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Old November 12th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #41
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Old November 13th, 2011, 07:16 AM   #42
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They brave the rough seas. But, for the yachtsmen, the pirates have proved a more daunting proposition. And the signs have been ominous for the Kochi International Marina, the country’s first and only marina.
With just four yachts having called at the Kochi Marina during the past six months, the Rs 8.21 crore facility is struggling to ward of the offshoot of Somali pirates attack on sailors. The seafarers are adventurous enough to brave even rough weather on the high seas, but not the cold-blooded Somali pirates.
Of course, the fall in the number of arrivals of yachts has affected the marina. At the time of inauguration, we expected an average of 10-15 yachts in a month, and the response from tourists in the initial months offered much hope.
But for the last six months, the number has fallen to an alarming figure, said Commander (retired) Jose Varghese, head of operations, Kochi Marina.
Soon after the inauguration of the marina, there was a flow of visitors from the UK, the US, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. “Early this year, two couples had been kidnapped and killed by the pirates. This incident seemed to have frightened the sailors which has made them cautious,” commander Jose said.
Beckoning adventurous seafarers, the Kochi International Marina, set up by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) on Bolghatty Island, was commissioned on April 24, 2010. The marina is being operated by Mumbai-based Ocean Blue on a three-year contract. “The marina has a capacity for accommodating 34 yachts. But, most of the jetties in the marina are remaining vacant. Though the Navies of various countries are keeping vigil in the area, the sailors are not confident of reaching their destinations safely,” Commander Jose said. A three-storeyed Marina and Recreation House, among other facilities, is a major component of the Kochi Marina.

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Old November 17th, 2011, 05:07 PM   #43
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Old November 17th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #44
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Old November 19th, 2011, 05:00 PM   #45
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Old November 27th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #46
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KOCHI: Lack of enough public spaces for leisure outings in the city is making people explore interesting places in the outskirts of the city. With no proper walkway or seating arrangement, the emerging Marine Drive near the Container Road at the North Mulavukadu Junction, has already raised hopes of the Kochiites. Since, the place is clam, beautiful and perfect for spending leisure time, the number of visitors is on a constant rise. The inflow of visitors has also led to residents setting up refreshment shops in the area.

“Sundays have more visitors. People come here in there own vehicles as the public transport access to this place is inadequate. They love to watch the sunset from here,” said R Soman, an ice cream vendor.

The Mulavaukadu Panchayat has already approached the state government for financial support to convert the spot into one of the tourist destinations of the city. “The lake and the river add on to the scenic beauty of the place and attracts more people everyday. The new Container Road, that allows the frequent movement of the people from different parts of the city, allows easy access to this place,” said A K Dhinakaran, Mulavukadu Panchayat president. He said that last month, the panchayat had submitted a proposal to develop the place into a tourist destination to the Chief Minister. “The proposal includes construction of a water park, introducing Kashmiri model house boats, providing recreation facilities like a walkway etc,” he added.

At present, the visitors are using the land on one side of the Container Road, which is already filled for widening, as the walkway. “This proposal will help in tackling the issues related to the lack of public spaces in the city to a certain extent. It will also be a boost to the tourism development in this area. However, we are waiting for the approval from the government.” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) project director C T Abraham said that the decision on the construction of a walkway at this place can be taken only after completing the construction of theContainer Road. “At present, we have only completed the construction of the two lanes out of the 45-metre four lane stretch. If necessary, we will have to construct service roads there.” he said. However, Abraham added that the NHAI would look into the possibilities of constructing a walkway if there is space even after the construction of service roads.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #47
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A responsible tourism village in the making

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KOCHI: In a unique attempt to boost tourism, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is planning to develop Thanthonni Thuruthu island, which is 430 metres away from the Kochi coast, into a ‘Responsible Tourism Village.’

The concept, according to DTPC secretary Jayashankar, is to develop the village with a population of at least 150 people, into an area where tourists can come, fish and cook their own meals under the supervision of the locals on the island.

“We have identified a site on the island, a few meters away from the coast, which has the potential to be promoted as a fishing area, especially since it has a large population of prawns and other fish,” Jayashankar said. However, he added that there are no plans to touch the coastal side for this tourism project.

“Some of the houses in the village could also be converted into homestays. The local inhabitants could be trained to give tourists the feel of the village,” he said. Jayashankar added that a proposal has been submitted to the Tourism Department to revive the angawadi into a community centre.

The tourism authorities said: “The concept would provide a break to the people living in the city to come and enjoy a natural set-up, not far from the city they live in.” The cost-effective project is a part of the Responsible Tourism Village concept wherein the locals, tourists and local bodies would be jointly responsible for the social, financial, economical and environmental aspects of the island and it would bring direct revenue to the villagers. Meanwhile, the villagers and local bodies prefer the ‘Knowledge City’ concept to be slowly introduced to the Thanthonni Thuruthu island by a Bangalore-based company.

According to the residents, they have bigger problems that need to be resolved before introducing the concept of village tourism. Councillor S Manikandan said: “Better facilities need to be introduced to the island first. We have no bridges connecting the island to the city. Besides, our boat jetties are in the most deplorable state. Unless, these problems are identified, the people will not cooperate.” Most of the people living on the island are now working as labourers in various construction companies and are not interested in going back to fishing, he said.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #48
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Old January 11th, 2012, 08:06 AM   #49
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Old January 11th, 2012, 10:16 AM   #50
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Aiming to include Ernakulam in the world circuit of tourism, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is planning a new project in which the tourists would be provided experience in wildlife spotting and adventure sport. The DTPC will form a tourism circuit connecting Bhoothathankettu, Thattekad and Neriamangalam in this regard.

The Council has already initiated a project for adventure tourism at Bhoothathankettu. Once completed, it will be connected with Thattekad and Neriamangalam.

The adventure trip will be included in a three-day package under which the tourists coming to Kochi can travel to Bhoothathankettu and spend an entire day and night there.
They can also experience trekking, river rafting and night camping at Bhoothathankettu.

On the second day, they can move to Thattekad where the entire day will be set aside for boating and bird watching. By evening, they can go to Neriamangalam where a night camp will be arranged.

On the next day, they can return to Ernakulam or move to Munnar.
“We are planning a new tourism circuit which will certainly get popular among tourists. The tourism circuit will be realised only after getting the approval of the district administration and the Forest Department,” said DTPC secretary T N Jayashankar.

“The circuit will also bring in development in the area and create more job opportunities. However, the project will be very significant for tourism sector in the district as more tourists, especially foreigners, who are interested in adventure would get attracted to it. We are planning to send the proposal to higher authorities and expect to get the nod this year,” Jayashankar added.

“Adventure-related tourism packages are popular among the tourist coming to our state. Most of them are interested in trekking and jungle trail. The new circuit will be made by keeping in view the interests of these tourists,” the DTPC official said.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #51
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Buggies to Run on Puthuvypeen Beach Sands
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A girl rides a ‘bike buggy’ at Cherai beach

To tap the tourism potential of Puthuvypeen beach, District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is all set to introduce beach buggies there. The beach buggies, which are four-wheeled motorcycles for sand rides, are already operating at the Cherai beach and will be shifted to the Puthuvypeen beach. The authorities are hoping it to attract more tourists.
DTPC is also planning for additional four buggies apart from those to be brought from the Cherai beach. The tourists can rent the bikes and cruise through the sands of the beach. At present, DTPC has leased out the project to ‘Beach Route,’ a private firm.
Beach Route manager V K Suresh said that they were operating a 200 cc bike for grown-ups and a 50 cc bike one for children.
“The beach buggies are popular among the tourists at the Cherai beach. However, due to dense sand and high water level at Cherai, the buggies had to be pulled out for maintenance quite often,” he said.
“Running the beach buggies in water will damage the engine. One of the bikes got damaged when a rider strayed into sea water. Then we approached DTPC and got the sanction to shift the buggies to Puthuvypeen beach,” Suresh said.
He added that ‘Beach Routes’ were planning to import four more buggies from Taiwan. “Four more buggies will be introduced from next month. We have made an order for the buggies with an agency in Mumbai. Each buggy costs around `2.25 lakh. Since there are no agencies for buggies in Kerala, in case of technical snags, we have to call mechanics from Mumbai,” he said. The buggies will be charged according to the usage time of a tourist. “We charge `800 for one hour for the adults and `500 for kids. The charges are high because the buggies have very low mileage, almost 15 to 20 kilometre per litre of petrol. But if the demand increases, we will lower the rate, he said.
According to T N Jayashankar, DTPC secretary, the project in Cherai was first of its kind in Kerala. “Demand for adventure tourism is very high in our state and DTPC is planning more such tourism projects in the district,” he said.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #53
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Visitors can also head off north of Kochi to Pattanam (near Kodungalloor). A thriving port many centuries back, Muziris is said to have just vanished. Recent excavations by the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) has thrown up the possibility that Pattanam, a small village in the locality, could be the lost port of Muziris.

Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya – the Advaita philosopher of the 8th century, is about 45 kms from Kochi. Located around 30 kms from the city is Kodanad, one of the largest elephant training centres in southern India. Malayatoor (47 kms from Kochi) is famous for the Catholic Church dedicated to St Thomas and is a pilgrimage shrine.

Bhootathankettu, 50 km north-east of Kochi, is a haven located amidst a forest and is close to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekad.

The sanctuary is noted for birds such as the Malabar grey hornbill, the blue-winged parakeet and the Ceylon frog mouth. Kadambrayar and Ezhattumukham are the other popular tourist spots.

No doubt, visitors have plenty to savour.
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Fort Kochi, the oldest European township in India is the beehive of tourist activities in the district. It probably has the best preserved history of colonial times. The massive trees that dot the periphery of Veli ground and their huge canopy, welcome guests to the locale. Their birch gets thicker as one travels nearer to the Fort Kochi heritage zone - home to the ancient Chinese fishing nets. Around a dozen of these indelible signatures of Kochi are still operated by fishermen at the Fort Kochi beach.

History peers out from around every street corner in the town. A walk through the streets bearing names like Lilly Street, Napier Street, Princess Street and Peter Celli Street takes visitors through days of yore, since the houses and buildings on either side are built in Portuguese, Dutch and English architectural styles or plainly put, Indo-European style.

Most of the structures still hold on to their identity despite callous attempts to redo some of them using cheap techniques. Local residents confide that removing encroachments by buildings, clearing garbage and eyesores such as flex boards would help Fort Kochi re-attain its old-world charm. They also look forward to the day when tourists would be able to freely walk through the streets of the heritage town without being disturbed by vehicles.

The Archeological Survey of India recently carried out renovation work on the St Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was first buried before his remains were taken to Portugal. But numerous other historical monuments here are crying for upkeep. Nearby Mattancherry too gets its due share of visitors, the main attraction being the synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the Commonwealth. The Jew Town that leads to the synagogue is equally exciting and has retained most of its old-world charm. Over a dozen Jews still live here. The Dutch Palace that is located a stones throw away, dates back to the Portuguese era – 1557. It was renovated by the Dutch in 1663.

Drive a few kilometers to reach Kumbalanghi, the first model tourism village in India. Mangroves are nurtured here. As in Fort Kochi, there are homestays here too.

A boat ride from Marine Drive, a popular hangout, takes guests through the placid backwaters on Kochi's western end. They also get to see many landmarks of Kochi – the Dutch-built Bolghatty Palace – now a KTDC-run hotel, the adjacent marina, the Vallarpadam and LNG terminals, Willingdon Island, and Vypeen from the boat.
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Old February 6th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #58
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Old February 6th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #59
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The beach and its settings is really fanastic and top class.... Infact, I knew there is a new beach at Munnakal, but never knew its fantastic to this level....

Surely, I feel, its more better than Cherai..... In in many ways, it resembles to Kozhikode beach, particularly because of those trees near to beach.....

I guess, very soon, Munnakal, Puthuvype Beach and Cherai, will be new hot cakes for Kerala Tourism......

The govt should plan right now, to have a good 4 laned beach road etc..... And opposite side with good plots for sale for hotels and beach tourism oriented projects...... A good light and sound show in evenings as well as beach tourism events, will surely raise the bar of this beautiful stretch......

I feel, its high time to close Fort Kochi Beach from tourism promotion materials, as its almost mocking the concept about the beach. Rather the site can be used for an excellent Water Theater performances with water screen and projections like in Sentosa Island, while the small beach area forming a well set amphitheater...... While these stretches must be extensively promoted as Kochi's new Beaches........
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