Planning forest trekking? Know these tips
Before you plan your trips especially to forests, it is important to check if the journey is legal. According to the forests protection act, trespassing in protected regions could land you in jail. The person could be sentenced upto 1 to 5 years of imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1000 to Rs 5000.
More charges would be imposed along with a hefty fine for damages to forest resources. So it would be better if you check the legal side before jumping in to making plans.
Know the Eco Tourism Projects in Kerala
Many tourism programmes have been conducted in various tourism centers in Kerala for their protection and conservation including Reserve forests, Wildlife Reserves, National Parks and Tiger Reserves.
Thenmala Eco Tourism in Kollam is the first planned Eco Tourism center in India. Presently, there are more than 60 similar Eco Tourism centers in Kerala. The forest and wildlife department have setup at least one similar center for tourists at every district in Kerala.
For detailed information http://www.forest.kerala.gov.in/index.php/take-a-walk-to-the-wild
Kerala Eco Toursim Map
The tourism development programmes are conducted by forest protection committee in reserve forests while Eco Development Committee (EDC) conducts in wildlife reserves, national parks and tiger reserves.
The Eco Development Project was started in 1996 by Kerala forests and wildlife department. The project was jointly facilitated by World Bank and Global Environment Facility.