Safari, camera fee hike at Bandipur, Nagarahole draws flak
News

Safari, camera fee hike at Bandipur, Nagarahole draws flak

April 5, 2021

Mysuru: The Forest Department’s move to hike the safari and camera fee at Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserves has drawn flak from wildlife-lovers who termed the increase as fleecing by the Department.

“Safaris now can be accessed only by the rich and professional cameramen who can afford the fee but an opportunity to common man to enjoy wildlife in their natural habitat has been denied,” they said, taking to social media to vent their ire.

The new hike has come into effect from Apr. 1 and is applicable at all National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves. But entry tickets and camera fee vary from one National Park to another. The rent for accommodation too has been revised by Rs. 500 per cottage.

The entry fee and safari for Nagarahole Tiger Reserve from Antharasanthe, Nanachi Gate and Kabini Backwaters has been revised from Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 for Indians while children below 12 years and students will pay Rs. 150. The rate has been lowered from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 500 for foreigners. This apart, individuals have to pay Rs. 300 for a 90-minute safari in the Department bus and children below 12 years of age and students will have to pay Rs. 150. Students have to possess ID cards and permission letter from the head of the institution. The safari fee for foreigners has been fixed at Rs. 500.

A steep hike:  For safari-goers in vehicles owned by Jungle Lodges and Resorts at Nagarahole will cost between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 3,500 depending on the category of vehicles. 

READ ALSO  Bandipur wildfire: Gusty winds hinder dousing operations

The fee for cameras with interchangeable lenses has been hiked from Rs. 200 to                                 Rs. 250 per unit and this is per trip. For lenses with a zoom ranging from 70 mm to 200 mm, an additional Rs. 750 has to be paid per unit per trip while for use of lens beyond 500 mm, the fee is Rs. 1,500 per unit per trip.

At Bandipur Tiger Reserve, an entry fee of Rs. 300 per person has been fixed and a safari in the Department vehicle for 90 minutes will cost an additional Rs. 300. A safari in the Department jeep will cost Rs. 3,500 per vehicle for Indians and Rs. 5,000 per vehicle for foreigners. A safari in 9-seater vehicle will cost Rs. 5,000 for Indians and Rs. 7,000 for foreigners.

Here too, the camera fee has been increased and a camera with interchangeable lens with a zoom range of 70 mm to 200 mm will cost Rs. 150 per trip and use of lens above 200 mm will cost Rs. 750 per trip. In addition, there is a separate slab under ‘Professional Photography Charges’ for use of cameras above 200 mm lens and video or handy-cam which will cost Rs. 1,500 per trip.

Officers justify hike

Justifying the increase in safari, entry and camera fee, Bandipur Project Tiger Director S.R. Natesha said that the new rates have been implemented four years ago. “Rising fuel costs, salaries of employees, employment of daily wage workers for conservation efforts have contributed to the costs and we have got orders from the higher authorities,” he said. 

Nagarahole Project Tiger Director Mahesh Kumar said that there has been an increase in the number of commercial photographers frequenting the Tiger Reserves and as such, it is necessary to regulate it with a fee hike.

While Forest Officials have defended the decision saying it will restrict footfall, safari-lovers say that the Department was reaping profits in the name of safaris and a common  man cannot afford it.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Safari, camera fee hike at Bandipur, Nagarahole draws flak”

  1. Bore Gowda says:

    The cost of a movie ticket in cineplex is IRS 250+, why can’t we pay little more for a much enriching experience during safari? The fees structure for Cameras seem complex and open to exploitation by both tourists and officers.

  2. halsey says:

    Spot on with thіѕ write-up, I honestly think this amazing site needs a lot morе attention. I’ll probably bе back
    again to read through more, thanks foг tһe info!

ABOUT

Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.

CONTACT

Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]