New trek route at Kambalakonda to connect to tribal village
Visakhapatnam: To attract more tourists and nature and adventure lovers, the forest department is coming up with three new trekking routes in Kambalakonda Reserve Forest. These would be three, five and seven kilometre long trek routes. A few viewpoints would also be identified on these routes which are to be prepared within two months.
Interestingly, the longest seven-kilometre trek route would lead to a tribal hamlet in Sambuvanipalem, where around 150 people live. The other two trek routes would be within the forest itself.
B Dhananjaya Rao, divisional forest officer (DFO), said, “We are planning to connect one of the trek routes to the tribal village to encourage sale of local products and generate income for the poor tribals. They can sell local forest products and can be trained to make handicraft bags or woollen garments which the tourists and trekkers can purchase. Besides, we will set up some view points on the way and a couple of watch towers as the existing was destroyed by cyclone Hudhud.”
“Besides the trekking paths, we are repairing the river crossing rope, reconstructing the pagodas for resting, reviving the boating facility and children’s park and a cafeteria. We have already submitted the project report. The World Bank has sanctioned a fund of Rs 129 lakh. Within a year, we want to make this sprawling 7,146 hectare reserve forest match international standards,” added the DFO.
Currently, the park mainly caters to couples. According to the staff at the ticket counter, around 100 couple come on weekdays and 200-300 on weekends, which includes some families too. Each ticket for adults cost Rs 20.