The beach is barely 100 mts from the main road i.e. ATR.
The forest officials at Rangat under the guidance of the DFO (Divisional Forest Officer), Mr. V. Kannan, took a lovely, green initiative and transformed the sea beach into an eco park that is now the main recreation area for the locals and visitors. This beach that once managed to see the faces of merely tens of people in a day now gets hundreds of visitors.
The park is now a popular tourist’s destination and a hit among the children. Kudos to the forest authorities for the initiative I hope Andamans sees a boom at several other places.
What makes this park unique is the fact that everything is made up of woods and particularly the wood logs that were lying around the beach. So, in a way this initiative not only built a green family park but also made the best possible use of the wooden logs that otherwise occupied the sea beach.
These logs that were lying at the sea shore were dragged with the help of elephants and brought to the location of the park.
Admirably, not a single tree was cut while developing this place!
A tree standing tall here tells its own tale.
Here a few features of the park and the various sculptures that are made:
The grove is furnished with unique structures obtained from nature. Some of these are:
These are shelled out from the logs of Khari Badam tree that had got uprooted during the Tsunami of 2004. These structures are maintenance free, durable and will last for many decades to come.
Log Teapoys and Log Stools
These are also made from the trunk of the logs of Khari Badam tree and cut in cross section. Stools are made from the upper portion of the uprooted logs.
Benches are provided around the tree trunk for the visitors to enjoy the nature. These are made up of the lateral cut pieces of logs which are generally left unused. While making these round, all purpose benches, due care was taken that no damage was caused to the tree trunk.
These unique dustbins are made up of hollow logs which had no economic value, whatsoever. A deciduous tree like Padauk develops hollowness when they are atleast few centuries old and when heartwood portion of the tree deteriorates. This property of the tree was put into the best use.
And now heres the parking lot.
A similar park is in making a few kilometers from this place. Here are a few pics of the making.
This is hallow Padauk wooden log. This is being used for making the dustbins.
Sofas and seats in the making from the dead wooden logs.
And now the turn for nature’s miracle. At this place there is natural fresh water and its like a heaven for travelers and truck drivers who otherwise do not easily find fresh water for drinking. And this is the reason for choosing this place as a park! What a brilliant idea!
And here is the man behind this entire idea, its inception and the hard work, Mr. Vishwa Kannan, addressing the PRIs of his division and creating awareness about the forests and nature.
Come, visit this place to feel the eco-ness!