Reopening of Fort Kochi postponed

 Tuesday, November 3, 2020 


Beaches in Kochi witnessed a huge footfall on Sunday with the destinations, except Fort Kochi being reopened for visitors.

The District Collector has postponed the reopening of the Fort Kochi beach to mid-November in order to guard against people thronging the beach front violating COVID-19 protocols. As a result, several visitors arriving at Fort Kochi had to return.

However, there were a lot of visitors at Cherai, Munambam and Kuzhupilly beaches. They were allowed only after their details were recorded. Vehicle parking was limited to one hour.

Ernakulam and Alappuzha DTPCs will make an agreement shortly to operate their buses in either direction for helping tourists. Thus, guests visiting Kochi will be able to visit the celebrated backwaters in houseboats, which are plentiful in Alappuzha, while those visiting Alappuzha can check out Marine Drive and other places of interest in Kochi. “With buses operating in either direction, we hope to fix affordable rates for the tours,” said S. Vijayakumar, Secretary, Ernakulam DTPC.

The DTPCs are expecting tourist arrivals from north India during the Deepavali season, getting enquiries on tour packages. The State government is reopening the tourism sector in phases.

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