Wildlife tourism is brewing in India


Manjunath Gowda, to promote wildlife tourism, has launched an app, WildTrails, which helps travelers find animals and birds while on safari across India.

WILDLIFE TOURISM is preparing in India and gaining worldwide recognition. From Asian elephants and Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, Indian rhino and leopard, to hundreds of species of birds, tourists from all over the world are drawn to the country. In addition, the growing publicity of tourist offices along with improved facilities for tourists has attracted more travelers in a short period of time.

With 104 national parks and over 500 wildlife sanctuaries, one of the recent buzz going around the city is the rising graph of wildlife tours in India. Previously, wildlife tourism brought new challenges for government agencies, but at present, this increase indeed supports conservation initiatives taken for the welfare of flora and fauna.

According to a Conservation India study, wildlife tourism is increasing by 15 percent per year in parks where 70 percent of visitors are Indian. Research further indicates that many tourists (71%) are willing to revisit these parks, but tourists to Ranthambore and Kanha say tiger sightings are a must. Tourists have a vital role to play in India as wildlife tourism continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The concern and interest of visitors in Indian wildlife and parks as well as financial prowess can become a boon or death knell for conservation.

In 1973, when Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore and Sariska were established as national parks, the departments of forestry, transport, fisheries and tourism needed to coordinate their resources. Despite chaotic management, in December 2004 there was a growth in tourism due to the availability of fantastic places, perfect for attracting tourists from all over the world. In 2002, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation entered into a partnership with Indian Tourism Development Corporation for the development of tourism in Kerala. This included identifying sites for water sports, wildlife tourism, backwater vacations and mountain activities. The industry had now started to support a significant number of people.

The month of October and November is considered to be the bird watching season in India. It is during this season that one can see migratory birds such as the Sarus crane and more in the various bird sanctuaries across the country.

“Ranthambore attracts the most tourists. Tadoba is Maharashtra’s best tiger reserve and few people know it and worse yet, foreign visitors have no idea. Kabini is another stunner and probably the best when it comes to animal bird diversity, but little known to many, ”says Manjunath Gowda, CEO of WildTrails.

Gowda, to promote wildlife tourism, has launched an app, WildTrails, which helps travelers find animals and birds while on safari across India. WildTrails receives 30,000 visitors per month and offers over 40,000 app downloads, which represents approximately 10,000 active app users per month.

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