Visakhapatnam: At least five firms have evinced interest in setting up water and adventure sports based activities in the Port City. Two firms are expected to commence operations soon, while the proposals of other companies are under consideration.
Bheemili Beach, Rushikonda, Araku, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda and Sagarnagar are expected to turn into water and adventure sports destinations, according to the information posted by the AP tourism department on the core dashboard of the state government.
Crescent Adventures is planning to introduce water-skiing including banana boats, jeep parasailing, and para-motoring at Bheemili Beach. The firm is also looking at introducing all-terrain vehicles, zipliners, Burma bridge and parasailing at Rushikonda. While the activities at Bheemili Beach are expected to take off soon, the adventure sports at Rushikonda are in the process of being grounded.
Freakouts Adventure Solutions Private Limited is introducing hiking, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling and zorbing in Araku. It has already launched trials operations.
India Xtreme Water and Adventure Sports is planning jet skies and towbals, water-skiing and speed boats at Rushikonda along with rappelling in Araku.
Visakha Boating has sought permission for wind surfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling, paddling, sail boats and houseboats at Mangamaripeta. The company is expected to start speed boats and pedal boats in collaboration with Livein Adventure and are close to grounding as per the information provided by the tourism department. In addition, Akshara Enterprises has placed orders for two hovercraft with a US firm and is close to commencing operations in the city.
“Vizag needs to have water and adventure sports as none of the beach areas in the state have such facilities as of now. We are already noticing a good number of tourists to the city and if we offer water sports, then we can draw more tourists to our city,” opined a city hotelier.
“The main factor will be the weather as the coast will be unfavourable during October and November, so the government should at least aim for the proposals to be grounded by December or January, when the tourist season picks up in the region,” he added.