Kondakarla Ava natural lake and bird sanctuary located towards south at a distance of 50 KM from Visakhapatanam. It has been recognised as Eco Tourism Destination. Tt attracts large number of Birds from all corners of the planet. Kondakarla Ava is home to an array of flora and fauna. The tranquil waters of a lake surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around provide a great escape from the air and sound pollution. It was a popular holiday resort of the Vizianagaram Maharajas and the British in the pre-Independence era. One of the most excitng things to do is Bird Watching in Kondakarla. Birds coming from distant lands like Siberia will treat you with the charm of their own. About 2 km. away from Vadrapalli village is the ancient temple of Sri Dakshina Kasi Visweswara Swamy. The Shiva Linga here is the is the biggest crystal lingam in the world. Visakhapatnam is about 60 km away. The RTC operates one bus from Gajuwaka to Vadrapalli village everyday. There are no direct buses to Kondakarla. However, there are 16 buses plying from Anakapalle to Chuchukonda,which is about 10 kms. away from Anakapalle and two kms. away from Kondakarla village. Best time to visit is between November and February when migratory birds visit the lake in large numbers.
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