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ECO TOURISM IN KARNATAKA

Begin your journey of discovery from Bangalore, one of the Indias largest, cosmopolitan fun city. The gateway to paradise on earth, where nature's best kept secrets have been ecologically preserved and nurtured for you and your family. A dramatic pause in time when Jungle Lodges and Resorts lets you enjoy a breath of spring; protected and preserved all its natural way.

Eco tourism is the heartbeat of Karnataka. Pulsating with lifetime experiences, where you can inhale the silence of the moment that brings peace to your soul - twinkling rivers, sweeping landscapes, majestic wildlife, ivory beaches and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Karnataka is a home to some of the World Heritage sites. Its geography has created some of the awesome eco-tourism places like Madikeri, Agumbe, Coorg, Shimoga and many more. Some of the architectural splendours of the bygone era like the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire at Hampi and the monuments of Pattadakal are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites while the Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu are in the list of proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cave temple at Badami and rock-cut temples of Aihole also top the list of must-visits. The Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia.

The marvellous Mysore Palace, Ibrahim Roza at Bijapur, the Daria Daulata Bagh at Srirangapatanam, the Khwaja Bandenawaz Darga at Gulbarga are some of the remarkable historical splendours of Karnataka.

Inspiring greater respect for our land
Karnataka tourism has chosen Jungle Lodges and Resorts to conserve ecology and wildlife because of its responsibility and commitment to preserve wildlife and protect our environment from deforestation, air and water pollution, and more.

To make it easier for you to take a break from urban living, Jungle Lodges and Resorts provides creature comforts at all its eco-tourism destinations in Karnataka. A unit of Karnataka tourism, Jungle Lodges and Resorts was established almost two decades ago. Set amidst natural landscapes of babbling brooks and beckoning hills, each resort is an oasis of peace with an enchanting atmosphere.

Jungle Lodges' first class living quarters and ethnic tented cottages are well furnished. Made of eco-friendly material, they offer simple luxury and privacy. Clean superior facilities, package deals and excellent cuisine have won Jungle Lodges International acclaim.

There is plenty to see and do: Wildlife safaris in open top jeeps, viewing of birdlife, river rafting, angling, organised treks, elephant safaris, coracle boat rides, beach and water sports and much more.

Come, live the experience that goes beyond any other. We assure you that you will return home recharged and revitalized, with a greater love and respect for nature because you will observe how we protect and preserve our environment in small ways and how you could do the same - For our planet, For the future of our children!

Eco-Tourism Development Board
Eco-tourism in Karnataka is expected to receive a big boost with the state cabinet on 15 August, 2013 approving the proposal to set up Eco-Tourism Development Board.

The forest minister will be the boards chairman. Announcing the decision, higher education minister VS Acharya said the initiative would help the government immensely in protecting the wildlife, creating awareness about it, encouraging eco-tourism, forest safaris and also prevent damage to eco-system in the name of tourism.

Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have already set up such boards to boost eco-tourism. Acharya said the board would bring private investments to the state and avail consultancy.

Tourist spots like Bandipur National Park, eco garden gulbarga would see huge improvement in tapping the tourism potential, he added.

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