Kawal Tiger Zone hub of tourism now
Taken in by the natural beauty and movement of animals after the creation of the sanctuary at Kawal spread over 11,200 square km, tourists are making a beeline to the spot, as they can see besides tigers, leopards, deers, bisons and blackbucks. They are booking resorts a month in advance.
Natural beauty spots & movement of animals wooing tourists
Taken in by the natural beauty and movement of animals after the creation of the sanctuary at Kawal spread over 11,200 square km, tourists are making a beeline to the spot, as they can see besides tigers, leopards, deers, bisons and blackbucks. They are booking resorts a month in advance. Officials are also making special arrangements, like three safari vehicles with guides, to show the animals. Each person is charged Rs.200.
The natural beauty spots include dense forests, high hills, beautiful valleys and waterfalls. The animals attracting the tourists—who can’t visit faraway Kaziranga Park in Assam or the Nallamala Tiger sanctuary in Kurnool district—are deer, peacock and a variety of birds. In fact, rare birds, not seen elsewhere in the State, are here.
Visitors are taking a liking for spots like waterholes for animals and also the lifestyle of girijans in the Kavval forest area. Interestingly, there is a false campaign that there was no movement of tigers; but after the creation of tiger zone two animals are seen moving, which has been confirmed by CC cameras.
Two tigers and accompanied by a young one have been spotted, according to tiger protection officer Yellam. Moreover, there have been reports of tigers attacking a resident in the Mamida mandal forest area and killing of grazing cows. Yellam said the area has been found suitable for tigers. There is a possibility that their number may increase in future if more publicity is given to the spot. The zone is attracting tourists on a daily basis. Recently, visitors were happy to see a tiger moving, he added.
Tourists from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are among those visiting the zone. They include many software engineers and students who visit on Saturdays and Sundays. VIPs like CAT officer Minnie Mathews, Judge Sitaram Murthy, were among the visitors. Visitors can stay in the Tourism department resort at Jinnaram, which has all the facilities.
Besides, they can take boat rides in the Kadem project, which makes them feel the experience of Papikondalu. Both resorts in Jinnaram and Kadem are being booked months in advance.