Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

 Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. The sanctuary is a part of Godavari river. A unique feature of this sanctuary is that it is located on the back waters of the sea. The sanctuary has a rich growth of mangroves.

Animals such as otters, fishing cats, jackals, sea turtles and estuarine crocodiles are found in the creeks. Birds such as snipes, ducks, sea gulls and flamingos are common.

The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary, Coringa is situated in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The region covers an area of 235 square kilometers. It was declared a sanctuary in the year 1978. Situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kakinada and 70 kilometers from Rajahmundry, the Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is easily accessible.

The sanctuary is formed in the delta and estuary region of the River Godavari. The government declared the region a sanctuary to conserve the natural mangrove vegetation that grows in the region.

The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. The mangrove plants have been categorized into thirty-five species that belong to a group of 24 families.

The mangrove plants have adapted themselves to the environment in which it grows. The sanctuary also has a heavy growth of shrubs and herbs.

A unique feature of the sanctuary is the nesting of the Olive Ridley-Sea Turtle in the months of January to March in the 18 kilometer long sand path in the sanctuary.

The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary also a collection of 125 species of birds that include the Crested Serpant Eagle, Scarlet Minivet, Indian Roller, Black capped Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and White bellied Woodpecker.

The best season to visit the Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. The temperature of the sanctuary is usually high and humid. The tourists may avail the forest rest houses at Kakinada and Rajahmundry.

A visit to the Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary, Coringa will give the tourist the perspective of the rich flora and fauna of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The mangrove vegetation in Godavari mangrove ecosystems encompass from giant forests of Avicennia officinalis and Sonneratia and the other species include Avicennia marina Excoeras agallocha, rhizopora apiculata, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Ceriops roxburghaina, Aegiceras corniclatum and Lumnitzera racemosa.32 species of mangrove and mangrove associated plants belonging to 26 genera and 18 families are recorded in Godavari mangrove ecosystem.

Godavari mangrove ecosystem has 27 groups of zooplanktons.

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