Ancient tourist circuit connecting southern Kerala to Tamil Nadu to be reinstated

Raviz Group of Hotels is planning to reinstate an ancient tourist circuit connecting southern Kerala with Tamil Nadu.

This route, which will connect Kollam and Kovalam with Southern Tamil Nadu, was used by foreigners for tourism and trade purposes some 30 years ago.

During 1970s and 80s the foreign tourists used to use the southern circuit to visit Kerala. Later it was abandoned as new tourist destinations have emerged like Kochi, Alappuzha Thekkady and Munnar.

“We are planning to revive the old route with the name ‘The Copper Plate Circuit,” said Dileep Kumar, General Manager, Leela Raviz, Kovalam. The Copper Plate Circut will connect Kanyakumari, Thiruchendur, Srivilliputhur, Thenkasi and Madhurai to the Southern Kerala.

“The name Copper Plate was derived from the oldest copper plate document of Kerala, the ‘Tharisappalli Sasanam’, an order granting land and privileges to the Syrian Christians by the Venadu King, Ayyanadikal Thiruvadikal,” said Dileep Kumar.

The southern circuit was formerly a famous trade route between Tamil Nadu and Kollam, which was a major port in Kerala during those days.