Coringa is home to a beautiful sanctuary. It is at a distance of about 15 Km from Kakinada on Kakinada Yanam Road. Coringa Sanctuary, named after a tiny village Coringa in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh a part of Krishna Mangroves was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh vide G.O.Ms.No - 484. Forests and Rural Development (For.III) Department dated 5-7-1978 was to conserve the mangrove vegetation of the estuary, extending to an area of about 235 Sq. Kms. It is located between 16o-30' to 17o-00' N latitudes and 82o-14' to 82o-23'E longitudes.
Mangroves are salt - tolerant forest ecosystems of tropical and sub - tropical intertidal regions of the world. They normally occur between high water levels and near about mean sea level along the sheltered shores, estuaries, tidal creeks, back-waters, lagoons, marshes and mud-flats. Mangroves contain a highly specialised community of plants associated with animal species which are not capable of surviving in any other situations.
Mangroves occur in Andhra Pradesh in estuaries of Krishna River and the Godavari River. Andhra Pradesh has got an area of 582 Sq km of Mangrove forests, accounting for about 9% of local forest area of the State.
The fauna and flora found in these Mangrove forests is rather unique. This is because the mangroves provide certain unique conditions which are conducive to the growth of these plants and animals. 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 provide niche for mudskippers, crabs and molluses. The water in the forest supports a variety of animals like the smooth Indian Otters (Mud skipper, Crab) Jackal Monkeys and Fishing cat. 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 every year. Apart from these animals, mangroves invariably attract large populations of birds which feed on various organisms occurring in the mangrove forest and in the back water. Over 120 species of birds are reportedly found in the sanctuary. This sanctuary is easily accessible from Kakinada in the 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. The visiting season is from December to June and it can be accessed by boat as well as by foot.
Dowleswaram is best known for the Sir Arthur Cotton Museum located here. It was inaugurated in 1988 by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Nadamuri Tarakarama Rao. The Museum is located in the building which was previously under the occupation of Executive Engineer, Godavari Head Works Division Dowleswaram. This museum was started with an intention to educate the people about how the great Engineer Sir Arthur Cotton during those olden days constructed the mighty anicut across Godavari River and converted the lands of East and West Godavari District as very fertile. The Museum also narrates the construction of present Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage constructed with the advance engineering skill. A number of models collected from various places and projects have been exhibited in the museum to attract the visitors and to make them understand various items connected to irrigation works. Besides the above, a number of lawns, flower plants, croton plants, and decorative plants, in the garden around the Museum contribute to the pleasant Greenery. The museum is visited by a number of visitors from other states and countries as well as students of engineering institutions. The museum charges a nominal entry fee of rupee1.00 per child and Rs.2.00 per adult. Rupees five has been fixed as the price for photography.
Kadiapulanka, abutting the National Highway-5 and 20 Km from Rajahmundry is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits. Since the past four years, flower festivals are being organised here. Kadiam nurseries are spread over a radius of about 10 Km comprising the villages of Kadiam, Kadiapulanka, Burrilanka, Veeravaram, Pottilanka, Venkatayammapeta and Damireddipalli. The nurseries in Kadiam are as old as 100 years and at present there are more than 600 nurseries, the extent of each ranging from just 0.5 cents to 200 acres. In Kadiam nurseries alone, more than 25,000 people are engaged in the 600-odd nurseries. Nursery products from Kadiapaulanka are exported to every nook and corner of the country. The all India Nurserymen's Conference is organised at Kadiapulanka and it has become a mega event, with people in tens of thousands visiting the flower festival daily. The nursery is a must see visit in the tourism of the East Godavari district.
Another major tourist attraction of the east Godavari are the Maredumilli forests of East Godavari District. They have a rich biodiversity and the area has semi evergreen forests with undulating terrain, which forms part of the Eastern Ghats mountain range. The Maredumilli Community Conservation & Eco Tourism Area is situated on Maredumilli - Bhadrachalam road, nearly 4 Km. away from Maredumilli village. There are many streams flowing through the area over the undulating rocks in the deep woods. The Eco-tourism project is managed by the local indigenous tribal community of Valamuru, Somireddypalem and Valmeekipeta Vana Samrkshana Samithi people with the active support of Andhra Pradesh Forest Department. This also provided a unique opportunity to the native ethnic community to spread the message of conservation to the masses. The jungle star campsite is located adjoining the Valamuru River with the stream flowing on 3 sides overlooking the Vali-Sugriva Konda which is believed to be the battle ground of the Vali-Sugriva during the Ramayana period. As a part of Tourism Development Maredumilli Forest Rest House was constructed in the year 1914, the Forest Rest House is in Maredumilli Village with all facilities. The name of the rest house is Abhayaranya Forest Rest House. Suits are available here for stay of Tourists.
Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh started Eco Tourism Project at Maredumilli, Rampa Agency areas and at Massani thipa costal area with an intention of letting the people know about the development and protection of forest area of Kakinada Territorial Forest Division. Eco tourism at Rampa consists of the Amruthadhara Water Fall at Rampa Forest Area and the statue of Lord Shiva at Deep Forest of Rampa Forest Area.
Thus stated above are the various places of scenic beauty which form the major tourist attractions of the East Godavari district.
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