Fast Facts :
Situated : 20kms away from Kakinada and 70km away from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, (India)
Area : 235.70sqkm
Attraction : reptiles, salt water crocodiles
Apt time to visit : October-May
Type : Wild Life Sanctuary
Category : Outdoor
Coringa Sanctuary is situated close to Kakinada port in the East Godavari along the Bay of Bengal.Coringa Sanctuary is located at a distance of (20km) from Kakinada and (70km)from Rajahmundry.This sanctuary is famous for its salt water crocodiles and reptiles. The entire area of the sanctuary is that of the delta of the Godavari River.Coringa Sanctuary is place over an area of 235.70sqkm and is a part of the Mangroves of the Godavari River. This place was adjudged as a sanctuary in the year 1978 in the month of July to preserve extinct mangrove vegetation of the sanctuary.Coringa Sanctuary is a famous tourist destination and most of them come here to capture the glances of the furious looking salt-water crocodiles that rules the water of the forest.
The Artistic Setting :
The Mangroves are some of the extinct radical of salt kind plant species, which are found in the subtropical and tropical water regions. This contains an active eco system with a composite association of flora and fauna species of aquatic and terrestrial systems with rich vegetative source that leads to an evergreen type of forest. There are 35 species of mangroves in this sanctuary obscuring the rich shrubs, grasses, herbs and trees.
Mangroves provide with variety of ecological corners for different animal population needed. The parts of trees including branches, fruits, flowers, branches and leaves provides ecological corners to the fauna like insects, birds and mammals. The surface of the soils provides ecological corners to the mollusks, mudskippers and crabs. This Sanctuary has an 18km long sand spit in the Northern east direction, where the endangered species of Olive Ridley sea turtle nests during the month of January to March every year.
The natural habitat of the Coringa Sanctuary is worthy for the salt-water crocodiles. The water gushing inside the forests acts as the lifeline for the habitats of the forest. As your journey adjourns you will find animals like Estuarine, Jackals, Crocodiles, Otters, Fishing Cats, and this place is also a bird lovers delight as you will find birds like Storks, Flamingos, Snipes, Sea Gulls, Ducks, Pelicans and Herons. The major species of this forest are Sonneratia Aegiceros, Avincinia and Rhizophora.It is said that there are 120 species of birds you can avail.
Accommodation facilities are available at the Forest Rest House, Coringa and Rajahmundry.