Unwind at Maredumilli, Jagatipalli

In tune with the increasing demand for recreation and tourism, the Tourism Department has lined up a couple of projects to promote the ‘leisure tourism’.

As part of it, the department is constructing wooden cottages near Maredumilli and Jagatipalli hamlets in the forest area.

The State government has sanctioned ₹7 crore under Phase I for the construction of hill resorts at the Jagatipalli hill station of Seethampet mandal in Srikakulam district. Also, another ₹9 crore has been allotted for the development of the eco-tourism luxury resort at Maredumilli.

Tenders called

The department has invited tenders for the Jagatipalli project, while works were awarded to a private agency, Bangalore based M/s BEst Wooden House, for construction of houses at Maredumilli. The tourism authorities have been taking the measures so that tourists could stay at night in Maredumilli and Jagatipalli.

When contacted, Tourism Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena said: “In a bid to get the ball rolling to promote leisure tourism in a big way in the State, we have chalked out many plans and projects.”

People, who would like to see the flora and fauna of the forests in East Godavari and Srikakulam, would be thrilled if an opportunity to stay at night is provided. As a step in that direction, wooden cottages are being constructed.

These areas have streams flowing over undulating rocks in the deep woods and it would be an exhilarating experience for any visitor, he said.

Standard cottages

About 15 standard cottages were being constructed at Maredumilli. And, three luxury villas would also be constructed. A clubhouse and swimming pool were also part of the project.

At Jagatipalli, 12 rooms, restaurant, a reception block would be constructed at a cost of ₹27 crore.

The idea is to offer the best stay for people. Tourists can relax at the cottages.

Both Maredumilli and Jagatipalli are well connected by road from Rajahmundry and Srikakulam respectively, he said.

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