Known as the second largest mangrove forest in east coast of India after Sundarbans in West Bengal, the Coringa Mangrove Forest is famous for its flora and fauna. The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary, named after a tiny village called Coringa in the state of Andhra Pradesh, covers an area of 235 square kilometers.
Mangroves are salt tolerant forest ecosystems of tropical and sub – tropical intertidal regions of the world.
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 Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. The mangrove plants have been categorized into thirty-five species that belong to a group of 24 families. The mangrove plants are salt tolerant plant species species such as Rhizophora, Avincinia, Sonneratia Aegiceros, and others. They normally occur along the sheltered shores, estuaries, tidal creeks, back-waters, lagoons, marshes and mud-flats. Mangroves occur in Andhra Pradesh in estuaries of Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Attractions include boat riding, walk on longest boardwalk with a length of 2.95 km, 45meter wooden jetty and a 45 meter long wooden food court along with a 15 meter long glass foot-over bridge on a small back water creek.
The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is home for as much as 125 species of birds that include the Crested Serpant Eagle, Scarlet Minivet, Indian Roller, Black capped Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and White bellied Woodpecker.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary supports bio-diversities such as Fishing Cats, Otters, Jackals, Sea Turtles, Sea Gulls, Storks, Herons, Snipes, , to name only a few.
Hope Island is a 18km long sand patch which formed in Bay of Bengal at a distatnce of 15 km from Kakinada city which is ever growing in its length and breadth. Hope Island is protecting the CITY of Kakinada from the harshness of rough seas. It is part of Coringa wildlife sanctaury and under the adminstrative control of AP Forest department. A unique feature of Hope Island is the nesting of the Olive Ridley-Sea Turtle in the months of January to March in the 18 kilometer long sand path in the sanctuary.
The best time to visit Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. 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.
HOW TO REACH
Road: It is well connected by road from the town of Kakinada through the Kakinada-Yanam route.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Kakinada.
Road: It is at a distance of 70kms from Rajahmundry and 20 kms from Kakinada by road. It is well connected by state buses.
The forest range officer, Kakinada Wildlife Management Range, Kakinada. Tel:0884 - 2345628
Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Management Division Opposite Govt.Arts college Rajahmundry.