Kannur to find spot on global tourism map; Malanad–Malabar river cruise tourism project takes off
Kannur: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday inaugurated the boat jetties and terminal at Pazhayangadi and Parassinikkadavu constructed as part of the prestigious Malanad – Malabar river cruise tourism project.
The project, part of Responsible Tourism Mission, is aimed to connect the tranquil waterways in Kannur and Kasaragod district and encourage tourist arrivals to explore the unexplored.
The proposal put forward by the state tourism department was approved by union tourism ministry as part of Swadesh Darshan Scheme project and Rs 80.37 crore was approved for the same. Tenders were called and construction started in over 20 places.
The state government aims to commission the first phase of the project by January 2021. Four cruise boat service is being conducted here from the Pazhayangadi terminal through the Kuppam river.
The boat jetties and terminals have been constructed at Pazhayangadi and Parassinikkadavu spending over Rs 7.5 crore.
Basic infrastructure facilities like passenger terminals, boat terminals, jetties, boat race gallery, restaurants, food courts, performance areas, open air theatres, angling yards, parking, cycle tracks, handicraft kiosks, bio toilets, Wi-Fi facilities, drinking water facilities, floating markets for local produce, solar lamps, watch towers, solid waste management, CCTV, signage etc. will also be developed here.
The state government had earlier approved Rs 40 crore for the cruise project in Kannur and Rs 13 crore in Kasaragod.
‘Malanad Malabar river cruise tourism project’ focuses on development of water-based thematic cruise experiences in and around Mayyazhi, Valapattanam, Ancharakkandi, Kuppam, Perumba, Kavvayi, Thejaswini and Chandragiri rivers and Valiyaparamaba backwaters.
The project will let travellers explore North Malabar’s traditional art forms, culture, heritage, cuisine, and thus unravel the rustic beauty of the region.
Two years back, around 20 MLAs from the state, as per invitation of the MLAs in the district, had conducted a boating to evaluate the mangrove resources in the rivers belonging to Taliparamaba and Kalliasseri assembly constituencies.
Following this, the cruise project proposal was shaped. M Kumar Architects in Kannur has designed the project.
This is the first time, north Kerala tourism obtained such a huge amount from state-central governments.