Published: 12th July 2018
Soon, an all-women run restaurant to be opened at Bogatha waterfalls in Hyderabad
Officials said that there are further plans to develop the tourist spot and that they are expecting more people to visit the site
In a day, at least 2,000 people visit Bogatha Waterfalls in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, yet there is no food outlet there. However, by end of the month, 15 women of different age groups would be seen taking orders, cooking and serving food at a restaurant near the waterfalls which has become a popular tourist spot in the State.
Telangana Forest department has selected 15 women from Cheekupally village which is located just around 200 metres away from the gate leading to the waterfalls. Some of the women are widows and have been struggling to eke out a livelihood.
Suman Kalyanapu, the Bhupalpally district Eco-Tourism coordinator, said that the income and profits generated from the restaurant will be split in 70:30 ratio between the women and the Forest department respectively.
"The women were sent for 45-days training in food and beverages at an institute in Warangal. Some of them have B.Ed degree, some passed 10th standard and some did not receive a formal education. The 15 women will manage the restaurant," Suman Kalyanapu said, adding that forest guards too would be posted at the food outlet.
Officials said that there are further plans to develop the tourist spot and that they are expecting more people to visit the site. In monsoon, the waterfalls receive a footfall of around 5,000 people during weekends.
More adventure sports
Jayashanakr Bhupalpally district is making its mark as a sought-after spot for tourism and there are plans to attract more tourists. Apart from existing activities like cycling, rock climbing, and trekking, the officials are planning to introduce archery, rifle shooting, zip lining and other adventure sports.