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Kondakarla Ava: a bird-lover’s paradise
For those interested in enjoying a boat ride in a lake with various types of birds chirping and colourful lotuses around, the Kondakarla Ava natural lake and bird sanctuary is an ideal spot.
Second largest lake in AP is environmentalist’s real delight
Visakhapatnam: For those interested in enjoying a boat ride in a lake with various types of birds chirping and colourful lotuses around, the Kondakarla Ava natural lake and bird sanctuary is an ideal spot. This natural scenic beauty is located south at a distance of 50 km from Visakhapatnam towards Anakapalli.
One is bound to have a pleasant feeling after a long drive to this place, which brings about a feel of the village with trees, green grass and the blowing unpolluted breeze. The freshwater lake is also home to many birds like flamingos, cranes, ducks and colourful birds migrating from various places.
This is not only a bird-lover’s paradise but also one of the favourite spots for those interested in bird photography. This place is also recognised as an Eco Tourism Destination.
Upon reaching the place, one can find a large, natural lake that seems to have no end, tempting the visitor to have a boat ride. Besides, fishermen at the villages nearby are always ready to give a ride on the boats prepared by joining two palm logs on which seating arrangement is made by placing a wooden bed.
Though such type of boating could make several persons nervous, one ride could erase this impression as the ‘boat’ is quite stable.
Moreover, one could pluck beautiful lotuses from the water even while on the boat. One could also visit a temple atop a hill on the other side of the lake. The journey to the temple takes nearly one-and-a-half hour.
“As it is part of our livelihood, there is no fixed price or any ticket system for boating here. It depends upon the season and in general, we get 40 people per day during weekends,” said Ramaiah, one of the fishermen who drive a boat.
“We find mostly people, along with their family and friends from Vizag visiting the lake, especially in this season,” he added.
The fishermen also go fishing mostly in the early mornings and also take up pisciculture during an appropriate season.
“This is one of the perfect places for bird watching and boating in a picturesque setting,” said Usha, a visitor.
By: Muttevi Sri Lakshmi