From the temple, we made our way towards the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary of Visakhapatnam. As known from our previous experience that a considerable time is required to explore a wildlife sanctuary, we had our lunch at a local restaurant that came in our way. Without wasting much time there, we then headed towards our destination.
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary was affirmed as a wildlife sanctuary by the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment in the year, 2002.This forest that is spread over 7,146 hectares on the Eastern Ghats of Vishakhapatnam, harbors a number of rare species of varied flora and fauna. Though, its close proximity to the city does pose some degree of biotic interference to them.
We came to know that trekking is also done on the steep but gentle slopes of the open forest. Although, we were a bit tired with the morning physical exercise of trekking, but who would miss a chance to follow their passion…isn’t it?
We reached there in no time. The place was a rare sort of adventure in itself. There were many tourists who came to visit this natural park. It was an awesome experience to be in company of deer, peacocks dancing spreading their beautiful feathers, lovebirds. The forest also supports a number of wild varieties like that of leopards, though; we didn’t get to come across them.
We also enjoyed a boat ride to the reservoir of the forest and acknowledged the beauty of the place. There were some specially developed watch towers in the Park, from where, visitors can observe and cherish the chirping of birds and flocks of birds hovering over trees and water bodies. Moreover, many guides were enriching us with the importance and significance of various flora and fauna of the sanctuary, encouraging to preserve our atmosphere. Everyone, especially children were educating themselves with this amazing knowledge that is difficult to gain by mugging through textbooks.. We were thoroughly enjoying the visit.
Then came the best part of the park; the pleasure to undertake trekking over a vast spread of 4.5 kilometers of Kambalakond. This time, the five of us were together and had enormous fun.