Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and estuary situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. After the mangrove of Sunderbans in West Bengal, the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary of Andhra Pradesh is the second largest mangrove forest in India. with 24 mangrove tree species and more than 120 bird species. It is home to the critically endangeredwhite-backed vulture and the long billed vulture. Coringa Sanctuary is an amazing scenic place to visit and is situated close to Kakinada city and is widespread over an area of 235 square Kms. Rich flora and fauna can be experienced in the Coringa Sanctuary. There are around 35 varieties of Mangrove plants which are present at this place. It is very famous for olive ridley sea turtle, estuarine crocodiles and fishing cats. A blend of entertainment and education is the best package to grab for summer vacation and the famous Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary on the Kakinada city outskirts is offering it. Coringa Sanctuary, named after a tiny village coringa in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.
The picturesque location offers an ideal location for tourists to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The tourism department has taken efforts to provide all necessary facilities to tourists. The forest rest house offers excellent accommodation facilities. The climate of the sanctuary is very hot and humid. It has temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 45 degrees. The sanctuary receives plenty of rainfall as well. It gets about 80% of the rainfall. In the north east monsoon it gets about 500 mm of rainfall. The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the months of October up till May. The weather here is very pleasant and breezy during these months. It is a delight to visit the sanctuary during this time as one gets to see the animals in their natural surroundings.
Attraction of the Place :
Flora & Fauna :
The Coringa mangrove is famous for its flora and fauna. The mangroves have got rich vegetation because of the presence of the river Godavari. The Sanctuary in the estuary of river godavari has rich mangrove vegetation. Thirty Five Plant Species are present in this sanctuary belonging to twenty four families. The plant species that are commonly found are: Avicennia officinalis, Avicennia marina, Avicennia alba, Excoecaria agallocha, Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops decandra, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Lumnitzera recemosa, Sonneratia apetala, Rhizophora conjugata, Aegiceras corniculatum, Thespesia populneoidesand Hibiscus tiliaceus. There are shrubs as well like Dalbegia and Trifoliate.
The fauna found in mangroves is unique and cannot survive in any other ecological situation. The sanctuary possesses a wide variety of birds, because of the feed available in the backwaters of the mangrove forest. During low tide, some of the areas are exposed (elevated mud flats) having small fishes, shrimps and mollusks. These attract avifauna for feeding. Some critically endangered species like the white-backed vulture and the long billed vultureare present in the sanctuary. The park also has a few endangered species also living here. Animals like the vulture, the long billed vulture and the Pochard are also found here. There are around 120 different species of birds that are found here. The sanctuary is home to a lot of mammals and birds. The park also has a fair quantity of turtles and crocodiles.
Apart from its rich population of mangrove and avian fauna, Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary;also boasts of plenty of Golden Jackals,;Sea turtles,;Fishing cats,;Estuarine Crocodiles and well bred communities of smooth-coated otters. The salt water crocodiles living in the region are the best attractions of the sanctuary. ;The 18 km long sand pit within the sanctuary
Best Time to Visit :
The best period to see Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is from May to October. During peak tourist season, wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy the facilities of 20 seater boats and colorful pedal boats. This 40-minute boat ride gives them an opportunity to experience mangroves at close quarters. The entry fees for this amazing eco-tourism spot are fixed at INR 10 for elders while kids have to pay 1NR 5 only. The charges for different boats are set by the operators and vary according to the seasons. You can avail their accommodation to enjoy the thrill of bird watching as well as wildlife safari early in the morning
How To Reach :
By Air : The nearest airport to Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary;is Rajahmundry. It is at a distance of 70kms from Rajahmundry
By Rail : Kakinada is nearest Railway station, Which is 20 km away from Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
By Road : Located a distance of 70 km from Rajahmundry and about 20 km from Kakinada, The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary;is easily accessible by road. It can be accessed by the Kakinada-Yanam route using state buses or private taxis
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