Apart from having many pilgrimage centres to its credit, Kakinada also has wild life sanctuaries to give you the bliss of nature. Located about 20kms from Kakinada, Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is a home to many flora and fauna of rare species. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 235 square kilometres and its rareness lies in its location on the back waters of the sea.
This sanctuary is a part of Godavari mangroves and is a home to thirty five species of mangrove plants that belongs to nearly 24 families of different species. It was a park before and just to save the mangroves, it was declared as a sanctuary in 1978. Some rare variety of grass like Dalbagia spinosa, Derris trifoliate, Acanthus ilicifolius and many more are found here.
Animals like fishing cats, crocodiles, sea turtles, Jackals and estuarine crocodile can be spotted in the creeks. Various species of birds flock here, which is something interesting for bird-lovers. Some of the species include Crested Serpent Eagle, Scarlet Minivet, Indian Roller, Black Capped Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and White bellied Woodpecker. Otter, which is an endangered species, is found here.
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