The picnic baskets are taken down and able to be crammed up because the auspicious Karthika Masam is right here. It’s picnic time and a load of lovely locations common and a few not-so-common beckon. Personal tour operators, trekking teams in addition to forest and tourism tourism officers are geared to sort out the group of picnickers.
The big canopies spreading out throughout grassy lawns of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) are inviting as picnickers park themselves beneath their cosy shade, get pleasure from a day trip and indulge within the ‘vana bhojanams’. Based on zoo curator Yesoda Bai R, on October 31 (Nagula Chavithi day) alone IGZP recorded greater than 11,000 guests. “This has been the highest so far in this fiscal year,” she says. The Karthika Masam weekends equally draw large numbers to the zoo.
From deploying further guards and protecting the zoo plastic-free to taking particular care of the new child animals and the brand new animal entrants to the zoo – officers are leaving no stone unturned to maintain the animals and the guests snug and protected. “2019 hasn’t been particularly great because of the rains in August-October. But the weather has improved and there are many new attractions in the zoo, that we hope will draw in visitors,” provides the curator.
Come clean with your mess
- Plastic menace worsens throughout picnic season. It’s at the moment that Sumanth Behra together with eight others get busy cleansing up the seashores. He’s spearheading a seashore clean-up drive at Tenetti Park. Each Sunday night the volunteers flip up with gloves and masks to wash a 200-metre stretch close to the park. “We have been cleaning the same stretch for the past eight weeks but the amount of plastic waste collected just keeps piling each week. Most of this is the waste that is washed ashore. We collect a lot of bottles, caps, footwear, plastic bags and straws,” he says.
- (Volunteers who want to be part of the clean-up drive, can attain out to 9848185878)
Massive crowds indicate extra plastic trash and Yesoda Bai says measures have been taken to sensitise guests to keep away from carrying single-use plastic luggage/containers and encourage them to make use of the dustbins unfold throughout the zoo. It’s troublesome, she admits. “Despite such awareness drives, it is a challenge to keep the zoo litter-free. While visitors may not throw plastic wastes in the animal enclosures, free range birds often carry plastic litter and drop it in animal shelters. We have to be very careful. Our staff works round the clock to keep the premises clean,” she provides. In tune with their goal to advertise eco-friendly measures throughout the zoo, IGZP plans to quickly add three extra battery-operated autos to these already working on the zoo.
On unexplored trails
Discover a bit and you will see that that spot on prime of the hill the place you’ll be able to savour a scorching cup of tea. Or encounter lush meadows or a stretch of secluded seashore for a sport of volleyball. There are journey teams on the market who’re working around the clock to seek out you these bits of heaven.
“Visakhapatnam is so much more than just RK Beach, Kailasagiri and Rushikonda. There arewaterfalls, hills and beaches that are tucked away in the interiors of Araku and Paderu. We started with Dare Adventures, eight years ago to help people explore places around Visakhapatnam,” says Sreedhar Vaddi. The group is organising a weekend trek to Arma Konda, the very best peak within the Jap Ghats, on November 9. “The idea is not just to explore Nature but to also educate people about their surroundings. We tell our groups about the flora and fauna, the endemic species, and so on,” says Sreedhar who has been trekking for over a decade. A few of their common treks embrace Kothapalli in East District, Semiliguda in Odisha, Nandakota in Ananthagiri and Chittamgondi.
Two extra treks are developing from Treksome, one other journey group. It features a day-long trek to Shailakonda and an in a single day tenting journey to Mettavalasa, a village in Vizianagaram district.
APTDC Steps up
- Based on Giri Prasad Reddy, Divisional Supervisor of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Improvement Company:
- – Extra cell bathrooms are being added at vacationers spots in Araku and Borra Caves.
- – An extra 40 tents will probably be pitched at Lambasingi wherecurrently, there are solely 4 tents.
- – Cleansing drives have been stepped up at vacationer spots resembling Rushikonda, Borra Caves and Anantagiri espresso plantations.
- – Visakhapatnam noticed vacationer footfalls of practically 15 lakh in October alone and tourism officers are hopeful that the numbers will comfortably cross 20 lakh through the Karthika Masam
“Lambasinghi, Araku Valley, Mudasarlova Lake and Kambalakonda are popular with trekkers as these are blessed with natural beauty. However, to add to the adventure, we take them to the unexplored parts of these places like that hidden waterfall or the isolated beach,” says Samvedh Negi from Treksome. The group has been organising these treks since 2017 and Samvedh believes that the curiosity in out of doors actions has elevated considerably. “When we started it was hard to even bring together seven people, now we host groups of 50 to 60 in one trek,” he says. Samvedh is at pains to level out how their treks are all about protecting the setting clear. “We carry trash bags on our treks and camps. We encourage the trekkers to carry reusable water bottles which can be refilled rather than carrying single-use PET bottles.”