Amaravati: The state government has decided to transform four famous tourist sites into major ecotourism centers by creating additional infrastructure for tourists. The existing Vana Vihari Ecotourism sites managed by the Forest Department will also be upgraded with new facilities. The tourism and forestry departments will work together on the new projects.
The state government’s emphasis on ecotourism is likely to make PA the best destination for tourists, as the state has many tourist attractions of scenic beauty across hills, forests, beaches and valleys. This is considered the unique feature as no other state has so many attractions in different prominent features.
AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) Chairman A Vijayaprasada Reddy said they are reading plans to convert Pulicat, Nelapattu, Koringa and Papikondalu as mega ecotourism centers to attract tourists even from abroad. Pulicat in Tirupati district is India’s second largest brackish water lagoon. The shallow lagoon is known for its diversity of waterfowl and is an important stop on migration routes. It is known as the third most important wetland on the eastern coast of India for migrating shorebirds, especially during the spring and fall migration seasons.
Similarly, Nelapattu, also located in Tirupati district, is a famous bird sanctuary spread over nearly 1,500 acres. The state government organizes a flamingo festival to promote tourism in the Lake Pulicat near the Nellapattu bird sanctuary. Koringa is a major tourist attraction amidst the mangrove forests in East Godavari district. Papikondalu, located on the Godavari River near the Polavaram project, is already a big destination for tourists in the state. The APTDC wants to develop it as one of the major attractions for tourists across the country by creating additional infrastructure for accommodation, transport and catering. “We plan to provide additional amenities for tourists so that they can travel safely to these ecotourism hubs,” said Prasada Reddy. He said that boating and hiking facilities will be created in these places. Hikes in the nearby hills are likely to attract nature lovers. In fact, the existing boat trips to Papikondalu are a big hit with tourists as they would always be crowded with visitors. “We have identified that there are no adequate facilities for tourists near the capture point of the boats for the trip to Papikondalu. We will prepare the infrastructure,” an APTDC official said.