KERALA

Kumbalanghi declared model tourism destination

Staff Reporter

Centre also accords same status to Aranmula



The destinations to feature in Incredible India campaign

Rs.2-crore cultural village project proposed



KOCHI: Kumbalanghi the country’s first model tourism village has added another feather to its cap with the Union Government declaring it a model rural tourism destination. District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish announced this here on Thursday.

Much to the delight of the State and its tourism industry, Aranmula has also been accorded the same status, Mr. Hanish said.

Thus, the State now has the privilege of having two destinations among the elite list of 15 destinations that have been awarded this status within the country.

The significance of this lies in the fact that both these destinations would now feature in the Incredible India campaign being carried out by the Union Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism. This means that both the Kerala destinations would now get international exposure, which in turn would add to their charm and woo more tourists.

However, for Kumbalanghi the new fame carries with it the added responsibility of enhancing the facilities in its 25-odd homestays in keeping with the international standards.

The Union Government would be approached for providing subsidy for upgrading the facilities, Mr. Hanish said. Besides, a request has been made to the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation for improving the boating facilities along the backwaters in Kumbalanghi.

Already Rs. 1.70 crore has been spent in Kumbalanghi for promoting tourism.

Another Rs.2-crore proposal for setting up a cultural village is before the consideration of the Centre. The Collector expected approval for the project.

The cultural village aims at showcasing the State’s traditional art forms and setting up a handicraft museum, which besides exhibiting the products would also have arrangements for the tourists to witness the craftsmanship of the people involved.

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