To attract more tourists, Kottayam is all set to introduce paddy tourism

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


As a relatively new tourism product, farm tourism is being developed in Kerala. Kerala, being an agricultural dominated state, has immense possibility for developing farm tourism in a major way without much investment. According to the recent reports, Kerala has 30.22 lakhs hectares of gross cropped area which is 56.78% of the total geographical area of the state. For instance, at present, more and more, people are travelling along the busy Main Central Road in Kottayam, who will to be greeted by the spectacular sights of moist green carpet of paddy saplings of the region. The state has almost 350,000 lakhs hectares of land under paddy cultivation. As a result of back-to-back floods in 2019, Kottayam is back on track to reap a windfall of more than ₹300 crore from paddy cultivation this season.


In addition, over 1/3rd of the cropped area contains plantations of Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Pepper, Cardamom and Ginger, and another 1/3rd of this area is covered by Coconut plantations.


For tourism sector, the state government’s decision to allow 5% of the farm area for the purpose of tourism has turned out to be an encouraging factor. By presenting a positive image of the green paddy fields, the state govt has many projects that would attract tourists to the state as a whole.


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