With the inauguration of work on a Tourist Facilitation Centre at Kanjirakkolli, near Iritty, scheduled for May 27, this largely unexplored tourist destination nestling in the eastern hill areas of the district will possibly receive its long due recognition.
The project to be taken up by the Tourism Department includes construction of an information centre, a cafeteria, a toilet block, and dressing room for the tourists. A walkway to the Alakapuri waterfalls, a popular tourist destination, and a parking lot have also been included in the project, estimated at Rs.60 lakh, which is expected to be completed in a year.
Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar will inaugurate the work at a function to be attended by Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph on May 27.
The facilitation centre will come up in a 20-cent plot donated by the Kanjirakkolli Tourism Vikasana Samiti, which has been campaigning for tourism development in the area.
Tourism Department Deputy Director K. Bhaskaran said that once the project was completed, the Department would study the tourism prospects of the region and plan any further infrastructural developments. Blessed with many trekking spots such as the Hanuman Para, Sasippara, Kaimuttippara, Kanmadappara and Malikappara, among many more, and waterfalls such as Anathettivellachattam, Thadichattam, Arathi and Alakapuri, the tourist flow to this trekking point has seen a steady increase over the past few years.
The Tourism Department was promoting home stay and other accommodation facilities provided by a few local residents, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
A newly built road from Kaadimala to Manjappullu, situated at another end of the Kanjirakkolli, will also be inaugurated on May 27.
Integrated tourism development could be made possible by connecting Kanjirakkolli to Pythalmala, another tourist spot, hill station situated nearly 35 km from here. Development of road on a two-and-a-half kilometre stretch from Aminathodu to Aadanpara at Kanjirakkolli would reduce the total distance between the two spots to 18 km, making it a more viable option for tourists, opines, P.M. John, president of the Samiti.