Adventure Tourism

Adventure tourism hits a rough patch in Kerala

KOCHI

Instilling an adventurous spir it among domestic tourists would be a tough task for Kerala Tourism, as there seems to be few or no takers for various projects and programmes of the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (KATPS), which is striving to make Kerala an ideal spot for soft adventure sports.

The society’s attempts to prepare master plans for three exclusive adventure tourism destinations – Muzhappilangad in Kannur, Vagamon in Idukki and Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram – is yet to materialize, while smaller projects like the proposed adventure park in Veli Tourism Village has failed to find bidders for operation and maintenance.

Besides, the reluctance on the part of these tourists to take part in soft adventure sports was evident in the recently-conducted adventure carnival at Shanghumugham, the second such event after the one organized at Muziris beach in Thrissur last year. Though many thronged the nine-day carnival, which concluded on the New Year’s Eve, most of them were mere spectators.

It has been over a year since KATPS has been tendering and retendering to find consultants for the preparation of master plans. It is learnt that the society is yet to make any significant progress in this direction. “Tenders have been floated for master plan preparation,” said Asha Jose, CEO of KATPS.

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