THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a measure to reinforce tourism, the Forest Department has delivered bamboo rafting and bowl boating in Kottur. The bamboo rafting revels in will offer people a 30-minute journey via the Neyyar river near the Kottur Elephant Rehabilitation Centre. The two bamboo boats that have been deployed can accommodate most of 16 human beings and are slated to be operational for up to one year.
“The program changed into launched sometime closing year as part of ecotourism development with the aid of the branch but it needed to be discontinued attributable to the damaged boats,” stated Satheesan N V, deputy wildlife warden, Agasthyavanam Biological Park.
Apart from bamboo rafting, the public also can take a ride at the four ‘kutta Ranchi’ (bowl boats) and four pedal boats stationed in the region. Following an effective response from travelers, the Forest Department has determined four greater bowl boats by way of next week. “After Onam, we are also planning to educate neighborhood tribal groups in making the bowl boats. Currently, we’re sourcing them from a village in Tamil Nadu,” said Satheesan. Tourists are being charged Rs one hundred for the trip at Kottur.
The bowl boating program started at Akkulam Tourist Village by means of the District Tourism Promotion Council remaining week is also witnessing big crowds. “The ride changed into fun. It will in reality boom the scope of tourism inside the city,” said Steel Kumar, a visitor.
The five boats docked close to the pond at the visitor village can deliver as much as four humans each. “The eco-friendly assignment pursuits to utilize available assets to the most,” stated Bindu Mani S, DTPC secretary and Tourism Department deputy director.
“As we are purchasing them from Dharmapuri village in Tamil Nadu, the transportation cost of the boats comes close to Rs 1 lakh”, delivered Bindu Mani. The bowl boats are available for rides on all days among 7.30 am and 1 pm and among 3 pm and 6 pm.