Kerala Tourism Takes Off
It was Walter Mendis, the Corporate
Creative Director of Mudra, who gave Kerala the name ” God’s own Country”. He
meant Kerala is as beautiful as the Lord made it, bearing on every feature the
unmistakable stamp of the great Original Creative Artist !
Kerala is amongst the top 40 destinations in the world. National
Geographic is of the view that she is amongst the top ten !
More than 21 K cr has come in and more than 8 lk foreign tourists
visited this beautiful state out of a total of 10.8 million tourists. This
21,125 cr is 8% of Kerala’s total income.
Kerala is a state fashioned by the Monsoons. The South West Monsoon,
the North East Monsoon and the Summer Monsoon always protect Kerala and she is
one of the few states which report rains every month and receives more than 3000
mm rainfall per year. With the result, the climate in green Kerala is pleasant
Kerala has a lot to offer. Houseboat Tourism, particularly in the
Venice of the East, Alleppey, Beach Tourism, because of the 586 km coastline,
River Tourism, Mountain Tourism & Monsoon Tourism, because of the heavy
rainfalls that grace Kerala !
Kerala is just 1.1% of India ! Yet, she hosts 22% of 47 K plants, 35%
of varieties of fish and 210 types of oceanic creatures. She has 700 kms of the
Western Ghats & 586 kms of coastline. She receives 2000 mm rains. You will
find different types of people belonging to different civilisations as she is
multi-cultural and multi-religious. That is how Kerala becomes the Lord’s own
The foreigners say that ” well kept beaches, good people, tasty and
mouth watering cuisine, spirituality and Ayurveda ” are the hallmarks of Kerala
Beaches are a fascination for tourists and the four out of the five
Districts which receive the influx of tourist have beaches ( Trichur,
Trivandurm, Ernakulam, Alleppey and Idukki ).
Some fishing villages have been defined as Fishermen’s Village. Farm
Tourism is also on the rise.
Sea plane to link the three airports
of Kerala along with Mangalore
The plan of the Sea Plane project is to provide service initially in
the priority circuit, consisting of the three major airports of Kerala and the
prime destinations, Ashtamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom, Bolgatty and Bekal in the
Kerala is the flag bearer of Ayurveda, as a rich ecosystem is housed
in the Western Ghats. The W G has been defined as one of the eight biodiversity
hot spots, because of the immense medicinal plant reserve. Ayurvedic
institutions have been given Green Leaf and Olive Leaf and a tourist, looking
for therapeutic treatment can get world class alternative medicinal facilities.
Great traffic was seen at Arthirappilly Waterfalls yesterday, as
schools closed for vacation.
Cherai Beach in Vypin Islands also received
heavy rush of tourists.
Real estate prices at these places have
catapulted, reaching unprecedented heights. Kochi had seen a realty boom and
this realty boom was experienced in Trichur Dist, in areas proximate to Kochi,
like Azheekode and Kodungalloor. Due to the global meltdown, however,
transactions have come down. But then this is a temporary lull and after some
years, realty will boom.
I celebrated the Hindu New Year with a trip to Vallarpadam.I was
accompanied by my friend, Ajith, who is the Devaswom Auditor. From High Court
Junction, we took a bus to Vallarpadam. First it traversed Bolgatty Island and
then we reached Vallarpadam. We went to the Vallarpadam Church, which was neatly
maintained. Work is still in progress at the ICTT and then we took a bus to
Vypeen Island, where a 60,000 crore investment is in the offing. We took a bus
to Munambam harbour and the bus traversed Cherai, Nayarambalam, Jnarakkal
etc.These islands are connected by the Goshree Bridges and GIDA ( Goshree
Islands Development Authority ) is in charge of all projects.
Along with the
80,000 cr investment in Kochi, another 100,000 cr INR is in the offing.
We had a plan to go to Vypeen Jetty and then take a boat to Ernakulam
mainland, but then we abandoned it as we reached Munambam. From Munambam Boat
Jetty, we took a boat to Azheekode, which is just 5 kms from Kodungalloor. From
Kodungalloor, I came back to Trichur.
Kerala Tourism can revive you to
recharge your body and soul, capturing you with her tantalising beauty. Kerala
Tourism figures primarily in Indian tour attractions and Kerala Tourism is
blessed with attractions like Kerala backwater tour packages, Kerala Wildlife
Tourism, Kerala Hill Station Tourism, Kerala Beach Tourism etc. Your experiences
will be out of this world, as God's own country captivates you with her