Published on : Friday, April 9, 2021
With a steady increase in bookings and footfall, the tourism sector in Kollam, Kerala, is witnessing signs of recovery after being on a standstill.
The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has come up with a handful of options for tourists visiting the district that comprises day-long backwater packages.
“Boating collection during the last couple of months shows a higher revenue compared to pre-COVID-19 days. We are focussing on domestic tourism as of now and the response has been positive. Apart from the regular spots, the newly-opened destinations are also drawing a lot of visitors. In April-May we are expecting the numbers to go up,” said DTPC secretary M.R. Jayageetha.
Ms. Jayageetha said that the majority of the visitors are from the district itself and a lot of people now visit looking for local tourism spots. “We consider it a favourable change for the sector,” she said.
While boating trips to Munroe Thuruthu and Sambranikodi are quite popular, the recently-opened Ashtamudi craft museum has also become a major attraction.
Right now, the Tourism Department is operating houseboat trips to both the islands starting from 11 a.m. A total of 20 people can take the package to Munroe Thuruthu that also offers welcome drink, lunch, tea and snacks.
“Canoe rides through Munroe island have more takers and now many people are opting for Sambranikodi too. With more people visiting the Ashtamudi craft museum these days, we are planning to introduce a package that also includes boating,” said Ms. Jayageetha.
Although the tourism sector is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Ms. Jayageetha said that the department is taking proper safety measures.
“We are strictly following the protocol to ensure the safety of tourists. From boating to park entries, everything will be closely monitored, and all arrangements are in place to counter the threat of COVID-19,” said Ms. Jayageetha.