Ernakulam to have 8 new tourism destinations

After a slowdown, following the flood during August, the tourism sector of Ernakulam is going to gain momentum in the coming year. Lots of tourism projects are in progress and some in pipeline. Ernakulam Children’s Park is among the projects to be completed in 2019, expected to be completed before summer vacation.

As per records from the tourism department, 8 tourism-related projects are in the implementation stage. “The development and renovation of a number of tourist places will be completed in 2019,” said S Vijay Kumar, Ernakulam DTPC secretary.

“The prime project is the on-going renovation of the Children’s Park with world-class facilities being carried at Rs 4 crore. The renovation work is on schedule. Work on Kallidumbil Aattutheeram park in Piravom Municipality is complete and will open next year. Similarly, the construction of a suspension bridge at Manakkakadavu in Kunathunad is also nearing completion and will open in early 2019,”added Vijay Kumar.

Kallidumbil Attutheeram park was constructed for Rs 1.5 crore. The construction of the suspension bridge at Manakkakadavu in Kunnathunad was done for Rs 4 crore. Nine tourism destinations will be developed as barrier-free to accommodate the differently-abled.

Walkway at Kumbalam, Take-a-break tourism project at Piravam, Park at Manappattuchira at Angamali, Renovation of Chinese nets at Fort Kochi are in progress.

Funds are already sanctioned for the Development of Bhoothathankettu and Kanjiramattom. At Mattanchery a Cultural Mosaic Museum will be constructed. Works for the same has already begun. Phase II works for the Parunthurachi Island Ecotourism development will be commencing soon.

“The first phase development of barrier-free tourism destinations is nearing completion. Before April, we will complete the second phase development work,” said Vijay Kumar.

In the first phase of the barrier-free project, Fort Kochi, Ernakulam Boat Jetty, and Cherai and Munambam beaches were selected and the construction was carried out using Rs 44 lakh allocated by the state government.