November 27th, 2011
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Additional 50 crore alloted for Kerala tourism

kerala-tourismThiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore in the annual plan 2011-12 for improving basic infrastructure facilities at various tourist destinations in Kerala. The Rs 50 crore is in addition to the RS 107 crore budget allocated to the tourism sector this year.

The budget as been allotted for basic infrastructure development at tourist destinations and development of new tourist destinations and circuits as part of its efforts to attract more tourists to the state. The infrastructure facilities at Kovalam, Ponmudi, Varkala, Ashtamudi, Alapuzzha, and Wayanad shall be improved. Development of new destinations and circuits such as the eastern corridor of Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, Nila, Vypeen, Paravoor, Thalassery and Wagamon has been included in the project.

Minister of Tourism AP Anil Kumar stated that the project will be completed this year itself.A cultural tourist circuit with Nila as the focus, a heritage tourist circuit for Fort Vypeen and an eco-tourism project for Wayanad that attracts large numbers of tourists from abroad and within the country have been included in the scheme.  Town squares at Paravur, the gateway of Muziris, the helipad atop the laterite cliff at varkala that overlooks the Arabian sea, more facilities for tourists who come for Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Alapuzzha and paragliding and other adventure sports in Wagaom will be taken up in the project.

The government has drawn a blue print for providing a facelift to the famed beach resort at Kovalam. The existing dilapidated guest house in the hill resort of Ponmudi will be demolished and a new one will be constructed.


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