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WHALE OF A TIME: Members of the trekking expedition at the Dudh Sagar Falls.
WHALE OF A TIME: Members of the trekking expedition at the Dudh Sagar Falls.

Staff Correspondent

Parasailing was also part of the 10-day camp Parasailing was also part of the 10-day adventure camp

MYSORE: After trekking in the Arakku Valley, it was time for the youth from Karnataka to go beach trekking in Goa last week.

The National Trekking Expedition at Goa, organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India Goa and Gujarat state branches in association with Goa Tourism, offered a chance to 30 youth from Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg, Kolar and Chamarajnagar districts to experience beach trekking and water sports.

Aged between eight and 22, the participants were taken to the adventure camp by the Rotary Mysore Midtown Adventure Foundation and International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports.

Apart from participants from Karnataka, adventure freaks from Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra also took part in the Goa trekking expedition.

Acclimatisation

The 10-day adventure programme included acclimatisation on Miramar beach and trekking 77 km from the base camp in Panaji. Using a ferry from Dona Poula to reach Mar Goa Harbour, the participants trekked via INS Hansa to Hollant on the beaches such as Bina, Hansa, Spring and Velsao to reach Benaulium.

Besides parasailing on Colva Beach, participants trekked in the dense tropical jungle to Dudh Sagar and Kuveshi, home to thousands of butterflies, and Castle Rock before reaching Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary.

According to K. Shreyas, a student of CFTRI School, "When tsunami struck in December 2004, we were in Vizag exploring Borra Caves and Arakku Valley. Trekking has helped me develop interest in nature. I think Himalayas has got its own charm."

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