CORINGA WILDLIFE 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 Godavari 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 in 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 - tolerent forest ecosystems of tropical and sub - tropical intertidal regions of the world. They normally occur between high waterlevel and near about mean sea level along the sheltered shores, estuaries, tidal creeks, back-waters, lagoons, marshes and mud-flats.
Where conditions favour the Mangroves may form extensive and productive forests in the sheltered coastal lines. The mangrovees contain a highly specialised community of plants associated with animal species which are not capable of surviving in any other situations. Mangrove occur in Andhra Pradesh in estuaries of Krishna and Godavari rivers. Andhra Pradesh has got an area of 582 Sq.KM.of Mangrove forests, accounting for about 9% of local forest area of the State, which amounts to just about 2% of the local geographical area of the State. Even the entire land under mangroves do not contain fully the Mangrove vegetation. The area includes forest of open blanks. Sandy patches and Mud-flats.
SIR ARTHUR COTTON MUSEUM (BARRAGE MUSEUM) DOWLESWARAM
Sir Arthur Cotton Museum was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Nadamuri Tarakarama Rao on 25.2.1988 and 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, 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 Districts as very fertile. The Museum also narrates the construction of present Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage constructed with the advance engineering skill.
Lot of Models collected from various places and projects were exhibited in the Museum to attract the visitors, and to make them understand various items connected to Irrigation works. An old anicut model true to its size together with 3 ft. falling shutters, rail track, and plough machine which was originally used for lifting shutters on the anicut.
The machinery of various types which were used at the time of construction of anicut (OLD) are also preserved and kept open for viewers. A model drawing depicting 4 arms of the New Barrage, with 3 Head sluices and 3 scour sluices is also an exhibit in the Museum. Sir Arthur Cotton at the entrance and statue of Cotton riding horse and beautiful fountain jalatarali are also feast to the eyes of visitors to the museum. A nominal entry fee of Rs.1.00 per child and Rs.2.00 per Adults and and Rs.5.00 per photography is fixed for visiting the Museum. Even with the above nominal entry fee an amount of Rs.3,000/- per month an average is being realised and Remitted to Government. Beside the above, number of lawns, flower plants, croton plants, and decorative plants, in the garden around the Museum contributes to the pleasant Greenery.
Probably this is the only Civil Engineering Museum Established and Maintained in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Besides distinguished visitors from Andhra Pradesh. Visitors from other states, and other countries are visiting the museum. This museum is being visited by the students of Engineering Institutions as a part of their Educational tours to understand the Engineering skills available in olden days the commitment of Engineers of yester years and present days also.
Rajahmundry is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits
Kadiapulanka, abutting the National Highway-5 and 20 Km from Rajahmundry is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits. It is only since four years that flower festivals are being organised thanks to the then District Collector, Satish Chandra, who took keen interest in the development of nurseries in these parts.
But in January 2003, 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. 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 India, there are about 20,000 nurseries employing 60,000 people. But in Kadiam nurseries alone, more than 25,000 people are engaged in the 600-odd nurseries. It was some 80 years back that one Ravi Chinna Rao started grafting of fruit plants and flowers as a hobby, but production on commercial lines was initiated by one Akula Subbarao, a name that is inexorably linked with the development of nurseries in these parts. Nursery products from Kadiapaulanka are exported to every nook and corner of the country. But export potential to foreign countries remained untapped.
Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh started Eco Tourism Project at MAREDUMILLI, Rampa Agency areas and at Massanithipa costal area with an intension of letting the people know about the development and protection of forest area of Kakinada Territorial Forest Division.
For the development of Tourism project two fiber boats were made ready by the forest department. For the sake of fishermen living around the coastal area of Massanithippa, the department started shopping complex for selling dry fishes and other yield brought from sea by the fishermen. Recently Mr. Harsha Kumar Member of Parliament has inaugurated the shopping the complex and fiber boats. The department also started road transport facility using mini van for the transportation of above said sea yield through the road transport. Mr. Pal Rayan, Representative of World Bank, inaugurated this van in the month of February.
The Maredumilli Forests of East Godavari
The Maredumilli Forests of East Godavari District are having rich biodiversity and the area is having semi evergreen forests with undulating terrain, which forms part of the Eastern Ghats.T he Maredumilli Community Conservation & Eco Tourism Area is situated on Maredumilli – Bhadrachalam road, nearly 4 Km. away from Maredumilli village. The area is having many streams flowing over the undulating rocks in the deep woods and any visitor feel thrilling experience in the Nature.
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. The project was successfully completed in a short span of time due to the commitment of the highly motivated community participation coupled with the timely financial assistance from the World Bank aided Andhra Pradesh Community Forest Management Project. This also provided 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.
The remarkable variation of the battleground with the presence of grass land, encircled by forests on the other hillocks makes the visitor to pay attention on the legendary story.
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.
Rajahmundry Town is the biggest town in East Godavari
Rajahmundry Town is the biggest town in East Godavari and it is a Divisional Head Quarters. Howrah Madras railway line passes through the town longitudinally and has two railway Stations namely "GODAVARI" and "RAJAHMUNDRY" Road cum Rail Bridge was constructed on river Godavari linking Kovvur and Rajahmundry is considered to be an engineering feat. It is Asia's Second largest Road cum Rail Bridge. The Town is connected with all Centers of the State with motorable roads.
Rajahmundry is first of East Godavari District to became Corporation. Rajahmundry with population of about 3 Lakhs, lying on the left bank of the river Godavari, located on National Highway, 560 Km. away from Madras and 520 Km. from Hyderabad, is not only an ancient town where rich literary activities flourished, but it is also an important commercial center. It came into existence even by 918 A.D.
STATUE LORD SHIVA AT DEEP FOREST OF RAMPA FOREST AREA
It is located at a distance of 60 km from Kakinada,20 Km from Rajhmundry and 110 km from Amalapuram. This is an ancient and historical temple and also a Vyshnava Divya Kshetra. The daily rituals are being performed according to Vyshnava - Vyghanasa Agama Sastra.There are two temples out of which one is Swayambuvu and another is Prathista Deity. The Swayambhuvu is situated in about 120 mts. height having about 615 steps which are very keen and because of this keen formation of the hill the village is named as "Korukonda".The deity which is a Swayambhuvu appears in a holy place at the top of the hill measuring about 9 inches.
It is really wonder and mankind could not be instate either the deity or any other stone which is about 120 mts. height, the temple which was constructed long long back have got much Silpa Soundaram around it.There are number of Sila - Sasanams appeared in the temple and as well as on the top hill of the temple. The temple was constructed about 700 - 800 years back and the family of Parasara Bhattar were looking the affairs of the temple and the same tradition is still being continued by recognizing the family members as founder trustee.
There is no doubt this is a very good looking place having site seeings through out the hill and steps. The great poet Sri Srinatha in his poetry prayed the God stated, this Korukonda is "Vedadri". This was supported by Sila - Sasanam which was found at Lakshmaneswaram Village, Narsapur Taluk, W.G.Dt. which related to 1443 A.D.
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