HYDERABAD: Eco-tourism is picking up pace in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. The district forest department is organising a bird-watching festival at Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located about 100km from Warangal, on December 9.
The sanctuary, which occupies an area of over 806 sq. km, often receives visitors from Singapore and Bengal. Various bird-watching organisations also visit the sanctuary to observe a variety of birds including barbets, horn-bills, swifts, falcons, cuckooshrikes and starlings.
Forest officials say that participants in the festival will trek to various bird-watching sites such as Blackberry Island and Junnela Cheruvu. A seminar on bird watching will be conducted at the Tadwai forest huts. The participation fee is `100 per head. A 10k marathon has also been scheduled for December 10.