KSRTC offers night stay in bus to attract tourists in Malabar-Gavi services


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Kozhikode: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has been planning to operate more services connecting the tourist destinations in the state. As KSRTC special services in Malappuram-Munnar route became a huge hit, services will soon begin from Kozhikode and Kannur districts to Gavi. The feasibility study on the same has been completed and the trips will begin by December first week.

The passengers will be brought to Pathanamthitta in KSRTC bus and semi buses will be stationed there to take them to Gavi. Sixteen passengers can be seated in a semi bus. It will reach Gavi via Maniyar, Moozhiyar, Kakki and Anathode. Accommodation for the passengers will be arranged in the bus for a night. The project expects the full support of the forest department too.

KSRTC is targeting revenue from sources other than tickets from these special services. As a part of this, KSRTC has formed a special department called Budget Tourism Cell on October 23. It has been decided to conduct daily services to the major tourist sites in each district.

On October 18, KSRTC began special services from Malappuram depot to Munnar for the tourists. Three buses including a low-floor air conditioned bus conduct service. Within two weeks, 635 people travelled to Munnar utilising these services. After this, trips were also arranged from Thiruvananthapuram, Adoor and Pala depots to Munnar.

Along with this, Malakkapara services had started from Thiruvalla and Pala depots. Though a single trip was scheduled from the depot to the tourist destinations initially, the number of services has been increased with the surge in pre-booking for the trip.

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