With the Bairluty jungle camp situated in Kurnool district, all set to begin its operations, the famous dense jungles of Nallamala will finally open its gates for tourists. According to Atmakur Divisional Forest Officer Selvam, they intend to promote ecotourism with the camp by encouraging activities like nature trails, trekking, bird watching and river rafting along with enjoying the scenic beauty of the environs that comprise of meadows, valleys, hills and water bodies.
Nallamala forest has a rather unique landscape what with deep valleys, grass lands, gorges and forests all found at one place. A perfect symbol of biodiversity and home to the endangered species of flora and fauna, the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is ensconced in the Nallamala Range of the Eastern Ghats. Spread across an area of 3727.82sq km, this is the largest tiger reserve in the country and extends to various districts of Andhra Pradesh including Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntoor.
The tiger reserve is formed by two diverse wildlife sanctuaries namely the Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. According to Selvam, in order to welcome the support of the local people to sustain wildlife and to educate the tourists the importance of wildlife conservation, ecotourism programs with the local communities being an integral part of these, have been launched in three different locations of NSTR.
These include Pacherla, Bairluty and Thummalabailu. Various other programs like heritage walks and tribal archery have also been designed to sensitize the tourists towards conservation of nature while also helping the local people in empowering themselves and improving their living conditions.