Kerala aims to make its tourism spots disabled-friendly

Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kerala tourismFor the benefit of the disabled population, the Kerala government is considering disabled-friendly amenities in major attractions throughout the state. In spite of being one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world, various tourist areas in the state remain inaccessible for the disabled. But now, the state government is thinking about making these destinations “accessible for all” with better infrastructure and products for the disabled tourists.


This mission is to fulfill UNWTO’s goal of “tourism for all.” With such arrangements, those with hearing, mobility, visual or cognitive impairments will have free movement. There will be specially-designed ramps, wheelchairs, and non-slippery tiles on the walkways for easy and hassle-free movement for the elders and the disabled.


Every arrangement will be made so that people with disabilities can enjoy basic facilities for recreation and leisure. The first phase will be executed at Fort Kochi by December this year. Travel assistance centers will be there, which will have arrangements for electric wheelchairs, walking sticks and crutches and hotels, resorts and houseboats will have special restrooms. Food outlets will be there for those with special needs.


Chinese fishing nets, one of the biggest attractions of Fort Kochi will have handrails made of cast iron and projected standing areas along with sliding doors and grab bars. Guides will be there who are trained in sign languages and tactile maps, Braille signs and recorded information will be there for the visually impaired. There will also be proper toilet facility. Special mats for smooth movement of wheelchairs through the beach are also part of the plan.


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