To promote wildlife tourism of Karnataka and to make it the centre of attraction for worldwide visitors, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with State tourism department declared 2017 as “the year of the wild” on Saturday. Karnataka govt has sought the help of Minister of state tourism to revamp the transport, lodging and touring experience of global visitors.
Plans are there to tie up with 17 jungle resorts and 5 jungle camps to make the practice of green living. Western Ghat, also known as the paradise for trekkers, will be barred from the entry of trekkers without any permission and to facilitate the same 12 eco trails will be established with trained professionals for guidance. On ad hoc basis, with the help of tourist department, govt has uncovered 9 eco trekking routes until now.
Visitors at Malpe beach of Udupi and Mangalore will get more exposed to water sports like snorkelling, beach volley, wind surfing as they will be bestowed with more camps and sufficient surfing equipments. Govt is also optimistic with its decision on promoting the adventure activities like aero sport sky diving in Mysore and motorcycle tourism at Hampi. According to Director of tourism and IAS Dr N Manjula, to create the awareness on eco tourism, protection of wildlife and forest safaris, the Karnataka government has established an Eco-Tourism Development Board.
Meanwhile, eco-tourism zones have been identified and policies, which she mentioned as Green policies, are on board to be finalized for the same. To further popularise and to give an easy access to the places like Nandi hills and Skandagiri, some new routes have been opened for visitors near to city.
Unlike previous ones, these trails will be short with a motive of preserving the ecology of sensitive areas. On a move to digitalise all the above discussed information, Chief Minister unleashed a user-friendly mobile application of KSTDC. Currently, it has been launched on Android platform and soon will be available for IOS users.