Tourism department yet to utilise potential of Mini Goa in Kozhikode

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Vadakara: Mini Goa, a part of the Kolavipalam beach, is suffering from neglect despite vast possibilities for the development of tourism in the region. Named after its similarity to the beaches in Goa, Mini Goa is an estuarine region surrounded by Mangrove forests and is a natural beauty. However, without adequate basic facilities for tourists, Mini Goa has become a hub for drug users and antisocial elements. Careless disposal of plastic waste and other garbage is proving to be detrimental for the mangrove forest.

Locals have been demanding to adopt the Sand Banks model of tourism to develop Mini Goa into a popular tourist spot. Due to its proximity to other tourist locations such as the Iringal Sargalaya and the Kunjali Marakkar Museum, Mini Goa has huge tourist potential.

While there has been talks for a boat service project linking Sand Banks and Velliyamkallu with Mini Goa, there has not been any developments so far. Despite its unique location, Mini Goa gets very little attention due to lack of basic amenities including proper guides.

Vadakara MLA KK Rema has already brought up the issue in the state Assembly, and has raised the need for a comprehensive plan to develop Mini Goa into an important tourist area. Tourism department minister Mohammed Riyas has assured that the Government will be working to address the issue.

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