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Tourism set to take big leaps in Pathanamthitta district

EYEING TOURISTS: An elephant camp at Konni. Konni has been identified as the eco-tourism hub of Pathanamthitta district. —

EYEING TOURISTS: An elephant camp at Konni. Konni has been identified as the eco-tourism hub of Pathanamthitta district. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: Leju Kamal

Staff Reporter

Tourism Department, DTPC start work on various projects

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Tourism Department and the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) here have started work on various projects that could boost the tourism industry in the Central Travancore district of Pathanamthitta in the years ahead.

According to DTPC officials here, the Tourism Department has chosen Konni to set up the proposed Tourism Destination Management Council in the district. The council, with the local MLA as its chairman, would play a key role in the management of various tourism destinations. Konni, with a vast expanse of lush green forest, has already been identified as the eco-tourism hub of Pathanamthitta with the elephant camp as its base station.

Local MLA Adoor Prakash said that the idea was to fully exploit the eco-tourism potential of Konni, which could help achieve tremendous economic growth in the locality.

The elephant camp houses an elephant museum, exhibition spaces, elephant kraal for captive elephants, besides providing facility for elephant rides.

The MLA said more tourism sites would be identified and developed into world-class eco-tourism centres in a phased manner. The Tourism Department and the Forest Department had engaged the local Vana Samrakshana Samitis to manage certain aspects of the project such as trekking, so as to ensure that the local community was benefited by the project, Mr. Prakash said.

DTPC secretary Anaswar said the council had proposed a Tourism Information Centre-cum-view tower on 15 cents of land on the banks of Pampa at Aranmula.

The proposed centre would also have an Internet cafe, sales emporium for the Aranmula metal mirror and other locally available handicraft items.

Boating facility in the Maniyar barrage of the Pampa Irrigation Project, besides a children’s park and hanging bridge in its surroundings, were other project proposals, according Mr. Anaswar.

He said a Rs.60-lakh pilgrim facilitation centre would be constructed in Ranni and the work on the Rs.1-crore tourism development project at Perunthenaruvi in Ranni taluk was under way.

The Perunthenaruvi tourism projectcomprised a sprawling vehicle parking lot, cottages and a hanging bridge, he added.

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