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Backpacking? Explore Untamed Wilderness in TS

Published: 17th July 2015 04:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2015 04:21 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Ever wanted to explore the wilderness, battling the odds for survival? Now, get ready for a breath taking trekking trial to explore the Telangana forests. The State tourism department is planning to launch a unique jungle trail for youngsters and adventure enthusiasts where in a small group can stay inside the thick forests on their own for a week or two while the Tourism Corporation would provide them with the necessary material including a cook and a guide.

The corporation has identified three forest ranges - Adilabad-Karimnagar, Eturunagaram-Bhadrachalam and Farhabad-Akka Mahadevi temple on the banks of river Krishna for the jungle trial. The group will be dropped at the villages bordering the forest with a cook, guide and materials. They will be picked up after a week or two depending on the package.

The Centre had recently granted Rs 150 crore for promotion of eco tourism in the state. The Tourism Development Corporation is planning to launch a number of such initiatives to attract nature lovers.

The State features sixth in terms of domestic tourist arrival in the country, according to the latest data released by the union tourism ministry.

“This scenario will change. We are launching a number of eco tourism projects this November. Jungle trail is one of them. Adilabad-Karimnagar belt is a treasure trove of paleolithic stone implements. Eco tourism is one of our strengths that has not been explored yet,” said Pervaram Ramulu, chairman of Telengana Tourism Development Corporation. The Jungle Trail will also provide employment to the tribals in the forest.

The Corporation has also decided to highlight Bheemagundam falls as a tourism spot, which is located north of Kuntala falls. At a height of 150 feet, Bheemagundum falls is the bountiful boutique of nature. “Bheemagundam has been highly inaccessible and unexplored virgin waterfalls. We are starting a one day trek,” he said.

The corporation is planning to purchase three cruise liners which will operate between Srisailam and Alampur in Mahabubnagar on river Krishna.

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