The wait is finally over for the Keralites as Kerala tourism has officially announced its new Malanad – A river cruise project, to showcase the less explored inland beauties of the state with a thematic and cultural aura to the proposed project. According to the officials, the project will kick start on February 15. The inaugural boat ride is planned in the northern districts of Kerala namely- Kannur and Kasargod.
For decades backwater tourism has been a central attraction for Kerala, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit central Kerala (mainly Alappuzha). The vivid scenic extravaganza provided by Alappuzha is unquestionable but there are other less explored backwater destinations all across the state. The project aims at tapping into those potentials.
“It guarantees a better livelihood to the people around. They include the fisherfolk, farmers, drivers of cabs and auto-rickshaws, handicraft workers, and handloom laborers,”Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
The first ride as planned would be between Parassinikadavu (a religious town in Kannur) and Pazhayangadi (a commerce and trade center in Kannur). The project includes 48 boat services from 7 different jetties spread across the districts of Kasargod and Kannur. The construction of two terminals is completed with active participation from both local leaders and people.
The boat used for the service is designed and manufactured by Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation and will run under KTDC, which is a government organization.
“As for the rest of the project, 90 percent of the work on the terminals and jetties is complete. The cruise project had, in September 2018, been sanctioned ₹80.37 under the Swadesh Darshan scheme that promotes rural tourism circuits.” KeralaTourism Director P Bala Kiran.