Visitor impact management of Parambikulam Tiger reserve in Western Ghats
Dr. Bindu VT, Sivakami V
Over the twentieth century, wildlife-based tourism has experienced significant growth, with increasing emphasis placed on ecotourism. Conservation of biodiversity and cultural diversity has implicitly and explicitly ingrained in the principals of ecotourism with much stress on sustainable use of natural resources and scope for income generation and employment opportunities. Protected areas of western Ghats-Anamalai Hills attract visitors from various parts of the country. Hence the researchers have undertaken the study at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve: A well-protected ecological portion in the Nelliyampathy - Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. Considering its biological richness, abundance of wildlife and land scape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. The present study focuses on to understand the visitor experience on tourism activities and visitor management strategies for sustainable tourism at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve on Anamalai hills. The findings of the study shows that the visitors experience at the tiger reserve are satisfactory with a scope of improvement in future and factors like environment education, facilities at the tiger reserve environment, visitor and site management techniques contributes to Visitor Impact Management at Tiger Reserve. This assist the stake holders and authorities of tiger reserve, to identify the priority areas for better management and conservation for future generation.