Sushmita Sen at Nagpur Tiger Festival

The Nagpur Tiger Festival was held on 10th and 11th of February. Spreading the message of saving tigers and to promote wildlife tourism, were the main foci of the festival. Bollywood actress and one-time Miss World Sushmita Sen attended the fest.

A feast to the eyes was the popular Tiger Dance of Nagpur. There were many other shows and performances as well as photography and skit competitions for students, during the day. Another event was a fashion show on the theme of tigers.

Special Tiger Protection Force in Karnataka Forests

With about 300 tigers to be protected, Karnataka has set up the first ever commando force – Special Tiger Protection Force – to protect the tigers. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, use of SLRs and small arms, they are currently positioned in the forests of Bandipur, Badra and Nagarhole. Their main jobs are to act during a crisis in the forests and to manage the crowds when there is a man-animal conflict.

Recently, the state saw the influx of large numbers of poaching tribals from Madhya Pradesh. This has quickened the pace at which the team will begin work.

Idukki Dam


The 555-foot arch dam over the Periyar River in Idukki is the biggest arch damn in Asia and the third tallest dam in India. Built and owned by the Kerala State Electricity Board, it stands between the Kuravan and Kurathi Hills. Two other dams were constructed along with this at Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. The Moolamattom Power house near Thodupuzha draws water for power from the 60-sq.km artificial lake created by the three dams.

According to historical records, in 1922, the head of the Araya race, Shri Kolumban revealed the beautiful mountains and the water flow to his friend, the Malankara Estate Superintendent Thomas, during a hunt. A report was submitted to the Government of Travancore in 1932 for the possibility of constructing a dam for power generation. After a detailed survey was made in 1956 and allied paperwork done, the construction of the dam was commissioned in 1969.

With Canadian aid, the scope of construction of the dam was revised and after it was built, the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi commissioned the commercial operation of the dam on 12 February 1976.

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New Nature Trail in Thekkady – Forest Dept Initiative

The Forest Department of Thekkady is planning to open a 2.5-km trekking path, ‘Nature Trail’, in the area. The path will start at the Thekkady gate and go on up to boat landing. The area will have information boards about plants and sculpted figures of animals endemic to the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The work will be completed in three months, with a budget of 50 lakhs. This venture will be a boon to interested tourists, locals and researchers.

History Of Mullaperiyar Dam – Thekkady

The much controversial Mullaperiyar Dam stands after the confluence of the Mullayar and Periyar rivers in Idukki, and has been so named. In 1886, the then Maharaja of Travancore, forced by the British, signed an indenture with the Secretary of State for India for Periyar irrigation works for a lease period of 999 years. And by this clause, parts of Tamil Nadu such as Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram will be irrigated by the water diverted by the dam and at a later stage, the electricity produced from it. The construction of the dam started in 1887 and it started operations in 1895. It is a masonry gravity dam running a length of 1,200ft and a height of 176ft.

The dam and its reservoirs are located within the Periyar National Park, Thekkady. More than two lakh acres of land is irrigated by the dam’s waters. The water is transported via a 1.6-km tunnel that reaches the Churuliyar and Vaigai rivers in Tamil Nadu.

 

Green Woods Resorts – Photos (Latest)

Just like the name, the resort is filled with and surrounded by lush trees and vegetation. The beauty of Thekkady comes alive in these woods. This resort is located within a 5.5-acre spice plantation. There are 26 well-appointed cottages that let you enjoy to the fullest.

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Important Things To Carry On A Trek…

What To Think Of When You Go Trekking

There are many things to be taken care of before you go trekking. Here’s a list of items you might wanna carry with you. Preparation for the trek is a practical thing to do.

Prepare well

Before you set out, find out as much as you can about your destination and its location, climate and facilities. Find the best season to travel to that particular place. Check out if there are forest watch towers or camps, in case of an emergency. It’s good to know the animals you might come across on a trek – try to read up about them.

Wear the right clothes

Light, airy clothes are best suited to go trekking. Have a well-ventilated, waterproof jacket with lots of pockets and a hood, preferably. It should be layered to stand the weather. Dark khaki trousers and a T-shirt will be perfect. Jeans are usually heavy to walk around in, especially if you’re gonna climb a hill or mountain. But if you can manage a not-too-heavy one, then go ahead. If it’s winter you plan to trek in, then the clothes need to be thicker and padded well.

Proper footwear for comfort

Walking shoes give you comfort and flexibility for walking. And they aren’t heavy either. But firm boots help you when you go walking in rocky terrain, supporting your feet and ankles well. It is also good for slippery and muddy areas. Don’t forget to pack extra pairs of socks.

Navigation

Maps are the most important pieces of paper to be carried along for a trek. Use updated, detailed maps and photos to guide you to your destination. A compass and GPS device will also be great. Read the rest of this entry »

Sports and Adventure Zone In Wagamon

Wagamon, in Kerala’s Idukki district, is a picturesque area on the district’s border with Kottayam. There are a lot of opportunities for nature-based tourism in Wagamon, and that’s precisely the reason the District Tourism Promotion Council plans to extend that potential by promoting 20 sporting events in a specified adventure zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildlife Week in Thekkady

October 2nd to 8th is observed as Wildlife Week in India, and this year it is the 57th such one. Wildlife-rich areas such as Periyar, Munnar, Wayanad and other forest divisions of the Western Ghats celebrate this with many programmes and functions. Thekkady, the gateway to Periyar Reserve, has planned no less. The whole week will be alive in this town. forest and environment protection yatra, exhibition of documentaries and poster-writing competitions, music and dance contests, arts and cultural events, drawing and colouring competitions, quizzes and elocutions are being held as part of the official celebrations. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood n Spice – Sterling Holidays’ Newest Resort

Adding to their bouquets of hotels in 12 locations, Sterling Holidays has proudly started Woods n Spice, a new property in Thekkady. Located on the Mangaladevi Road, the resort offers its guests 53 rooms – including mud houses, tree houses, standard rooms, suites and tribal cottages – and a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a wellness spa. The food served here varies from Indian, Chinese, Tandoori, Continental and authentic regional dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

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