When it comes to major Eco-tourism sites in Odisha, Khandadhar has always been a paramount attraction for the tourists. The state government has been aligning all its efforts for the promotion and development of many tourist places.
But when it comes to Khandadhar, the case is bit different. With the help of Odisha tourism, the kind of initiative taken by the local people to modify the surrounding places of India’s 12th highest waterfall is
A few months back, the Bonai Subdivision Administration has taken an initiative to re-establish the Khandadhar Ecotourism Society for the betterment of Khandadhar environment and tourism. The society which was formed a year ago to manage the waterfall area and its surroundings has created an example for others to follow.
The Forest Department was assigned the responsibility only to support these people till they could be able to manage themselves. The Khandadhar Ecotourism Society has taken a step to re-modify itself by taking 47 people from adjacent villages and these villagers took the responsibility to look after the surroundings of the waterfall and their livelihood.
Seeing the local villagers’ efforts which have increased the tourism of this and now it is giving Khandadhar an exquisite and alluring look. The soothing environment of Eco Cottage Khandadhar has been providing delightful facilities to the tourists and Khandadhar Support system which has local villagers as members
The addition of nature camp for night stay by Forest Department in recent time altogether changed Khandadhar which was only known for day tourism.