Forests in Kerala to be reopened for ecotourism on trial basis


Eravikulam National Park is is unlikely to open as six forest department staff had died in the Pettimudy landslide, it is learnt.

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Kochi: The forest department is all set to reopen the ecotourism centres in forests on an experimental basis during the COVID times. The authorities have granted permission to reopen from Wednesday about 50 ecotourism centres which have been closed for about 5 months.

The forest department in the concerned area should take the final decision in this regard. Eravikulam National Park is unlikely to open as six forest department staff had died in the Pettimudy landslide, it is learnt.

Restrictions

  • No entry for those aged above 65 years and below 10 years.
  • Staying in hotels and dining in cafeteria not allowed.
  • Food will be given as parcel.
COVID precautions

  • Temperature of visitors will be checked.
  • Medical help will be provided, if necessary.
  • Special vehicle and space will be arranged.
  • Mask, sanitizer and toilets at the entry point will be arranged.
Guidelines for visitors

  • Tickets are available via online only.
  • Sanitize tyres of vehicles before parking.
  • Trekking is allowed only during day hours. Upto 7 people are allowed in a batch.
  • Sanitize hands and feet before entering the forest and after coming back.
  • Only half number of passengers are allowed in Safari vehicles.

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