TourFed to boost Pilgrimage Tourism in Kerala: Pancha Pandava temple circuit in first phase
Kozhikode: TourFed under the Department of Co-operation will soon launch a project on pilgrimage tourism connecting the major temples in Kerala. The new project aims to boost the tourism sector along with increasing the revenue of temples.
In the first phase of the project, a one-day special package connecting the temples that are believed to be found by Pandavas will be set in motion. The pilgrimage will enlighten the tourists with the history and myths related to the five temples owed to Pandavas.
The Pancha Pandava temple circuit includes Thrichittat Mahavishnu temple, Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy temple, Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu temple and Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu temple, all clustered around Chengannur and Pathanamthitta. According to a legend, the temple Muthukulam Pandavarkavu in Alappuzha was established by Kunthi, the mother of Pandavas. This temple will also be made part of the package. The trip will cost Rs 2000 for a traveller, including food and other expenses.
More projects in array
TourFed also plans to deploy more similar projects corporating ancient temples and churches. It is considering circuits linking eminent Vishnu temples and also the Ezharapallikal’ (seven and a half churches) believed to be found by St Thomas.
First phase to begin soon
The first journey will kick start from Thiruvananthapuram by the first week of December. The bus will start from Vellayambalam at 5.30 am and return at 7 am after visiting the above-mentioned temples. The tourists will also be taken to Vasthuvidya Gurukulam at Aranmula. It is a state-run institution for promoting traditional architecture and mural paintings.
Trips to the same temple circuit will begin from Kozhikode in January 2022. The details of the travels are available on the website of TourFed.