Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wilderness Resorts to set up 20 Cicada properties in India by 2011

Monday, November 26, 2007 (19:00 IST)
By Krupa Vora | Bangalore

Bangalore-based Wilderness Resorts Pvt. Ltd., which owns a property called 'Cicada Kabini', is planning to add 20 more wildlife resorts under the Cicada brand at key national parks in India by 2011. The expansion project will take place in two phases. The first phase will see eight resorts coming up in South India with an investment of Rs 50 crore by next year-end. The company is already constructing three more properties in Karnataka - a 25-room resort at Bandipur, 20-room resort at Chikmaglur and a property at Nagarhole that will have about 10 tents - which are expected to become operational by June, 2008. Also, one property each will come up at Periyar and Wayyand in Kerala and at Mudhamali and Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.

As far as the second phase is concerned, the company will look at acquiring properties in the vicnity of the Corbett National Park, Uttaranchal; the Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh; the Gir Forest, Gujarat, the Sunderbans, West Bengal and the Kaziranga Forest in Assam among other wildlife regions. "The idea is to bring eco-tourism chains that cater to wildlife tourism into the picture in India," said Tiger Ramesh, CEO, Wilderness Resorts Pvt. Ltd.


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