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Rs 300 crore Malabar Cruise tourism project   

Thursday, May 11, 2017,19:42 IST By anju A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | In an effort at tapping the cruise tourism potential of North Kerala, the LDF government has drawn up an ambitious rs 300 crore project linking rivers and backwaters in the region.
     
The government’s aim was to get the project, called Malanad-Malabar cruise tourism, ready by early next year, according to state Tourism minister, Kadakampally Surendran.
 
The project, which was evaluated on Tuesday here, is expected to be a ‘milestone’ in the region’s development,he said.
     
A committee with Kannur district collector as chairman will be constituted to monitor the project which also envisages development of basic amenities and tourism infrastructure facilities.
  
“The aim was to ensure that the project is ready by early next year”, he said.
 
Walkways and Boat jetties will be constructed at Parassinikadavu and Pazhayangadi and state government had sanctioned rs 15 crore for the same, he said.
  
The River Bank tourism project envisages linking of the rivers and water bodies at Valapatnam, Kuppam, Perumba, Anjarakkandy, Mahi, Thalassery, Nileswaram,  Thejaswini, Vilaya, Paramathadakkam, Chandragiri and their art forms and places of natural beauty has been drawn up.
  
A tourist can travel along the 197 km river route and at each river bank the visitor can get a feel of the region.

For providing Home stay facilities for tourists, Kerala Institute of Travel Tourism Studies will be providing a basic training to the owners.

As part of Responsible tourism, three islands will be brought under the Malabar Cruise tourism project.