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Tourism opportunities raining in TS

Tourists arriving at Pakhal lake for a boat ride given that the water body is brimming after the recent rains.

Tourists arriving at Pakhal lake for a boat ride given that the water body is brimming after the recent rains.  

Tourists throng Bogatha waterfalls, Laknavaram lake; hitherto unexplored spots also come into focus

Incessant rain in the erstwhile Warangal district has rejuvenated the wild environs and people are thronging to tourist spots to catch a glimpse, despite difficulties.

Bogatha waterfalls, which is in spate owing to rain in Chhattisgarh, has become a much sought-after spot. In view of the heavy flow, forest officials closed it for tourists last weekend, but that did not deter the enthusiasts. Scores of people from far and wide still make a beeline to the spot wanting to swim and take selfies at the waterfalls that came to light only after formation of separate Telangana State.

The forest officials have made elaborate arrangements and have added new facilities such as eateries, toilets, etc. for the convenience of the tourists.

The other sought-after spot is the Laknavaram lake with its swinging bridge. Resembling a big bowl, this tank is surrounded by hillocks with lush green forest tracts. People in large numbers are seen visiting this place despite the drizzle and slush en route. This spot has also witnessed massive development in recent times.

Tourists love to take a walk on the swinging bridge posing for photographs against the scenic beauty in the background. Mulugu and Bhupalpally districts are also attracting thousands of tourists from across the State. In fact, they have become favourite weekend getaways.

For instance, Tadvai and Eturnagaram villages in Mulugu district have been attracting nature-lovers and have become the destinations for adventure tourism. The Forest and Tourism Departments have set up facilities for rock climbing, trekking, cycling, and safaris at Pandavula Guta. “About to 5,000-6,000 people are visiting the Laknavaram lake,” said forest department eco-tourism coordinator K. Suman. At the Pandavula Guttalu in Mulug Ghanpur mandal, forest officials have made arrangements to encourage adventure tourism.

Many waterfalls deep inside the forests in Venkatapuram and Mulug mandals that came to light of late have been attracting nature-lovers despite the poor facilities there. “We do not get this pure, undisturbed nature anywhere except inside the forest area,” said G. Kamal, who came to Bogatha waterfalls from Mahabubabad town with his family.

“With continuous rain over the past four days, the tourist spots have become more attractive. People from all over the State are visiting these. Tourists prefer to stay the night at cottages near Laknavaram, Bogatha waterfalls and Tadvai. The cottages are fully booked for the next two weeks,” he said.

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