“We wanted to send a message to our community that even women can run tourist businesses!” Swathi, Priyanka and Ayesha, part of #India's all women mangrove safari crew ♀️, are successfully modeling an ecotourism programme in #Sindhudurg, #India.
The mangrove safari, which includes an hour-long boat ride in the Mandavi creek in Vengurla, is the major component of the eco-tourism programme in the area. The women row the boats themselves, and help the tourists in identifying the various mangrove species and associated ora and fauna. “Earlier all we knew about mangroves was that it was illegal to cut them down. Today we can correctly identify over 15 species of mangroves,” says Sneha Khobarekar with a hint of pride. “We knew that shes come to the mangroves to lay eggs. But we learnt this year that even birds and otters lay their eggs in mangrove areas. We tell the tourists that these mangroves are ‘maternity homes’ for the marine creatures!”