the mangrove for about 40 minutes,” she says, while giving the details of daylong boating facility. The entry fee for eco-tourism is Rs. 10 per head for elders and Rs. 5 per child. Various boating packages are available that range from Rs. 400 to Rs. 2,500 per boat of a capacity of 20 persons.
“Coringa is the right place to take children for an outing. A tour in the mangrove helps children know about the importance of protecting the nature and environment,” says L. Seshu Kumari, convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Heritage (INTACH).
Coringa Sanctuary is located near Kakinada port in East Godavari District along Bay of Bengal. It is at a distance of 20-km from Kakinada and 70-km from Rajahmundry by road. It is renowned for reptiles and the most famous ones are the salt-water crocodiles. The total area of sanctuary is part of delta of the river Godavari. It covers a total area of 235.70-sq-km and forms a part of the Godavari mangroves. It was declared as a sanctuary in July 1978 to conserve the mangrove vegetation of the estuary.
Mangroves are a group of salt tolerant plant species, which occur in the tropical and subtropical initial estuary regions. Mangroves constitute a dynamic ecosystem with a complex association of both floral and faunal species of terrestrial and aquatic systems and the vegetation in this forest is of evergreen type.
Mangroves provide different kind of niches for a variety of animal populations required. The crowns of trees including trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits provide niches essentially, to terrestrial fauna like birds, mammals and insects. The Soil Surface of mangroves provides niche for mudskippers, crabs and molluscs. The Sanctuary has a unique distinction of having an 18-km long sand spit in the North Eastern side, where the species of olive Ridley sea turtle (endangered species) nests during January-March of every year.
The habitat is suitable for the salt-water crocodiles. The water in the forest supports a variety of animals. One can find animals like the Fishing Cats, Otters, Jackals, Estuarine Crocodiles, Sea Turtles and birds like Sea gulls, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Snipes, Ducks and Flamingos. The main species of mangrove forest are Rhizophora, Avincinia, Sonneratia Aegiceros.
Location : 20-km From Kakinada And 70-km From Rajahmundry, East Godavari District.
Coverage area : 235.70-Sq-km.
Main attractions : Salt-Water Crocodiles.
Best time to visit :
December to June, By boat and By foot.
How to Reach
This sanctuary is easily accessible from Kakinada. East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, The Kakinada town is well connected by rail and road. The sanctuary can be visited from places viz;Chollangi, Matlapalem or Ramannapalem which are located on Kakinada to Yanam Road about 10 – 15 Km. distance from Kakinada
— By Rail : Nearest railway station is at Kakinada- 20 km.
— By Air : Nearest Airport is at Rajahmundry.
Forest rest house at Coringa & Rajahmundry.
Forest Rest Houses are available at :
Kakinada. Contact:Division Forest Officer (Territorial), Madhavanagar, Kakinada, Phone no: 0884 – 2379381 or Phone no: 0884 – 2367460
Rajahmundry. Contact:Division Forest Officer, Wildlife Management Division,Opp. Govt. Arts College, Rajahmundry-3. Phone no: 0883 – 2448643
The conservator of forests,
Phone no: 0883 – 2444247
Divisional Forest Officer,
Wildlife Management Division
For Customized Packages to visit Konaseema
Please contact Konaseema Tourism at 8008 727 111 or 8008 727 222
Posted on March 28, 2012, in Travel and tagged Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, East Godavari District, Godavari River, Kakinada, Konaseema, Papi Hills, Rajahmundry. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.