There’s a reason why Karnataka is also referred to as ‘God’s own Country’. It’s a land swept with lush greenery, tranquil backwaters and rolling hills. Nature can be found here in all its glory, bringing a ton of sensory delight to the onlooker. And this is just going to get better, because by the end of 2019, Karnataka will have around 26 new eco-trails, along with the existing seven ones. So, if you like hiking, trekking and unwinding amidst nature, you’re in for the real treat.

The new eco trails have been identified by the Karnataka Forest Department, and if everything goes as planned, work will start after everything is finalised with the Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board. The seven eco-trails that were introduced in 2017 – Avalabetta, Siddarabetta, Savanadurga, Makalidurga, Devarayanadurga, Skandagiri and Bidarakatte – have been instrumental in boosting tourism in Karnataka. The trails shot to fame among travellers and adventure seekers because they gave an opportunity for a one-of-a-kind experience to the trekkers. It’s also estimated that the trekking routes will be brought under one umbrella for better management.

Karnataka is an idyllic place for a vacation; it stands out for its diverse landscapes, verdant forests, pilgrimage spots, ancient temples, and unique flora and fauna. And this year, Karnataka Tourism’s endeavour of introducing eco-trails with the new theme – Script Your Adventure, is in line with the state’s diverse nature. These paths will be a blend of temple, architectural ruins, wildlife parks and vibrant forests, much like the existing trails of Devarayanadurga, Siddarabetta and Avalabetta that let you witness the rich cultural heritage, surrounded by forts and dotted with old temples; Savanadurga and Bidarakatte that cater to those who love nature and cherish the peace and quiet of the hills; and Skandagiri and Makalidurga that make for the absolute perfect escape from the hustle of the Silicon Valley.