Published on : Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Kerala Tourism is launching the ground-breaking Malanad-Malabar River Cruise project next week, starting the first of the 11 types of boat-rides providing individual thematic experiences and attracting tourists to the state’s lesser known areas. The inaugural cruise boat will enter the waters on February 15 as part of the innovative project aiming to boost the waterways in the northern districts of Kannur and Kasaragod.
The first service will take place on the route linking Parassinikkadavu and Pazhayangadi. The project will also help uplift the Malabar region’s culture that is rich with local legends and folk arts. This undertaking foresees 48 boat terminals and jetties along seven rivers across the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod. Work on two terminals is complete.
“It guarantees a better livelihood to the people around.They include the fisher folk, farmers, drivers of cabs and auto-rickshaws, handicraft workers and handloom labourers,” said Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
KTDC will run the boats, six of which are being made now by the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation in the first phase. The project is being implemented by the governments.
Principal Secretary of Kerala Tourism, Rani George said that the state-of-the-art boat terminals at Parassinikkadavu and Pazhayangadi in Kannur district have been completed priced at Rs. 7.5 crore.
“Both the government and private parties would run the cruises,” she said.
Kerala Tourism Director P Bala Kiran said that the developmental work is going on speedily under the scheme. “The Malanad-Malabar project will get world-class cruise packages once the Swadesh Darshan enters its second phase,” he said.
The cruise project is being carried out along the rivers of Mayyazhi, Valapattanam, Ancharakkandi, Kuppam, Perumba of Kavvayi, Thejaswini and Chandragiri rivers besides the expansive Valiyaparamaba backwaters.
This concept also features cruises based on the varied themes of North Malabar culture. Various thematic cruises are on Malabari cuisine, Birds and Agriculture (along the Valapattanam river) along with Mangrove cruise (Kuppam), Music cruise (Perumba), Handloom and Handicraft cruise (Kavvayi andValiyaparamba), Water Sports and River Boating CruiseValiyaparamba), (Thejaswini), Model Responsible Village cruise (Valiyaparamba) and Yakshagana cruise (Chandragiri).
The plan, overall, is to bring Malabar out of its near anonymity.