Staff Reporter

Rs 29.55 crore sanctioned for creating facilities

Department to announce tourism packages soon

Nelapattu sanctuary is one among the places identified

NELLORE: If a tourist were to make a wish list of places, he or she should include Nellore as it has many attractions such as devotion-drenched places of worship, the vast Bay of Bengal, eye-catching saris and fabrics and a ‘must visit’ bird sanctuary.

Sensing the potential, the Government has decided to convert the district into one of the best tourist centres across the State. Accordingly, it has sanctioned Rs. 29.55 crore to convert Nellore into a tourist hub with an aim to woo visitors with attractive special packages, Information and Public Relations, Tourism and Culture Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy told The Hindu.

“The district Tourism Department officials have already sent proposals and the department will soon finalise packages with different tariff rates.The packages will be in different modes allowing tourists to visit all the spots in one go or select a few depending upon their choice.”

Main attractions

According to a senior official of the Tourism Department, the places of interest are 500-year old architectural splendour Sri Talpagiri Ranganatha Swamy temple situated on the banks of river Penna, the second largest brackish water lake in the country Pulicat Lake where there are migratory birds such as flamingos, grey pelicans, herons terns, etc. and the world-renowned Nelapattu bird sanctuary on the banks of Pulicat, which is a breeding ground for rare and endangered species like grey pelicans, open-billed storks, little cormorants, spoon bills, white lbises and night herons. Venkatagiri has lent its name to the famous hand woven saris.

Other tourist spots are Maipadu beach, dargah of Hazarath Karimullah Sha Khadri and the ancient Krishnapatnam port, which has been in existence from the days of the Chola dynasty.

The other places are Chengalamma temple at Sullurpet, the temple of Allagu Mallaru Swamy at Mannarpolur, Sangam barrage, Jonnawada temple, Somasila dam, Koduru beach, Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi at Pallipadu, Mosques at Anumasamudram Peta, Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy temple at Ramathirdham, Udayagiri fort and Penusila Narasimha Swamy temple at Penchalakona.