With a mission to improve the experience of tourism in AP, the state govt had added few more feathers to the cap. The five lighthouses on the coastal Andhra have been identified to be developed as important tourism destinations.
Identified by the Director General of Lighthouses and Lightships, these five lighthouses will be extensively developed and promoted as part of AP Tourism to the world.
The five important lighthouses that have been identified by The DGLL are
Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district
Santapalli in Vizianagaram District
Sacriment Lighthouse in Kakinada
Vakalapudi and Antharvedi in East Godavari district
Interestingly, there is no inclusion of the lighthouse of Vizag.
These lighthouses are planned to be developed in a public-private partnership. The project becomes an important part of the overall plan to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under PPP mode.
Proposals Made By DGLL For Lighthouse Attractions
The tourism in these prime lighthouse locations will comprise of
Heritage themed resort,
Sound and light / animation show,
Restaurants and food courts
Souvenir outlets and
Amphitheatre for live performing arts
Plans are on to organize a road show in Visakhapatnam on Saturday to get the attention of the interested parties who are viable to contribute to the project.
There are 189 lighthouses that are present at the coastline of India. These lighthouses are not just basic navigational aids for mariners but connect deeply with the maritime history and symbols of maritime heritage. In fact, each lighthouse has its own story to tell the world.
The lighthouses in India are either manned by the ports or the DGLL, a subordinate department under the Union Ministry of Shipping. DGLL is primarily responsible for provision of general aids to mariner navigation on the coasts of India.