Mananthavady: Tourists who arrive to enjoy the beautiful Kuruva Dweep or Kuruva Island will get disappointed as the island is closed in summer. But the raft ride in this island arranged by District Tourism Promotion Council will impress all.
Earlier, many tourists were forced to leave from here without any enjoyment. But the raft ride will be a pleasant experience though tourists are not allowed to enter the island.
The DTPC has started the raft ride for tourists near Palvelicham area from September 2018. The new service was started after the authority imposed restriction on entry of tourists to Kuruva island following a High Court order.
The High Court of Kerala in its 2018 order banned visitors to the ecologically sensitive tourism centers of Wayanad including Soochippara waterfalls and Kuruva Island. Though tourists are restricted to enter the island, they are allowed to take a bath in the river after charging Rs 50 per head.
Large number of people are arriving here to enjoy the ride in the wooden raft. The raft is made in a traditional way by using bamboo.
According to the official records of DTPC, 20,844 tourists have taken ride on the raft till March 31, 2019. Through this, DTPC earned a revenue of Rs 28,85,350.
“We got good number of tourists last Christmas holidays. A total of 4895 people took raft ride here during that season and DTPC earned Rs 7,61,940 from it,” said officials.
With the commencement of summer vacation, over hundreds of people from Kerala and other states are arriving here every day. They enjoy the refreshing experience here.
DTPC arranged six bamboo rafts of various sizes here. The small raft which accommodates five people is charged at Rs 300. Meanwhile, Rs 1000 should be paid for the big raft. In the 40 minute long ride, tourists can enjoy the beautiful view of the island. There is no restriction to take photographs here.