Pulpally: The Kuruva Island, which was closed down for six months due to heavy rains, was reopened for tourists on Friday. It was closed on May 31. The forest department said that the reopening was delayed as the heavy rains caused severe damage to the island.
The bamboo bridge inside the island was also damaged in the rain. The island will be open from 9 am to 3.30 pm. Around 950 tourists will be allowed entry to the island per day with 475 each through Pakkam and Palvelicham entrances. The Eco tourism guides have been given special training by the fire force.
There are around 40 security officers to regulate the tourists. The renovations including that of the tourist rafts have been completed. There were plans to implement online ticket booking system but is yet to be activated.
The ticket fares are Rs 95 and Rs 65. The entry is free for children under 10 years. The district tourism promotion council started rafting through the river near Palvelicham entrance in September.