Bhubaneswar: To promote eco-tourism of Debrigarh and Chandaka sanctuaries, the state Government has introduced online booking of vehicles for wildlife safaris at both the sanctuaries.
The online booking facility is aimed at increasing the inflow of tourists to both the sanctuaries. With this , tourists will now be able to book vehicles beforehand. It will also ensure that they do not return in case there is unavailability of vehicles. “This online booking will also attract international tourists as they plan their journey in advance,” said forest official.
In yet another move to promote eco-tourism in the state, the Government has introduced ‘Eco-trails Odisha’, a programme for trekking and hiking. The Forest and Environment department has identified around 8-10 trekking routes covering valleys, hills and rivers spread across 20 districts of the state.
To educate tourists regarding local flora and fauna and interesting facts about the wildlife in the landscape, the department will train members of Eco-Tourism Group (ETG) and local villagers as eco-guides and naturalists. The training will be given both in Odia and English languages.