The annual Flamingo Festival at Nellore will be held on January 9th and 10th. Known for its niche appeal, the flamingo fest gives a rare opportunity for people like ornithologists, environmentalists, bird watchers, forest and tourism officials to view breathtaking spectacle of the gorgeous birds.
In the months of October to March each year, different species of migratory birds, roosting migrants and some rare and endangered species from various parts of the world visit the habitat in Nellore. Some of these are the Siberian Storks, Open Billed Storks, Night Herons, Egrets, Little Cormorant, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Spotted and Ring Doves, King Fishers, Painted Storks, White Necked Storks, Spoon Bills and other species of birds that gather in large numbers.
To make the fest an attractive fare, the district officials in Nellore have taken steps to give the necessary infrastructure in the villages of Sullurpeta and Nelapattu and Bhimulavaripalem for the convenience of visitors. They will also conduct a special campaign about the festival and take steps to make the fest a grand success. Cultural programs are also planned to be held for these two days.
The district administration to this effect has already constituted a food committee, cultural committee, protocol committee and exhibition committees and instructed to set up SHAR, animal husbandry, fisheries department stalls to explain achievements of the SHAR and other departments.
Food courts and drinking water facilities will be installed for the convenience of the visitors. For the first time, the district administration has contemplated to provide helicopter tourism facility for the convenience of visitors and has also identified a landing place for the helipad.
District collector M. Janaki has conducted a meeting with the district officials and instructed to make the necessary arrangements. She has directed them to conduct campaigns that explain the significance of Flamingo Festival to the common patrons. She instructed them to conduct cultural programs to attract the visitors.
Ms Janaki has explicitly instructed the officials to make necessary arrangements for supply of drinking water to the visitors and see that uninterrupted power is supplied during the two day festival.