With increase in the number of bookings, the ecotourism centre operated by Coimbatore Forest Division at Baralikadu is now open to visitors five days a week.
Officials with the Forest Department said that except Mondays and Fridays, the ecotourism centre will remain open on all other weekdays till May-end.
Earlier, the tourism centre located in the forest near Pillur Dam was open to visitors only on Saturday and Sunday.
“A maximum of 130 visitors will be allowed a day at the ecotourism centre. The bookings have to be made online,” he said.
Coracle rides along the water storage area of Pillur Dam, conducted with adequate safety measures in the presence of Forest Department staff, is the main attraction at the ecotourism centre.
The package includes a lunch (vegetarian/ non-vegetarian) prepared by tribal women and a bath in Athikadavu River. Though the package had earlier included a trekking along the Athikadavu River, it has been suspended, said Mr. Selvaraj.
The Forest Department also offers stay at its dormitory at Poochimarathur, which is located close to the ecotourism centre.
While Baralikadu ecotourism package costs ₹ 500 for adults and ₹ 400 for children (aged below 13), the dormitory stay costs ₹ 1,500 for adults and ₹ 800 for children a day.
The bookings for ecotourism centre and dormitory stay can be done at www.coimbatorewilderness.com.
Source : THE HINDU.