Trekking enthusiasts in Bangalore – this one is likely to make your day!
The Karnataka Forest Department has opened seven eco-trails, all within a 100 km of the city, The Times of India reported.
They are in the districts of Ramanagara, Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru Rural, which boast of forests, rocky hills, old forts, and temples.
While launching the initiative, Forest Minister B Ramnath Rai said that trained personnel will be stationed at the base of the trails to brief trekkers about the terrain, safety measures, and the flora and fauna of the region.
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Thus far, safaris were the only way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forests in Karnataka. But they come at a cost not affordable to all.
Opening safe routes for all, and keeping trek costs at the bare minimum was a way to ensure everyone could get in on the fun, said Vinay Luthra, chairman, Karnataka Eco-Tourism Board, to the Times.