Responsible tourism: Foreigners delve into beauty of villages
Palakkad: Palakkad District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has started implementing responsible tourism in the district. As part of the mission, a team of 25 tourists from Spain and Mauritius reached Palakkad on Monday.
The foreigners were received in the traditional customs of the Agraharam (Brahmin village) in Palakkad. The natives welcomed the tourists at Kalpathi village at 10 in the morning by performing Arati and adorning them with sandal paste on forehead. The foreign visitors relished the special filter coffee and Mysore Pak (a confection) of the village and also inquired about the specialty of the construction of the houses in the village.
They got a chance to observe the traditional pickle making process and buy some samples. The Kudumbashree unit in Koduvayur prepared the lunch for the guests. In the afternoon session, the tourists paid a visit to the weavers’ village in Peruvemba and watched weaving of different types of clothes. It was a novel experience for the foreign visitors when they bought woven clothes and tried to wear Kerala saree.
Watching clay pot making in live was another attraction for the tourists. They also got an opportunity to see toddy tapping and even to taste the natural taste of toddy. The guests of Palakkad returned after watching a Kaniarkali performance in the evening. Responsible tourism is implemented with an aim to develop tourism in a way that benefits the local people.