SUBJECT : Ecotourism Initiative in Peruvannamoozhi, Kakkayam

Kozhikode, December 04, 2017: A new project is on the anvil to tap the ecotourism potentials of the Peruvannamoozhi-Kakkayam region. The Tourism Department will rope in local people and entrepreneurs shortly to form Destination Management Committees (DMCs) for the project.

According to officials, the DMCs, headed by people’s representatives and District Tourism Promotion Council officials, will be responsible for the selection of suitable ecotourism ventures in the area. The local development fund of both Koorachundu and Chakkittappara panchayats will be utilised for the venture and the heads of the panchayats will be included in the DMCs. Packages earlier declared under the Green Carpet scheme for northern Kerala will be an added advantage for the new initiative, they said.

The Irrigation Department will be one of the major partners in the venture as it has got several scenic locations under its possession in Peruvannamoozhi and Kakkayam. The department will prepare a detailed project report to submit to the State government. Irrigation Minister Mathew T. Thomas, who recently visited the locations, had come up with suggestions to boost tourism in the region.

The officials said farm tourism initiatives and homestay ventures will be encouraged. Projects that can further exploit the trekking and water tourism potentials of the region will be considered. Eighty per cent of the revenue generated from the project will be spent for the development of the region and the rest of the profit will be shared by the tourism and irrigation departments.

At present, the DMCs are active in tourism projects at Kappad, Vadakara, Thusharagiri, Sarovaram Biopark and Sargaalaya Crafts Village in the district. Under the Green Carpet scheme, the government has already granted Rs. 2 crore for the improvement of existing amenities in these places. The Peruvannamoozhi-Kakkayam project is expected get separate aid from the government, the officials added.

Source: The Hindu