Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blogs, photos and experience of our campers for the past fortnight

Fallowing are the Blogs, photos and experience of our campers for the past fortnight.

Anil Kulkarni & Team:- From 21st to 23rd Jan, 3 days.

Photos:- http://picasaweb.google.com/anil77k/SharavathiValleyTrek#

Swaroop & Team:-


Photos:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/swaroop/sets/72157612696783655/

Few lines of experience at the camp by campers:-


Here we go...

Thanks Abhi for the pics.

Sampath...Thanks for everything.

I am already looking forward to another adventure with you guys!!


Mihir Das


Some other salient notes:

* I was happy that we have such easy-going organizers. We were allowed
to do the water sports as much as we wanted and whichever we wanted.
That kind of flexibility is rare.
* Because there are a fixed number of people at any time, the
facilities are guaranteed as opposed to competing/waiting in queue for
most sports facilities in camps/lodges.
* The place, the people, everything, was memorable.

Special appreciation for Sampath and the whole organization for organizing this as well as doing it for the right reasons:



Hey this is Anil... The trip u organised for us was just too good. Thank you very much and also Narayana, Bhatru, Ashok, Ravi, GAngadhar... We had a blast there, The best so for for me and my frens. i dunno how the team made a difference to narayana and others...I thank them all for being so patient with us and humble... Bhattara adige matra super... i'l surely be coming again and again... Ravi told me abt new boats and stuff... inform me if thee are any additions...


Anil Kulkarni

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2 days Kayaking/Island camping/Trekking in Sharavathi Backwater on 17/18th

Hi All,

The Program:- We have 2 days Kayaking/Island camping/Trekking in Sharavathi Backwater on 17/18th Weekend of January.
These activities are not only for the fun, but they are also important life skill learning sessions. Here, You will learn to Paddle Coracle/Kayak, Swim with life jacket, Row the raft, pitching the tent and lighting camp fire.

Sharavathi Backwater:- Sharavathi backwater is about 60 KM in length and about 15 KM wide !!!!. It became backwater when dam was constructed at Linganamakki of sagara taluk in Shivamogga(Shimoga) district to the river Sharavathi. This backwater has created lots of islands, it is so great to explore all these, where thick vegetation still exist and lots of wild life in it including some rare birds.

Date:- 17/18-01-2009 weekend (2 Days)
Camp Site:- Sharavathi Backwater Near Sagara in Shimoga Dsitrict
Accomdation:- Dome tents on an ISLAND in the backwater.
Food:- Food is going to be Simple Vegetarian food and it will be freshly cooked food at the camp site.
Transport:- It is an option. u can travel on ur own (we will guide u how to reach there) or we can arrange transport

Itinerary of Camp activities in Sharavathi Backwater.

Day 1:-
  • Arrive at Camp site. Freshen up and Have Breakfast
  • Group Introductory session and initial briefing by the Camp leader
  • Introducing everyone to water, and a small swimming/floating session.
  • Transfer to Island in coracle.
  • Long Swimming and floating session. Initiation to Coracle paddling.
  • Have Lunch and rest for half an hour.
  • Start the Islands exploration trail by Coracle.
  • Return back to the camp site and have tea
  • Have a camp fire and fun time at camp fire
  • Have dinner and retire for the day
Day 2:-

  • Wake up early in the morning. Freshen up and have tea
  • A small swimming/floating session
  • Introduction to Raft Paddling
  • Introduction Kayaking and Individual Kayaking session.
  • Have lunch
  • Trek from yalakanagadde to "Devara gudda" peak view point. Spend time on Backwater view point and climb down to Bus stand
  • Travel back to Sagar and take Bus back to Bangalore
  • End of session.

Photos of our Adventure Water sports and camping Faliclity in Sharavathi backwater

or or

Blogs on
our new Adventure Water sports and camping Faliclity in Sharavathi backwater

Please mail me to prapancha@gmail.com for any more info...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Should people be controlling habit or should habit be controlling the people?

What does enjoyment mean?
Here are few definitions..
1. (noun) enjoyment
the pleasure felt when having a good time

2. (noun) enjoyment, delectation
act of receiving pleasure from something

All of you might be wondering why is this guy writing definitions , there is a reason for it.

As many in this community know, I have been involved in nature activities like trekking/Camping/Water sports for the past several years,in the recent past we have formed a group called "The Sharavahi nature Trail...", which consists mainly local tribal people. This organization is a registered non-profit TRUST. The idea behind forming this kind of organization is to

  • Provide rural employment and there by contributing to rural economy in a small way.
  • Educate urban populace about nature conservation.
  • Creating awareness of simple and natural lifestyle among urban populace.
  • Work with forest department on the various conservation activities.

Above points are the few among many things planned by this organization for the good of our society. To take up all these activities and for the organization survival, as you all aware, resource mobilisation is very important. For this purpose we have started conducting variuos nature activities like Trekking, nature camping and Water sports etc., for the true nature lovers.

As a rule we want to stricly adhere to ecotourism criteria.

According to the definition and principles of ecotourism established by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, ecotourism is "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990). Those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate
Ideally, ecotourism should satisfy several criteria[2][3], such as:
  • Conservation of biological diversity and cultural diversity through ecosystem protection
  • Promotion of sustainable use of biodiversity, by providing jobs to local populations
  • Sharing of socio-economic benefits with local communities and indigenous peoples by having their informed consent and participation in the management of ecotourism enterprises
  • tourism to unspoiled natural resources, with minimal impact on the environment being a primary concern.
  • Minimization of tourism's own environmental impact
  • Affordability and lack of waste in the form of luxury
  • Local culture, flora and fauna being the main attractions

The concept of ecotourism is widely misunderstood and in practice is often used as a marketing tool to promote tourism, which is related to nature. This is an especially frequent malpractice in the realm of Jungle tourism. Critics claim that these greenwashing practices, carried out in the name of ecotourism, often consist of placing a hotel in a splendid landscape, to the detriment of the ecosystem. According to them, ecotourism must above all sensitize people to the beauty and the fragility of nature. They condemn some operators as greenwashing their operations: using the labels of "green" and "eco-friendly", while behaving in environmentally irresponsible ways.

We want to be different and we want to be very responsible. As one of the point in ecotourism says "minimize impact"....We want to minimise as much as we can as we can not claim zero impact on environment.

For this purpose we have some rules, which are not negotiable, like

  • We follow the 'leave no trace' & 'zero impact camping' practice; do not litter on the trail, please carry back all the material garbage you generate on the program.ESPECIALLY PLASTIC WASTE SHOULD NOT BE THROWN AT ANY COST.
  • The locals, animals, birds have the right of 'way' and 'say' in our programs. We wish to respect their dignity to the fullest extent possible.
  • We discourage people shouting/screaming with loud noise as these things irritates calm nature locals.

But in recent past our organization have come across people who see these rules with great contempt. They pretend like adhering to these rules till they come for the program. Once they are in they start doing things in a cover...!!!.
It has been a painfull experience to us... especially Smoking is concerned.

Should people be controlling habits or should habits be controlling the people? I am confused.

What do you people say about this problem?