Junkar service started to Conolly’s plot; a major tourist destination in Malappuram

The Forest Department has started the Junkar service to Conolly’s Plot, a major tourist destination in Malappuram district. Nilambur North DFO K J Martin Lowel flagged off. Municipal Chairman Mattummal Saleem, Vice-Chairperson Aruma Jayakrishnan, ACF Jose Mathew, and Range Officer Imrose Elias Navas were present.

The suspension bridge to the historic teak plantation across the Chaliyar was destroyed in the 2019 floods, which cut off access to the tourism center. The jeep ride to the center through the Modavanna Elancheeri forest was unsuccessful. With this, the boat service started.

Junkar can carry up to 30 people at a time. Tickets cost Rs 80 for adults and Rs 60 for those under 14. Admission is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, the opening day, 132 people arrived at the teak plantation. North DFO K J Martin Lowel said the low-cost Junkar trip will be a new experience for tourists.