Kerala Tourism Takes Off
It was Walter Mendis, the Corporate Creative Director of Mudra, who gave Kerala the name ” God’s own Country”. He meant Kerala is as beautiful as the Lord made it, bearing on every feature the unmistakable stamp of the great Original Creative Artist !
Kerala is amongst the top 40 destinations in the world. National Geographic is of the view that she is amongst the top ten !
More than 13 K cr has come in and more than 5,98,000 foreign tourists visited this beautiful state out of a total of 8.2 million tourists. This 131130 cr is 7.7% of Kerala’s total income.
Kerala has a lot to offer. Houseboat Tourism, particularly in the Venice of the East, Alleppey, Beach Tourism, because of the 586 km coastline, River Tourism, Mountain Tourism & Monsoon Tourism, because of the heavy rainfalls that grace Kerala !
Kerala is just 1.1% of India ! Yet, she hosts 22% of 47 K plants, 35% of varieties of fish and 210 types of oceanic creatures. She has 700 kms of the Western Ghats & 586 kms of coastline. She receives 2000 mm rains. You will find different types of people belonging to different civilisations as she is multi-cultural and multi-religious. That is how Kerala becomes the Lord’s own country !
The foreigners say that ” well kept beaches, good people, tasty and mouth watering cuisine, spirituality and Ayurveda ” are the hallmarks of Kerala !
Beaches are a fascination for tourists and the four out of the five Districts which receive the influx of tourist have beaches ( Trichur, Trivandurm, Ernakulam, Alleppey and Idukki ).
Some fishing villages have been defined as Fishermen’s Village. Farm Tourism is also on the rise !
Trichur Pooram, the greatest of all festivals, just concluded. A group of 15 elephants faced each other and it was a great sight.
Fireworks at 0430 AM today and 05.15 ended the great Trichur Pooram. I saw many foreign tourists in Trichur. Trichur is a tourist spot, because of the Trichur Pooram, the great temple of Vadakkunathan, the great Elephant Sanctuary in Guruvayur, the Palayur Church and the educational institutions in Trichur. Trichur is the cultural and educational capital of Kerala. The Trichur Medical College is spread over 1500 acres !
More than one million witness this great Festival, which occurs on the Pooram day in Mesha, the First Zodiacal Month of the Vedic Calender. Two major temples, Thiruvambadi and Parmakkavu, compete against each other. 15 elephants representing each take part in the festival. Also other elephants from other temples. It is a great sight, with the Trichur Round jampacked. One elephant fell down due to the intense heat. All India is under a heat wave. Global Warming is a real problem and temperature touched 45 degrees !
In my travel and tourism site,I have uploaded a lot of Kerala Tourism, Farm Tourism and Health Tourism videos !
Great traffic was seen at Arthirappilly Waterfalls yesterday, as schools closed for vacation.
Cherai Beach in Vypin Islands also received heavy rush of tourists.
Real estate prices at these places have catapulted, reaching unprecedented heights. Kochi had seen a realty boom and this realty boom was experienced in Trichur Dist, in areas proximate to Kochi, like Azheekode and Kodungalloor. Due to the global meltdown, however, transactions have come down. But then this is a temporary lull and after some years, realty will boom.
I celebrated the Hindu New Year with a trip to Vallarpadam.I was accompanied by my friend, Ajith, who is the Devaswom Auditor. From High Court Junction, we took a bus to Vallarpadam. First it traversed Bolgatty Island and then we reached Vallarpadam. We went to the Vallarpadam Church, which was neatly mainatined. Work is still in progress at the ICTT and then we took a bus to Vypeen Island, where a 60,000 crore investment is in the offing. We took a bus to Munambam harbour and the bus traversed Cherai, Nayarambalam, Jnarakkal etc.These islands are connected by the Goshree Bridges and GIDA ( Goshree Islands Development Authority ) is in charge of all projects.
Along with the 30,000 cr investment in Kochi, another 100,000 cr INR is in the offing.
We had a plan to go to Vypeen Jetty and then take a boat to Ernakulam mainland, but then we abandoned it as we reached Munambam. From Munambam Boat Jetty, we took a boat to Azheekode, which is just 5 kms from Kodungalloor. From Kodungalloor, I came back to Trichur.
Within one year the ICTT will be operational. We saw the 8.82 km railway route, from Edappilly. The Puthuvaippin LNG Terminal will be operational by 2012.