Forest department’s much-awaited plan to develop the area around Ralamanadal into an eco-tourism spot seems to have finally reached a conclusion. A land of size 14,000 square meters near the national park has been allotted to the forest department by the district administration to build a bio-diversity zone.
Slated to have a cocktail of adventure, education and entertainment for the people who come here, the plans to erect the zone had been pending for a long time. Situated on the north-west side of the sanctuary, the place already has a huge plantation, which will now be looked after by the forest department.
It was found that hardly 20-25 families are living in the area. Total population of the land is only 100, which makes it an ideal spot for the development of the spot.
Officials had long back planned the development of the area. As per the plans, it was decided that the Ralamandal area will be divided into two sections. One will be the four hectare area earmarked for eco-tourism. This area will boast of a butterfly park housing hundreds of types of butterflies. There will also be a bamboo centre, where different types of bamboo would be grown. There are hundreds of types of bamboo found in the world and attempts are being made to have as many varieties as possible, a forest official had said then.
Medicinal plants, which are growing in popularity, will also be showcased in the zone. Forest department officials will also be there to inform the people how they can grow these plants in their kitchen garden and also provide the saplings at nominal costs.
For the kids and those young at heart, there will be an adventure zone - with slides, swings and rope climbing.