Merely 22km away from the Kakinada Beach, Coringa is a Wildlife Sanctuary as well as an estuary. It is home to as many as 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora. This sanctuary is also famous for being home to white-backed vulture, long-billed vulture, otters, Fishing cat, jackal, estuarine crocodile (found in the creeks) and sea turtle.
At Coringa sanctuary, one can walk through a serene forest area over walkways made of wooden planks spotting birds and listening to bird songs - one can find the experience exhilarating. Take a boat and you can glide through the tranquil waters spotting birds on the banks and enjoying the scenic views.
Many of the birds here are migratory ones, including seagulls, flamingos, pond heron, grey heron, sandpiper, little egrets, red-wattled lapwing, blue kingfisher, pied kingfisher, Brahmini kites, little cormorant, reef heron, crow pheasant, black-capped kingfisher, etc.
If you wish to stay within the sanctuary, there is a Forest Rest house (Tariff 1,000-1,5OO here. There are three cottages with attached bathrooms. Meals can be prepared by the caretaker. Contact the Range Office, Coringa WLS(Cell: 09440810238) for bookings.
Rajahmundry is the nearest airport.
Kakinada is the nearest railway station about 20 kms away from Coringa.
Coringa is at a distance of 20 kms from Kakinada and 70 kms from Rajahmundry. Local cabs and buses are available to travel to and fro from the wildlife sanctuary.
Timings : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
The best time to visit the sanctuary is October-May.
Draksharamam: Constructed by king Bhima of the Eastern Chalukyan Dynasty between 802 CE and 902 CE, the temple is one of the pancharama kshetras.
Biccavolu: Lord Shiva's temple, which is a temple complex built in the Dravidian style by the Eastern Chalukyas between the 9th and 10th centuries CE.
Annavaram: Annavaram is quite a picturesque destination with the Pampa River flowing languidly next to the hills.
Rajahmundry: Grammar and script of the Telugu language evolved in Rajahmundry, and so the city is colloquially referred to as the birthplace of Telugu.
Papikondalu Boat Cruise: When you're visiting Andhra Pradesh, taking a day-long boat cruise on the Godavari River should definitely be on your itinerary.
Rayali: A picturesque village filled within coconut trees and banana plantations, situated in the middle of the Vashista and Gautami tributaries of the Godavari River.
Uppada Beach: Kakinada Beach is also known as Uppada Beach. The beach has an inclined continental shelf and is one of the longest on the Coromandel coast.
Pithapuram Temple: The famous 10th-century temple complex at Pithapuram is considered a tripuranthakam (abode of three gods), for it houses the shrines of Puruhoothika Devi, Kukkuteswara Swamy and Sripada Vallabha Dattatreya Swamy.