The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary, Coringa is situated in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The region covers an area of 235 square kilometers. It was declared a sanctuary in the year 1978. Situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kakinada and 70 kilometers from Rajahmundry, the Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is easily accessible.
The sanctuary is formed in the delta and estuary region of the River Godavari. The government declared the region a sanctuary to conserve the natural mangrove vegetation that grows in the region.
Flora and Fauna – 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 have adapted themselves to the environment in which it grows. The sanctuary also has a heavy growth of shrubs and herbs. A unique feature of the sanctuary 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 Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary also a collection of 125 species of birds that include the Crested Serpant Eagle, Scarlet Minivet, Indian Roller, Black capped Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and White bellied Woodpecker.
Major Wildlife Attractions – The Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary provides habitats to numerous endangered and protected species of animals and plants. The dynamic mangroves ecosystem of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary supports biodiversities such as Fishing Cats, Otters, Jackals, Estuarine Crocodiles, Sea Turtles, Sea Gulls, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Snipes, Flamingos, to name only a few. However, the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is renowned for its Salt Water Crocodiles. Numerous species of salt tolerant plant species constitutes its flora, which include tropical and subtropical floral species such as Rhizophora, Avincinia, Sonneratia Aegiceros, and others. Over 120 species of birds are found in this wildlife sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit – the Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. The temperature of the sanctuary is usually high and humid.
How to Get there
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.
Sea: Kakinada is also the nearest port alongside the Bay of Bengal.
General Info / Tips
The tourists may avail the forest rest houses at Kakinada and Rajahmundry.
The climate of the region is characterized by dry, hot, and humid weather with an average rainfall of 2.5mm in a year. Maximum temperature shoots upto 47 degree celsius in summer during the period between May and early June and the minimum temperature dips down to 14 degree celsius in winter during the period between December and January.
Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
Nearest Access: Kakinada (20 kms.)
Wildlife Found: Sea Turtles, storks
Coverage Area: 235-sq-kms