Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested to promote Buddhist tourist attractions around proposed Amaravati capital city. Conducting a review with Tourism officials, he asked officials to promote Nagarjuna Sagar (irrigation project), Nagarjunakonda and Buddhist monasteries at Amaravati in Guntur district, “Modernisation of islands and the Bhavani Island at Vijayawada with the help of Singaporean companies around Amaravati will attract tourists,” he said and added that forest lands in urban areas can be transformed to biodiversity conservation zones by establishing eco-tourism parks. He directed officials to develop a reservoir at Gandikota in Kadapa district as a tourist destination, which would also increase Kadapa airport’s air traffic.
He suggested to organise ‘Flamingo festival’ in Nellore district’s Pulicat and Nelapattu lakes and to set up eco-tourism parks in each district. The Kakinada-Konaseema tourism project can generate a revenue of Rs 300 crore with an investment of Rs 100 crore, he said, Officials were instructed to explore the possibility of organising safari rides at Visakhapatnam and Tirupati zoological parks. The Chief Minister said that six beaches in the picturesque port city of Visakhapatnam could be developed as tourism destinations, the release said. Officials informed that ten companies are keen on starting water sports at all state beaches and that 39 spots have been identified for promotion as beach resorts, the release said.Officials said that in order to boost temple tourism in AP, preparations are underway to organise sound and light shows at Kanipakam, Srikalahasti, Puttaparthi, Annavaram as well as Simhachalam, among others.