Karnataka: Those visiting eco-tourism sites will now get insurance cover


Karnataka: Those visiting eco-tourism sites will now get insurance cover

As per the latest development, all tiger reserves and heads of wildlife divisions have been ordered to extend insurance coverage to all ticket-holders across Karnataka. This has been ordered by the principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife).

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Kumar Pushkar stated that the insurance cost will be adjusted with the gate fee, which is collected at these sites.

This move comes in the wake of ensuring the safety of tourists visiting eco-tourism sites in Karnataka.

Home to some of the best-maintained tiger reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, Karnataka’s forests have numerous eco-tourism destinations. These eco-tourism destinations are also known for offering several adventure activities, such as kayaking, trekking, boat travel, rafting, visit to waterfalls, and safaris, and attract tons of travellers yearly.

However, many of these adventure activities do carry a risk quotient, which can range from sudden honey bee attacks to wildlife attacks, drowning, which at times led to death, and permanent or partial disability. However, all this while, none of these activities had any insurance cover. Only in some exceptional cases, travellers were compensated from either the forest department or the state’s relief fund.

Even though Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) used to provide insurance cover to its travellers while carrying out such activities or during visits to these sites, there was no insurance offered from the forest department.

Pushkar further added that now they want to extend a similar benefit to general travellers who may visit these destinations without booking through JLR or by directly buying tickets to take part in adventure activities. Also, their insurance cost will be adjusted with the gate fee that is collected at these sites. He added that they will collaborate with insurance agencies and provide insurance cover to travellers.


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