Canopy Walk in Dandeli
Many of you might be waiting to visit Dandeli for adventurous activities like water sports, jungle safari, water rafting, jungle trekking etc. Here you have a good opportunity to enjoy the India's first Canopy walk in Dandeli. Yes, you heard it right India's first canopy walk is in Dandeli and here the count down begins to enjoy this chance to have a look at it.
Canopy was never enjoyed in India people only witnessed it in other country.
India's first canopy walk will become a reality in core Western Ghats of Karnataka. This canopy is 240m canopy walkway and around 30ft above the ground has been created at Kuveshi area near Castle Rock of Uttara Kannada (Dandeli).
This project is been developed jointly by Karnataka Tourism and Forest Departments will be thrown open for public on February 18 2018. Forest Minister Ramanath Rai, Industries Minister R V Deshpande and Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge will be present during inauguration.
O Palaiah, Chief Conservator of Forests, Kali Tiger Reserve, said the canopy walk will boost environment awareness among visitors and added that it is first such project in the country.
“The work is in the final stages and platforms are ready. The canopy walk area has been developed by the Tourism Department with the assistance of Forest Department. After the inauguration, the government will decide the operator,” he said.
It’s expected that either Jungle Lodges and Resorts or the Tourism Department will run the canopy walk. Besides the operator, the Forest Department too is keen on letting the people to the canopy walk area by collecting a nominal fees.The tariff structure will be decided in the coming days
The canopy walk idea was mooted three years ago. But the project got into legal hurdle after conservationists raised apprehensions about harm to Western Ghats.
“The project has been cleared by the central authorities. Technically, the Kali Tiger Reserve manages the Castle Rock wildlife range, which is part of the Dandeli sanctuary (declared as sanctuary in 2011). In the future, this area (Castle Rock range) of 248 sq km could be added to Kali Tiger Reserve, which is spread in 1,097 sq km,” said Palaiah.
This project will definitely boost the tourism and the tourist will really be enthusiast to experience the new adventure.