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Fort Kochi to be made Kerala’s foremost tourism destination

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on June 15, 2021

Much of the walkway on Fort Kochi beach has been washed away   -  H Vibhu

Authorities will take the plan forward once Covid wave subsides, says Minister

The Kerala Government will work on a project that promotes Fort Kochi as the State’s foremost tourist destination, Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas has said.

Authorities will convene a special meeting on this matter and take the plan forward once the current wave of Covid-19 subsides, he said after visiting Fort Kochi’s South Beach that suffered sea erosion recently.

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Vaccination for Kerala Tourism employees, including guides, will soon be completed.

As for restoring the South Beach here, a renovation project would be drafted after holding discussions with pertinent departments, Riyas said.

The developments on recent tourism projects such as a toilet complex and floating Koothambalam were also discussed by the Minister.

Ernakulam’s tourism potential

The Minister chaired a meeting that took an overview of road construction in the hilly regions of Ernakulam district, and said the place had several centres that can boost tourism.

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Authorities are taking measures to rejuvenate the district’s tourist destinations even as the sector has been badly hit by the pandemic, Riyas said, after the meeting. Problems faced by the Kadambrayar Boating Centre and Eco Village at nearby Kizhakkambalam would be solved at the earliest.

Ernakulam district has immense tourism potential as it also houses the Kochi international airport in Nedumbassery. The district has several destinations that foreign tourists can visit once the pandemic is over. Authorities are currently busy improving the connectivity between these tourist destinations to woo domestic travellers, the Minister said.

Published on June 15, 2021

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