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Bhavani Island gets new frills

P. Sujatha Varma
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Visitors go on a ride on the water roller near the Bhavani Island in Vijayawada on Sunday.— Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
Visitors go on a ride on the water roller near the Bhavani Island in Vijayawada on Sunday.— Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Imagine what fun it would be to walk, float or roll on water. This is possible now on the undulating waves of River Krishna.

The long-awaited adventure sports on the picturesque Bhavani Island are finally becoming a reality. The local officials of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) are bringing in a string of amusement activities for the fun-starved city folks.

The water roller, a12-feet-long cylindrical PVC structure with two or three persons inside, rolls on water and it gives a ‘walk-on-water’ feel to the riders inside. “As a precautionary measure, we give life jackets to the riders,” says Vamsidhara Kothala of Freakout Adventure Solutions, a Bangalore-based adventure partner of the APTDC.

Besides taking up repairs of the damaged play equipment like Burma Bridge and other adventure sports, completion of the amphitheatre and renovation of the restaurant and tree-top cottages, the Tourism Corporation has introduced exciting activities like high-rope activities between trees in the island, a climbing wall and vine traverse techniques.

Kids’ special

Traversing through a tyre structure or a horizontal ladder and doing a balancing act on a wooden plank can be fun for kids. ‘Jungle Gym,’ yet another new feature that involves overcoming obstacles, a novel catwalk, commando crawl, passing through a tunnel and following it up with a Tarzan swing, is aimed at providing loads of fun to kids.

“Jungle Gym is not just fun but it is also meant to provide an impetus to the children’s creativity and imagination. More importantly, these activities also increase the movement, coordination and strength of kids for better development,” says Mr. Kothala.

Besides, a 25-feet high wall is being put in place to enable adventurous souls to revel in the twin joy of rappelling and wall-climbing, akin to rock climbing. Introduction of archery and rifle-shooting are other highlights.

“Funds to the tune of Rs. 1 crore have been spent to repair, renovate and groom the tourist destination with added features,” says Babu Prakash of the engineering wing of the APTDC.

It might take a week to throw open the new adventure sports to the public, says Corporation’s divisional manager T. Baboji.


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