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ZOO / NATURE PARK

ZOOLOGICAL PARK

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Visakhapatnam is located on the National Highway No.5, amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest and covers an area of 253 hectares 625 acres). This Zoological Park is named after The Former Prime Minister Of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It is surrounded by Eastern Ghats on three sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth side.  This is the largest zoological park in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It boasts of a rich collection of flora and fauna, including some exotic species of animals from Australia. Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about eight hundred are present in the zoo.  The Park opened its doors to the public on 19 May 1977 and today offers deer safari, has five enclosures for monkeys and primates, special dens for lions and tigers, six enclosures for deer and eight specially designed enclosures for small mammals. The main attraction of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is undoubtedly the big cats, in particular the white tiger.

The Zoo Park is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Visakhapatnam railway station. It has two Entrance and Exit gates oppositely. One towards National Highway 5 (India) and the other towards Beach road at Sagarnagar. It is open to public on all days of the week except Monday.

A Biosphere learning center and a Library are present inside the Zoo Park near the Canteen.

KAMBALAKONDA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Kambalakonda is a wildlife sanctuary in the eastern ghats. Located opp. to the Zoo Park, a small part of it is now converted into a nature park to promote eco-tourism.

Kambalakonda was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2002 to protect the flora and fauna in the region, as the ever-expanding city was threatening to engulf and swallow it. The sanctuary is situated in the eastern ghats, roughly extending to an area of 7,139 hectares and consisting of gentle to steep slopes. It is surrounded by several villages.

HISTORY:
The sanctuary is presently under the control of Andhra Pradesh Forest Department since March 10, 1970. Earlier the land was under the control of Maharajah of Vizianagaram. It was named after the local hillock Kambalakonda. It is a dry evergreen forest mixed with scrub and meadows and covers an area of 70.70 square kilometers. KWS terrain is hilly with steep slopes.  The KWS forest covered by dry evergreen forests is a home for different species of wild animals, birds and plants. The indicator species is the Indian leopard.

Flora: There is diverse flora and fauna in this sanctuary representing the Eastern Ghats. Floral diversity is high and includes Tectona grandis, Catunaregam spinosa, Grewia tiliaefolia, and Abrus precatorius.

Fauna: The fauna present in the sanctuary is Russell's viper (Daboia russelii), Indian cobra (Naja naja), chameleon, Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), treepie, quails, partridges, Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca), Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), chital (Axis axis), and Indian jackal (Canis aureus indicus).  Ornithologists recorded occurrence of different endangered species of birds such as Indian peafowl in this sanctuary.

It has a reservoir with a capacity to impound 2 lakh gallons to provide water to the animals.

Best time to visit KWS  
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year. Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information on safari packages, entry timings and fee etc.
Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM

ACTIVITIES: TREKKING / CAMPING / BIRD WATCHING / BOATING / RIVER CROSSING

Accommodation
Authorities of the KWS have provided excellent accommodation facilities in the cottages inside the sanctuary area. Visitors are advised to get in touch with the authorities of the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary about accommodation, tariff and other facilities.

Contact: Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Phone: +91891-6452 143+91891-6452 143.

How to reach
The Sanctuary is located 7.90 Km from Dwaraka Bus Station Complex. It is situated by the side of National Highway 5,  opp. to the Zoo Park.  City buses are available in plenty.  One can access the location by Auto Rickshaw/other vehicles very easily.

KONDAKARLA AAVA BIRD SANCTUARY

The Kondakarla Ava, One of the largest freshwater lake in the country and cradled in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, is situated at 50 Kilometer from Vizag on sankaram (Buddhist Place)- Etikoppaka (Craft Village)- Kondakarla Ava Circuit. It is a blessing from mother earth offering habitat for more than 100 species of birds and 25 fish varieties.

It is the second largest fresh water lake in the state after Kolleru, being the largest.  It has been recognized as Eco Tourism destination. It is home to an array of flora and fauna. Tt attracts large number of Birds from all corners of the planet.

The lake is spread over 1,832 acres between Munagapaka and Atchutapuram mandals, providing lifeline to 21 villages. The lake is fed by river Sarada, which flows through the eastern part of Visakhapatnam and empties into Bay of Bengal. The lake offers livelihood to a good number of inland fishermen, apart from catering to the irrigational needs of farmers in the surrounding villages. The lake irrigates around 3,000 acres of land.

As soon as you enter Kondakarla Ava the scenic beauty takes you over. The tranquil waters of a lake surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around provide a great escape from the air and sound pollutions of the city.  It was a popular holiday resort of the Vizianagaram Maharajas and the British in the pre-independence era.

One of the most excitng things to do is Bird Watching in Kondakarla. Birds coming from distant lands like Siberia will treat you with the charm of their own. You can also go for boating in the traditional fishermen boats, which is really exciting. About 2 km. away from Vadrapalli village is the ancient temple of Sri Dakshina Kasi Visweswara Swamy. The Shiva Linga here is the is the biggest crystal lingam in the world.  

How to Reach: The AP Road Transport Corporation operates one bus from Gajuwaka to Vadrapalli village everyday. There are no direct buses to Kondakarla. However, there are 16 buses plying from Anakapalle to Chuchukonda,which is about 10 kms. away from Anakapalle and two kms. away from Kondakarla village.

Time to Visit: Best time to visit is between November and February when migratory birds visit the lake in large numbers.