Andhra Pradesh

A treat in store for nature lovers

Visitors to the Kakinada Beach Festival can enjoy a boat ride in the Coringa wildlife sanctuary.

Visitors to the Kakinada Beach Festival can enjoy a boat ride in the Coringa wildlife sanctuary.   | Photo Credit: K_N_ MURALI SANKAR

Arrangements in full swing for Kakinada beach fest

KAKINADA: NTR Beach at Vakalapudi on city outskirts, Coringa wildlife sanctuary and the Hope Island are gearing up to welcome the guests for the four-day ‘Kakinada Beach Festival,’ which is coinciding with Sankranti and scheduled to be launched on January 12.

The East Godavari district administration is making arrangements on a large scale for providing entertainment to the people and earmarked a sum of Rs. 2.5 crore for the annual event. Though the festivities used to be confined to the Vakalapudi beach every year, the celebrations will be extended to Coringa and Hope Island this year, providing an opportunity to nature lovers to visit the lush green mangroves with rich flora and fauna and the naturally formed sandy stretch that turned into a protector for the city from the nature’s fury. People can enjoy the boat ride at the sanctuary from morning to evening and witness the process of egg-laying by the Olive Ridley turtles that come all the way from the Indian Ocean at Hope Island.

“This festival is not just for entertainment, but beyond it. Along with nature tours, we are also focussing on conducting food festivals with exclusive local cuisines and exhibition of handicrafts, handlooms and nurseries at the venue,” Collector H. Arun Kumar said on Tuesday.

Rare opportunity

“In normal course, we won’t allow people to watch the egg-laying. But, on the occasion of the Beach Festival, we are providing this rare opportunity,” said A. Sunil Kumar, Forest Range Officer (Wildlife). Those who wish to take part in the tour to Hope Island will have to buy the ticket of Rs. 1,200 per head (Rs. 500 for children in the age group of 10-15 years and there is no entry fee for children below 10 years of age) and board the boat at Jagannaikpur at 5 p.m. The return journey starts at Hope Island at 2 a.m. and the Forest Deparment would take care of food and temporary accommodation.

The district administration has already undertaken a slew of programmes to popularise the festival. Bicycle rallies and fashion shows have already been conducted, while a marathon will be conducted in the beach on Wednesday morning.

“Arrangements are nearing completion and all the departments are working with close coordination to make the event a grand success,” Mr. Arun Kumar said.

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