Satkosia, Feb 20 (LocalWire) Satkosia Sands Resort at Badmul, an Ecotourism project in Satkosia Tiger Reserve has earned a revenue of Rs.1 Crore by the 2nd week of February this year.
The Ecotourism project started in 2016 with 3 tented accommodations on the sandbar of Mahanadi river with an investment of Rs. 2 lakhs and engagement of 6 villagers has come a long way.
Now, it has 19 accommodations and an annual income of Rs.1 Crore with 34 villagers directly drawing employment from it.
The project is also an indirect source of livelihood for 7 to 8 villages in the sanctuary as they provide milk, rice, dal, vegetables, non-veg articles, travels etc to the resort on daily basis.
By the end of the financial year 2018-19 the number of visitors is 4450 with a revenue of Rs.1.3 Crore.
The locals engaged in this project have been trained and work as –Manager, cook, service, receptionist, Eco-guide, boatman etc.
Most of the people employed are rural women. Different programmes like “Know your Birds”, “Poacher turned Protectors”, “Walk in the Jungle” etc are run by the community in the Nature Camp.
It is the first eco-tourism project in Nayagarh district and is one of the most successful models of Ecotourism in the State.
Boating in Satkosia Gorge, Birding, Trekking, Sports, Library, Canopy Walk, Bathing Ghats, farm visits etc are the activities offered to tourists. Local villagers engaged in the project work as Eco Guides.
All villagers of Muduligadia are engaged in managing the Nature Camp and are its stockholders.
The project has the State’s first Canopy Walk.
People have transformed their village to an Eco-Village. There has been a financial upward mobility in the lives of people due to the Ecotourism project.
All the households have switched to LPG from firewood. Every house now has toilets with water connectivity. The village is now open defecation free with 12 common dustbins installed throughout the village.
The village is also plastic-free & all the houses have been repaired with beautiful wall paintings.
The destination has turned to become the most favoured destination for birders, photographers, nature lovers, and conservationists.
Cycling along the Mahanadi & Boating in the Satkosia Gorge are the favourite thrills for tourists visiting this place.
PCCF Wildlife, Sri H.S Upadhaya said “Our objective is to provide good experience to all visitors coming to Ecotourism destinations in Odisha. I have observed increase in the self-confidence of the community members especially women due to increase in their income from Ecotourism”.