The tourism map of Wayanad will have more destinations soon with the Tourism Department of Kerala allotting Rs 15.37 cr to tap the potential of the hill station.
The fund would be utilised for developing new tourism destinations and improving infrastructure at existing ones. A sum of Rs 1.04 cr has been allotted for promoting rock adventure tourism on the Cheengeri hills near Ambalavayal.
According to a news report published in The Hindu, a ticket counter, cloakroom, entrance pavilion, reception block, lobby, and parking area would be set up on 8 acres of land in the first phase.
For the second phase construction of the En Uru (My hamlet) tribal tourism project at Lakkidi, Rs 4.53 cr has been earmarked. An interpretation centre, cafeteria, workshops for tribal artisans, and a herbal medicine shop would be set up in the second phase.
The Kerala Tourism Department has granted Rs 1.19 cr for the second phase construction of a war memorial at Mavilamthodu, near Pulpally, where Pazhassi Raja, who fought against the British in the jungles in the early years of the 18th century, was killed.
The department has already granted Rs 2.15 crore for destination development works at Priyadarshini Tea Environs at Pancharakolly, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Kuruva islands and Karlad lake under the Green Carpet project.
The third phase works of the Karapuzha tourism project will begin soon. Works such as the construction of a lotus pond, a watch tower, mural paintings on aquaduct, butterfly and bamboo park, musical fountains, and a solar power ferry would be carried out in the third phase at a cost of Rs 4 cr.