Tourism needs to be back in business

Shajan C Kumar

Being the natural beauty spot of India, Kerala, God’s Own Country has always been preferred by tourists to take a break and enjoy living close to the nature. Munnar will always inspire you! You can live in resorts built with traditional Kerala architecture that smoothly merges into the surrounding nature. You can also wake up to the chirping of birds in the misty mornings to walk down and witness millions of miracles!

After a year’s working from home situation, it was time for me to take a break and go out and chill! So decided to check out a destination point. Munnar! The Dream Catcher was available and booked a Treehouse!

From Kochi International Airport it took over 2 hours to reach the resort. Treehouses that create the romance and grandeur of a hill station, connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful tea gardens. These unique self-contained Treehouses have been carefully chiselled into the dense plantation.

On arrival a cute little Assamese girl served us welcome drink. I have seen this trend in Kerala’s hospitality industry. Many of the guest care staff are from the north-eastern part of India.

“They are the best. Cultured and pleasing behaviour made them perfect manpower for this industry.” Monson Jose who was at the reception desk explained.

Treehouse gives you the
top view of nature’s beauty

Smell the aroma of Cardamom and a cup of tea while living inside a Treehouse! The treehouses built in the middle of jungle-like surroundings give you the top view of nature’s beauty.

Munnar is a town in the western ghats mountain range of Kerala surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century.

And history says that the region has been inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribals like the Malayarayan and Muthuvan for thousands of years. Tradition states that Colonel Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, was the first British person to pass through Munnar during Tipu Sultan's campaign in Travancore, but this is unsubstantiated.

The first survey of the terrain was undertaken by Benjamin Swayne Ward in 1816–1817, who followed the Periyar into the Western Ghats and established a camp at the confluence of three rivers, from which the name of Munnar is derived.

The Kerala Tourism website has got 1,447,014 visits since April 2021 which gives the impression that people are getting ready for an overdue vacation which they deserve!

Tourism Minister P. A. Mohamed Riyas has announced a lot of new initiatives to enhance the tourism industry in Kerala.

A day after assuming charge, Riyas convened a meeting of the top officials of the Tourism Department to discuss immediate interventions needed to revive the tourism sector. He said all possible interventions to address the problems of entrepreneurs, employees, and other stakeholders in the tourism sector will be taken up. The minister said reviving the sector is a matter of urgent concern.

The resort owners in Munnar are also expecting some new initiatives from the government to support them survive the pandemic crisis. They said that the hill stations in the Idukki district can become an attraction for Kerala Tourism plans.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council prediction, India should grow in tourism industry at an annual rate of 6.9 percent to Rs 32.05 lakh crore by 2028 which is 9.9 percent of GDP. But will it happen is the question.

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