Bhubaneswar, Feb 26: The Satkosia Sands Resort at Badmul, an Ecotourism project in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, has earned a revenue of Rs 1 crore by February second week’ 2020 this year.
By the end of financial year 2018-19, the visitor number was 4,450 with revenue of Rs 1.3 crore and the revenue by February’ 2020 this year has already reached Rs 1 crore with more than 4,500 visitors.
Different programmes like “Know your Birds”, “Poacher turned Protectors”, and “Walk in the Jungle” etc are run by the community in the Nature Camp. Boating in Satkosia Gorge, Birding, Trekking, Sports, Library, Canopy Walk, and Bathing Ghat in River for tourists, farm visits etc are the activities offered to tourists in the destination.
The revenue while inception of Community Managed Ecotourism Projects in Odisha since 2016 has increased considerably and satisfactorily from Rs 47 lakh with 1,900 visitors during 2016 to Rs.5.6 crore by 2019 with 20,000 visitors.
PCCF Wildlife HS Upadhaya said, “Our objective is to provide good experience to all visitors coming to Ecotourism destinations in Odisha and also I have observed increase in self confidence of community members specially women due to increase in their income from Ecotourism”.
From Badmul project each family last year have earned around Rs 2 lakh per month. For increasing flow of tourists, Wildlife wing has also started dedicated trekking programme throughout the State like “Ecotrails Odisha” and training of villagers on natural history of flora, fauna, culture and proper hospitality, he added.