Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Open Time: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Cost: Adults: INR 10,
Kids: INR 5,
Boating prices vary depending on the number of people.
Easy to reach, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is the home to as many as 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora and fauna. This sanctuary is famous for being home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture and long-billed vulture. It is easy to spot a sea turtle, seagull, estuarine crocodile, stork, heron among many other endangered species of fauna here. Coringa is known to be one of the favourites of eco-tourists. Take a boat ride to see the country's second largest mangrove forest.
Being an estuary of the River Godavari, Coring Wildlife Sanctuary has mangrove vegetation. There are 35 species of plants here which belong to 24 different families. The most prominent ones among these include Avicennia officinalis, Avicennia alba, Excoecaria agallocha, Ceriops decandra, Bruguiera gymnorhiza, Avicennia marina, Lumnitzera recemosa, Rhizophora conjugata, Aegiceras corniculatum, Rhizophora mucronata, Thespesia populneoides, Sonneratia apetala, and Hibiscus tiliaceus. The shrub species found here include Dalbergia spinosa, Derris trifoliata.
The mangrove vegetation of the sanctuary provides the feed for the significant number of birds residing here. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary houses many critically endangered and endangered species of animals like the long-billed vulture, white-backed vulture, Oriental white ibis, painted stork and spot-billed pelican. Almost 120 different species of birds have made this sanctuary their home among which some of the most common ones are the pied kingfisher, black-capped kingfisher, small blue kingfisher, pond heron, grey heron, reef heron, night heron, crow pheasant, flamingos, seagulls, purple heron, openbill stork, and little cormorant.
The climate is mostly hot and humid with temperature going as high as 47 degrees Celcius during summer months of May to June and falling to 14 degrees Celcius during winter months, from December to January. It is preferable to visit Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary anytime between October to May.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of around 18 km from Kakinada on the Kakinada-Yanam state highway.
Air: The closest major airport to Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Rajahmundry. It has direct flights from the major cities and connecting flight from others. Cabs can be hired from the airport to the sanctuary which will take around 1-2 hours to reach.
Rail: Kakinada is the nearest railway station about 20 km away from Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Taxies and state buses are available from here to the sanctuary.
Road: Coringa is at a distance of 20 km from Kakinada and 70 km from Rajahmundry. Local cabs and buses are available to travel to and fro from the wildlife sanctuary.
Sea: Kakinada is also the nearest seaport.
There are a few budget as well as luxury hotels available for accommodation around Coringa. Most tourists stay in Kakinada or Rajahmundry. There are also guest houses maintained by the forest department available for booking in Kakinada and Rajahmundry.
Boating is available from the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary to the mouth of River Godavari which is a must try activity here. The boat rides available here include Jet Ski (for 1 person), Speed Boat (for up to 4 people) and Slow Speed Boat (for 10 to 50 people).
Another major attraction in the sanctuary is the wooden walkway installed in the middle of the mangrove with a breathtaking view of the sea intermingling with the river.
It is suggested that you carry a bag pack with light snacks and water.
The wildlife sanctuary is best seen as a part of a trip to Rajahmundry or Kakinada. Spend an entire day exploring the sanctuary.
The sanctuary nests the olive ridley sea turtle in the month from January to March.
1. Wear comfortable footwear as a tour of Coringa will include a lot of walking.
2. Carry a bag pack with water bottles, some light snacks and first aid along.
3. Reach Coringa early so that by evening you cover most of it.
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