Kerala Tourism Dept to develop major tourist centres

By CR Krishnakumar

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Thekkady | Photo: Mathrubhumi Yatra

Thiruvananthapuram: Major tourist destinations in Kerala - Thekkady, Kovalam, Munnar and Fort Kochi - are all set for a new phase of development. It is part of the first stage of the renovation based on the plan of action prepared by the Kerala Tourism Department.

Tourism Minister PA Mohammed Riyas convened a meeting on Sunday to discuss the developmental projects of Thekkady. Recommendations were raised to increase the boating time here, turn Thekkady into a tourist hub by connecting the tourist locations in Idukki and Tamil Nadu, control illegal guides, set a uniform rate for jeep safari and establish an Information Centre under the tourism department.

Soon the minister will summon a meeting to consider the projects for Munnar and Fort Kochi. Meetings will be held every four months to evaluate the development of the projects. Another meeting of the officials in the tourism department and those who work in relation to the tourism industry will be also convened.

Taxi drivers and guides will be directed on how to communicate with the tourists. A plan for the second phase of development of Kovalam will be considered soon.

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