The Chandaka Cycle Trails, a programme under the Bhubaneswar Nature Walk of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), was launched from Godibari here on Wednesday.
As part of the Bhubaneswar City Festival, the cycle trail is an initiative to go deeper into the forest and learn more about the importance of the Chandaka forest reserve with its flora and fauna. On the inaugural day, six cyclists moved into the forest and returned, according to reports. The cycle trail, has begun in collaboration with Eco Tour of Forest Department and Playbook Consultancy, will be held at 6 am every Sunday.
Chandaka is home to 730 species of plants, 39 species of mammals, 252 species of birds, nie species of amphibians, 39 species of reptiles, 19 species of fishes and seven species of invertebrates. With the river Mahanadi on its side, the scene inside the forest with numerous water bodies around makes the surrounding unique.