Tamil Nadu to promote eco-tourism through forest development

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Tamil Nadu government, in its efforts to promote eco-tourism, has decided to develop two forest locations in the district and enlist the services of tribal people as ‘eco-guides.’

Development of ecotourism at Kalikesam and Pechiparai will be the primary areas of focus under the government’s new initiative ‘Tamil Nadu Bio Diversity and Greening Project’.

At Kalikesam, provision of eco-tourism infrastructure has already begun. Kani tribal living in 47 settlements and who know the topography very well would act as guides to nature lovers and also provide food to them. A select few among them would be trained to act as eco-guides.

The state government had sanctioned Rs 80 lakh to develop ecotourism, the main features of which would include coracle ride, ‘eco-huts’ for camping, awareness centre, nature trails, river bathing and eco-canteens. This will benefit development of forest and wildlife while attracting nature lovers.

District Forest Officer, Kanyakumari, said the initiative is completely a community based eco- tourism model.

Eco-tourism earnings will be used for camp maintenance, conservation of ecosystem and for tribal community development, he said. Work is proceeding at ‘Zero Point’ as well and it will be launched in two to three months. Kalikesam will have coracle ride and Pechiparai bamboo rafting, he added.