News at 9: Beach shacks planned across coastal India, Tamil Nadu’s first biodiversity heritage site and more

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News at 9: Beach shacks planned across coastal India, Tamil Nadu’s first biodiversity heritage site and more

Goa-like beach shacks to come up across coastal areas in India, Arittapatti is Tamil Nadu’s first biodiversity heritage site, Jharkhand to get 13 new tourist spots soon and more in top stories of the day.

Goa-like beach shacks to come up across coastal areas in India

Very soon, all coastal areas across India will have Goa-like beach shacks.

Tourism boards in different states can now decide on the smaller infrastructure projects which will include creating beach shacks like Goa, standalone jetties, breakwaters, and more. This will likely boost tourism and the coastal economy.

Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site is Tamil Nadu’s first biodiversity heritage site

With the Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site, one more gem got added to the world of conservation. A total of 193.215 hectares of land spread across the villages of Arittapatti and Meenakshipuram in the district of Madurai in Tamil Nadu was notified as Arittapatti Biodiversity Heritage Site under the Biological Diversity Act of 2002.

With this new addition, now India has 19 biodiversity heritage sites. There are several attractions in Arittapatti village but the most notable geographical feature is the chain of seven barren granite hillocks. This rocky landscape surprisingly supports a total of 72 lakes, 200 natural springs and three check dams.

Arittapatti Village is also home to a number of megalithic structures, rock-cut temples that are 2,200 years old, several Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions, and a very rich population and fauna and avifauna. The region has approximately 250 species of birds which includes three flagship raptor species: Laggar falcon, shaheen falcon and bonelli’s eagle. The region also has endangered animal species such as slender loris, Indian pangolin and python.

East Singhbhum in Jharkhand to get 13 new tourist spots very soon

Jharkhand is one of the least explored states in India. Now there are talks of developing 13 new tourist sites in East Singhbhum district to promote and rural tourism and eco-tourism.

The spots in question are Dharagiri waterfalls, Kashidanga Shiva Temple, Siddheswar Hills, Satnala Hills, Kanaiswar hilltop, Gotashila hill, Kiya waterfalls, Jyoti hill, Galudih barrage, Lakhaidih, Mukhteswardham Harina, Kaleswardham and Kokda. In addition to these sites, the authorities have also suggested Hatikheda temple in Patamda Paharbhanga hilltop and Bhuteswar temple in Baharagora as potential tourism spots in the district.

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