SUBJECT :Ecotourism is likely to be resumed in June at Chinnar in Udumalpet taluk as the forest department has organized training to forest dwellers in the district. 

Tirupur, May 28, 2019: Ecotourism is likely to be resumed in June at Chinnar in Udumalpet taluk as the forest department has organized training to forest dwellers in the district.

Though the department has started ecotourism three year ago, it was stopped due to several reason, including fire tragedy in Korangani reserve forest of Theni district. Ecotourism is continuing in places like Baralikadu near Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district.

Forest dwellers in Chinnar are happy that the forest department has decided to resume ecotourism in their area.

The special tourism package would include trekking for 2.5km in Chinnar, coracle riding on Kottaru river, where Chinnar and Pambaru river join, and a delicious lunch prepared by forest dwellers. The forest dwellers-all Pulayar community, a scheduled caste, would be guides in the trip and they would educate the tourists about trees and birds species.

“For the last two week, members of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - India trained 15 peoples from Thalinji and Kodanthur pulayar settlements on the ecotourism. Besides acting as guides, they would operate the coracles and prepare food,” a senior forest official said.

“The tourism would fetch the forest dwellers livelihood as they would receive wages for their work. The department has planned to open the tourism only on Saturday and Sundays. It would allow 25-30 people in a day, and the package, which may cost Rs 500 per head, should be booked online,” he said.

“The tourism was aimed at promoting nature and its safeguarding, and all the tourists would have to accept the term and conditions to be followed during the tour. With southwest monsoon around the corner, the tourism is likely to be resumed,” he added.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com