Eco cottages to tap tourism potential of Wayanad
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 14:25
Kalpetta (Kerala): With an aim to tap tourism potential of the picturesque region of Muthanga's wild life sanctury in Wayanad district, state Tourism Department has built six eco cottages.

The cottages were built under the Muthanga Eco Tourism project and were expected to woo nature enthusiasts, official sources said.

The old forest Inspection Bungalow and elephant feeding centre have been renovated as part of the project. The inspection bungalow with two double rooms has been recently opened for tourists at a tarrif rate of Rs 400 a day.

Bamboo was the main raw material used in the construction of the aluminium roofed cottages hut, each costing nearly 1.75 lakh, V K Sreevalsan, Warden of the Wayanad Wldlife Sanctury, said.

The huts were modelled like a traditional tribal dwelling with a bedroom, a verandah and an attached bath room, he said.

Trenches were dug around the cottages to ward of any possible attacks from wild animals, he said.

The area had been facing inadequate accommodation facilities as hundreds of tourists visit here every year to enjoy wildlife safari.

Moreover, authorities were planning to utilise the dormitory facility of the sanctury that could accommodate nearly 40 persons, Sreevalsan said adding that the eco cottages would be formally opened shortly.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 14:25

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