Tamil Nadu’s forest department is developing 25 ecotourism spots in the state which will showcase biodiversity rich areas within reserve forests and protected areas where travellers can also experience local culture.

The project’s main focus will be to provide a sustainable livelihood option for local communities by getting them involved in the project. The state will use the proceeds from the promotion of tourism in these spots for their development and welfare. The department which has already begun work in four spots is likely to be completed by March 2015. Forest officials said these 25 community-based ecotourism spots in 10 districts have attractions like waterfalls, hills and sanctuaries.

“These sites are for those who can appreciate and enjoy the natural ecosystem. Our plan to improve these places because started out with the need to focus on their conservation while maintaining the integrity of the sites. We also hope to create awareness about conservation,” said principal chief conservator of forests and Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project (TBGP) Chief Project Director, Rama Kant Ojha.