Trekkers who want to gain entry into any forest must first notify the respective authorities to get permission. Every forest in and around Chikmagalur is looked after and monitored by the forest department. They will issue a written letter granting permission if your request is valid. Some of the most popular requests that the forest office get are for photography, night stay, safari, and trekking.
In most cases, you will be accompanied by a forest guard with a weapon due to the abundance of wildlife like bears and elephants as these can cause considerable harm to humans. We advise you to not wear any bright colored clothing like yellow, white or orange color to the forest. Instead, you can wear clothes which will blend in with the surroundings like grey, dark green and brown as this will cause a minimal disturbance in the forest. You must also refrain yourself from using bright flashlights, lighters, matches, perfume, soap, shampoo or any weapons.
When passing through a forest in your car, drive at a relatively slow speed and don’t sound the horn and disturb the tranquility of the forest. It is also advisable not to stop in between the forest for any reason unless an emergency.
When in a forest you must always keep all your senses active while maintaining absolute silence.
Photography is a great way to spend time in the forest. Keep in mind that there may be some regulations regarding photography in some forests like sensitive areas where photography may be prohibited. Make sure that you understand and abide by all the rules to have a safe and enjoyable time. We recommend you to leave the forest by sunset as the night brings with it a heightened activity of predators. This can be dangerous and life-threatening. This is permissible if you have permission from the forest department who’ll provide you with an armed forest guard.
It is imperative that you stay in a group as wandering off alone near isolated pockets like near water bodies, treetops and bushes can have deadly consequences. You must never feed any of your food to the wild animals in the forest. Always make it a point to bring back all the things you take into the forest like leftovers, wraps, paper and plastic items.
When you head out into the bush, you will come across ticks. These are minute insects that’ll attach to your body when you sit down or rest against some grass, dried leaves and so on. These aren’t particularly harmful, but you can cover your legs with full-length trousers to avoid them. You must also take a first-aid kit in case of an emergency. The essential of the kit are some surgical cotton, hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, plasters and a hand sanitizer.
If you come across a forest fire, steer clear of it and inform the forest officials as soon as possible. Time is of the essence as it can save many lives.
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