Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, May 21, 2018 03:50:41 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Walk in nature, shake off the summer heat

photo by

By
05th-May-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Weekend Plus Desk :
Just ‘walk it off,’ is what most people say to cool others down. The coming months will surely hit you with soaring temperatures. How about challenging yourself by hiking or simply traversing a plantation? To beat the heat, merge with nature by walking through a rainforest or in a stream and then wink back at the sun.
A relaxing spa therapy or scrumptious meal easily make it to the to-do list when you check into a hotel. How about opting for nature walks organised by some of the luxury hotels in the country?
The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, north Kerala, is surrounded by picturesque gardens, organic farms and a river. The guests are shown the coral lake, a walk around the river and more.
They have also tied up for a plantation trek with Ratnakaran from Thonikadavu in Kasargod district, Kerala. Guided by Ratnakaran, guests can take a walk through plantation where they can find coconut, walnut, cashew, papaya, black pepper and betel nut trees.
Along with some of God's gifts in the form of fruits, you can even take home a bag and a hat made on the spot by him with betel nut tree leaves.
“People are increasingly getting interested in such walks as it’s a good change from the activities available in the cities. And with the help of hotels, nature walks are becoming popular among people,” Ratnakaran, whose family also offers ‘sadya’ - a traditional vegetarian feast in Kerala - to his guests, said.
Talking about hotels incorporating nature walks in their itinerary to attract tourists, Parvinder Singh Bual, General Manager, Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg, set in the midst of a 180-acre rainforest, said: “The nature walk has been an intrinsic part of the hotel. The whole idea is to bring you closer to nature so, we couldn't have done this without including nature walks.”
“Naturalists have studied the whole area and they are the ones who pick up the trails. Walks vary on the basis of what the guest likes. It can be bird-watching or stream-walking.”
Abhishek Jain, a naturalist, has been associated with the property for a while and also does customised wildflife trips for families and companies.
“The first part of the rainforest walk will take you through a coffee estate, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and other types of spices. There is a paddy field too. It’s about three kms and age is no bar. We have had people as young as a four-year-old or as old as 80,” he said. “Those who want to enjoy scenic beauty can go for a hike. That is based on fitness. People get a sense of it after walking for five minutes. Based on that, we take a walk through the shola forest where the trees are stunted,” he added.
He suggests hikers to go to Pushpagiri, which is said to be second-highest peak of Kodagu, and sixth highest peak in Karnataka.
If you thought Pune, Maharashtra, was just for buttery Shrewsbury biscuits, think again. There are quite a few nature-inspired experiences that you can indulge in.
“Be it the city excavation or the nature trail, activities revolve around the local surroundings of the region,” Sachin Didolkar, Director of Business Development, Conrad Pune, said.
“Embark on a Spiritual Sojourn’ at Conrad Pune is a typical one-day affair that has the guests exploring the soulful beauty of mediating at the Osho retreat, indulging in natural and organic vegetarian meals, having an open air yoga session in green forest habitat and finally mingling with the wildlife - like interacting with peacocks and other fauna,” he added.
At The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, a luxury jungle resort located adjacent to the Ranthambore National Park, every nature walk is instructive, as guests explorie and gain knowledge about the flora and fauna with a naturalist.
During the walk, the naturalist takes guests bird-watching, explaining the birds’ behavioural aspects as also the ir role in the ecosystem. He also provides important and interesting facts about the local flora.
The naturalist team has recorded over 70 species of birds in the hotel, including the exotic ones like the crested serpent eagle, Indian spotted eagle, Indian eagle owl, ultramarine flycatcher, grey headed canary flycatcher and Indian paradise flycatcher.
“It is not only the apex predators that are important, but also the lesser flora and fauna that we don’t bother to learn about,” said Sandesh Guru, Naturalist - The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore. n

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

RAB must not prove we are unfit to save life of our own citizens


IN the last 15 days, nine alleged criminals were killed during "gunfight" with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Of them, three alleged drug traders were killed in Jassore early Friday, according to a newspaper report. Besides, six other people were killed in shootouts with RAB in different parts of the country, ...

Entertainment »

Shaon renders song under Nachiketa’s composition


Entertainment Report :Meher Afroze Shaon is popularly known as both an actress and a singer. Few days ago, she gave her voice for a playback song. Till now the listeners did not hear the song. After Eid, Shaon is coming with that song. For the first time Shaon has rendered ...

Sports »

Germany`s Alexander Zverev reacts after winning a point to Croatia's Marin Cilic during their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday.


Football »

Union rout Real Salt Lake 4-1


AP, Chester :Marcus Epps and Borek Dockal scored in the first half and the Philadelphia Union added two more in the second to beat Real Salt Lake 4-1 on Saturday night.Fabrice-Jean Picault had a 40-yard run up the left channel to set up the opening goal in the 21st minute, ...

City »

DMP Mobile Court conducted drive in city's 9 New Market 'Fast Food' Pizza Fried Rice Shops, penalises Taka four lakh 30 thousand for preparing rotten food. This photo was taken on Sunday.


International »

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition


Reuters, Baghdad  :Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition."During our meeting, we agreed to work together and with ...

Sports »

Toronto FC forward Jordan Hamilton (22) and Orlando City defender Mohamed El-Munir (13) chase the bouncing ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Toronto on Friday.


Sports »

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the first hole during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas on Friday.


Entertainment »

Raazi`s first week collections become the 5th highest of 2018


Raazi has been sailing smoothly on its journey towards the prestigious Rs 100 crore club and it will be no shocker if the film grosses over it. The cast and crew of the film recently held an event to celebrate the success of the film with the media as well ...

Entertainment »

Kareena says she'll never be on social media


Shashanka Gosh's Veere Di Wedding is all set to bring the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan back to the big screen after a gap of two years. The actress took a break after giving birth to Bollywood's most popular toddler Taimur Ali Khan. Kareena will be seen alongside Sonam Kapoor, Swara ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khondkar Mosharraf Hossain speaking at a discussion on 'Acceptable Election and Role of the Present Election Commission' organised by 'Nagorik Adhikar Andolon Forum' at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday.


Editorial »

Myanmar will take back their people: We are unconcerned about the terrorists


AS the monsoon threatens the Rohingya refugees with the outbreak of vector-borne epidemics and diarrhoeal diseases, the repatriation process seems to be getting more and more complex. However, Bangladeshi officials at a meeting in Dhaka on Thursday urged Myanmar to hand over a 'specific list' of members of Arakan Rohingya ...

International »

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan


AP, Washington  :The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.Five U.S. officials and a ...

Editorial »

Don`t ignore the UNHRC`s report : Be respectful to human rights and be with the people


THE UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has adopted a draft report on the human rights review of Bangladesh, with recommendations on taking steps to deter forced disappearances, extra judicial killings, and to ensure freedom of expression in media, politics and religion. During the 30th Session of the Universal Periodic Review ...

Football »

Richet Gomez of Bolivia's The Strongest (left) fights for the ball with Guzman Pereira of Uruguay's Penarol during a Copa Libertadores soccer game in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday.


.

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news