Vizag, popularly called as ‘City of destiny’ with its resplendent natural beauty is all set to attract more tourists who are nature lovers and eco-friendly as per the AP tourism policy. With its pristine green along the Eastern Ghats with coffee plantations and Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, it is indeed ready to create a bench-mark as the best eco-tourist happening places in the world.
Towards this, new nature camps will be set up along with the starting of wildlife safaris. Apart from this, trekking and cycling trails will be created at major eco-tourist destinations. All this and more will create a low-impact on the environment, have a high-involvement of tourists, and benefits for local communities.
The government of Andhra Pradesh is in full vigor for putting special focus on developing nature and eco-tourism destinations. Towards this end, the AP Tourism department chalking out all plans by working closely with the forestry department to create a state-level body exclusively for the development of eco-eco-tourism. Thus, the new focus areas will be SV national park, Papikondalu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nallamala Wildlife Sanctuary, and Araku Valley in the Eastern Ghats.
For the trekking enthusiasts, safe routes will be identified and the routes will be created with steps, markings, amenity centers. For the ease of tourists, training will be undertaken for local youth as tourist guides. For cycling in groups, safe routes will be encouraged and Mechanisms will be put in place for ease of obtaining permissions through online application
Commenting about the AP government’s eco-tourism initiative, K Vijay Mohan, President of AP Tours and Travel Association said ecotourism as a concept is quite interesting and allows you to get one step closer to nature and will also enable the preservation of wildlife and animal’s natural habitat.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Poornima Devi, Visakhapatnam district tourism officer, said, we will take various tourism activities related to nature, wildlife, and eco-tourism, particularly in Agency areas like Paderu and Araku, and start identifying routes and sites for trekking and camping, once the government order (GO) is issued based on the policy. Also, approval for the DPR for the Aaraku Eco-Tourism project is still pending from the center.
The entire development will also help local entrepreneurship and private players to operate the jungle safaris after they register with the competent authority and operate under their guidelines.
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