Kondakarla Ava in Visakhapatnam beckons tourists

Kondakarla Ava which is located 60 kms away from the city, was once the preferred picnic destination of the Vizianagaram kings and the British officials in the pre independence era. The state tourism department is all set to develop the area to make it a perfect tourist destination once again.

Kondakarla Ava, a large freshwater picturesque lake cradled in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, is surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around. The area provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Spread over 1,832 acres between Munagapaka and Atchutapuram mandals, Kondakarla Ava is a favoured spot for migratory birds and innumerable exotic Indian species.

The lake, which provides a lifeline to 21 villages, is fed by river Sarada, which flows through the eastern part of Visakhapatnam and empties into the Bay of Bengal. This is an area of rich aquatic biodiversity with lotus categories of water plants. Various types of migratory birds are also found in the lake providing a pleasant view to the bird watchers.

The authorities have arranged canoes made from the palm tree logs. The period between November and February is the best time to spot migratory birds in the region. The pristine freshwater lake is a habitat of about 100 species of birds and 25 fish varieties.

The tourism department has also arranged play area for children and parking lots for vehicles.