You begin your adventures from the mystical Anandapur Royal forest of Southeast Asia. According to WDWinfo.com, Anandapur means "place of delight," and that it is. The exotic architecture and depth of the place beckon you forward, and you find yourself wandering towards the Maharaja Jungle Trek, unable to turn back without the comfort of knowing what lies ahead.
"Since very ancient times, the rajahs of Anandapur have hunted tigers in this forest. In AD 1544, King Bhima Disampati decreed the forest a royal preserve, closed to all save his guests, and built a royal hunting lodge whose ruins lie nearby. After 1948, the royal forest was given to the people of Anandapur. Today, the forest protects not only the remaining tigers and other wildlife, but is a valuable watershed of the Chakranadi River and some of the last remaining virgin forest in this region."
the guide map available upon entering the trek
As you walk along the path, you discover that Anandapur has been under the rule of four different rajahs, each with their own contributions to the history of Anandapur.
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Your journey continues with the constant reminder of what lay ahead...
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We rely on bats for the life of our crops. Fruit-eating bats pollinate plants and drop seeds as they fly, helping new plants grow. Bats help us grow food for everyone!"
Also in in the Bat Cliffs, you can see several other creatures, such as...
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