Trans Sahaydri trek to boost eco-tourism in Sahaydris

With an aim to boost eco tourism in the state, Maharashtra Government is launching the Trans Sahayadri trek from this month.

The trek routes have been identified to trek across Sahayadris from Kolhapur to Bhimashankar.

The objective is to provide income from eco tourism to local villages where there is a proposal to develop homestay.

The locals will be eyes and ears of the forest so that trek routes are kept free of litter and watch is kept on poaching and forest fires, Principal Secretary (Forest) Praveen Pardeshi said,

Next week, short treks have been planned from Chandoli- Prachitgad and then camp in one of the home stay villages.

Trek to Prachitgad will start on December 8 morning from Karad, Debhewadi.

Earlier on December 6, a smaller trek will be initiated from Bhimashankar to Veloli, a village where homestay has been developed.

Pardeshi said the trek route has been organised and planned by Mohan Karnad, Chief Wildlife Warden of Sahayadri Tiger Reserve with the state government in support of Wildlife Conservation trust (WCT) across length of Sahayadri starting at Radhanagari Sanctuary or from Tillari, Kolhapur along the crest of Sahayadri all the way to Bhimashankar.

It may continue further up to Kalsubai, Harishchandra gad.

The trek can be for 10 days, but each day should result in a night halt in a village located along route. Forest department and the local Zilla Parishad will work with designated night halt villages to create home stay facilities.

In each village, with upgraded homes of villagers, with biodegradable latrines, and complete recycling of plastic.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.