Let’s attract the tourists better

Let’s attract the tourists better: In the third week of November 2015, our daughter Reshmy and grandson Vihaan went on a short vacation to Hong Kong. My wife Sudha and I had not planned any outing during the Deepavali vacation...


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"Within Kerala, there is a need to formally promote ‘Festival Tourism’. The Onam celebrations at the district and State levels, the Thrissur Pooram, the Aattukaal Pongala, Sabarimala pilgrimage, Theyyams in the Malabar area and several other Hindu/Muslim/Christian festivals are examples. If transport and stay arrangements improve, tourists will make it a point to link festivals in their travel plan.
Kerala has some artificial water parks. But we do not have a theme park of international standards. A couple of parks/entertainment areas will be useful additions.
Aranmula has all the linkages and resources necessary to grow into a large modern ‘Herbal Tourism Village’. The concept could include participation of major Ayurveda entities. There should be facilities for stay and treatment for different economic classes including the Indian middle class and ‘rich’ outsiders. Development of medicinal plantations in adjacent villages is a possibility. Aranmula has the additional advantage of having two international airports within a distance of 150 km.
Kerala could indeed go places — provided a carefully charted out plan is put into place."

Please read the full article which was written by me sometime back, but published only now.

M G Warrier

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