Hyderabad: With rains over the last one week turning the landscape green and leaving small ponds brimming with water, the Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad is seeing a surge in the number of footfalls.
“The place saw little inflow of tourists in the last two to three months due to the intense heat, but a good spell of rainfall in the last few days has breathed life back into the place. Youngsters are also seen indulging in trekking, nature walks, birding and other activities,” said K Niharika, a student of Sri Sai Dental College at Vikarabad.
Anticipating the surge in visitors this season, the Telangana State Tourism Department has also lined up a string of activities to attract visitors during the monsoon season. From trekking expeditions to the hinterlands of Telangana and even local festivals celebrated during this season are being promoted on a large scale.
“The place has a great potential to be made into a tourist spot. We are planning to introduce trekking and other adventure sports activities in Vikarabad and other parts of the State to attract tourists,” TSTDC coordinator K Srinivas said.
Vikarabad forest range that forms part of the Hyderabad division has two major reserve forest blocks, Damagundam and Ananthagiri, each spread over around 10 sq km.
Thanks to the efforts of the Telangana State Special Protection Force (TSSPF) and members of Hyderabad Birding Pals, who worked hard recently to remove plastic bags and other trash that was strewn around in the area, visitors this season will get to enjoy nature’s beauty to the fullest.
“The forest range of Ananthagiri Hills is home to over 150 species of birds. Besides installing bins to dissuade visitors from littering, the Tourism department and the local municipality have also installed boards to create awareness among tourists on the biodiversity of the place,” Rajeev Khandelwal, a member of Hyderabad Birding Pals said.