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Kerala Unveils New Tourism Policy

Canoe boat ride in backwaters of Kerala
Canoe boat ride in backwaters of Kerala

The Govt. of Kerala has come out with a new Tourism Policy to expedite the tourism growth in the state. The policy envisages creation of new customised products for attracting young travellers, professionals, students and artists to the state. It also emphasises on the active participation of the differently-abled and transgenders, while implementing the Responsible Tourism Mission across the State to promote the tourism sector. The Govt has also proposed to establish a Kerala Tourism Regulatory Authority (KTRA) to ensure quality service for tourists and curb unhealthy practices in the tourism sector.

“There is an immediate need to improve the infrastructure facilities across various destinations of the state. The new policy aims to address the key issues of the tourism industry in cooperation with the local bodies such as waste management and renovation of roads. The state has immense tourism potential to attract travellers from all corners of the world. Following the Responsible Tourism Mission, Kerala Tourism has guided all the regional bodies and authorities concerned to implement and follow the Green Protocol at all the destinations of Kerala,” Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala, said while unveiling the policy.

Venu V, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala said, “The tourism department is keen to appoint a brand ambassador for Kerala Tourism in order to promote the state’s tourism across the globe. The priority has always been to promote Responsible Tourism with active participation of the local bodies and citizens. The new policy would continue to focus on these two main objectives of Kerala Tourism. The sole objective is to double the foreign tourist arrivals and increase domestic tourist arrivals by 50 percent, by 2021.”

P Bala Kiran, Director, Kerala Tourism, and Managing Director, Kannur International Airport said, “With the aim to implement ‘Barrier Free Kerala Tourism’ this year, Kerala Tourism has planned to initiate new infrastructure development projects in order to create accessible and friendly spaces to the differently abled, elderly tourists and transgenders.”

The tourism board has also planned to revise the classification system for ayurveda centres, houseboats and other services with strict norms. In addition to that, a special rating would be introduced for hotels based on the quality of service provided.

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Kerala – Environment Capital of the World

UN secretary yesterday in the world conference declared Kerala as the Environment capital of the world. He appreciated the Environment awareness of the people of this small south Indian state, known as God’s own country.

They voluntarily leave their vehicles in their garages on few days of every month reducing environmental pollution, and Global warming.
He urged all countries to follow this practise, widely known as ‘Hartal’

Kerala in past 6 months had 79 Hartals which help reduce carbon from air tremendously !!

Athirappally Waterfalls
Athirappally Waterfalls
Backwaters of Kerala
Backwaters of Kerala

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Golkonda Fort

Golkonda, also known as Golconda, Gol konda (“Round shaped hill”), or Golla konda, is a citadel and fort in Southern India and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1518–1687), is situated 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) west of Hyderabad.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

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The Golkonda Fort used to have a vault where once the famous Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds.

During the Renaissance and the early modern eras, the name “Golkonda” acquired a legendary aura and became synonymous for vast wealth. The mines brought riches to the Qutb Shahis of Hyderabad State, who ruled Golkonda up to 1687, then to the Nizam of Hyderabad, who ruled after the independence from the Mughal Empire in 1724 until 1948, when the Indian integration of Hyderabad occurred.

The Golkonda fort is listed as an archaeological treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. Golkonda actually consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semicircular bastions (some still mounted with cannons), eight gateways, and four drawbridges, with a number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the “Fateh Darwaza” (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb’s triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner. At Fateh Darwaza can be experienced a fantastic acoustic effect, characteristic of the engineering marvels at Golkonda. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the ‘Bala Hisar’ pavilion, the highest point almost a kilometer away. This worked as a warning note to the royals in case of an attack.

Golconda Fort Clapping Portico
Golconda Fort Clapping Portico

6 Interesting Facts About Ladakh

1. Highest Fields in the world

The extreme limit of cultivation is at Korzok, on the Tso-moriri lake, at 4,600 m are widely considered to be the highest fields in the world.

The highest fields in the world
The highest fields in the world

2. The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world

A Bailey bridge between the Suru River and Dras River in Ladakh, India is the highest bridge in the world at an altitude of 5,602 metres above sea level. It was built in 1982 by the Indian Army.

The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world
The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world

3. Only place in India where Twin Humped Camels can be found

The Bactrian camel (two-humped) is a large, even-toed ungulate native. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped dromedary camel, they are rare compared to single hump camels. These camels are one of the main attraction of the Nubra valley in Ladakh.

Only place in India where Twin Humped Camels can be found
Only place in India where Twin Humped Camels can be found

4. Ladakh is home to the Mystical Magnetic Hill

Magnet Hill is a so-called “gravity hill” located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The “Hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards.

Ladakh is home to the Mystical Magnetic Hill
Ladakh is home to the Mystical Magnetic Hill

5. Ladakh is the Highest Plateau in the state of Kashmir

Ladakh is the highest plateau of state of Kashmir with much of it being over 3,000 m. It extends from the Himalayas to the Kunlun Ranges and includes the upper Indus River valley.

6. The Pangong Lake in Ladakh is one Of the Highest Salt Lakes in the world

Pangong Tso means “high grassland lake” in Tibetan language , also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

Ladakh is the Highest Plateau in the state of Kashmir
Ladakh is the Highest Plateau in the state of Kashmir

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