The Andhra Pradesh government is mulling to set up a ‘Monastery Boulevard’ where Buddhist monasteries can be built, like in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya to makes its proposed capital city Amaravati, coming up near Vijayawada, as an international tourist destination. Here Buddhists from countries across the world can build their monasteries.
According to Chief Minister N Chadnrababu Naidu 13 heritage tourism spots have been identified for being developed as tourist destinations. As a part of it, the Kakinada-Hope Island-Coringa Sanctuary-Konaseema would be developed as tourist circuit.
The focus of the circuit will be Godavari backwaters, house boats, mangrove forest, beaches and local cuisine, arts and culture in the East and West Godavari districts. As part of this circuit, the2,000 hectare mangrove forest of Coringa will be developed into an eco-sanctuary zone. The mangrove forest, the only one on the East Coast, is the second largest in India after the Sunderbans, the release said.
This circuit will envisage a passenger terminal with jetty, water sports, marine or Water Park, maritime museum, sea-plane rides, home-stay facility and convention centre. “We can have 5-6 passenger terminals with jetty across the state. And, e-rickshaws can be introduced to ferry passengers around the tourism spots,” the Chief Minister said.
To give a major boost to tourism in Godavari districts, the government is working on the “Akhanda Godavari” project. “From Godavari’s scenic beauty to food and locally-made products like Ratnam Pens, everything has to be branded and promoted,” Naidu said, suggesting that Rajahmundry could become the hub of activity of both the districts.
Regarding the coastal tourism circuit at Nellore, the government has identified 10 tourism projects such as Pulicat Lake, Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Udayagiri Fort and few beaches for developing them as tourist destinations. During the meeting, the chief minister also suggested officials to work on a plan to set up resorts and entertainment areas not vulnerable to natural disasters.