Published on : Friday, October 13, 2017
Kuruva Island has remained closed since June following the advent of advanced monsoon and the retreating monsoon.
In a meeting of Kuruva Destination Management Committee (DMC) chaired by Mr. O.R. Kelu, has decided to complete the beautification work of Kuruva Island.
It including the construction work of a rain shelter and seating arrangement for tourists, construction work of protection wall and hand rails on the banks of the Kabani river and installation of surveillance cameras and setting up of a modern waste management system before the opening.
The Tourism Department of Kuruva Island has earmarked a sum of Rs 42.28 lakh for the beautification work under the Green Carpet project of the State Government. The work is progressing under the supervision of the Nirmithi Kendra District.
Kuruva Island has a string of 64 islands that spread over 1.47 sq km. Geographically it is situated near Pakkom in the estuary of the Mananthavady river and the Panamaram river, the tributaries of the Kabani, and has a unique biodiversity-rich ecosystem with a collection of rare flora and fauna.
The Forest Department of Kerala has jurisdiction over the islets. The land, under the South Wayanad forest division, shows the ecological succession of the natural vegetation in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve.
There are two ticket counters functioning at Pakkom and Palvelichom for tourists. The country ferry services are available at both the counters.
The Pakkom counter is under the Forest Department and the other is being managed by the Kuruva DMC.