Covid third wave: Eco tourist sites closed again

A view from Echo point of Ponmudi | Photo: Dhanesh Krishnan M/ Mathrubhumi

Nedumangadu: The eco-tourist spots of the district locked again in the wake of the third wave of Covid 19. It is for the third time that tourist spots, including Ponmudi, are shutting down within a year. This has led to severe loss to those who work here temporarily. Over 750 people have become unemployed in Thiruvananthapuram by this.

In the first phase, eco-tourist sites Ponmudi, Mankayam, Peppara, Vazhvanthol, Varayattumudi and Sankhili were closed.

However, Agasthyarkoodam trekking is proceeding in Thiruvananthapuram abiding to strict Covid protocols. Only 50 persons are allowed to trek instead of 100 visitors daily.

Though the tourist locations Veli, Akkulam, Shankumugham, Sasthampara and Kottoor are open now, only a few visitors reach here as the Covid cases surged in the state.

All these sites remain closed on Sundays. During the first wave of the pandemic, tourist spots were sealed for almost 9 months in the state and opened only in December 2020. The employees were allowed to work for one or two days considering their safety and they were making both ends meet with this meagre salary. With the evolution of the third wave of Covid, people who rely on the tourism sector for sustenance are under stress again.

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