Thekkady | Photo: Mathrubhumi Yatra
Thiruvananthapuram: In a major move to revamp the tourism sector in Kerala, the state government is planning extensive development projects for popular tourist destinations of Thekkady, Kovalam, Munnar and Fort Kochi. The first phase of the developments would be based on a detailed action plan. As a part of the project, the development of Thekkady would be the first priority.
A meeting chaired by tourism minister PA Mohammed Riyas on Sunday discussed the developmental plans for Thekkady. The meeting also discussed the need to increase the time allotted for boating on the lake, curb illegal guides, set a uniform rate for jeep rides and set up an information centre for the tourism department. Taxi drivers and guides will be trained on how to treat tourists.
The meeting also put forward a project to make Thekkady a tourist hub connecting popular tourist spots in Idukki and Tamil Nadu. In the second phase, the development plan of Kovalam will be also be prepared.
A meeting will also be held at a later date to discuss the development of Munnar and Fort Kochi. It is also been discussed that a meeting has to be convened every four months under the chairmanship of the Minister to evaluate the progress made.