Eco Tourism Destinations in Karnataka
What is Eco-Tourism?
Eco-tourism is a form of tourism involving visiting areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment and at the same time focus on wildlife and promotion of understanding and conservation of the environment.
Eco-Tourism Destinations in Karnataka:
Kuduremukha is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area belonging to a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is one of the thirty-four hotspots identified for biodiversity conservation in the world. Kudremukh National Park comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the format developed jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wide Fund-USA.
A diverse assemblage of endangered large mammals is found in the park supporting three large mammal predator species such as the tiger, leopard and wild dog. The important tiger prey base found within the park is gaur, sambar, wild pig, muntjac, chevrotain, bonnet macaque, common langur and the lion-tailed macaque. The wet climate and the tremendous water retentive capacity of the shola grasslands and forests have led to the formation of thousands of perennial streams in the region converging to form three major rivers of the region, Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi which form an important lifeline for the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Coorg is located on the on the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Its rich flora and fauna have earned this place international recognition. Coorg has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park: the Brahmagiri, Talakaveri, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries, and the Nagarhole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The fauna includes the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, dhole, gaur, wild boar, and several species of deer. Kodagu also offers a wide variety of birds, roughly around 300 birds have been sighted and reported over the years.
Agumbe is a small village located in Shimoga district. It is sometimes called “The Cherrapunji of the South” after Cherrapunji, in Northeast, India. Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography), and the promotion of cottage industry. As part of the Western Ghats mountain range, Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Agumbe is a small hill village with very limited visitor accommodation. The population is approximately 500 people. The village covers an area of 3 square kilometers.
Jungle Lodges & Resorts: The state-run organization has camping and safari facilities in several wildlife sanctuaries.
- Bandipur National Park
- Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bangalore
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