Maravanthuruth water street receives Rs 1 cr fund for tourism expansion

 Wednesday, December 28, 2022 


The Kerala government has sanctioned a massive amount to the water street, opened by the Maravanthuruth panchayat in Kottayam, for expanding the tourism circuit. This water street has brought laurels to the local body at the international level.

The Rs 1 crore fund has been sanctioned by Tourism Minister P.A. Mohammed Riyas and will be utilised for establishing tourism facilities including floating boat jettys at Attuvelakkadavu and Thuruthumma Hanging bridge, officials said. A work order in this regard has already been awarded to the State-owned Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation.

Alongside the water street, agri-tourism, art, food and village life streets too are being established in the village. Sixteen local residents have also undergone training in homestay operations.

The Hindu daily reported that as per K. Rupesh Kumar, coordinator, Responsible Tourism Mission (RT), Kerala, the development of new destinations would take the total number approved destinations along the water street to four, namely Ariwal Thodu, Koottummel-Moozhikal area, Attuvelakkadavu and Thuruthummel suspension bridge.

The water street at the island destination has been established by restoring 18 water bodies that fell into disuse following decades of neglect.

Tourism clubs have already launched shikara boats for night safaris and kayaks for paddling through the narrow canals, while plans are also afoot to launch open rafts made of bamboo.

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