SUBJECT : Ecotourism is the new buzzword in the state but the focus would shortly shift from popular destinations including major wildlife sanctuaries to smaller but attractive sites such as the Pakidi hills and Betnai

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Bhubaneswar, November 5, 2017: Ecotourism is the new buzzword in the state but the focus would shortly shift from popular destinations including major wildlife sanctuaries to smaller but attractive sites such as the Pakidi hills and Betnai at Aska in Ganjam.

"We have several wildlife sanctuaries, which draw tourists almost round the year. But, we also need to develop the smaller and, in some cases, less popular sites," said a forest department official, underscoring the need to develop quality facilities at such places for tourists.

The Pakidi hills and nearby villages are gaining popularity as a safe haven for peacocks. Ghumsar divisional forest officer (south) Bijay Ketan Acharya said Pakidi was a demarcated and protected forest and there was an eco cottage near Chermaria village in its periphery. The cottage is located strategically on the Berhampur-Aska road.

However, nature enthusiasts feel that more needs to be done to make places such as the Pakidi hills and Betnai, where black bucks can be seen roaming freely, more attractive for tourists with proper facilities and transportation.


Source: The Telegraph