India’s 1st Mega Tourism Circuit to Come Up in Kerala

The breathtakingly scenic and nature rich Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady region in Kerala is all set to become India’s first Mega Tourism Circuit.

The Central government has cleared Kerala government’s proposal to create world-class infrastructure in central Kerala’s picturesque Pathanamthitta-Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady region.

This is a big relief for Kerala Tourism which has consistently been denied Central assistance for its projects. Ten tourism projects submitted by the state are still pending approval.

The eco-friendly project will focus on destination development, and to improve tourism facilities and security for visitor. It will also facilitate a host of adventure sports and activities like trekking, rock climbing and archery in the proposed 150-km circuit extending from Angamoozhy in Pathanamthitta to Vagamon.

Gavi, Pathanamthitta
Gavi, Pathanamthitta

Destination development would be undertaken at Angamoozhy, Moozhiyar, Kochupampa, Kaki, and Gavi in Pathanamthitta-Gavi area, including tourist facility centres such as cafeteria, and rest and activity areas.

The project, costing Rs 95 crore, will be built under the new ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme of the Union Tourism Ministry, meant for theme-based development of destinations.

‘Focusing on eco-friendly tourism, the development of a Mega Tourism Circuit will not only create tourism infrastructure with global standards, but also lead to creation of jobs and livelihoods for the people of our state and growth of our local communities,” said State Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar.

He added that the circuit would become a model of eco-friendly tourism in the world.

Vagamon in winter
Vagamon in winter

Facilities to come up

Facilities for trekking at viewpoints, boating, surveillance camera, security arrangements, eco-friendly accommodation and adventure sports activities will also be developed in the area.

In Vagamon-Thekkady area, there will be development of adventure tourism activities like buggy walks, shooting arena, archery arena, painball arena, Burma bridge, trampoline walk, rock climbing, multi-line walk and earthquake walk.

Rafting at Thekkady
Rafting at Periyar tiger reserve, Thekkady

Cycle tracks and amphitheatre will also be developed. Drinking water and lighting arrangements will be built along with curio shops.

A six-km nature trail along the Pine Valley forest will be another attraction besides common signage, solid waste management and walkways throughout the project.