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TATIPUDI RESERVOIR

Located at a distance of 65 Kms from Vizag, 55 Kms from Araku, the Tatipudi Reservoir is located near Srungavarapukota (also called S.Kota in short) town situated between Vizag and Araku in Vizianagaram district.

The Reservoir was built in 1963 across Gosthani River, which originates from the Borra Caves, to provide drinking water facility to the Vizag City. This location is very beautiful with lush green mountains on all the sides. Boating facility is available. Several migrant birds make this reservoir their home in the months of April/May.

The Reservoir is about 10 Kms from S Kota. Private vehicles can be hired from S.Kota town to reach this place. This place can be visited while going to Araku or during return to Vizag.

Biological Heritage Site:
Biological Heritage Sites (BHSs) is the name given to the most important non-statutory wildlife sites. They contain valuable habitats such as ancient woodland, species rich grasslands and bogs. Many provide a refuge for rare and threatened plants and animals. BHSs form an irreplaceable part of our environment and are a major part of the strategy to conserve the biological richness of the world. Local authorities are required to identify and provide for the protection and enhancement of the natural heritage within their areas. As part of their planning function they have a responsibility to take account of sites of significant nature conservation value. Andhra Pradesh Biodiversity Board has recognized 17 Biological Heritage Sites in Andhra Pradesh Basing on the mandatory criteria as per Section 37 of the Biodiversity Act (2002). Tatipudi Reservoir area is one of the listed BHS.

At this reservoir one can observe the 'Masked Finfoot' (The Masked Finfoot or Asian finfoot, is an aquatic bird from the fresh and brackish wetlands of the eastern Indian subcontinent, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia) and the 'Sociable Lapwing' (The Sociable Lapwing or Sociable Plover is a critically endangered wader in the lapwing family of birds).

Details of the Project:
Tatipudi Reservoir Project was constructed across Gosthani River during 1963-1968.[6] The Project is aimed to irrigate a total ayacut of 15,378 acres (62 km2) in Vizianagaram District and to provide drinking water to Visakhapatnam City. The Project utilizes 3.325 TMC of the available water and the reservoir storage capacity is about 3 TMC. The Cost of the project is Rs. 1.820 crores. The Ayacut of 15,378 acres (62 km2) has been stabilised in Gantyada, S.Kota and Jami Mandals of Vizianagaram District.
 
What to do:
Take a boat ride from main entrance to the interior islands.  AP Tourism has constructed cottages for stay. Climb up the nearby hill to have a gorgeous view of the entire landscape. Adventurists can hire raw boats and go to interior tribal villages. It also provides some scenic locations for film-makers to picturise.

YERRAMATTI DIBBALU

"Erra Matti Dibbalu" in Telugu, meaning The Red Sand Hills near Bhimli, with the occasional patches of green trees silhouetted against the sky are a tourist's delight. On the Bay of Bengal coast, to the south of the Bhimunipatnam ridge, is an area comprising deeply gullied red sand dunes. You can look it up in Google Earth at (17 52.078' N, 083 25.845 E).   Scientists believe that the red dunes had formed during the quarternary era, i.e. 1.8 million years ago, during which sea level oscillations and subsequent rapid climatic changes contributed to arid conditions and thereby formation of the dunes.

They are unique because of the rarity of such gullied red dunes formations of which only three remain in South East Asia. Nature, the great artist has gifted us these sublimely beautiful formations and it must be enjoyed with care. The famed red sand dunes have also been attracting filmmakers from different States of the country for the past several years.